Jason Stanley, a philosopher at Yale University, has recently written a book called How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. He was interviewed on the Vox website. 

His take on fascism is that it isn’t a system of government so much as a system of politics. In the interview, he summarizes fascism better than I’ve ever seen it done. See if this looks familiar.

In the past, fascist politics would focus on the dominant cultural group. The goal is to make them feel like victims, to make them feel like they’ve lost something and that the thing they’ve lost has been taken from them by a specific enemy, usually some minority out-group or some opposing nation.

This is why fascism flourishes in moments of great anxiety, because you can connect that anxiety with fake loss. The story is typically that a once-great society has been destroyed by liberalism or feminism or cultural Marxism or whatever, and you make the dominant group feel angry and resentful about the loss of their status and power. Almost every manifestation of fascism mirrors this general narrative.

https://www.vox.com/2018/9/19/17847110/how-fascism-works-donald-tru...

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Comment by Maui Surfer on September 22, 2018 at 3:37pm

Trump's follower are scared to death, pathetic losers, fearful of absolutely nothing. Israelis seem to me, and I am no expert, to stand tall in the face of what would be pretty damn scary, to be surrounded by "others" all out to get you on all sides, yet, they do not project fear but in fact seem fearless. Again, I am NO expert, this is just my observation.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 22, 2018 at 5:25pm

HANNAH ARENDT TAUGHT THIS:

THE IDEAL CITIZEN OF AN AUTHORITARIAN STATE IS

NOT

THE DEDICATED FASCIST OR THE COMMITTED COMMUNIST.

THE IDEAL CITIZEN OF AN AUTHORITARIAN STATE

IS

THE PERSON FOR WHOM TRUTH AND LIES, FACT AND FICTION, HAVE LOST THEIR MEANING.

Comment by koshersalaami on September 23, 2018 at 6:56am

That is exactly what’s scary about the US right now, even if you didn’t read Arendt. 

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