This essay provides a critical review of Shane Burley's Fascism Today. Studies of fascism, it argues, are always necessarily an inquiry into phenomenologies of historical time and a reflection on historiographical method. Engaging with Burley's account of contemporary fascist movements, this essay aims to identify the effects of a lacuna that underwrites approaches to fascism that, following Roger Griffin's The Nature of Fascism (1991), prioritize the ideological and metapolitical over materialist engagements with political, economic, and ecological processes. Situating contemporary fascist movements within the twin forces of emerging ecological catastrophe and ongoing economic contraction, this essay argues that contemporary fascisms are best understood as racist technologies for living in a world without a future.
Fascism at Future's End
Chris Taylor is associate professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2018), which received the American Studies Association's 2019 Lora Romero First Book Prize. Taylor is currently writing a book entitled “The Voluntary Slave: Atlantic Modernity's Impossible Subject.”
Chris Taylor; Fascism at Future's End. boundary 2 1 May 2021; 48 (2): 233–247. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-8936726
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