Federico Finchelstein


On his book Transatlantic Fascism: Ideology, Violence, and the Sacred in Argentina and Italy, 1919-1945

Cover Interview of October 17, 2010


The book deals with the strong political and ideological legacy of Argentine fascism.  And it also deals with this fascism’s central role in the birth of Peronism.

Transatlantic Fascism also traces the political and conceptual legacies of Argentine fascism after Peronism, especially the nacionalista idea of the internal enemy, which represents the intellectual genealogy of the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983).

Argentine fascist ideology was at the service of the discourse of the sacred (the “holy” violence of the Cross and the Sword), and occasionally manifested itself in specific acts of violence, torture and repression.

But in the concentration camps of the dictatorship, ideology ceased to be a moment of reality; in them, rather, ideology became reality itself.

© 2010 Federico Finchelstein