Bookmarked Why Trump isn’t a fascist (newstatesman.com)

The storming of the Capitol on 6 January was not a coup. But American democracy is still in danger.

In comparing rise of Hitler and Mussolini, Richard Evans explains that Donald Trump’s roll as an isolationist is counter to the fascist mandate for war and conquest.

The society Hitler wanted was portrayed in the final minutes of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will (1935), with endless serried ranks of uniformed SS troops marching across the screen like well-oiled automata. The reality was different, as the majority of Germans retreated from this dehumanising prospect into their own private lives.

Trump by contrast has encouraged a warped vision of personal freedom: a society in which people aren’t subject to government regulation or supervision, where anarchy and confusion reign, self-restraint is abandoned, violence is unchecked, and self-aggrandising corruption permeates politics.

This makes me wonder the use of the word ‘fascism’.

Liked Seductive Fascist Style (Versobooks.com)

Theodor Adorno remains one of the key sources for understanding the desire for Fascism, notably in his groundbreaking work The Authoritarian Personality. In this article Max L. Feldman reads Adorno’s writings on Fascism, alongside Disney’s 1991 film The Beauty and the Beast, to analyse the contemporary resurgence of the far-right and the enduring relevance of Adorno’s work.

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Don’t Be a Sucker is a short film produced by the United States Department of War released in 1943, and adapted as a slightly shorter version in 1947.[1][2] It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes, and was made to educate viewers about prejudice and discrimination.[1] The film was also made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces. It is held for preservation by the U.S. National Archives.[3]

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