I think it’s a bit of definitional creep to define Trump as a fascist. A key definition of fascism which is often left out from liberal categories is the presence of a highly organised (if not paramilitarised) mass movement made up of an unholy alliance between the petit-bourgeois and the poorest elements of the working-class. This mass movement serves to allow fascist parties within bourgeois state institutions to wield a much greater degree of independence from the ruling class than they would otherwise be capable of, what Marxists call ‘Bonapartism’.
Whilst this was absolutely present in fascist Germany and Italy (and to a lesser degree in Spain), Trump has no such organised support base – and is therefore much more a prisoner to the vested interests in the financial and industrial elite who seek to use him as a pawn.
Whilst Trump’s ideas are undoubtedly fascistic, and the vocalisation of this ideology within state institutions legitimises and emboldens neo-Nazis and white nationalists, hugely increasing the dangers which they pose to PoC, women and the organised labour movement, I think it’s a misreading of the class character of Trumpism to define it as explicitly fascist. This presents us with a very different set of immediate organisational priorities: organising oppositional groups to fight for working-class political interests across and between the divisions which Trumpism seeks to widen and concretise, rather than uncompromising people’s war – at this stage.
PS: I suggested this post to my friends. One of my friends, *he doesn’t know much of these “difficult political terms”* asked me to elaborate these terms used by me. Though he said, “You wrote fantastically right. 😃 But unfortunately I dont have any idea about what you just wrote. 😂”
Its like a the compliment of a aged farmer when he was asked, “You come in the support of Quaid E Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah but you understand what he says? He talks in English and you cant even understand Hindi/Urdu which is official language in the lower classes.”
He replied, ” It’s true that I can’t even understand one word of Jinnah, but I know from the core of my heart that he talks about our rights and whatever he talks, is totally right.” 😃
Very funny but now a days you can’t support someone’s views if you don’t know what he talking about. So I thought of listing some definitions of those “difficult terms”.
FASCISM: The ideology that was founded by Benito Mussolini which outlines three principles:
1. Everything is the state.
2. Nothing outside the state.
3. Nothing against the state.
Petit-Bourgeois: A member of lower-middle class who is much conservative.
Bonapartism: According to Karl Marx: It is a situation in which counter-revolutionary military officers seize power from revolutionaries, and use selective reforms to co-opt the radicalism of the popular classes. Marx argued that in the process, Bonapartists preserve and mask the power of a narrower ruling class.
Neo-nazism: A post-WWII philosphy that admires the philosphy of Adolf Hitler.