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Fast Walker 52

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Sun Jan 17, 2016, 03:17 PM Jan 2016

On Trump and Fascism

This may have been posted here some time before, but it is a good discussion of what fascism is.
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http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2015/11/donald-trump-may-not-be-fascist-but-he.html

Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path




People who have studied the extremist right as a historical and sociopolitical phenomenon in depth are acutely aware of a simple truth: America has been very, very lucky so far when it comes to fascistic political movements.

And now, with the arrival of the Donald Trump 2016 phenomenon, that luck may be about to run out.

Nor is this phenomenon just a flash in the pan. Trump is the logical end result of an endless series of assaults on not just American liberalism, but on democratic institutions themselves, by the American right for many years. It is the long-term creep of radicalization of the right come home to roost.

Fascistic elements and tendencies have always been part of America’s DNA. Indeed, it can be said that some of the worst traits of fascism in Europe were borrowed from their American exemplars – particularly the eliminationist tendencies, manifested first in the form of racial and ethnic segregation, and ultimately in genocidal violence.

Hitler acknowledged at various times his admiration for the American genocide against Native Americans, as well as the segregationist policies of the Jim Crow regime in the South (on which the Nuremberg Race Laws were modeled) and the threat of the lynch mob embodied in the Ku Klux Klan. According to Ernst Hanfstaengl, Hitler was “passionately interested in the Ku Klux Klan. ... He seemed to think it was a political movement similar to his own." And indeed it was.

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On Trump and Fascism (Original Post) Fast Walker 52 Jan 2016 OP
His blatant racism is appalling libodem Jan 2016 #1
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