• Oswald Mosley

Fascism the Modern Movement

“Pp. 19-20.” The Greater Britain: By Oswald Mosley, by Oswald Mosley, (Printed by Richard Clay & Sons), 1932.

Some may be prejudiced by the use of the word Fascist, because that word has so far been completely misunderstood in this country. It would be easy for us to avoid that prejudice by using another word, but it would not be honest to do so. We seek to organize the Modern Movement in this country by British methods in a form which is suitable to and characteristic of Great Britain. We are essentially a national movement, and if our policy could be summarized in two words, they would be “Britain First.” Nevertheless, the Modern Movement is by no means confined to Great Britain; it comes to all the great countries in turn as their hour of crisis approaches, and in each country it naturally assumes a form and a character suited to that nation. As a world-wide movement, it has come to be known as Fascism, and it is there­fore right to use that name. If our crisis had been among the first, instead of among the last, Fascism would have been a British invention. As it is, our task is not to invent Fascism, but to find for it in Britain its highest expression and development. Fascism does not differ from, the older political movements in being a world-wide creed. Each of the great political faiths in its turn has been a uni­versal movement: Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism are common to nearly every country. An Englishman who calls himself a Conservative or a Liberal is not thereby adopting a foreign creed merely because foreign political parties bear the same name. He is seeking to advance, by English method and in English forms, a political philosophy which can be found in an organized form in all nations. In this respect the Fascist occupies precisely the same position: his creed is also a world-wide faith. However, by very reason of the national nature of his policy, he must seek in the method and form of his organization a character which is. More distinctively British than the older Quite independently, we originally devised a policy" for British needs of a very national character. In the development of that policy, and of a permanent political philosophy, we have reached conclusions which can only be properly described as Fascism.