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Demagogy is not the same as Fascism

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

Submitted by Jack Tucker (United States), Jul 25, 2016 at 00:46

Trump is many loathsome things, but unless the word has no real meaning, He is not a fascist.

Of course, he does have some things in common, above all his solution to all problems is his domineering personality, not really any precise policy. That seems somewhat similar to the authoritarian, leader principle of fascist movements, particularly Nazism.

But we don't see the thugs using violence to disrupt and intimidate the opposition. We don't see the use of violence to attain power or win political elections. We don't see assassinations as a means of destroying the opposition.

Calling right wing political movements "fascist" is a rhetorical device we have seen over and over. It sort of cheapens the meaning of the word.


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