Hate Tumors: The Glorification of The Past as a Fascist Justification for The Persecution of Marginalized Groups

This paper discusses the glorification of the past by fascist movements as a justification to attack groups that are already in a position of marginalization in a context of democratic erosion. It discusses how fascist discourse creates a romanticized/fictionalized version of the past to create a narrative of a superior “us” against an inferior “them” who will be incarnated by marginalized and persecuted groups within a democratic society. Fascism doesn’t necessarily create hates as much as it feeds from the inequalities and prejudices that are already present in a society. Fascism can breed from an apparently healthy and functional liberal democracy by utilizing the dehumanizing discourse that is already present within society. In Brazil the glorification of the military dictatorship by neo-fascist groups served as fuel for turning social groups such as indigenous people, “favela” residents, artists, etc as enemies, justifying hate crimes and anti-democratic policies against them.