from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The policy of Bonaparte or of the Bonapartes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The policy or political system of Napoleon Bonaparte and his dynasty.
- n. Devotion to the Bonaparte family; adherence to the cause or the dynastic claims of the Bonapartes.
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Ms. MacKinnon deploys the phrase "digital bonapartism" to describe the policy of strong-arm leaders who use the Internet to seek legitimacy, for instance by crowdsourcing input on new laws or using pro-government bloggers to slur out-of-favor officials.
It remains that chavismo is closer to the diverse strains of "bonapartism" than properly leftist hash that he uses now the way Napoleon used restoration of ancient glory and religious values.
What distinguishes fascism, or communism, from your run of the mill military dictatorship bonapartism is just that, a mass counter-revolutionary or revolutionary social base.
So get real, there are a whole series of shadings of “strong states” or authoritarian rule that dispenses with parliament, what Marx termed “bonapartism” before you cross over into fascism, an extra parliamentary movement of mass terror.
It seems that the muscled and more efficient form of populism that is represented in bonapartism was in a way the natural inclination of Chavez; but the realpolitik of our times is making him move to the archaic left and likely even further in the road of authoritarianism and perhaps XXI century fascistocommunism.
“what Marx termed “bonapartism” before you cross over into fascism, an extra parliamentary movement of mass terror”
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