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The Rise Of Fascism In The United States. How Should This Be Dealt With At All Levels Of Society?

Jan 12, 2021

On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with fascism experts Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Jason Stanley about last week’s assault on the Capitol and how Trump has fueled extremism and incited violence, threats, and assaults.

Over the last four years, countless scholars and experts have warned about Trump’s fascist behavior and compared him to other authoritarian leaders. Extremists are now calling for even more violence across the country. What precedent is this setting and what should be done about it?

Guests:

Jason Stanley, professor at Yale University who writes about propaganda, free speech and authoritarianism, and author of How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor at New York University, historian and commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda, and author of Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present

Web Resources: 

The New York Times Magazine, Timothy Snyder: The American Abyss 

The Daily Beast, Jason Stanley: Trump’s Neo-Fascism Takes America’s Racism to the Next Level 

The Daily Poster, Walker Bragman: “The Start Of Something That Is Very Difficult To Turn Back” 

The New York Times, Seyward Darby: The Far-Right Told Us What It Had Planned. We Didn’t Listen. 

NPR, Christianna Silva and James Doubek: Fascism Scholar Says U.S. Is 'Losing Its Democratic Status'