"Like all sound political conceptions, Fascism is action and it is thought, action in which doctrine is immanent, and doctrine arising from a given system of historical forces in which it is inserted, and working on them from within.”
This is the opening sentence to the “Doctrine of Fascism” but what does it mean and how does it apply to 21st century American politics and life. This is the essential question for our movement and the determining factor for which direction we’re going to take. All great social movements have one document which they can turn to as a rock in times of doctrinal stress and movement fragmentation. Christians have the bible, Muslims the Koran, Communists the Communist Manifesto, and National Socialists have Mein Kampf. All of these groups have been successful at spreading their message using their foundational book as a basis from which to convert. The problem we have as American Fascists is how to get across to the American public that our foundation lies in a book which 99% of the population is completely unfamiliar with. It has always been the position of the ABP that Fascism was a movement ahead of its time. It foresaw the societal decay we’re all living through today and the application for those problems are contained in the Doctrine of Fascism. The growth of our movement and our ability to break into the mainstream is incumbent on us being able to present the ideas in the DOF clearly and intelligibly while connecting them to 21st century American.
As discussed above, most great historical political movements arose from a strong doctrinal foundation reflected in literature developed during the movement’s initial stages. Fascism is unique in the sense that it recognized the decaying nature of the modern State and went about reconstructing it based upon a history of European anti-enlightenment thought, without presenting this thought in a strict ideological format. One of the problems Mussolini always associated with modern political regimes was their static nature and inability to adjust to changing circumstances. He believed that a government should to the greatest extent reflect the dynamism inherent in human nature, and not become so inflexible that when adjustments to doctrine are necessary they aren’t hindered. The liberal government of Giollotti suffered from just such an inability to adapt itself to the violence of the Marxists and as a result saw its power and influence wain to the point that a Red Revolution looked like a strong possibility. This is not something Mussolini ever forgot and while more doctrinaire positions were taken later on in the regime. The party in the early years was allowed to grow organically and become more successful as a result.
As Fascism became more popular and continued to grow outside as well as inside of Italy’s borders it became apparent that the National framework Fascism had originally adopted needed to be expanded on. It was during this time that Fascist leaders began to refer to their ideology as being suited not only to Italians but being universal in nature, an article which could be exported. The Fascist State is, however, a unique and original creation. It is not reactionary but revolutionary, for it anticipates the solution of certain universal problems which have been raised elsewhere
Starting in the mid-twenties there began to appear more literature expounding on Fascism as a doctrine, not only of politics but encompassing life itself. Alfredo Rocco, Giovanni Gentile, and Hugo Spirito were just some of the high profile Fascists to put out voluminous works at this time. This had the goal of refining and giving more coherence to Fascist thought, while at the same time giving direction to Fascist movements outside Italy who were starting to come under the temptation of antithetical ideologies such as National Socialism, all of this set the stage for the Doctrine of Fascism and the growth of Fascism into the 1930’s. This growth had even found its way into the United States with Fascist ideas finding their way into Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. This was not to last though. The destructive religious zeal with which the Second World War was fought guaranteed that the losing side would be destroyed not only militarily but also ideologically. In obvious political terms the legacy of the Second World War still lives with us even today. Ignoring the obvious use and abuse of the term Fascist by the media and intelligentsia. We have an even more serious problem to deal with on a smaller yet more important scale. One of the biggest issues Fascism has had in trying to establish a foundation for growth is the lack of any coherent Fascist movement in American history. Groups with lengthy histories such as the American Nazi Party, National Socialist Movement, and National Alliance have all been given the moniker of Fascist by the media yet rarely if ever do they use the term Fascist to refer to themselves, preferring to be historically honest and sticking with National Socialist. Despite this those who would be more apt to join a Fascist movement have either joined one of the above organization or have stayed away from it altogether because of not wanting to be associated with the above mentioned groups.
More recently we’ve seen the phenomenon of politically more astute National Socialists adopting the name Fascism for themselves. The realization has hit many of these people that by limiting themselves to National Socialism, an ideology concerned foremost with race they have limited their potential outreach and accordingly have resigned themselves to the political ghetto. As a result groups such as National Action and the Traditionalist Workers Party have adopted figures such as Oswald Mosley and Antonio Primo Rivera as models to give themselves more credence and expand their base, despite their refusal to adjust their views on race to align with Fascist thought.
"Not a race, nor a geographically defined region, but a people, historically perpetuating itself; a multitude unified by an idea and imbued with the will to live, the will to power, self-consciousness, personality."
