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Now you cannot understand anything about fascist doctrine if you do not understand that their central claim was that liberalism is antidemocratic; in other words, the fascists claimed that liberal institutions cannot represent the will of the people. They further claimed that their typical institutions, particularly the party, were more effective means to represent the will of the people. So fascists were “authoritarian democrats.”

Dylan Riley
Jacobin
4 May 2007

Bloody hell: thank heavens it ain’t 1985

Watching this extract form an SABC news bulletin of July 1985 chilled me to the bone. Whenever we complain about our democracy, it’s good to remember how bad it was in the past. This video sure helps in that regard.

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