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Corporate fascism and the car
V Readhead Thursday 5 January 2017
|I was inspired to write this blog by a driverless car advocate who wrote on twitter that a robot might make a better Prime Minister.
The rise of fascism in the 1930s was supported by the avant-garde movement called Futurism. It emphasized speed, technology, youth, and violence, and objects such as the car, the aeroplane, and the industrial city. The autonomous pedestrian and cyclist quickly became an irritation in the march towards futuristic progess.
It was Benito Mussolini who first favoured the elimination of autonomy in favour of corporatism. The advent of fascism welcomed and encorporated mass production of cars. Social Darwinism meant abandoning democracy, weeding out the ‘weak’ and promoting the interests of successful businessman like the automobile moguls. For the fascists the superior individual drove a car and at speed, dominating public space. Mussolini was often warned, even by those in his own party, about his reckless speeding in his Alfa Romeo.
Hitler built roads for war and on the backs of slave labour. Almost a quarter of the German work force was slave labour, often from camps for ‘undesirables’ such as homeless, ethnic minorities, homosexuals, political dissidents, communists, jews or conquered peoples such as Poles,