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The Doctrine of Fascism

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  49 reviews
This article, co-written by Giovanni Gentile, is considered to be the most complete articulation of Mussolini's political views. This is the only complete official translation we know of on the web, copied directly from an official Fascist government publication of 1935, Fascism Doctrine and Institutions, by Benito Mussolini, Ardita Publishers, Rome, pages 7-42. This trans ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Howard Fertig (first published 1932)
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Nandakishore Varma
Incoherent bullshit. Could not finish it, even with its brevity.

I had the author marked as a genocidal son of a bachelor long back. However, I did not know he was a terrible writer into the bargain.

It is available free on the net; however, if you want to physically own bilge like this, it is available at a cost of eleven dollars plus on Amazon. Please buy it from there.

Amazon would heartily approve of Mussolini. For example, his words

Anti-individualistic, the Fascist conception of life stresse
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Steven Godin
Short, sharp, to the point and in his own words, this serves well for an introduction to the ideology of fascism and you quickly realise why so many people bought into this method of power, best read for educational purposes only unless you have a boner for Benito (can't think why anyone would). First published in the Enciclopedia Italiana of 1932 and written as an essay by Giovanni Gentile although the credit for the text goes to Mussolini. For any youngsters out there that use the term 'fascis ...more
Jordan
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
Unlike anything I've ever read before! Such a unique, interesting and all-inspiring philosophical outlook on the world we live in, a world of perpetual struggle in which the Fascistic view is that we are born into challenge and that we must find our own will-to-power and overcome all forces of hindrance, by brutal force and direct action, by unity of people and faith in the unified state as a life form in of itself. This book was extremely interesting to read, it made me realise that Fascism isn ...more
Locky
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I am rating this book in the sense of its use of gaining an understanding of Fascism.
In short, Mussolini explains that the nature of fascism (to my understanding) is predominantly to do with lifestyle rather than purely political means - that strong individuals with a passion for life and for an organised, moral state will be better off than the individual alone.
'I believe that if a people wish to live they should develop a will to power, otherwise they vegetate, live miserably and become prey
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Kent
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-politics
Civic Nationalism. Quotes Renan, inventor of Khazar theory.
Matthew Hunter
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
As our web site makes very clear, we are totally opposed to ideas such as racism, religious intolerance and communism. However, in order to combat such evils, it is necessary to understand them by means of the study of key documentary material.


Thus reads World Future Fund's disclaimer at the beginning of Mussolini's The Doctrine of Fascism. And for good reason! This is some seriously totalitarian stuff. As with other world-jarring and vile works like The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,
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Alex
Way more esoteric but just as intellectually barren as I expected, although the sophistry is admittedly on a very high level of perfection. As a matter of policy, I don't give participation points for almost fooling me, however. If you prostitute yourself for the gullible masses, then you can take your reward from the masses.

If you honestly believe that you, as an individual, do not exist except as part of the spleen of an organism called "the state", and that you don't have a soul but the state
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Branche Steinbach
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this marvelously easy to read. Not simply because it was short, but the writing held your attention - even though it was describing a political ideology!

This book describes Fascism as only Mussolini could. It gives you a great insight into the mind of the man, and how he interpreted the now hated - and feared - form of governance.

I do, typically, enjoy books written before I was born, and ones that are extremely dry and/or boring, and that deal with historical events or political ideolo
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Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
Author's a rude twat. Killed a bunch of people over not agreeing with him about the doctrine in this book too.

Fortunately, brave companies like Goodreads carry forward his noble spirit and legacy to our modern day, and abusive reviews like this one will soon be deleted.
Albert
*Only for academic purpose*
Joe Carnage
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting voyage into the world of one of the strangest political doctrines of all time.
Razi Shaikh
More of an article than a book, this is short, concise and remarkably clear. One of my professors said in class that there is a fascist within each one of us. The question is, how much we allow it to express itself. Disturbing proposition. Read this book for a first hand account of how the fascist mind works.
Danny
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The “Doctrine of Fascism” is a 1932 essay and Italian encyclopedia entry written by Giovanni Gentile and Mussolini, although it was originally presented as being entirely authored by the latter. The entry is divided into two parts. The first part, “Fundamental Ideas,” is by the neo-Hegelian Idealist philosopher Gentile, who offers a brief overview of fascism as a political philosophy. It foreshadows the essay’s longer second section, “Political and Social Doctrine,” by Mussolini. Fascism, Gentil ...more
Greyweather
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: evil
"The so-called crisis can only be settled by State action and within the orbit of the State." - Benito Mussolini, Fascism Doctrine and Institutions

Sound familiar? Fascism, sadly, survives in modern political rhetoric. Everyone should read this so that they understand just how dangerously close we are to re-inventing the Fascist states that brought so much evil into the last century.
Bill
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than expected

Though the book is short and does not go into great detail, it provides a great general overview of the Fascist worldview. Would recommend as a light, introductory read.
Kerem Çağatay
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Some important parts are indicated below:

"Therefore life, as conceived of by the Fascist, is serious, austere, and religious; all its manifestations are poised in a world sustained by moral forces and subject to spiritual responsibilities. The Fascist disdains an “easy " life. "

"Outside history man is a nonentity. Fascism is therefore opposed to all individualistic abstractions based on eighteenth century materialism; and it is opposed to all Jacobinistic utopias and innovations. It does not be
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Ross
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascism is the boogeyman of the 21st century Western world. Something that since we are able to read, we are taught is a great evil in our world; yet the vast majority of people don't even know what Fascism is let alone it's basic concepts.

