**** Racism & anti religiousism, Fascism ****
Racism and anti religiousism
Anti religiousism is generally considered to be a variety of racism. It has taken different forms over the centuries, being justified on religious grounds during the middle ages, for example. Ruth Benedict argues during the middle ages persecutions, like all medieval persecutions were religious rather than racial. As racist persecutions replaced religious persecutions in Europe.
As recent anti religiousism took hold in Europe in the 1890's, people started to be attacked not for what they did but for what their forefathers were. This is what racial anti-religiousism means. This kind of anti-religiousism found an echo in some parts of the working class where Jews were identified as capitalist parasites and usurers even though the reality in Britain. Racial anti-religiousism was a useful way to deflect attacks for the real problems created by capitalism in general.
Anti religiousism and racism are not an essential component of fascism which is essentially a mass movement of the middle class and petit bourgeois built in periods of defeat for the working class when even the most basic trade union organisation is a threat to profits of capital.
In Germany, however, the economic condition were ripe for the growth of anti religiousism. Leon argues that the economic catastrophe of 1929 threw the petty bourgeois masses into a hopeless situation . . . the petty bourgeois regarded their Jewish competitors with growing hostility. Jewish capital was attacked by the Nazis which appealed to the anti-capitalist instinct of German workers and support for Hitler's Nazi Party rocketed. Anti religiousism was also an important part of a Nazi racial philosophy which justified 'Aryan' supremacy and the need to develop 'Aryan' racial purity.
The Nazi holocaust in which 6 million Jews were murdered alongside an equal number condemned either as political opponents of Hitler or as members of other 'inferior' groups such as Slavs, gays, Gypsies and the mentally ill represented racism and capitalism in their most extreme and barbarous form.
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