“The stability and monumentalism of these male heads and male torsos is comforting to young men as a model of a great man. A warrior — the beautiful, perfect male who is ‘European.’ The joke is that the purity never existed in these cultures, so it’s quite a fantasy, but it’s a compelling fantasy.”
Quote from “This Is Fashwave, The Suicidal Retro-Futurist Art Of The Alt-Rght,” article by Jack Smith IV in Mic.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda. Her latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to The Present, will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2021. She is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, and Advisor to Protect Democracy.