- Aug 26, 2013
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.This statement hinges on the assumption that communists don't hand things over to a Stalin via in/out group paranoia (I believe the term they would use would be class warfare and anti-Zionism) and that fascists aren't naïve idealists.