This is where vigilance on our side has to play a role, while an attempt at synthesizing the two ideologies may produce more adherents for the National Socialists the inherent incompatibility of the two doctrines and a strict biological interpretation of race has a low ceiling of support and other than being bad science, it’s also a political dead end. It’s imperative that we’re able to keep ourselves separate and distinct from this milieu. The true Fascism of Mussolini, the Fascism described in the Doctrine of Fascism in 1932 has more relevance for the America of 2016 than the Italy of the period it was written for. In many ways Mussolini was a prophet, able to see the decadence which would plague the modern world before its full force could be felt. Up until today the DOF hasn’t had a strong vehicle to spread its message. The American Blackshirts Party looks to change that and bring it to American homes.
Modern America manifests itself in many ways: through its economic, political, and entertainment structures just to name a few, and while all of these institutions cover very different fields of culture and life. The basis for their existence is their foundation in materialism. Democracy and Capitalism are both ideologies which reject any kind of spiritual context for their ideas to operate. The former has its own particular view of morality which earns its definition from the desires of the majority of people. Fifty percent plus one is the law and is defined as right; while the latter is based upon human greed and the religious conviction that people acting out of purely selfish motives will somehow produce a more just prosperous society. Due to an ignorance of history and media manipulation it’s often assumed by most that there is no legitimate alternative to these, just more extreme versions of Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. They ignore the Fascist experiment in Italy and how it raised the standard of living of those people by rejecting Democracy and implementing the Fascist alternative.
"Fascism trains its guns on the whole block of democratic ideologies, and rejects both their premises and their practical applications and implements. Fascism denies that numbers, as such, can be the determining factor in human society; it denies the right of numbers to govern by means of periodical consultations; it asserts the irremediable and fertile and beneficent inequality of men who cannot be leveled by any such mechanical and extrinsic device as universal suffrage. Democratic regimes may be described as those under which the people are, from time to time, deluded into the belief that they exercise sovereignty, while all the time real sovereignty resides in and is exercised by other and sometimes irresponsible and secret forces. Democracy is a kingless regime infested by many kings who are sometimes more exclusive, tyrannical, and destructive than one, even if he be a tyrant."
When discussing the above ideas with people it’s essential that we stick with the main point that Democracy itself is the problem. Campaign Finance reform, originalist Supreme Court justices, term limits, balanced budgets, are all putting makeup on a pig. An idea which is spiritually corrupt must be exposed for the rotten carcass that it is. Democracy is the regime of numbers and egalitarianism. There’s no morality or ethic connected with it at all. It is death by the dollar bill. This retreat to relativism caused by the Democratic ethic has effected all aspects of American society. No longer does tradition, virtue, honor, have any meaning. People today live by the motto of “what feels good, do it.” This has led to a culture of drug addiction, pornography, and crime so bad that walking down the street in certain neighborhoods is considered an act in putting the morality of your children at risk, society has become an arena for individuals to pursue what they deem as their own good without any consideration for the well-being of the whole, a global free-market oriented hell-hole where, even something as simple as a trip to the super market invites an attack upon the innocence of your children. This is one area where we agree with many Conservative ideologues, but separate when it comes to solutions. American Conservatives will argue that the problem is derived from the government interfering with supply and demand that if people were allowed the freedom to completely make their own decisions absent any coercion then morality would win out. Sounds nice in theory, but this theoretical person and environment has never existed and never will. Our existence on this planet is predicated on us being born into a social system, which is first of all made up of the family, community, religious groups, the nation, and the State. Even theoretically taking the State out of the equation. It’s impossible to live life without some form of coercion. We are the product of the interactions we experience on a daily basis and how we integrate those experiences into our consciousness. The uniqueness of Fascist thought lies with its ability to see reality for what it truly is. To see that the most powerful institution of any society is the State, and how its ability to mold disparate elements together into a unified whole is what makes a community function and exist. When we say that Fascism is an ideology of the State that is what we mean.
"Anti-individualistic, the Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with those of the State, which stands for the conscience and the universal will of man as a historic entity. It is opposed to classical liberalism which arose as a reaction to absolutism and exhausted its historical function when the State became the expression of the conscience and will of the people. Liberalism denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual. And if liberty is to be the attribute of living men and not of abstract dummies invented by individualistic liberalism, then Fascism stands for liberty, and for the only liberty worth having, the liberty of the State and of the individual within the State. The Fascist conception of the State is all embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism, is totalitarian, and the Fascist State - a synthesi and a unit inclusive of all values - interprets, develops, and potentates thewhole life of a people."
All other ideologies fall short of this realization. None take man for what he truly is. They start off with premises of what they feel man should be and then develop doctrinal bases upon a theoretical man which in reality has never existed. The nature of man is revealed in human history, it’s in his deeds and actions. Institutions such as the State, Nation, family, communities, being integral to the very existence of man have a history established since the dawn of time. Our job as Fascists is to develop them along lines which will lead to the spiritual growth of the American population. The Doctrine of Fascism and the spreading of its message is where we must start.
***All quotes in this article are taken from the Doctrine of Fascism (1932)