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"Arrogance" or "Frustration?" "Fascism" or "Leadership"?

Reader comment on item: There's a Name for Trump's Brand of Politics: Neo-fascism

Submitted by UNCLE VLADDI (Canada), Apr 10, 2016 at 19:14

Re: "Videos of Mussolini demonstrate how the Italian dictator's style anticipated that of the Republican frontrunner; even without knowing Italian, one sees their similarity in character and tone, even in their facial expressions. The distinguished historian Andrew Roberts finds in Mussolini "Trump's secret template.""

As my good friend the lauded novelist and international award-winning screenwriter Herb Borkland points out:

"We were taught the difference between communism and fascism is: in communism, the People own everything and the State operates everything for the People. In Fascism, the State owns everything and operates everything for the People. In other words, a distinction without a difference."

But Donald Trump is "neither" of the above. He's a successful capitalist businessman with zero interest in taking over anyone else's businesses, much less appropriating them for The State.

And, as far as appearances, causes and symptomatic effects go: the above excerpt from Dr. Pipes' article, here, alleges that Trump's facial expressions and body language mimicked Mussolini's.

So what?

Hitler appeared arrogant all the time, but the facial expressions and body language of "arrogance" and "frustration" are exactly the same!

Hitler was constantly frustrated by what he perceived to be idiots. Ditto for Mussolini.

So I (*cough cough* - just for instance) myself may personally sometimes appear "arrogant" to my enemies, but merely frustrated to my followers.

And when I'm frustrated by NAZI-SOCIALISTS, for instance, I have the exact same appearance as did Hitler - and for the same reasons (frustration) except that while I myself - like Donald Trump - am FRUSTRATED BY NAZIS, Hitler was frustrated by individualists who wouldn't toe his party line!

Exact same effect, but the completely opposite, different cause!

By the subjective, emotive "standards" demonstrated in this article, ANY Leader trying to raise the enthusiasm of a crowd of supporters, for ANY reason whatsoever, can be claimed to seem "fascist!"

Also, ... Donald Trump got people to swear allegiance to him (and that raising one's hand, as is a common practice in any democratic open vote process, is "fascist") when he was obviously just getting them to pledge to get out and VOTE (albeit for him, of course)!

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