5 reviews for Fascism in America

  1. listener in MO

    Over recent years, the right has effectively used words like “socialism”, “liberal”, “woke” as cudgels, first disconnecting them completely from any real meaning or definition, then turning them into vague epithets, instantly recognizable dirty words representing something very bad. As fascism seems to be raising its ugly head ever more widely in America, we are hearing and seeing that word used more often and it might be well to keep the word attached to a reasonable definition and to know the history of the concept a little better. I think many of us think of fascism as originating in Italy under Mussolini, – I’m not sure but I think the word fascism may have come from there,- but Omer Aziz takes us elsewhere, closer to home and longer ago, for the source of the idea. Well worth a listen.

  2. Listener in WA

    Omer was fantastic.

  3. Everett Moran

    Generally, an accurate survey of our racist past [and present]. The speaker makes a mistake when he deviates from the theme, declaring the narrative regarding the U.S. “saving Europe in WWII, but fails to offer any evidence to the contrary. Instead, he cites our slave-keeping history and the Jim Crow laws as a major influence on Nazi Fascism. However true that is, it does not refute the fact that, had the U.S. not entered the conflict in Europe, Europe almost certainly would have fallen.

    It is frustrating to me when Progressives, with whom I broadly agree, resort to hyperbole. Contrary to the goal of changing hearts and minds in an effort to increase support for progressive policies, including fallacious statements like the one above only serves to delegitimize the thesis and hardens opposition to same. We see the same thing in the environmental movement, which [far too]often utilizes dubious conjecture and, sometimes, outright false statements, in order to persuade – a tactic that almost always fails to do so while, again, delegitimizing an otherwise salient argument.

    Not only is there no need to sensationalize our arguments, I would argue that doing so harms the effort(s) to affect beneficial change.


  4. Nine

    ‘ bout time.

  5. T

    A clarion call to wake up

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