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This might of interest. It’s from by Johann Hari last Fall on the Huffington Post. A reader just sent it to me. I think Hari is nuts to call Pym Fortuyn a fascist. But I think this bit makes a good point:

So the idea of a gay fascist seems ridiculous. Yet when the British National Party – our own home-grown Holocaust-denying bigots – announced it was fielding an openly gay candidate in the European elections this June, dedicated followers of fascism didn’t blink. The twisted truth is that gay men have been at the heart of every major fascist movement that ever was – including the gay-gassing, homo-cidal Third Reich. With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past thirty years have been gay. It’s time to admit something. Fascism isn’t something that happens out there, a nasty habit acquired by the straight boys. It is – in part, at least – a gay thing, and it’s time for non-fascist gay people to wake up and face the marching music.

What I like about the passage is that it recognizes that all “good” things don’t go together. So much of the discussion of fascism boils down to fascism being the umbrella label for All Bad Things.



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