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Trump: The End of US Democracy – Rise of US Fascism

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I have taught the Holocaust and anti-Semitism for 45 plus years. Today, I am afraid. We seem to be reliving history. We are at a point that both Germany and Italy were in the early 1930s. Hitler and Mussolini both used existing democracies in Germany and Italy to destroy those democracies and institute totalitarian, authoritarian governments based on the principles of Fascism. Democracy is fragile and easily destroyed, if we are not vigilant in supporting it. Donald Trump and his supporters are subverting democracy, just as both Hitler and Mussolini did in Europe in the late 1920s and early 30s. I am not being hyperbolic just fearfully realistic.

There are literally thousands of writers who have written on fascism, from Umberto Eco to Masha Gessen. They have attempted to define and outline the characteristics of fascism. I do not have the space to outline all of the characteristics of fascism, but can say that Trump and his supporters show evidence of expressing most of those characteristics in their flirtation with fascism and autocracy, leading the United States into a constitutional crisis which could result in an abrogation of the election and........

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