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This book explores the fascist influences that continue to permeate modern culture and thought. Through a skillful combination of historical narrative, cultural criticism and theological analysis, the author demonstrates how fascism, perhaps unknowingly, affects our thinking. The author also offers guidance and hope for those shaken by ideological crosscurrents as he convi This book explores the fascist influences that continue to permeate modern culture and thought. Through a skillful combination of historical narrative, cultural criticism and theological analysis, the author demonstrates how fascism, perhaps unknowingly, affects our thinking. The author also offers guidance and hope for those shaken by ideological crosscurrents as he convincingly demonstrates that Christian theology does not stifle the truth.


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This book explores the fascist influences that continue to permeate modern culture and thought. Through a skillful combination of historical narrative, cultural criticism and theological analysis, the author demonstrates how fascism, perhaps unknowingly, affects our thinking. The author also offers guidance and hope for those shaken by ideological crosscurrents as he convi This book explores the fascist influences that continue to permeate modern culture and thought. Through a skillful combination of historical narrative, cultural criticism and theological analysis, the author demonstrates how fascism, perhaps unknowingly, affects our thinking. The author also offers guidance and hope for those shaken by ideological crosscurrents as he convincingly demonstrates that Christian theology does not stifle the truth.

30 review for Modern Fascism: The Threat to the Judeo-Christian View

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    This is a very good book on the rise of German Fascism. I was expecting (hoping) that it would be more focused on fascism as it is alive today. The history and defining of fascism was what I found most helpful. I always assumed it was based on hyper-nationalism but found that it is more based on a rejection of transcendence with pagan roots, seeds of environmentalism and grounded in existentialism. I suppose one smarter than myself can make the connection from the environment of the early 20th c This is a very good book on the rise of German Fascism. I was expecting (hoping) that it would be more focused on fascism as it is alive today. The history and defining of fascism was what I found most helpful. I always assumed it was based on hyper-nationalism but found that it is more based on a rejection of transcendence with pagan roots, seeds of environmentalism and grounded in existentialism. I suppose one smarter than myself can make the connection from the environment of the early 20th century that gave rise to fascism and the intellectual climate of today. I'm not going to lie, I was hoping Veith was going to do that for me. Another interesting part of the story is the development of the phrase "will to power." Power seems to be a major theme of fascist thought and what better basis for it than the autonomous will of man. This of course comes from the rejection of transcendent truth and law (something the Nazis blamed Jewish thought and religion for) and is easily identifiable with Heidegger's existentialism. Overall a good read, just not what I was expecting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    Outstanding.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Modern Fascism is a guidebook to how a bunch of ideas come together to produce really bad consequences. Veith first spends some time reviewing the origins of fascism and trying to pinpoint what exactly it is and isn’t. He dispels the myth that fascism is distinct to the “right” and shows how it overlaps with communism. Ideas that influenced the formation of fascism include romanticism, Darwinism, existentialism, primitivism, environmentalism, socialism, and nationalism among others. The rise of Modern Fascism is a guidebook to how a bunch of ideas come together to produce really bad consequences. Veith first spends some time reviewing the origins of fascism and trying to pinpoint what exactly it is and isn’t. He dispels the myth that fascism is distinct to the “right” and shows how it overlaps with communism. Ideas that influenced the formation of fascism include romanticism, Darwinism, existentialism, primitivism, environmentalism, socialism, and nationalism among others. The rise of philosophies that directly opposed the traditions of rationalism and transcendence formed the basis of the fascist movements. Veith then takes the reader through Modernism and Postmodernism, comparing and contrasting the new philosophies with the old. The dangers of fascist thinking are still alive and well, especially in our universities and mass media. He shows how deconstruction reduces everything to propaganda. When the word is meaningless, everything is about images. Along with relativism (the war against absolute truth and morality), these two ideas set the stage to destroy Western Civilization. All that is left to fill the vacuum is arbitrary power. The end of the book shifts focus to the dangers of the mob, mass media, and violence. Written in 1993 before the rise of the internet, the author could not have known how powerful these influences would become. Reason has been replaced with emotional tyranny. Its easy to see now how fascism has infiltrated both the left and the right in our current political climate. As predicted in this book, the new forms of fascism have erupted into violent behavior. People like to joke about Antifa fighting fascism with fascism, and it is so true! Personally, I found this book really challenged some of my ways of thinking…. showing how existentialism had crept into my own views of authenticity and libertarianism. There is so much in this small book, I cannot do it justice. I would highly recommend Modern Fascism along with Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver. Read it. Have your kids read it, especially before they leave for university.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dona

