The new e-journal Fascism opens up new possibilities for using a broad perspective in the analysis of ‘fascism’. What challenges are offered by approaching ‘fascism’ from a broad perspective? What questions may stimulate new debates and new research projects?
Here are just two examples of what seem to me to be important questions:
In what ways is our knowledge of ‘fascism’ (or fascisms) enhanced by developing a general theory of fascism, as has been proposed by Roger Griffin? What new insights may be gained when different expressions of fascism in different periods and countries are united under the umbrella of a general theory of fascism or a definition of generic fascism? What are the consequences of an approach which seems to value similarities over differences? Is consensus over the definition of (generic) fascism a precondition for a meaningful academic exchange of ideas?
In fascist discourses, violence has an important place. Nevertheless, rhetorical violence does not always coincide with the practice of violence. What is the particular nature of fascist imaginations of violence? What is the relationship between the development of a rhetoric of violence and the ‘real’ use of violence? Why does a rhetoric of violence in some cases lead to violent practices, while in others this doesn’t happen? Do practices of violence always go hand in hand with a rhetoric of violence?
May questions like these and many others feed the new e-journal Fascism and keep it alive, connecting scholars from different backgrounds all over the world and creating a new community for research and discussion.