The biopolitics of desire and neo-nazi fashion icons
Flavia Dzodan

There’s also something of a coöptation to the manner in which the Right historically absorbs certain aspects of marginalized aspects of the Left, often with a bit of winking irony, but mostly in pursuit of power-for-power’s sake. In other words, the Right becomes so power-hungry that their moralism eventually takes a backseat.

Look at figures like Roger Ailes, Mark Foley, or Jimmy Swaggart. The ability to be moral arbiters on the one hand, and on the other hand acting as licentiously as possible, wasn’t their hypocrisy. It was their privilege.

Pasolini, a leftist who was fascinated with the beauty of sex and sexuality, lived to see the bizarre rehabilitation of fascism in Italy — note that the fascists there nominated porn stars, much as Trump touts his wife’s softcore porn past — had his own take on it, which I think is useful to think about. In his final film Salo, he put these words in the mouth of one of the fascists depicted as a Sadean libertine:

“We Fascists are the only true anarchists, naturally, once we’re masters of the state. In fact, the one true anarchy is that of power.”