Defining the far right isn’t really that hard when you’ve got a list of things they believe to compare them to.
Donald claimed the mantle of a “nationalist” last night in Texas. He’s called his political opponents criminals and a mob. This is fascist rhetoric, and the only chance we have to stop America’s tilt toward fascism (short of violence) is voting in the Democratic Party everywhere.
What version of America will you choose this November: a tolerant, democratic America that is governed by laws and strives to live up to its ideals, or a bigoted, authoritarian America where the laws don’t apply to everyone and fascist nationalism becomes the new ideal?
In 1994 I learned a set of characteristics that apply to authentic fascists and under what conditions they can come into power. Based on this definition, I said Donald was a fascist before the 2016 election. Since he’s been in office, the evidence in support of that contention has grown much stronger.
For some reason it’s OK to slap a bumper sticker on your car that identifies you as a “Proud parent of a US soldier,” but it’s not OK to be proud if your child is a teacher, a government bureaucrat, or a sanitation worker.
Donald, Independence Day, a baseball game, and fireworks proved to be a recipe for cognitive dissonance.
Why Donald Trump is a fascist, the conclusion.
Why Donald Trump is a fascist, part seven of an eight part essay. Fascism according to Italian intellectual and author Umberto Eco’s definition.
Why Donald Trump is a fascist, part six of an eight part essay. Fascism according to historian Robert Paxton’s definition.
Why Donald Trump is a fascist, part five of an eight part essay. Fascism according to historian Emilio Gentile’s definition.