You may contend that anyone who denies the validity of non-fiction also commits acts like denying the Holocaust or questioning the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth; or perhaps you are more in agreement with Pankaj Mishra who suggests there are “porous boundaries of fiction and nonfiction;” then again, you might subscribe to the oft heard conclusion that fiction is lying whereas non-fiction is truth.
I have regularly argued that non-fiction is just a degree of fiction and is no more, and possibly less, the truth than is fiction. Non-fiction and fiction are both imaginative constructs developed in the mind of man based on passed events and experiences and seasoned with a healthy dose of the human brain’s ability to bring both order and imagination to the writer’s craft.
Please go to The Nation and read the entire article but I just have to throw out this one-liner from Bryce Covert:
Let’s see what Benito Mussolini has to say about Fascism:
Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth … then there is nothing more relativistic than Fascist attitudes and activity… From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.
Does that sound like “We make our own reality” or more recently, “We don’t want fact checkers telling us what to say.” Here is Benito’s analysis of Freedom:
The Truth Apparent, apparent to everyone’s eyes how are not blinded by dogmatism, is that men are perhaps weary of Liberty. They have a surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer the virgin, chaste and severe, to be fought for … we have buried the putrid corpse of liberty … the Italian people are a race of sheep.
This sounds very much like the Neo-Conservative manifesto, just replace “Italian people” with “American people.”