People Calling Trump a Fascist Need a History Lesson

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Calling Trump a Fascist or a Nazi is absurd. He appears to be somewhat authoritarian though he has clearly said he’s not a dictator and will abide by the laws and work with Congress. However, the definitions of Fascism and Nazism cannot be made so broad as to take in any leader who’s dominating.

Robert Kagan has an article posted at WaPo claiming that Donald Trump will bring fascism to America:

IThis phenomenon has arisen in other democratic and quasi-democratic countries over the past century, and it has generally been called “fascism.” Fascist movements, too, had no coherent ideology, no clear set of prescriptions for what ailed society. “National socialism” was a bundle of contradictions, united chiefly by what, and who, it opposed; fascism in Italy was anti-liberal, anti-democratic, anti-Marxist, anti-capitalist and anti-clerical. Successful fascism was not about policies but about the strongman, the leader (Il Duce, Der Führer), in whom could be entrusted the fate of the nation. Whatever the problem, he could fix it. Whatever the threat, internal or external, he could vanquish it, and it was unnecessary for him to explain how. Today, there is Putinism, which also has nothing to do with belief or policy but is about the tough man who single-handedly defends his people against all threats, foreign and domestic.

Fascist movements are lawless and irrational mobocracies led by strongmen. They are without ideology and have no real solutions.

Kagan, who is very confused, wants you to believe this:

“National socialism” was a bundle of contradictions, united chiefly by what, and who, it opposed; fascism in Italy was anti-liberal, anti-democratic, anti-Marxist, anti-capitalist and anti-clerical. Successful fascism was not about policies but about the strongman, the leader (Il Duce, Der Fuhrer), in whom could be entrusted the fate of the nation.

Mein Kampf had a very distinct ideology and cure for what they thought ailed Germany.

Kagan thinks Fascism includes Nazis, Communists and strong leaders.

Trump has a movement, not a revolution, like Sanders who is far more dangerous.

Kagan wanted to get the biggest bang out of hurling epithets at Trump and knows full well he’s full of it.

There are things I do not like about Trump and his friends but he’s not a Nazi or a Fascist. The Fascists seem to be more on the left these days.

Source: Newsmax

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