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Oswald Mosley Hardcover – 1 Apr 1975
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Robert Skidelsky was friends with Oswald Mosley's son, Max, at university. You can tell this by reading the biography. What a refreshing read! Oswald Mosley is portrayed as a human!
Skidelsky is even pro fascists, in the 1930's meaning of the word, and he even hints that Germany was indeed stabbed in the back! Further along the narrative, Skidelsky is back on script but you can tell where his heart is.
I can imagine a teenage Robert Skidelsky and teenage Max Mosley in university, talking about dad and philosophical issues and German literature and how cool dad is. These memories stay in the mind of Robert Skidelsky and this is why he wrote this book.
Skidelsky is even part jewish and that's a lesson that an objective biography is possible and one doesn't have to portray ones opponent as Satan.
The only difference between our system of fascism and Mosley's is that we elect our dictators every 5 years or so. Mosley's system would never have worked anyway because he didn't add a controlled opposition into his eqiasion. Mosley was stuck in the old system of thought. Not even Plato figured out the best form of dictatorship is two masks on the same face. This way the masses will elect one mask and when they boil, the next mask gets into power! The problem of all systems is how to control the opposition.
Our system of fascism have rectified that problem.
My only real criticisms are that the "Battle of Cable Street" is somewhat glossed over in a few pages and despite the authors denial, I cannot help but feel that Mosley is seen through slightly tinted glasses. The Mosley family - including Oswald - cooperated in the writing of this book and I think this has helped sanitise some of the more obnoxious aspects of his character. The Blackshirts were, in truth, a body of semi-disciplined thugs who latched on to Mosleys populist views and this was a great excuse for a fight. Mosley himself is portrayed as "not quite" anti semitic or racist, but it is not hard to see through this façade.
Otherwise I think it is an excellent and generally well balanced book.
Overall, an exceptionally informative and interesting read.
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