British Fascism

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British Fascism is the form of fascism promoted by parties in the United Kingdom. [1] British fascism is based on British Nationalism. [2] Examples of British Fascist movements are British Fascists (1923-1934) and the British Union of Fascists (1932-1940). Some recent examples are National Front (1967-present) and Britain First (2011-present). [3][4][5]

Ideological origins[change | change source]

British Fascism is based upon Italian Fascism and British Traditions.[1]

British Fascism claims that both it Economic and Political agenda represent Tudor England.[1] It claims its centralized national authoritarian state is based upon the Tudor System.[1]

British Fascism also claims the legacy of Oliver Cromwell.[6]

English Political theorist Thomas Hobbes in his work Leviathan (1651) created the ideology of Absolutism which was highly influential in the fascist ideology.[7]

British fascism claims its corporatist economic policy is based upon the medieval guild system.[1]

Beliefs[change | change source]

Nationalism[change | change source]

British Fascism is based upon British Nationalism.

Foreign polices[change | change source]

British Fascism was Non-interventionism and argued war should only be used in defense of Britain or the British Empire. It believed the only threat to the British Empire was from the Soviet Union. [8]

Corporatist policies would also be spread to the empire.[9]

Totalitarianism[change | change source]

British Fascism is Totalitarian. The BUF declared support for a totalitarian state with Mosley describing it as "a nation emerges organised in the divine parallel of the human body as the name implies. Every organ plays a part in relation to the whole and in harmony with the whole".[10]

Corporatism economy[change | change source]

British Fascism is against laissez-faire and promotes a corporatist economic system.[1]

Traditionalism[change | change source]

British Fascism supports the British Monarchy.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Thomas P. Linehan. British fascism, 1918-39: parties, ideology and culture. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2000. p. 14.
  2. Richard C. Thurlow. Fascism in Britain: from Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts to the National Front. 2nd edition. New York: I. B. Taurus, 2006. p. 133-134.
  3. Bienkov, Adam (19 June 2014). "Britain First: The violent new face of British fascism". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. Foxton, Willard (4 November 2014). "The loathsome Britain First are trying to hijack the poppy – don't let them". The Telegraph.
  5. Sabin, Lamiat (25 October 2014). "'Fascist' group Britain First to start 'direct action' on Mail and Sun journalists over Lynda Bellingham post". The Independent.
  6. Julie V. Gottlieb, Thomas P. Linehan. The culture of fascism: visions of the Far Right in Britain. New York: I. B. Taurus, 2004. p. 152.
  7. Contemporary Political Theory: New Dimensions, Basic Concepts and Major Trends. 12th Edition. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 2007. p. 705.
  8. Oswald Mosley. Fascism: 100 Questions Asked and Answered. Question 88
  9. Oswald Mosley. Fascism: 100 Questions Asked and Answered. Question 83
  10. Roger Griffin. Fascism, Totalitarianism And Political Religion. Oxon, England, UK; New York, New York, USA: Routledge, 2005. P. 110.