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How Does Fascism Work?

Trump announced a 'surge' of federal agents to cities led by Democrats. The author of 'How Fascism Works' says Trump is 'performing fascism.'

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Jason Stanley, a professor of philosophy at Yale University, is the author of 2018's "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them."

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Sinclair Lewis said: "When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." It's what I think of every time I see Trump hugging the flag and waving a Bible! (OR making a speech at the "Annual Prayer Breakfast", Where he allegedly was heard to say "Do you believe this shit??". To which I would NOT say .... I don't believe he said that .... because of the OBVIOUS fact that he doesn't

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Professor Stanley:-

Fascism is based on ultranationalism, so it's always going to take the form of the country. There's a famous story from, perhaps apocryphal, where a Spanish fascist was asked to speak at an international fascism conference in the early '30s. And he said, "I'm not a fascist — I'm Spanish." Fascism, because it's based on nationalism, is always going to take the most sort of crude and tense form of the nation's traditional tropes. So German fascism, you know, you would have, you know, people with the most Baroque, traditional German name. They'd be dressed in very traditional, kitschy German outfits — traditional Bavarian outfit. So fascism in the United States would look like that: It would be wrapped in a Confederate flag; it would be wrapped in the vestiges of American ultranationalism, which is white nationalism.

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