Anatomy of Fascism

The Anatomy of Fascism


What is fascism? By focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said, the esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussolini’s rise to power, to Germany’s fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth…

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Two presidential electors encourage colleagues to sideline Trump(r/politics)

Trump’s fabrications regarding crime should be getting more attention. Crime is a much less significant problem today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Trump lies constantly and without shame or remorse about this.

I would not call Trump himself an outright fascist–but Trumpism is a proto-fascist movement. I don’t want to find out whether it blossoms into the real thing.

Robert Paxton’s definition from The Anatomy of Fascism:

>”A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

Trump’s nativist anti-intellectual demagoguery, and willingness to fan and manipulate ethno-nationalist resentment is deeply concerning, especially now that we know he’s going to have people like Steven Bannon as his top political advisor.

He still doesn’t have the power of the military and national security apparatus at his disposal. There’s still time to stop him and not have to find out if he will abide traditional constitutional and normative restraints.

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