- May 13, 2014
Well, you're right about the outgroup paranoia being used by people like Stalin. People will be people after all, and a manipulator uses people in effective ways, regardless of politics. I'd call fascists more naive jerks than naive idealists though. The entire philosophy is built on the idea that the fascist will be better off if they screw over the less fortunate. That's hardly idealistic. They're just naive in that they don't realize they'll inevitably get left on the outside as well, sooner or later.
I believe this says more about what you believe than what fascists believe, especially when you consider the cornerstone of much of the national socialist's social beliefs hinged upon the idea that the Jews were so fortunate they controlled most of the economic institutions to the detriment of native Germans, with the aristocracy and the church being equally ubiquitous.