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fascism



  • Fascism: A Concern

    Is the application of "fascism" to describe today's politics accurate or useful? Historians including Samuel Moyn, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, David A. Bell, and Heather Ann Thompson add perspective. 



  • A Brief History of Anti-Fascism

    by James Stout

    Today's anti-fascism isn’t about waving flags at football matches; it's about fighting, through direct action, racists and genocidaires wherever they can be found. The author discusses the history of the movement.



  • American Fascism: It Has Happened Here

    by Sarah Churchwell

    A cultural historian of the American right argues that efforts to trace American allegiance to European fascist movements miss the point. There are American traditions of racial dictatorship, strident nationalism and populist demagoguery that have come close to converging in a homegrown form of fascism. 


  • Has Italy Fallen, Again, to Dictatorship?

    by Christopher Binetti

    As a result of several factors--a tradition of temporary strongman leaders, a history of disguised dictatorship, and a unitary government for a regionally divided people--Italy has been more susceptible than other liberal democracies of falling into autocracy in the current COVID crisis. 



  • The Prep-School Nazi

    by Benjamin Wallace

    Before he was Norman Spear, hate group founder and possible Russian asset Rinaldo Nazzaro was just another Jersey boy.



  • America Has a History of Pandemic Denial

    by Joseph Loconte

    Donald Trump wasn't the first president to misunderestimate a national threat. Franklin Roosevelt played his part in the collective denial and dishonesty of the age—until the "ideology of fascism" contagion came knocking.


  • A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism

    by Lawrence Wittner

    In the last decade or so, enormous headway has been made by movements and parties following the old fascist playbook, with rightwing demagogues trumpeting its key elements of virulent nationalism, racial and religious intolerance, and militarism. 


  • 1933 May Be Closer than We Think

    by Frank Domurad

    Increasing cultural, social and political continuities between Weimar and America should give us serious concern in assessing the fate of these two democracies as part of an analogous historical phenomenon.


  • The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940

    by Chris Wright

    Michael Joseph Roberto's The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940 is particularly timely, as the old structures of American fascism have deepened in the last generation and colonized much of the world.