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Instead of the community containing the individual, it is the individual who - contains - or rather establishes - the community, within his own act of self-consciousness. And here again we must not think of that natural physical community that the imaginations suggests to us, but the spiritual community which is its soul and essence.

- Giovanni Gentile

Gentlemen, Fascism is a party, a political doctrine. But Fascism, while being a party, a political doctrine is above all a total conception of life. So the fascist, whether his is writing in newspapers or reading them, going about his private life or talking to others, looking to the future or remembering the past and the past of his people, must always remember he is a Fascist. Thus he fulfills what can really be said to be the main characteristic of Fascism, to take life seriously. Life is toil, is effort, is sacrifice, is hard work.

 

- Giovanni Gentile.

A nation is not to be defined in terms of common soil or common life, and the consequent community of traditions and customs, language or religion, etc. All this is only the matter of the nation, not its form; for the nation can only exist where men are conscious of this matter, and accept it in their hearts, as the substantial content of their national personality.

- Giovanni Gentile

The claim that nationality carries with it the claim to autonomous statehood rests on an error. For it is not nationality which creates the State, but the State which creates nationality, by setting the seal of actual existence upon it.

- Giovanni Gentile

A State which presupposes liberty denies it precisely because he presupposes it; for their is no liberty outside the life of the spirit, which unlike natural beings, does not presuppose itself, but creates, conquers and evolves itself. A man becomes free he is not so by nature

-Giovanni Gentile

The people who have more rights than duties have gained a notable and distinguished ethical position in our modern world.  The selfish we had always with us.  But the divine right to be selfish was never more ingeniously defended, in the name of the loftiest spiritual dignity, than it is sometimes defended and illustrated today.

-Josiah Royce

My cause, however, is greater than my individual life. Hence it always sets before me an ideal which demands more of me than I have yet done, more, too, than at any one moment I can accomplish. Even because of this vastness of my ideal, even because that to which I am loyal is so much greater than I ever become, even because of all this can my ideal unify my life, and make a rational self of me.

-Josiah Royce

For in his love of a community the individual obtains, for his ideally extended self, precisely the unity, the wealth, and the harmony of plan which his sundered natural existence never supplies.

-Josiah Royce

Loyalty brings the individual to complete self-consciousness. It is the devoting of the self to a cause that, after all, first makes it a rational and unified self, instead of what the life of too many a man remains, mainly a cauldron, of seething and bubbling efforts to be somebody, a cauldron which boils dry when life ends.

 

-Josiah Royce

A crowd, whether it be a dangerous mob, or an amiably joyous gathering at a picnic is not a community. It has a mind, but no institutions, no organizations, no coherent unity, no history, no traditions.

-Josiah Royce

 

 

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