I know this is too late, but I feel like having a base to build the following few articles, as well as the general narrative for the blog is important. Defining the useful terms for the rest of the blog as important as keeping up with the blog week in and week out. I applaud the students who are keeping a cohesive academic narrative and I feel like this course is designed that way. That said, I think I’ll struggle with that because of who I am. I have severe ADHD and I think it would be extremely difficult for me to maintain this strict academic format. Instead, I’ll attempt to tackle each week a slight bit more informally and go through my thought process as a move along in the course, with the goal of taking a more personal look at the affairs of this course and the rise of right wing belief in Europe. I think this’ll provide a more unique view on the affairs of the class. If my thoughts seem jumbled please dont hesitate to let me know, as I’m trying to take this in a different direction.
The second week of the course covered the importance of defining the term fascism, as well as its relationship with populism. The thought that stuck with me was highlighted in both class discussion and especially De Gracia’s article. Her article deals with the oversimplification of the term Fascism. She comments that this term is found and used everywhere possible and a lot of the time, it oversimplifies the term fascism. Fredirico Finklesteins article also mentions that the use of the term fascism and populism both simplify the terms. The general consensus seems to be that the term is far more ambiguous then our media space gives it credit for. I think this is also a result of being in the american media space, where fascism is often denoted as being unequivocally evil and denied the nuance that we as historians need to understand it. If something was without a doubt evil who would ever join? I’m not trying to say that fascism appeals to me, I’m saying that the ideology could not convince anyone to join if it was the oversimplified image of fascism that seems to exist in our current media space. I hope that over the course of this course that I can grow and explore these ideas through my personal lens and build a cohesive blog.