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"John K. Taber" <[log in to unmask]>
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For me, a helpful book to understand Fascism is Karl Popper's
_The Open Society_. Please, don't anybody embarrass me by asking
what it says. It's a tough read. But very helpful.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
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> Sent: Thursday, January 21, 1999 7:55 PM
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> I thought this might be relavent:
> I've been doing some reading on Pound in Italy: Hamilton's 
> _The Appeal of
> Fascism_ is an intelligent look at the political and 
> philosophical climate
> of Europe and the contributions made by various intellectuals and
> non-intellectuals alike--philosophers, poets, painters and sculptors
> included.  T. S. Eliot spoke favorably of Sir Oswald Mosley, 
> a fascists in
> Britain; I believe W. B. Yeats actually declared himself a 
> fascist against
> the rising tide of socialism and futurism: two schools of thought and
> politics that were focused upon the dismantling of cultural 
> connections with
> the past.  One futurist in Italy, Marinetti, wanted to ". . . burn all
> gondolas and 'fill the stinking little canals' of Venice 
> 'with the ruins of
> crumbling, leprous palaces' [a widely circulating view at the 
> time]."  The
> attitude that I get from most intelligent sources tends to 
> characterize the
> philosophical climate as obviously threatening to 
> neoclassicists, modernists
> like Pound and Wyndham Lewis--its an attitude which seems to 
> be difficult
> for ("20/20") hindsight.  Joyce makes an interesting comment: 
> "Not to like
> it [Italy] because of Mussolini would be just as absurd as to 
> hate England
> because of Henry the Eighth"; which is to say that they had a 
> whole other
> attitude over there (in Europe) at all; Americans probably 
> wouldn't fathom
> such an idea at the time.