This book examines the precise nature of fascism as both a system of ideas and a mode of political practice and it looks at the history of organizations and parties loyal to this particular creed in Britain. It is a critical examination of the relative utility of the various theories that have attempted to explain the fascist phenomenon, identifying weaknesses in conventional interpretations.
Hayes re-asserts the value of Marxism as an analytic mechanism capable of evaluating the experience of fascism and seeks to identify how, and under what circumstances fascism might re-emerge. Written in a concise and accessible style by an academic who played an active role in anti-fascist politics in Britain, The Ideology of Fascism and the Far Right in Britain will be of considerable value to anyone seeking a clearer understanding of fascism and/or, crucially, how best to resist it.
"Dangerous right-wing figures and parties, which appear somewhat bizarre or marginal or unelectable at one period, can assume enormous significance and power under changing circumstances. This is particularly so at times of economic and or state crisis... At a time when the Far Right is gaining ground across Europe (and Britain is not immune to infection), this book is not only timely but is essential reading for those who care about genuine democracy and the cause of labour."
- Tommy McKearney, Former IRA hunger striker and now an organiser with the
Independent Workers Union
"This is a remarkable book. Mark Hayes combines meticulous research and passionate commitment as he charts the ideological genesis and political trajectory of... [the] fascist heritage of the far right in Britain."
- Jim Slaven, James Connolly Society, Scotland
"Tautly written and buttressed by forensic research this book is a timely reminder [that]... fascism red in tooth and claw never begins with the midnight knock and the concentration camp. It just ends with them. Read the book and gauge for yourself how far we have already travelled on that journey."
- Gary' O'Shea, founding member, Anti-Fascist Action