- Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute (2007)
- ASIN: B000WTXMBS
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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As We Go Marching Paperback – 2007
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The book covers periods from the mid-1800's, the time of the respective unification of Italy and Germany, to mid-WWII. Briefly, neither Mussolini nor Hitler laid the foundations, let alone invented, the social-government systems that supported their regimes. Both systems of fascism, Italian and German, had roots in the early days of industrialization, with deep and powerful roots in the concept of syndicalism. Mr. Flynn opines that, absent certain events related to The Great War, neither Mussolini nor Hitler would ever have amounted to much more than minor political nuisances; but that someone else could very well have held power and governed via fascism through pre-existing government institutions. (eg, imagine a German Chancellor without the anti-semitism but still with the militarism.)
The third part of "Marching" concerns the intellectual and systemic relationships between Italian and German fascism, and FDR's New Deals (there were at least three of them). Although the reader will learn a lot of Italian and German hisotry, the entire book concerns what FDR was doing to the United States in the 1930's. Mr. Flynn's view is through a lens of what had happened in Italy and Germany.
In 1944, some critics called Mr. Flynn's publication of "Marching" treasonous. But I doubt they read the book before doing so. Mr. Flynn was labeled, in his day, as a "Roosevelt-hater," and summarily dismissed in polite company of the time. Many people worked overtime to discredit him and his books. But to this modern reader, Mr.Read more ›
This book was written in 1944. I read the 1973 reprint "Free Life" edition of the book. It includes an excellent preface essay by Ronald Radosh summarising Flynn's life and work and placing his ideas in a broader context. Radosh compares Flynn's analysis to that of Indian / British communist writer R. Palme Dutt whose "Fascism and Social Revolution: A Study of the Economics and Politics of the Extreme Stages of Capitalism in Decay" provides something of an interesting "odd couple" pairing.
"As We Go Marching" provides an analysis of fascism that looks beyond the biographies of Mussolini and Hitler, and even the histories of the fascist and nazi parties. Flynn is interested in the political economy roots of fascism.Read more ›
This book traces the history of fascism as it developed in Italy and Germany and then turns its attention to the United States, where Flynn sees a creeping fascism. Against those who argue that "it cannot happen here" or who point to the various pro-German or outright Nazi groups in America at the time as the only fascist threat, Flynn argues that the fundamental basis for the totalitarian state is already established and that all that remains is for the President to claim for himself absolute power. Flynn begins by tracing the origins of fascism in the Italian state under Mussolini.Read more ›
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A highly intelligent observer who saw the threat that the New Deal posed to traditional America.Published 18 months ago by Leon
Flynn writes well; the principles are illustrated clearly and succinctly. Everything he's pointed out is every bit as relevent now as it was 100 years ago.Published 21 months ago by James Kayten
This book gives the loyal opposition view that is always missing in our history books.Published 21 months ago by Rick Barcomb
As WWII approached there was a small group of writers of a libertarian and conservative persuasion. This author was concerned about fascism developing in America as a result of big... Read morePublished 21 months ago by James C. Casterline
John Flynn wrote this book while WWII was still raging. In it he foretold of the coming Military Industrial Complex. 'Nuff said...Published on April 5, 2014 by whitebuffalo
absolutly perfec picture of the fashizem and nacizem, the mirror of the curent economic and political situations in the EU and US, must reading for all students of political... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Trigger