Is it alarmist to talk about a rebirth of fascism?

 

The spread of fascism in the 1920s was significantly aided by the fact that liberals and mainstream conservatives failed to take it seriously. Instead, they accommodated and normalised it.

The centre right is doing the same today. Brexit, Trump and the far right ascendant across Europe indicate that talk of a right-wing revolutionary moment is not exaggerated. And the French presidential election could be next on the calendar.

Despite feeling unnerved by the what’s going on, I’ve preferred to not to get too close to this notion, partly because – in street politics, in Britain at least and particularly in the 70s – fascism is a word frequently over-used and misunderstood. However, read this article from The Conversation, and after you’ve read it, watch the Trump campaign ad that’s embedded in it. Just because I think that James McDougall makes a convincing case (and you may disagree) it doesn’t mean I feel immediate panic. But it does make me all the more determined to be vigilant and active in trying to keep the warm suffocating blanket of apathy and indifference from rolling over us.

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