Branding another word “fascist” and at the same time being a fascist is the main method of Putinism. Some call it subversive propaganda, others call it schizofascism. The most elegant formula was given by the Ukrainians: this is rashism. Written by Timothy Snyder in a text for The New York Times
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Fascism, as an idea, remained undefeated. This cult of absurdity and crime could not be refuted by arguments. While Nazi Germany seemed chosen, the Europeans, and not only them, succumbed to its temptation. Fascism was only defeated on the battlefields of World War II. Now he’s back. Russia. If she wins, fascists around the world will perk up.
We are mistaken in limiting our fear of fascism to only that of Hitler and the Holocaust. Fascism originated in Italy, became popular in Europe, where fascists, Orthodox Christians, recorded the cleansing of violence, and gained adherents throughout Europe and America. In all its variations, it meant the triumph of will over reason.
Five signs that indicate that Russia is a fascist state.
1. Today’s Russia meets the majority of consumers that are usually relied upon. In Russia, there is a cult of one leader – Putin. There is a cult of the dead, built around the second world. There is a myth about the golden discovery of imperial greatness that needs to be revived in the war of the healing crime – the Crime War with Ukraine.
This is not the first time that Ukraine has been the victim of a fascist attack. In 1941, Hitler saw the capture of this country as his goal. He was appreciated by the Soviet Union, which then entered Ukraine.
the result is to overthrow the Soviet government and seize the Ukrainian fertile lands: famine will begin in the Soviet Union, and Germany will become an empire. Hitler thought that this would be easy to achieve, because he considered the USSR an artificial entity, and the Ukrainians a colonial people.
The resemblance to the war unleashed by Putin is different. The Kremlin sees the Ukrainian artificial formation and proof that it considers the Jewish president. In the Kremlin’s view, after the fall of the small Ukrainian elite, the scattered masses will embrace Russian domination with open arms. Today, it is Russia that blocks the export of Ukrainian food, threatening the south of the planet with starvation.
2. Many do not dare to call today’s Russia fascist, because the Stalinist Soviet Union is recognized by the anti-fascist population. But that definition of fascism didn’t make it any better, and today it’s not just a confusion – it’s much worse.
The USSR did not always resist fascism. Before Hitler came to power in 1933, the Soviet Union viewed the fascists as just another thing of capitalist wards. And in 1939, the Soviet Union really became an ally of Nazi Germany, and together they invaded Poland. The Soviet press published Nazi speeches, and Nazi leaders directed the effectiveness of mass deportations in the Soviet Union.
Russia can appropriate the sacrifice and the conquest. One cannot speak or think about the paramount fact that Stalin, in alliance with Hitler, and thereby contributed to the unleashing of the second world ocean.
3. Stalin’s flexible policy of attracting to fascism is the key to understanding today’s Russia. Under Stalin, fascism was first treated with indifference, then declared evil, then good. And when Hitler betrayed Stalin and Germany invaded the Soviet Union, evil again. But no one has ever given a definition of fascism. They made a box out of it, in which you could put anything you wanted.
Soviet anti-fascism began to regulate the settings for “we” and “they”. This is not a fight against fascism. After all, as the Nazi ideologue Karl Schmitt said, fascist politics begins with the definition of the enemy. It was possible to reveal Soviet anti-fascism only in Russia.
4. In Russia of the 21st century, “anti-fascism” simply resulted in the right of the Russian leader to appoint governments of states. Real Russian fascists like Dugin and Prokhanov were given airtime. Putin himself relied on the work of the fascist Ivan Ilyin, published in the interwar period. For the President of Russia, a “fascist” or “Nazi” is simply someone who communicates against him or his plan to fight Ukraine. Ukrainians are “Nazis” because they do not consider themselves Russians and resist.
If someone were to move into our room from the 1930s, they would easily recognize Putin’s regime as fascist. The symbol Z, rallies, propaganda, war as a cleansing act of crime and mass graves around Ukrainian cities become quite obvious. The war with Ukraine is not only a return to outdated fascist language: it is also a return to outdated fascist language and methods. Other countries happen in the colony. Russia’s past is removed from her fault. The existence of Ukraine is an international conspiracy. War is the answer.
Putin says that fascists are enemies, it may be difficult to realize that he himself is a fascist. But in Russia’s war against Ukraine, “fascist” simply means “subhuman enemy” – someone who, in Russian, is allowed to be killed. Language of accusation against Ukrainians We see this in Bucha, Mariupol and all other occupied parts of Ukraine. Mass graves are not an accident, but a fixed fascist war of annihilation.
5. Fascists who call others “fascists” are fascism taken to its illogical extreme, a cult of the absurd. This is the end point, in connection with which the language of exclusion is white black, and the propaganda of freedom is only on perseverance. Branding with another word “fascist” and at the same time being a fascist yourself is the main method of Putinism. The American philosopher Jason Stanley called it “subversive propaganda,” I called it “schizofascism.” The most elegant formula is given by the Ukrainians: “rashism”.
As in the 1930s, democracy around the world is in retreat, and the Nazis have gone to war with their neighbors. If Russia wins in Ukraine, then it will not be just a non-use of force (which in itself is already bad). Democracies around the world will be demoralized. Friends of Russia – Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban, Tucker Carlson – were fighting democracy even before the war. The victory of the Nazis on the field of fear will confirm that the one who is stronger is right, reason is for the losers. That democracy must fail.
If Ukraine hadn’t met with resistance, it would have been a dark spring for democrats around the world. If Ukraine does not win, then there will be a feeling of darkness.