Reading through I think about the parallels (or lack thereof) to the world we live in today and how it casts a light on what our future holds should we continue down the path of the "well-being-happiness" lifestyle where we become lambs to the slaughter of hig
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Denizhan
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a well written, mystically well-though doctrine based upon Italy's state at the time after war. Firstly, one must understand that Great Depression, in a sense, happened in Italy after war where soldiers were harassed, citizens had little less value, their actions didn't result in anything and they were poor. Fascism tried to find a solution to this desperate state. One must understand that this doctrine is not anti-religion. Switch "state" with "church" and you will get your Christian ideol ...more
cem
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
this book exhibits the foundations of fascism and its economic, political, spiritual and religious roots. liberalism, democracy and egalitarianism were vehemently denounced by mussolini. unlike hitler's fascism, racist foundations does not exist in mussolini's fascist ideology. moreover, his criticism towards socialism was not that harsh, in fact the similarities between fascism and socialism were highlighted more than their differences, indicating mussolini's sympathy towards his ex-revolutiona ...more
Sami Eerola
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
There is not much to say about this book than it is exactly what the tittle says. It is better written than Hitlers "Mein Kampf" and shorter. The most interesting thing is that this book was written when Mussolini was already in power, so it can not be compared to other ideological manifestos, like Hitler's or even Lenin's books. This book is more like a way to show to people what exactly Mussolini wants. And what he wants is exactly what hi did. War, racism, dictatorship and corporatism. Mussol ...more
Shai
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Whenever respect for the State declines and the disintegrating and centrifugal tendencies of individuals and groups prevail, nations are headed for decay."

Like many idealistic (though Mussolini would have despised this characterization) we see the general elements of idealism after the disillusionment of liberal ideals. He describes the national proclivities of man to separate into disparate groups, and though these groups are a means in which the individual can express political power, Mussoli
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Hendrik
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book for a philosophical essay.
You can read a lot about his totalitarian, fascist views in this book.
Mussolini sees liberalism as weak. Declares democracy and socialism as enemies and uses the word authority a lot.
In his opinion, individuums should only have the view of the state. Everyone with another view is a threat to the state.

If you want to learn, what fascist ideologists believe, its summarized in this book.
My essay was about liberalism vs perfectionism. And concluded I ca
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Lord Ulf Skei
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting indeed

I had no idea what to expect from this book. But I suspected it might be universally interesting. This it is. There are many thoughts on this line of political thought. Fascism has been accused of many faults by people placing it next to Nazism among other things. This is categorically wrong for several reasons which I will not debate here. Read this brief work, and allow for a more juste image of this ideology, philosophy, school of thought. This embrace of the Roman empire an
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Almustafa Couch
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely if ever have I been so disappointed in a text, in which it is argued that (the non-existent factor called) common sense is what should be allowed to inform our legal system and societies action against the individual. The author also speaks favourably about is state of perpetual warfare, to motivate advance, in both technological and social development. He does however say one thing which has just a hint of truth to it in which he does label the Roman Catholic church as being an instituti ...more
Giorgi Pipia
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Generaly i can say its a rubish, but i will try to describe it or to find reasons of its creatio. 1. Reality of the era and immense poverty. 2. Bolesheviks revolution and fear of modernity made people go crazy about future. 3. I had a feelin that i was a reading memo of 15-17 year boy who thinks he can do anything he wants, just he has to figure it out :) 4. Very poor attempt to put together some ideas and call it ideology.
Przemyslaw Sha
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Leaving aside all the historical nuances and evil connotations that have emerged afterward, this book contains a bunch of motivational and will-hardening moments that nicely verbalize a certain attitude towards life ("me ne frego!"). Still, the chapters on the fascist visions of the economy, society and state are now just curios, which someone might find only historically interesting.
Will
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was only read for educational purposes. Essentially, only to hear it from the horses mouth. As for its content, nothing of value unless for educational purposes of fascism.

It has the same intellectual capacity of all other collectivist drivel.
Andrew Warren
Lots of typos

It was an interesting read, however difficult to follow at times because I feel it was lazily edited and translated. The philosophy itself is not very concrete, so that's interesting. It is quite a lot like most collectivist ideologies.
Appox7
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite an interesting read but too short.
Jairo Stirner
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: neo-fascism
Gives an informative explanation of the philosophy behind fascism.
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Italian politician who led the National Fascist Party and is credited with being one of the key figures in the creation of Fascism. He became the Prime Minister of Italy in 1922 and began using the title Il Duce by 1925. Mussolini continued on in this role until he was replaced in 1943; for a short period after this until his death Mussolini was the leader of the Italian Social Republic.
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