Erik Graff's Reviews > Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International

Dreamer of the Day by Kevin Coogan
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Jul 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Recommended for: political scientists, fascism fans
Read in July, 2004 — I own a copy , read count: 1

There was a time, back when Dad was in school, when fascism and nazism were studied in political science courses just as monarchism, republicanism, communism, socialism and anarcho-syndicalism are today. This certainly wasn't the case when I took a survey course in the subject. Fascism and National Socialism, thanks to the war Dad contributed to, were historical curiosities and any serious treatment of them as contenders for social implementation was taboo. Nowadays anyone who treats of these matters seriously automatically is consigned to the lunatic fringe.

Granted, there was a substantial difference between Italian fascism, or corporatism, and German National Socialism, but there was a family resemblance between them as well. The war and the residue of the propagandistic efforts of those allied against Germany, Italy and the other axis powers have had the effect of, on the one hand, obscuring the differences and, on the other hand, failing to acknowledge the many currents within both the Italian and the German (and Rumanian, and Croat, and Hungarian etc.) rightwing movements. For instance, not all of them were nationalistic. Fascism had its internationalist currents as well. Nor were all of them racist. And, yes, some of the national socialists actually favored the working classes. Although the social experiments of Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy ended with the two dictators' deaths, the ideologies they have come to be all-too-simplistically identified with have lived on, albeit often under different names and often in quite different forms.

Francis Parker Yockey, a fellow native of Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, was one homegrown rightist who, while identified more or less with the pre-war rightist experiments aforementioned, continued on, following his own way down some surprising paths. It is not always recognized sufficiently how much these movements were anti-capitalist. The Germans demonized the Jews, but much of the reason they got away with that was by playing on the popular belief that international finance capitalism was a Jewish enterprise, an international Jewish conspiracy. Yockey was definitely anti-capitalist, so much so that towards the end of his life he was actively allied with communists and socialists in what he saw as a common struggle against capitalism. How this was so, what currents of thought he represented and developed, and how these currents continue to flow, albeit subterraneanly, constitutes the intriguing substance of this very interesting and eye-opening book.
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