The Dialectical Relationship
of Fascism and Communism
It seems to me your second letter clarifies and reduces the area of our disagreement without abolishing it.
Let me tell you first, in regard to you personally, how I came to write this long note on you. When I started working on Le Passé d'une illusion in 1989, I had read your books as they were published because of my interest in the mid-1960s in the three volumes of Three Faces of Fascism. I didn't immediately feel the need to reread them, because I was working on the communist idea and not on the fascist idea or movement. But after a year or two, as my work advanced, I constantly encountered the problem of the dialectical relationship of communism and fascism, the mutual engendering and reinforcing of the two great mass ideologies arising from the First World War. This is what led me once again to take up your work, which I could have simply cited like all the others that figure in the notes of my book. But your work has a double particularity