fashism and S & M, (sylvere lotringer

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Posted by rainer ganahl on September 26, 1996 at 22:45:16:

In Reply to: Re: I have seen Salo twice.... posted by stephan pascher on September 17, 1996 at 15:21:01:

Sylvere Lotringer has something interesting to say on this point:
"For example, I was very struck by what Bataille wrote in 1933, in an article called "the Psychological Structure of Fascism", where he describes fascism as the practice of violence on people with whom one doesn't identify - like an aborted form of sacrifice. In sado-masochism you identify with the victim, whereas in fascism there is a total refusal of the victim as such, and a total sadistic investment in the violence itself. of course, everyone says even the term "holocaust" describes a kind of sacrifice, but I deny this implication. Fascism was a sadism which failed to create that sense of community which sacrifice is supposed to produce, according to Bataille's interpretation of Durkheim and others? I'm basically trying to re-christianize fascism, to see how at this time when, as Bataille said, fascism became the first real threat to Christianity, fascism was, nevertheless, taking on many of its features. I want to re-establish the connection between the two. I don't want Christianity to be let off the hook so easily." from an interview...

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