|It Can't Happen Here (Signet Classics)|
A fascist state pursues imperialist policies, namely wars, as a means of encouraging unity and patriotism among its people. In other words, in fascism the enemy is a foreign nation, or a class of people who are outside the “elite” citizen status.
The weak must be purged, and the strong promoted.
This symbolism is utilized to promote ideas not just of unity, but of masculinity and youth, primarily. Since war is a major factor in fascist philosophies, it makes sense that men and particularly young men -- soldiers -- are held as significant. Women are important only so far as they can make babies, and thus create future soldiers.
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