Fascism As Self-Expression
The following is the text of a speech given at the ABP National Convention held in Chicago on June 1st and 2nd of 2019
Taking an active interest in politics, I routinely come across testimonies from individuals either actively participating in politics or having a desire to do so. Almost unanimously, the rationales given have to do with saving the world, making the environment livable, or creating a better world for their children and grandchildren. If you didn’t know better you’d think of politics as a profession as being holier than the Church. It’s no wonder that not a word that comes out of politician’s mouths is believed. People are often criticized for being stupid and ignorant, when in reality what is lacking is the ability to apply knowledge. Consequently, what results from cognitive thought often comes across as babble, while the mind at its elemental level is much sharper. There have been numerous occasions we’ve all been through where we can sense danger, even when we lack the ability to see it. Alternatively, our decisions regarding potential romantic partners are often made before fully getting to know the person. Usually, a lack of knowledge is not the basis of these decisions but rather upon the ability of the brain to process bits and pieces of information and extrapolate a probable outcome based upon previous patterns. Imagine ignoring these mental impulses for the sake of a theory. Imagine the disastrous relationships, the physical dangers we would constantly subject ourselves. More often than not the ignoring of our natures in place of an air of intellectual superiority is not a reflection of the superior intelligence of the latter but, the need to compensate for a lack thereof. The populace should never be underestimated; they’re much more intelligent than what they’re given credit for being. The voting into office of demagogues, the infatuation with reality shows, alcoholism, drug abuse, are not the consequences of a stupid mind, but rather the outgrowth of a view of a world which lacks meaning; that the short-term benefits of pleasure outweigh the benefits from a life of sobriety in an existence void of meaning. There’s an unfortunate individual rationality at work which runs proportional to social decline. When our inner natures are ignored at the expense of theories and doctrine individuals are cut off from the most important aspects of their inner selves and become nothing more than a theoretical person. This is not to say that there isn’t a role for book learning, philosophy and the other academic disciplines; in fact, society cannot progress without them. The individual who survives purely on instinct is just as much a theoretical individual as the individual who defines himself/herself purely on intellect. It’s a synthesis of the two which make us who we are. Academic knowledge helps us to refine, organize thoughts, and articulate our ideas. In turn, this process helps to create new ideas and bring out aspects of ourselves we never knew existed. Learning itself is not simply the accumulation of knowledge but an act of creation. As fascists, we have to think about this. Why are we here? Why do we believe how we do? Are we in love with ideas and theories which are autonomous from our inner selves? Alternatively, is our idea of fascism native to who we are? Is it an extension of our individual natures?
For about the last twenty years I’ve been a huge fan of a rock singer, named John Payne. The first time I experienced listening to John’s voice was as the lead singer of the reformed supergroup, ASIA. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally was able to see him sing live in person, at a show in Las Vegas. Now, at this time, the original ASIA had gotten back together and Payne was unfortunately left out. However, he still had rights to much of the material he sang as Asia’s lead singer and continued to tour under the ASIA name. This alternative ASIA didn’t have the drawing power that the original foursome had, so many times John Payne’s version would play to sparsely populated audiences. The Vegas show I attended was no different; there couldn’t have been more than 30 people in attendance. This begs the question, "why did Payne still bother?" The money he was making if any had to be sparse. The answer lies in human nature and the question of why are we here. Like Payne, there are any number of musicians and actors who engage in their trade who go unnoticed by most, but continue to put out new material until they’re physically incapable of performing. Contemporary society, which relegates the spiritual to religious formalism and everything else to utilitarian desires, is incapable of comprehending action motivated by creative necessity. We’re all born with different talents, abilities, and likes and within each of us is a desire to express these unique gifts and in a sense perpetuate our own immortality through the construction of works reflective of ourselves. There’s no utilitarian need connected with creativity. It’s not a reflection of financial greed, envy, or want. Pure and simple it’s an inner desire which cannot be explained rationally. John Payne continues to sing despite the lack of material rewards because that’s what he does and is. He creates through his music. Just like an artist who knows that his paintings will never see the light of day. Regardless, he would continue to paint. Self-expression is at the core of who we are and how we remain emotionally healthy and balanced. The key is the philosophy which acts as a filter for that self-expression. Philosophy can give structure and form to expression, making it beautiful to the eyes, ears, and hearts. However, it can also serve to pervert, making our pursuit of creativity into money-making ventures and the lust for pleasure at the expense of everything else.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is a friend of mine, let’s call him Rick who tried his hand at writing a few years back and at the time asked me to review the manuscript for a book he was writing. I was amazed at what I had read; there were a creativity and writing style which far exceeded my own, so much so that there had to be an inborn talent within Rick. Unfortunately, the market for books in contemporary society isn’t what it used to be and Rick was unable to find a publisher for his works. Without the prospect of financial gain, Rick gave up writing. The degree of Rick’s talent suggests writing is in his nature. However, his willingness to give it up so easily suggests that the philosophy which governs his life is utilitarian in nature, viewing writing as a tool, not as an outgrowth of who he is as an individual. With this view of the world as a guide, there cannot be a right, a wrong, values are meaningless as they reflect the values of the marketplace, supply and demand no longer are considered a tool limited in scope but an all-encompassing guide from which to live by.
