i think people who talk of the aesthetization of politics ignore the ways in which forms of democracy - or any ‘system’ for that matter - are essentially aestheticized. as deleuze wrote: “philosophy, art, and science are not the mental objects of an objectified brain but the three aspects under which the brain becomes subject”. those elements are intertwined and propagated within any society. there is nothing inherently fascist about that. if you want to locate the origins of the fascism it is specifically in the stories it tells.
fascism is the last attempt of liberalism, the enlightenment or any other ‘virtue’ to maintain itself against material conditions which contradict what it tries to affirm. it’s the state it rapidly degenerates into when conditions escalate. if you want to locate the origins of fascism look at the way discourse rapidly degenerates and erases talk of material conditions and contradictions.
i totally agree with zizek here. there is nothing inherently fascist about the aestheticization of politics.