Umberto Eco’s list of the 14 common features of Fascism

Umberto Eco’s list of the 14 common features of Fascism

By Umberto Eco February 24, 2020 One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions these days is how do we stay honest as euphemisms and trivializations take over the discourse? Can we use words like “fascism,” for example, with fidelity to the meaning of that word in world history? The term, after all, devolved […]

Phantom democracy: A puzzle at the heart of Chinese politics

Phantom democracy: A puzzle at the heart of Chinese politics

The Goddess of democracy at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. Photo credit: AP The notion of a globally menacing ‘authoritarian China’ is too simplistic. Dig deeper, and you will find signs of local democratic experiments, thanks to its skittish rulers afraid of losing control By John Keane January 2, 2019 As China rapidly moves to […]

No Normalization: All the Fascist Highlights Trump still Hits

No Normalization: All the Fascist Highlights Trump still Hits

By Juan Cole Fascism as a political ideology is difficult to define, in part because it usually contains a big dose of populism, and the content of populism differs from people to people Via juancole.com In my view Mussolini’s fascism in Italy is a fair exemplar of the phenomenon. One characteristic fascist societies have in […]