The Altaforte editions bring back to the library one of the great classics of non-compliant historiography, “The Essence of Fascism”, by Giorgio Locchi, enriched by a further text by Locchi and two essays by Philippe Baillet and Adriano Scianca.
Originally published in 1981, Locchi’s essay intended to dampen the enthusiasm of the right following Renzo De Felice’s “Interview on fascism”, explaining that the great historian from Rieti had indeed had the merit of approaching fascism without preconceptions, but at the same time he had no including some of the crucial aspects of his worldview. Locchi – who in L’Essenza del Fascismo explains the reasons for his break with Alain de Benoist’s Nouvelle droite, of which he had been a teacher – instead proposes an original reading, “which – it is explained – places fascism in the ambit of a broader and more profound spiritual movement called superhumanism. A reading full of philosophical references, which more than 40 years later has lost none of its acuteness, and has indeed been confirmed by some of the most recent research on fascism. Short, but extremely dense , “The Essence of Fascism” is therefore still today an essential compass to understand one of the most discussed moments in modern history, but also to rediscover one of the highest points touched by the ideological reflection of the non-compliant world from 1945 to today”.