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Reading: Historians Analyze the Danger of Trump | nymag.com

From Historians Analyze the Danger of Trump | nymag.com

Cold comfort. But history can offer little else.

Zilblatt said he once laughed off comparisons of the U.S. to the Weimar Republic, noting Germany in the early 1930s “had a major economic crisis and the trauma of millions of people dead in World War I.” However, while it’s not exactly the same, Zilblatt said Americans are nevertheless “suffering economically and from the trauma of death and being isolated” amid a recession and a pandemic that has left over 200,000 dead barely a month before Election Day.

Obviously, neither Hitler nor fascism is coming around the corner in the United States. But, the fact that such a comparison can even be considered by a serious political scientist with a straight face shows how far things have degenerated.

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Reading: Trump Is a Would-Be Dictator | The Nation

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From The Nation: a warning. A little architectural metonymy can go a log way.

But it’s not just on the impeachment front that Trumpism is morphing ever more explicitly into a fascist creed. Witness the order, the language of which is now reportedly being drawn up, that would force architects to conform to a classical style when designing federal buildings. Ponder the similarities with orders to enforce architectural and artistic conformity by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, with their sterile but grandiose public buildings and stadiums. If you can ban certain architectural styles, why not certain books or schools of art or kinds of music?

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What I’m reading 23 Jul 2018

  • Donald Trump is taking US down the path to tyranny (opinion) – CNN – Closer and closer.

    > The Nazi henchman Hermann Göring explained in Nuremberg prison how easy it is to mobilize the public to war: "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." – (politics fascism trump )

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What I’m reading 29 Jun 2018

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What I’m reading 28 Jun 2018

  • Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow – It takes an outside view to see clearly.

    > Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it. – (trump fascism )

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What I’m reading 15 Jun 2018

  • Trump’s Genius Is His Entertaining Idiocy | The Nation – > Trump’s genius for distraction, self-pity, and entertaining idiocy succeeds not only in normalizing his psychopathic behavior and malevolent prejudices but also in hiding the fact that institutions that protect our freedom and democratic rights are teetering beneath a ferocious assault. We fiddle; they burn. – (trump fascism )
  • Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show – Resist. Live in truth.

    > We live in a lie now, perpetrated from the very top, enhanced by relentless propaganda, and designed to shore up what is a cult. It is growing in strength. It is precisely now that we must manage at every moment to dispel it. And then to vote, en masse, for its extinction. – (rhetoric resistance fascism trump )

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What I’m reading 8 Feb 2018 – 9 Mar 2018

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What I’m reading 29 Oct 2017 – 6 Feb 2018