Aurel Kolnai’s 1938 book The War Against the West contains elements that leave me cold, most certainly, but also elements that bring on an immense chill far beyond mere cold. Among these are the first ten theses he attributes to Fascism. I offer them here, changed slightly in nomenclature to illuminate our current political crisis:
- The outstanding form of Fascism known as Trumpism constitutes a reality, spiritual and historical, of supreme individuality and importance.
- Absolute and conscious antagonism to Western Liberal civilization is the central impulse of that intellectual and political reality.
- Trumpism and affiliated doctrines are fundamentally opposed to Liberal democracy, as well as to its Christian foundations and to its Socialistic trends and implications.
- The anthropological and sociological concepts of Trumpism form an organic whole with the American claim to political expansion and hegemony.
- There exists today in America a great nation, of the highest achievements in the past, which now professes a creed of unbridled and irrational power.
- The Trumpist doctrines, though ultimately false and immoral, and liable to degenerate into comic vulgarity, are at their highest endowed with spiritual grandeur and relevancy.
- Trumpism is at bottom incomparably more anti-Western than bolshevism.
- Trumpism, though by no means identical with America, is nevertheless deeply rooted in American history and expressive of the American mind.
- Trumpism essentially embodies and also transcends the socio-political principle of Fascism; America bears within it the seeds of a Pan-Fascist as well as a Pan-American Imperial construction.
- Because of its anti-humanitarian drive for expansion on nationalistic and at the same time religious and anthropological grounds, Trumpism constitutes a fountain-head of propaganda and a menace of war.
The entire United States government is now firmly in the grasp of the new fascist force. Our only hope is complete repudiation at the polls in November.