That’s a pretty strong word. But that’s precisely the word that some people are using these days. Don’t believe me? Just check out Irving Hexham’s Pocket Dictionary of New Religious Movements. And this website, mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com, which looks interesting even if it’s hard to see (from a quick glance) just what the author is really getting at.
Not that I’m a Joseph Campbell or Eliade groupie. But in his Pocket Dictionary Hexham seems to be playing a cagey game of intellectual hide and seek. That is, he uses a provocative word with insulting connotations and then in a cross reference attempts to cover his tracks by saying one version of the word isn’t really as bad as everyone thinks it is. Right… Just look up ‘fascism’ in Websters online dictionary if you think this isn’t a negative word. >> http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism
The interesting thing about all this is that Campbell’s motto was “follow your bliss.” And ‘fascism’ generally denotes authoritarian conformity—the complete opposite. As for Eliade, if anything, from his work I find a refreshing acknowledgement of spiritual difference, not uniformity.