    Almost thirty years has past since this book was published and it more applicable today than then. I would say it is a must read except for the fact that it is very academic. I would have given it five stars if I hadn’t struggled through the language, which is interesting in that the author mentions how the deterioration of language is an opening to Fascism!! I think I’m getting old and not used to such heavy writing. I also struggle with Philosophy but it was needed in the book to explain Fasci Almost thirty years has past since this book was published and it more applicable today than then. I would say it is a must read except for the fact that it is very academic. I would have given it five stars if I hadn’t struggled through the language, which is interesting in that the author mentions how the deterioration of language is an opening to Fascism!! I think I’m getting old and not used to such heavy writing. I also struggle with Philosophy but it was needed in the book to explain Fascism.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    If you never quite understood what Fascism is (after all, Communism generally gets much more presence in history class), this book will take care of that deficiency. It will also take you, in scrupulous detail, through the attendant philosphies that follow in Fascism's train, complete with revealing quotes from its proponents. The greatest value of this little volume, however, is that it is also a cautionary tale for today. Throughout, Dr. Veith draws out the parallels between the Fascism of WWI If you never quite understood what Fascism is (after all, Communism generally gets much more presence in history class), this book will take care of that deficiency. It will also take you, in scrupulous detail, through the attendant philosphies that follow in Fascism's train, complete with revealing quotes from its proponents. The greatest value of this little volume, however, is that it is also a cautionary tale for today. Throughout, Dr. Veith draws out the parallels between the Fascism of WWII Italy and Germany and the current American scene. Agree or not as you will with his conclusions, but it is sure to make you think about the paths we may be choosing. [After a second reading, completed 8/9/15] A re-read proves that there is still much insight here into what exactly Fascism is. The distinction between transcendence and immanence (the latter of which is at the heart of Fascism) stood out for me. However, I also felt that the book may be beginning to show its age a bit. Some of the examples of ways in which Fascist tendencies manifest themselves in current society seem less compelling now that the book is 20 years old. This also makes some of the "yes, but this counter-intuitive point is still true" arguments feel strained. Nevertheless, there is much here of worth in a society that does reject transcendence, even if its mania for immanence has become much more fragmented and individualistic than a Fascist philosophy promotes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Veith distinguishes modern monocultural fascism like the Nazis from the postmodern multi-cultural fascism of liberal states. He argues that both kinds of Fascists hate traditional Judaism and Christianity because they serve a transcendent God whose authority challenges state authority. Like fascists, pomos mock transcendence. The deconstruct power, especially God's power, in order to seize power. The seize individual power and replace God with the state in order to mold the masses in their image Veith distinguishes modern monocultural fascism like the Nazis from the postmodern multi-cultural fascism of liberal states. He argues that both kinds of Fascists hate traditional Judaism and Christianity because they serve a transcendent God whose authority challenges state authority. Like fascists, pomos mock transcendence. The deconstruct power, especially God's power, in order to seize power. The seize individual power and replace God with the state in order to mold the masses in their image. The media manipulation is the key to modern fascism. An Eye-opening good read but the thesis suffers a little from a lack of primary source material.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Olanma Ogbuehi

    Not an easy read, but the argument built well as I progressed through the book. The author interweaves an impressive knowledge and understanding of history, theology, art and philosophy to demonstrate that fascism is not dead, but alive and well, having mutated or become largely unrecognised. Fascism is not only what labels itself as such, but it is that which shows itself to be such, through ideology, proclamation and behaviour.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book is fantastic, but chilling. Veith draws together many threads of popular and scholastic culture, and even the arts and reveals a common current beneath them all, a stream that never really ran dry after World War 2 and has been building in strength and finding new channels in which to flow but carries the same demonic and destructive power as it ever did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bryana Joy

    With his usual brilliance and knack for cultural commentary, Veith examines aspects of the fascist theory that gave rise to Nazism and their alarming prevalence in western culture during the 21st century and throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

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