By Fernando Esposito
Flying and the pilot have been major metaphors of fascism's legendary modernity. Fernando Esposito lines the altering meanings of those hugely charged symbols from the air exhibit in Brescia, to the sky above the trenches of the 1st international struggle to the violent ideological clashes of the interwar interval.
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Emphasis in the original. ), Selected Letters of Friedrich Nietzsche, Chicago, IL 1969, p. 345. Cf. Bauman, Modernity and Ambivalence, pp. 4, 234. 32 Fascism, Aviation and Mythical Modernity Modernity is characterized by a dialectic of freedom and order that bears within itself the seeds of radicalization, since life in freedom is perceived as chaotic and meaningless, and the longed-for order is impossible. 153 And it is belief in the possibility of order as such, together with hope that ambivalence can be overcome with the help of a non-historicizable foundation of order, which distinguishes solid modernity from liquid modernity.
4–5. 146 See Peter L. Berger, The Sacred Canopy, esp. pp. 22–6. On the absolutism of reality, see Hans Blumenberg, Work on Myth, Cambridge, MA 1985. 147 Adorno/Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment, t p. 8. 148 Aviation was made a metaphor for this awakening and for the stated objective. 149 Yet, in negating the past and shaping the present in the name of a “better” future, the fascists fulfilled the essential criterion of modernity. Liberal modernity appeared chaotic and meaningless to many of their contemporaries, and a wish to overcome the existing order began to grow at the latest in the years after the First World War.
Der Technikdiskurs in der HitlerStalin-Ära, Stuttgart 1995, pp. 94–113, here p. 98. ” 117 Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust, t p. 12. 118 Ibid. 119 In any event, the rules of instrumental reason could not prevent such a phenomenon as the Holocaust: there is nothing in those rules which disqualifies the Holocaust-style methods of “social engineering” as improper or, indeed, the actions they served as irrational. 121 The genocidal side of the fascist “gardening state” will not be considered in the present study, but it should be noted here that the construction of the new man was only the other face of the modern Janus head.
Fascism, Aviation and Mythical Modernity by Fernando Esposito