AND/OR Fascism

To the best of my knowledge, none have written so well of the nature of American Fascism as Ezra Pound, and it is his book Jefferson AND/OR Mussolini that most thoroughly explains his way of thinking towards it. His is the notion that Fascist leaders simply do what is necessary in their given countries, and that if you were to put Mussolini on the American frontier and Jefferson on the Italian peninsula, the results would be more or less the same as their historical ends.

NPG Ax7811; Ezra Pound by Alvin Langdon Coburn

To give a bit of history to Pound’s politics: he was American born, and of a true American nature. He wrote in London and brought to light many of the 20th century’s literary masters: James Joyce, Earnest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and others. Eventually he defected to Mussolini’s Italy where he became an ardent supporter of the Fascist government and wrote propaganda for the state, until Italy’s demise, at which point he was captured by the Americans and placed in a POW camp, kept in an outdoor, steel cage for weeks, where he wrote a portion of his famous Cantos. When I visited Venice last year, I made it a point to visit the grave of Ezra Pound, which is situated on an island-cemetery where many Italian nobles have been buried. It’s unsurprising that he would be buried in Italy, for as much as he may have liked the Old America, he once wrote that he never felt so personally free as he did when living in Italy (contrary to the popular belief of Fascism as being oppressive.

And so Pound famously equated Jefferson to Mussolini, an assertion as controversial as any other he made: isn’t Fascism indicative of an all-consuming state with authoritarian power? Wasn’t Jefferson all for small government and individual freedoms? The Fascist government in Italy truthfully wanted nothing more than to sit back and let the country run itself; the authoritarian power was simply decided to be necessary to this end. A Fascist state as you might see in Italy or America, countries made up of bickering and disagreeing states, is instead one that intervenes to arbitrate. In Italy, the government did not plan the economy: businesses communicated with one another and negotiate deals, set quotas etc. and if they could not come to an agreement, the Dulce would make the decision. The government did not put up barriers and red tape, it was a driving force. This is absolutely compatible with Jefferson’s desired, small government in America, of course.

This notion of AND/OR Fascism, or fascisme américain, is critical today because it would rally the right against the increasingly degenerate and hostile left: true Americans who demand a constitutional government and those with distaste for the ever-growing federal government and its corruption–the same people who elected the populist candidate Donald Trump–are being dashed against the stones and scattered by the globalists who have resorted to divide et impera tactics. If it is true that Trump has “scared away” moderate republicans, then the fact that republican voter turnout has remained the since into the last election means he has then attracted a new generation of less moderate republicans. Fascism, of course, is the tool by which the new generation of the Right will be formed into the phalanx the New Guard. We just might make stormtroopers out of them yet.

For those who enjoy the old Jeffersonism: “That government is best which governs least,” understand his meaning behind the verb ‘to govern’ here. Jefferson ruled over a limited electorate and thus had fewer needs to govern. The reason we have such a large state today is largely due to the failed experiment of total democracy in which suffrage is universal. Fascism has few, if any, constituents, and therefor may afford to be small in scope. This ironically grants more personal freedoms to the general public than any democracy could hope to.


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