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William James
William James

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"Jason Stanley, a professor of philosophy at Yale University, offers one perspective on the word. He defines fascism as "a cult of the leader who promises national restoration in the face of humiliation brought on by supposed communists, Marxists and minorities and immigrants who are supposedly posing a threat to the character and the history of a nation."

Stanley, who is the author of the 2018 book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, tells NPR's All Things Considered: "The leader proposes that only he can solve it and all of his political opponents are enemies or traitors."


Professor Stanley on what has changed since he released his first book in 2018:

"Well if someone described to you, "Here's country X. The leader of country X claims that he is going to remain in power for many years beyond what is legal. He sends federal forces in to quell largely peaceful protests for racial justice in his country. His attorney general seems dedicated to him over the rule of law. The major political party that controls the courts and most of the government has, as their entire platform, devotion to him."

What would you think about that country? Where would you think the direction of that country was headed? I would think that country was losing its democratic status, especially when it had a history of voter suppression and the highest incarceration rate in the world as background conditions."

William James
William James

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Yale Professor Jason Stanley, an expert in fascism, told NPR that the United States is losing its “democratic” status under the weight of Trump’s naked authoritarianism and corruption.

Stanley claims Trump (and his supporters) use conspiracy theories to demonize enemies of the Trump Administration by suggesting they are pedophiles, satanists, and cannibals.


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