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Study Fascism and laugh at the comparison

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

Submitted by Charles (Netherlands), May 5, 2016 at 05:17

As a European (Holland) I think I have a better understanding then most average Americans on what Fascism really means. Shure, there are lot's of Americans who have studied the subject, but if you talk of the average Joe/Jane out there, who has been used to vote along the standard party lines, I can imagine that some would scare off when reading inflammatory stuff like this article.

Trump is a lot of things, but Fascist he's not. Look at his stance on the more important issues. What is Fascisme in it's core?

1. it's reforming the state in a collective with the state all powerfull. Gone is individual freedom.
2. it's anti democratic to the bone. You can call Trump all kind of names, but anti democratic he's not
3. fascism want's a welfare state; Trump?....
4. it's fiercely anti capatalistic; Trump???...
5. a LOT of Trump's positions are along the GOP lines; on taxes, on immigration, law enforcement

Now these are just 5 reasons why Trump would simply be imprisoned in a fascist state. Fascism (and the more unctuous euphemism 'neo'-) is in whatever capacity you want to use it, a ideology based on military dictatorship in which democracy, capitalism and individual freedom is abolished.

... this Trump-fascist ... it's a no go. I'm very sorry, but here in Europe we see through these smears pretty quickly. Sure, here too they use it to silence criticism, but on the long run, it never works. That's because smearing people like that is recognized as being weak. Weak in counter arguments, weak in thought and weak in speaking out the truth on matters.

I've followed these American elections like a hawk. I've followed Trump almost everywhere. I've studied his past, watched older interviews and listened carefully to what he said. And I've watched the press/media reporting on him. To be honest the one thing that scared me most was the dishonest and disgraceful way journalists and networks reported on this Trump phenomenon.

Anyway, study fascisme and find out for yourself.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Responding to the last sentence: I have indeed studied fascism.

Responding to everything else: I fail to see how living in Europe makes one so much more qualified to decide what is and is not fascism.

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