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Political Science
Political Science 1020E
Charles Jones

Lecture: Fascism & Feminism Nov. 22 , 2011.  Hitler and Nazism  Key Fascist Themes  Feminism  Read pgs 221-252 B&D Who argued that Means, or Moral Considerations, are as important as the victory of socialism? a. V.I. Lenin b. Joseph Stalin c. Ed Bernstein d. Mao Zedong Hitler’s Nazism - two explanations for Hitler’s rise to power: 1. economic 2. charismatic - resentment about end of WW1 - German people (‘Volk’) must defeat Jews, communists, and liberals - need a strong, dominant leader (‘Fuherprinzip’) - nationalism - lebensraum (living space) - social Darwinism - racism and anti-Semitism Fascism: Key Themes - sense of crisis needing radical solution - subordination of individuals to the group - one’s group is a victim whose enemies must be attacked - (Paxton) fear of liberalism, class conflict and other alien forces - permit community integration by violence if necessary - need for authority by natural (male) leaders embodying group’s destiny - superiority of leader’s instincts to abstract and universal reason - celebration of violence and will, when devoted to group’s success
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