“A fascist govt, as Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian of authoritarianism at NYU, explains, has only one party, led by a dictator who through violence has shut down all opposition, including from the judiciary, the press and so-called enemies of the state.” https://www.npr.org/2020/07/27/895737977/what-is-fascism
“Fascism appeals to an imaginary and glorious past destroyed by the forces of liberalism, cosmopolitanism and globalism.

The fantasy of a uniform past can take on multiple dimensions — racial, cultural, religious — but it is invariably patriarchal.“ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/books/review/jason-stanley-how-fascism-works.html
“Through appeals to the mythic past, fascism establishes a hierarchy of human worth: e.g., law-abiding over criminal, hard-working over lazy, racially pure over impure, heterosexual over homosexual, abled over disabled.

Those deemed worthy are considered the nation’s true ppl.”
“False distinctions between worthy and unworthy populations are enforced through propaganda and anti-intellectualism that corrode shared reality, degrade language and create fertile ground for conspiracy theories to flourish.”
“Crucially, the hallmark of fascist propaganda is not just that it promotes lies, which is characteristic of propaganda in general, but that it promotes lies in service of policy that seeks to make them true.” https://books.google.com/books/about/Essays_in_Understanding_1930_1954.html?id=5872U7QQl8oC
“While fascist movements emphasize certain collective identities, they also tend to promote a social Darwinist ethic, according to which the individual must struggle against others for power and resources in free-market competition.”
“Class divisions must be minimized thru dismantling of unions, possessing as they do the potential to promote solidarity across differences that fascism depends on exploiting.”
“America does not have a one-party government, and it is still holding elections (though fears about their future legitimacy abound), so it cannot credibly be called a fascist state.

But do recent events bear the mark of fascist tendencies?”
“This is a classic way that violence happens in authoritarian regimes, whether it’s Franco’s Spain or Russian Empire.

The ppl who are getting used to committing violence on the border are then brought in to commit violence against people in interior.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/20/opinion/portland-protests-trump.html
“As historian Heather Ann Thompson told The Times, “The idea of bringing in troops or law enforcement in its many forms to quell civilian protest is as American as apple pie — it is foundational to this nation.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/upshot/trump-portland.html
“when the Nazis went about designing a legal regime to racialize citizenship and prevent miscegenation, they looked to American race law for a model, as the historian James Q. Whitman has documented:” https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691172422/hitlers-american-model
“In ‘Mein Kampf,’ Hitler praised America as nothing less than ‘the one state’ that had made progress toward the creation of a healthy racist order of the kind the Nuremberg Laws were intended to establish.”
“the Trump admin seems to be using federal agents as a “run-of-the-mill domestic policing force,” including in cities where no violent protest has occurred.

Unlike in 1968 or 1992, local officials have not asked for federal intervention.”
“And since then, the number of federal agencies at the president’s disposal has grown.

The Department of Homeland Security was established only in 2002, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement only in 2003.”

“the semblance of fascism is still very different from the fact of it.

Gessen believes the former is reason enough to worry.

Fascists have historically come to power through elections.

“Trump is now performing his idea of power as he imagines it.” https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/donald-trumps-fascist-performance
“In his intuition, power is autocratic; it affirms the superiority of one nation and one race;

it asserts total domination;

and it mercilessly suppresses all opposition.

Whether or not he is capable of grasping the concept, Trump is performing fascism.”
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