Matt Heimbach’s piece on Starship Troopers got me thinking about fascism in art in general, not just science fiction.
As Matt notes, the term “fascist” is thrown around a lot, and even people who identify as fascist often seem to have different ideas of what it is. Ergo, you will have to forgive a little if my list includes things you don’t consider fascist, because rest assured, someone does. Regardless, below are some talking points:
– Straw Dogs, the 1971 version directed by Sam Peckinpah, not the 2009 remake. Famous film critic Pauline Kael called it, “the first American film that is a fascist work of art.” Additionally, Sam Francis seemed to have had a bit of a soft spot for Peckinpah films. (The preview on YouTube can be found here, and trust me, you can find the whole thing online.)
– Charles Krafft. Describing his art is quite difficult, but his website can be found here and speaks for itself. What he believes and whether or not he is a fascist is also a difficult topic, for polar opposite perspectives on him, check out this smear piece from one of America’s most left-wing newspapers, and this interview with Mr. Krafft conducted by our friends at Counter-Currents.
– Vorticism. As Futurism spread from Italy into other parts of Europe, it naturally evolved and from it came the almost entirely British wave of “Vorticism.” Ezra Pound (who we can agree was a Fascist, right?) liked this movement a great deal, writing an essay praising it. (Like with Futurism, Vorticism was predominantly in painting, but not exclusively.)
– Pulp fascism. This is not a specific or easy-to-single out genre, but we are getting there. The late Jonathan Bowden in particular was interested in it, and I believe the next issue of Radix, should it ever be released, will be dedicated to the topic. Here is a transcribed speech by Mr. Bowden on the topic, and should you want to really dive in, there is a book as well.
As Neo-Con William Bennett would say, have fun flirting with fascism.