AskDefine | Define statolatry

Extensive Definition

Statolatry, which combines idolatry with the state, first appeared in Giovanni Gentile's Doctrine of Fascism, published in 1931 under Mussolini's name. The same year, an encyclical by Pope Pius XI criticized Fascist Italy as developing "a pagan worship of the state" which it called "statolatry".

Ludwig von Mises' Omnipotent Government (1944)

The term was also popularized and explained by Ludwig von Mises in his 1944 work Omnipotent Government. Statolatry is literally worship of the State analogous to idolatry as worship of idols. It asserts that the glorification and aggrandizement of 'State' or 'Nation' is the object of all legitimate human aspiration at the expense of all else, including personal welfare and independent thought. Expansion of the power and influence of one's State is to be achieved, if necessary, through aggressive war and colonial adventures (i.e. imperialism). It far exceeds the patriotism of those who recognize the rights of people other than themselves to self-determination, and might best be described as super-patriotism or nationalistic chauvinism.

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statolatry in Italian: Statolatria
statolatry in Dutch: Statolatrie
statolatry in Polish: Statolatria
statolatry in Swedish: Statolatri
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