With Enemies at the Gate
A Discussion Between Alexander Reid Ross and Shane Burley on Paganism and the Resistance to Fascism
SB: For people that are uninitiated, what role has paganism played in what we call the “broad fascist movement?” What importance has it had?
ARR: Historically, I think it has had quite an impact. You don’t look at Mussolini’s attitudes, his speeches in the in the late 1910s and early 1920s and see paganism. You just don’t. You see even some atheism, and a wholesale rejection of the church’s power. And, in a way, a sort of sacralized politics that is there to replace the power of the church and the state as we know it and transform it into a total entity.
It isn’t until Hitler’s party rises out of the great depression that paganism starts to influence the fascist movement, because Hitler’s background is in Guido von Liste and people who were…
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