‘The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Parts 1-5)‘, Australian Independent Media Network, 2-6 June 2016
First of a planned multi-part series by this veteran commentator. The other parts will link from Part 1.
With respect, many of those efforts [says the author of various writing attempting to label Australia as fascist] are not completely satisfactory for reasons too long to explain here. Naturally, most of the basic elements on which they concentrate are present in Australia. None of those writers, however, provided a definition. One will be attempted by way of conclusion. Of course, there are many elements of comparison, and they are shared between Australia and Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and National-Catholic Spain.
The author works his way through Australian history in the 1930s, where there were a number of flirtations with fascism, then moves on to some lists and hypotheses about the components of fascism, to the ‘shopping list’ of the Institute of Public Affairs for the Abbott Government, and to Sheldon Wolin on ‘inverted totalitarianism’. Part 5 is on ‘corporatocracy’ and BA Santamaria.
Honest History has other material on fascism (it links from here) and there is other material accessible through our site’s Search facility. Dr Venturini has also written a series on republicanism for AIMN.