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 20, 2018 at 3:11pm

I agree, and in fact would be a fool to doubt such an expert, but, to me, you can't have real Fascism unless the corrupt government is in league with private industry to both of their advantage ... enter the Duke of Orange.

Comment by Rosigami on September 20, 2018 at 3:22pm

Maui Surfer makes a good point here. 
I think it's likely the current administration IS in league with private industry. Tax cuts for the rich...

Comment by Ron Powell on September 20, 2018 at 10:47pm

Isn't it possible that homogeneousness is a key element of the development of a cult or cabal of condescension, corruption, and criminality? (Fascism)

My thesis here is that diversity that is reflective of the racial, ethnic, social, cultural variants that comprise a general population, stands as a counter to fascism because there may be less of a tendency to be susceptible to the vagaries of self indulgence, self gratification, self aggrandizement, avarice, selfishness and egocentricity....

The personal qualities of those who govern as a result of and pursuant to a fascist narrative and governance within the context of the fascist political agenda represent the worst that human beings have to offer one another and the world.

Hence, the enemy of Fascism is not Democracy.

The enemy of Fascism is diversity....

Comment by moki ikom on September 20, 2018 at 11:59pm

That looked familiar to me for a spell but the USes and Themses started to quickly not make sense, perhaps because taken out of context and maybe more importantly the  fact that i haven't read Mr. Stanley's book yet.

I started out like this: "In the past, fascist politics would focus on the dominant cultural group (eg, not past, but now fascUSt$). The goal is to make them ( eg, anyone not US, not fascUSt$)"

then I lost you Kosher ... " to make them feel like victims,"  ?   Make who/"them" feel like victims?  Americans who are not yet susceptiple to aligning with fascUSt (aka apartheidic) economy and ideology need fascUSt$' evangelists/propaganda to help trip them into fascUSt$ paradise?

"to make them feel like they’ve lost something"   or going to lose something

"and that the thing they’ve lost has been taken from them by a specific enemy,"  enemies' names best determined by fascUSt$ in charge, Democrat or Republican fascUSt$...  thus we're free to choose which fascUSt$ party we want to preserve, ie put on ice or embalm, our liberty?

"usually some minority out-group or some opposing nation."  yes, usually some one thing or another,, but always anything remotely anti-fascUSt$, like Communist!...  to be kosher, anti-fascist necessarily means anti-zionist.

...

"This is why fascism flourishes in moments of great anxiety, because you can connect that anxiety with fake loss."  What is "that anxiety"?  Is not "that anxiety" the first thing that is fake?  In the era of General Armstrong Custer, u.s. americans existential anxiety necessitated a final solution to "the Indian Problem"?  But there was nothing fascist about President Andrew Jackson genocidal conquest of indigenous peoples' lands, rivers and lakes because (right Kosher?) neither the term "fascist" nor "genocide" were coined until the 20th century of Christian genocides."

Comment by koshersalaami on September 21, 2018 at 5:24am

Ron,
Diversity is why I’ve said that the Nazi Holocaust could not be repeated here. There is no master race. So I’ve agreed with at least some of your point for a long time.

Moki,
No, that anxiety is not fake. It is absolutely real. The cause is fake. 

A very smart friend of mine once told me that the root of all evil is fear. 

If you look at Trump’s followers, they are afraid. Not justifiably afraid, but definitely afraid. 

Comment by moki ikom on September 21, 2018 at 4:44pm

Such a claim as

"Diversity is why the Nazi Holocaust could not be repeated here in America." 

completely ignores the holocaustic history of the U.S./colonial slave trade and genocide of greatly diverse indigenous cultures of the North and South American continents, Hawaii islands and the Philippines delivered into the 20th Christian century a much less diversely peopled humanity.  How in the world are genocides --like American Holocaust preceding the Nazi Holocaust which preceded the today's Zionist Holocaust-- not repeatable due to diversity.  Genocides destroy diversity, the end game is less diversity, the field of Humanity is not somehow sown anew by the perpetrators of genocide, the victors nor by  survivors of genocide with potential for more diversity. 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 21, 2018 at 5:01pm

Genocides destroy diversity when there’s an obviously dominant ethnicity. That’s not exactly true here. 

Comment by moki ikom on September 21, 2018 at 5:33pm

Trump's "followers" are fascUSt$' low hanging fruit on the metaphorical American bushes, shrubs and trees of false, fear-mongering propaganda.  Of course such fruit, such products of fascUSt lies and deceptions experiences of anxieties are real to them, but their false cause anxiety is fundamentally different from the anxiety of the beneficiaries, creators purveyors of false propaganda, of false cause.

Comment by moki ikom on September 21, 2018 at 5:53pm

Is there "an obviously dominant ethnicity" in Palestine?  What constitutes being dominant, numbers of souls, amount and kind weapons possessed, ruthlessness of ideology being manifested? 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 21, 2018 at 8:31pm

Sure there’s an obviously dominant ethnicity in Israel/Palestine. What there isn’t is an attempt at extermination or, for that matter, cultural elimination. What there is is a military occupation, which is not the same as genocide. Oppression, sure, even if the Israelis don’t have a clean way out, but certainly not genocide up to now. 

What is fundamentally different about false cause anxiety? Fear of a monster under the bed is still fear. 

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