The degree of insidiousness of utilitarianism is reflected in how it infects all aspects of our society. Almost all of our actions are guided by the invisible hand of self-interest. At a young age, our parents tell us the importance of going to college, not to learn and become a better-rounded individual but to get a good job and make a lot of money. Sports, instead of being a character building experience for youth has instead become a means to either get a scholarship to college or make a lot of money. It’s become standard for American businesses to engage in a wide variety of charitable causes, not because the CEO is a charitable individual, but because charity spreads name recognition and is good for the bottom line. Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms had the potential to be an outlet for individuals to express themselves, but have degenerated into means for people to draw attention to themselves. Everywhere you look human nature has been squashed by the desire to acquire wealth and riches. In a world where everything and everybody has become a commodity, meaning and originality have no place.
It’s at this point we have to look in the mirror and reflect upon our own worldview and outlook. Are we more like John Payne or Rick? The fact that you’re a member of this party tells me that each one of you here is by nature a fascist, but what is the philosophy that guides you? Is it one that brings out your inner nature and creativity or is it the materialist, utilitarianism which disconnects individuals from their inner selves and quashes creativity?
The fact of human differentiation means that not everyone can be a fascist, it takes a certain mentality and a way of seeing the world before philosophy gives it shape and form. Someone attracted to chaos, who is repulsed by obligations is not in their heart a fascist. But if you can visualize progress through obedience to a hierarchy or if the community in which you live, and the family that you belong to is more than just material but has a transcendent aspect then in your heart you may be a fascist. It's probably this aspect more than any other which has led you to the ABP, and ultimately it’s what lead me to create the party. However, our nature’s having lead us here does not mean that we have fully embraced fascism with its philosophy guiding our existence. Being raised and taught contemporary doctrines all our lives, the temptation is always there to look and view the world through utilitarian eyes. Someone brought up to think that his worth is defined by the amount of money he makes and his worldly success will bring this mindset to the political table.
This is not to say that there isn’t room for optics and tailoring a message for public consumption. Politics is about not only making the law but also communicating to the public the ends and purposes of these laws. The central point though is not to abandon who we are in the process. To advocate for an ideal other than fascism and at odds with what we believe in the hope of garnering support for the ABP in the future is the ideology of the Salesman, it serves to disconnect you from your roots and separates the philosophy from the individual. If you base your decision whether to be active or not based upon the activity of others, you’re making a calculated decision weighing cost and benefits, an idea useful for the businessman but not so to politically involved individuals. If you’re considering leaving your membership in the party based upon a disagreement over a particular issue you’re ignoring one of the basic tenets of fascism, which is everything comes under the State’s umbrella, even policy differences. In our own way, the ABP is the most tolerant of contemporary parties when it comes to tolerating dissent. Try disagreeing on an issue like abortion in the Democratic or Republican Parties, and see how far you would go. To consider your pet issue as above everything else is to embrace modernism and its focus on the self.
Ultimately, if you get anything out of this I would hope it would be to acknowledge yourself as a fascist, not because it’s going to save the country or advocate for more freedom; even our opponents believe they’re doing the same thing. but because it is who you are. While we all fight for success, victory is never guaranteed, but the battle still needs to be waged. The books we read, the papers we write, the speeches we give, should all be done with the state of mind that these activities are acts of creation, done not to accumulate, but to create, to bring together nature and intellect, action and thought. Once this has been accomplished our potential and our message will be limitless.