This reworked excerpt from an older post on the site highlights, what I would call ‘the failure of romantic idealist fervor,’ a fervor I have both criticized and expressed. Originally part of my article “Theosophy, Italian Fascism and German National Socialism, 2017.”
In The National Socialist Revolution, we get a visual of Germany, the hopes and aspirations of the time, what principally motivated Adolf Hitler, and what he envisioned after the victory of Germany in World War II. He comes from the German Volk! he says passionately. Similarly to Mussolini in his Autobiography, Mussolini explains his study of the entirety of Italy’s history, and Fascism was an expression of that history.
ASPIRATIONS: “A CRY OF “ARISE” SHALL ECHO THROUGH THE GERMAN LANDS!”
“I have emerged from the Volk. For this German Volk I have fought throughout my life.”
ADOLF HITLER CALLS FOR THE TRIUMPH OF LABOR OVER CAPITALISM, THE BOURGEOIS AND PLUTOCRATS
COMMENTARY ON HITLER’S BLUNDERS: THE FAILURE OF ROMANTIC IDEALIST FERVOR
I try to imagine, but it is as if, everytime I try to, the world before World War II seems completely outer world, or an alternative timeline. For a people to declare another people brutes, who are otherwise peaceful, or nonthreatening, while behaving as brutes seems to be the irony of imperial colonialists. Similarly, the Nationalist Socialists led their generation to degenerate into the old European stereotype of the “barbaric” Teuton; and Germany since, have sadly tried to make amends. On the conflicting life of Benito Mussolini, as well as Adolf Hitler and their colleagues, the facts betray the ideology they propagated. Mussolini is portrayed as a casanova, suffering and psychologically conflicted. If we were to judge fascism solely by old film and propaganda, we get the image of a heroic icon, or man of iron, because Mussolini specifically wanted to be portrayed that way; but this isn’t the reality of Mussolini, especially from what his mistress Clara Petacci tells us. Adolf Hitler also had problems, such as supposed sexual fetishes, drug abuse and addictions, and the bad military choices he made as a leader. There are many things that can be said about Hitler, that are far from romantic. It goes the same for Mussolini — not as they were seen through propaganda reels.
HITLER’S STUPID MILITARY MISTAKES: IDEOLOGICAL FANATICISM OVER MILITARY EXPERTISE
Hitler continually underplayed the Americans military abilities, because of his belief, that Blacks and Jews ruled America; and his preference for unexperienced National Socialist fanatics in his military over expertise is one among many strategic mistakes.