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FTR #94 A Look At Global Fascism

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This pro­gram doc­u­ments impor­tant events in fas­cis­m’s rise and devel­op­ment around the world and through the years. After an exam­i­na­tion of the career of Ger­man Nazi pub­lish­er Ger­hard Frey (whose asso­ci­a­tions include Nazi spy­mas­ter Rein­hard Gehlen and a tan­gen­tial role in the JFK assas­si­na­tion), the dis­cus­sion focus­es on a 1998 con­gress of the AN, the Ital­ian Fas­cist Par­ty that is the direct lin­eal descen­dant of and heir to Mus­solin­i’s black­shirts. Present at the con­gress were Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bob Young and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Israeli Likud Par­ty. Oth­er pro­gram high­lights include: Her­bert Hoover’s attempt to bring Marine Corps Gen­er­al Smed­ley But­ler before a court mar­tial for “slan­der­ing” Mus­soli­ni (But­ler was a two-time win­ner of the Con­gres­sion­al Medal of Hon­or); fas­cist antecedents to impor­tant ele­ments of both the Zion­ist move­ment and the Pales­tin­ian Nation­al Move­ment (includ­ing links to Yass­er Arafat and the polit­i­cal milieu of Ben­jamin Netanyahu); the rise of a vir­u­lent­ly anti-Semit­ic form of fas­cism in Rus­sia and its alarm­ing accep­tance by the Russ­ian author­i­ties: the sim­i­lar­i­ty between the ide­ol­o­gy and polit­i­cal rhetoric of the groups men­tioned above and the right wing of the Repub­li­can Par­ty.