Fascism

Fascism

A Warning

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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The former U.S. Secretary of State presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062802187
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Woodward, William 1951-- Author
Summary: The former U.S. Secretary of State presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.

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naturalist
Dec 07, 2018

“Unfashionable Fascism: Mainstream Politicians Switching Sides Under Trump’s Regime of Barbarism”
by Dr. Henry A. Giroux, posted April 27, 2018, at CounterPunch
https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/27/unfashionable-fascism-mainstream-politicians-switching-sides-under-trumps-regime-of-barbarism/
Dr. Henry A. Giroux: https://artsci.mcmaster.ca/profiles/henry-giroux/

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gloryb
Nov 15, 2018

This book answered my questions about the methods rulers of countries use to acquire power and hold on to it. She summarizes these steps in several chapters using examples from current governments with autocratic rulers or those leaning towards fascism. Her prime examples are, of course, Hitler and Mussolini and the methods they used to gain power and then to hold on to it. She sees a commonality of steps taken by these rulers such as their ability to change the country's constitution in order to give them more rights; their ability to control the country's judiciary; their ability to suppress/falsify the publication of news; their need to slander political opponents; and their ability to convince their public that only they are working for its interests - usually on nationalistic themes; their lack of concern for the rights of others. She contends that politicians who have fascist leanings learn from the successes of fascists in other countries and copy those same methods in their own country. She ends with a chapter on the present administration in the US in which she sees a parallel of action to those used by fascist politicians. The last pages list questions that her readers can use to judge if a political candidate is for democracy or a threat to it. The book has Notes and an index.

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TerrificThomas
Nov 02, 2018

Very well written and thought provoking! Anyone with an open mind should read!

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brangwinn
Oct 26, 2018

A MUST READ, particularly since our president declared himself a nationalist.

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Cowjuice15
Oct 12, 2018

Very informative and well written. Much to think about

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49ethyl
Oct 05, 2018

I thought the author wrote a really clear book about defining what fascism in the past is about. The examples are clear and not many would disagree with her definition. But the book has made many people angry because the definition is not very broad...I mean, anyone could be tagged a fascist...a mother who doesn't let her toddler go out in the yard at night.

JCLOctavia Aug 31, 2018

A lesson in history for those who have forgotten. Facts speak louder than opinion. Read this book and see what you think. I dare you.

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AQUILEA777
Aug 30, 2018

Oh, how Liberals love to smear their targets with labels like "Fascism"! Albright evidently does not believe that killing 50,000,000 unborn babies on the Naziesque pretext that they are not persons -- as we have done with judicial blessing since Roe v Wade -- is a manifestation of Fascism, even though driven by angry mobs of violently chanting feminists who periodically storm the Supreme Court premises. She wants to preserve Democracy by fanning hysteria against the 2016 election. I don't much like Trump, but find him no more dangerous than his recent predecessors, who lawlessly bombed and wrecked several Muslim countries. Compare the Obama-Brennan kill-list of victims to murder abroad with drones, which killed thousands of civilians; see Wikipedia, "Disposition Matrix". Trump should not have missiled Syria, and should not try to crush Iran to please Zionist supporters. But so far his offenses have almost all been verbal, and he often exaggerates. The ongoing insurrectionist campaign of people like Albright is a worse threat to stable government. She should mind her own reckless statements. Her 2016 declaration, that women would burn in Hell unless they supported Hillary, probably cost votes. Hillary lost her own group, White women, by 10 percentage points.

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W008
Aug 30, 2018

This is a must read for anyone regardless of what party you identify with.

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melmandich
Aug 28, 2018

Albright succeeds in depicting the origins of fascism (from the early 20th century to Trump's election) from her unique perspective both as the daughter of a diplomat, and as an acting Secretary of State…in effect, her life’s work has been observing the machinations of the world’s leadership. Some may think this book is biased...in my view, it captures the emotional toll of bearing witness to man's inhumanity to man. And it made me grateful that Madeline Albright was able to survive those traumas with such dignity, grace, and (now) wisdom.
Her writing style is articulate, scholarly and accessible.
Albright’s biggest injunction is that our citizenry should be paying closer attention to democratic institutions in this country, and to have public discourse about shared values/political viewpoints based on factual information gleaned from trusted sources.
As others below have commented, this book should be required reading in secondary civics—oh, but wait…is that even a thing?

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