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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later.Support Elizabeth on Patreon.

11 Comments

  1. Dadalama
    February 20, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

    I think Umberto Ecco’s definition of fascism is the only modern one that makes sense.

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  2. Tom
    February 20, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

    Mightn’t it be easier to call it the political instrumentalisation of sexual repression? That pretty much covers everyone from Mary Whitehouse to the Japanese Red Army. Eco’s definition doesn’t allow a way to address the problem of moderate fascism (since all these individual points may be harmless – not radically harmful at least – or politically universal “in moderation” (socialist Yugoslavia, say) whereas (as I seem to recall) Marcuse’s theories of sexual radicalism make for a broader picture of the necessary persistence of repression and the problem of excess repression.

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  3. Max Curtis
    February 20, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

    Loved this section of the book, and using Eco’s definition is a savvy choice. My only issue is you talk about “staring down a thirty-item bulleted list” and then a few paragraphs later include a fourteen-item bulleted list.

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    • Dadalama
      February 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

      still not as bad as two chapter fives!

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    • Jarl
      February 20, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

      I’ve checked his math, Phil, he’s right. This book is a halfway measure! We’re gonna need at least 16 more bullet points if we’re gonna fight fascism.

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    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      February 21, 2016 @ 4:53 am

      Ha. Yes, I suppose I should have numbered it.

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      • Jeff Heikkinen
        February 21, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

        It would have made the subsequent discussion a bit easier to follow. That seems like a much better reason than the arguable appearance of hypocrisy, which is more of a mildly amusing side note than a serious criticism.

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  4. Ozyman.Jones
    February 22, 2016 @ 5:00 am

    Sure… but that definition would include a lot of other ideologies considered outside Fascism… 3rd Wave Feminism would tick ten or eleven of these, depending on how you define the terms.

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  5. Shannon
    February 22, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    It’s really disturbing how many of these the Trump Campaign ticks – I counted at least 11 of 14.

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  6. Zammo
    February 23, 2016 @ 7:17 am

    Any political movement that was backward-looking enough to genuinely reject modern culture would be necessarily a bit harmless- it’d look like the Amish. In Jeffrey Herf’s book “Reactionary Modernism”, he writes well about the problem with Nazi Germany- a culture with a reactionary ideology but using the very latest gadgets, weapons, media, bombs etc.

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