“The nation is analogous to the human body, in that it is made up of its constituent parts, all having a separate function and purpose that at the same time need to work together to achieve a common goal. To that end we reject the notion that the individual is the foundation of society. We accept that the foundation of society is the social group. For this new society we will create the corporate state wherein all citizens of a legal age, no matter what type of work they do, whether of hand or brain, will be a member of a corporation made up of people in similar occupations, who receive from the state a general direction as to the scope of their activities, yet are free to develop these in their own way and to decide amongst themselves their mutual duties and responsibilities.” – ABP Manifesto, Clause 1
As ABP members know all too well, we live in a society where even the term “fascism” conjures negative connotations that originated following the Second World War—impressions that are ignorant of the philosophy’s true and positive merits for contemporary America. In a world where this system is misunderstood and villainized, how does one explain the concept of fascism to children? If our movement is to grow in America, we need to not only convince uneducated adults of those merits, but also our youth to ensure further growth in the generations to come. I believe it is useful to compare fascist philosophy to something that children can easily relate to—the human body. From a young age children should be taught the importance of maintaining good health, and so the analogy of fascism to a well-functioning human body might be an effective way to explain how things would work in a fascist America.
Just as a human body consists of a mind, organs, blood, a heart, and a soul, so would a fascist nation.
The “body” of a fascist nation would be the corporate structure. Just as every organ in the human body has a specific function, so would every corporation organized within the State. In our bodies we have lungs to breathe, a stomach to feed, feet to move us, and hands to do our work, a fascist nation would have corporations responsible for energy, agriculture, transportation, labor, and many others. The National Council of Corporations established in Italy in 1930 had representatives from twenty-two key elements of the economy, but contemporary America would likely require even more corporations to effectively solve problems in our modern economy. Leaders of these corporations would be subject matter experts in their respective fields, not mere politicians, and therefore would better serve the people of the nation than do legislative representatives in our current democracy. This corporate structure is where the term “fascism” comes from—strength through unity. Any one element working alone and guided by self-interest will be weak, but when economic elements work together—as banded rods in the fasces—strength through unity is realized.
The “mind” in a fascist nation would be the Leader (note the capital L), the person who is responsible for leading the nation to economic, military, and social prosperity. It is the mind that motivates the heart and body to work and progress. It is important that we explain that this Leader would not be a tyrant or despot, but an admirable figure that the people look to for inspiration and who manifests the spirit of the State. Our current democracy produces leaders (note the lowercase L) who are short-sighted compromisers and often elected only on the merit of being the lesser of evils among those running for the office. The Leader I am writing about is someone the people genuinely believe in.
The “blood” of a fascist nation is its citizens, united by a culture of shared political belief and national identity—a common sociopolitical “soul”. Lastly, the “heart” of a fascist nation is the State itself that moves the blood through the body under direction of a sound mind. It is these elements combined—the anatomy of a nation—that advances a people to enduring greatness