Paul Gottfried’s not a fan of William Gairdner’s contention that “multiculturalism has mutated into multi-fascism”:
What does kissing up to Third World delinquents have to do with Mussolini’s Italian national revolution or a neo-corporatist economy? Any self-respecting fascist leader would have made the rioting Arabs in the suburbs of Paris disappear overnight. Fascists were anything but multiculturalists.
Gairdner traces all the abuses of power ascribable to Hitler, Mussolini, and the Jacobins to a few lines from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s guide to education Emile. (…)
But where is the evidence for this sweeping indictment? How do we know that Hitler or Mussolini read the passages that are so repugnant to Gairdner?
Fascism has a definite historical meaning. It is not an expletive to describe everything that someone dislikes.