All The Lonely People, That’s Where Fascism Comes From

‘Fascism’ comes from ‘fasces’, a bundle of sticks. It is the creation of community in an atomized world, where we are nothing more than lonely bits of labor-power to burn.

Hannah Arendt said the fertile ground for fascism was loneliness. A bunch of atomized people, as separate and lonely as grains of sand, turned into a sandstorm by a demagogue who gives them meaning, belonging, a purpose, all the things bourgeoise values lack. Eleanor Rigby was…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at