How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them
ISBN: 0525511830
EAN13: 9780525511830
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Book Overview
Fascist politics are running rampant in America today--and spreading around the world. A Yale philosopher identifies the ten pillars of fascist politics, and charts their horrifying rise and deep history. As the child of refugees of World War II Europe and a renowned philosopher and scholar of propaganda, Jason Stanley has a deep understanding of how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism--nations don't have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics. In fact, its roots have been present in the United States for more than a century. Alarmed by the pervasive rise of fascist tactics both at home and around the globe, Stanley couldn't help but notice the structures that unite them. In How Fascism Works, he focuses on the ten pillars of fascist politics--the language and beliefs that separate people into an us and a them. He knits together reflections on history, philosophy, sociology, and critical race theory with stories from contemporary Hungary, Poland, India, Myanmar, and the United States, among other nations. With these examples, he makes clear the immense danger of underestimating the cumulative power of these tactics, which include exploiting a mythic version of the nation's past; propaganda that twists the language of democratic ideals against themselves; anti-intellectualism directed against universities and experts; law-and-order politics that assume members of minority groups are criminals; and fierce attacks on labor groups and welfare. These mechanisms all build on one another, creating and reinforcing divisions and shaping a society vulnerable to the appeals of authoritarian leadership and populism. By uncovering disturbing patterns that are as prevalent today as ever, Stanley reveals that the stuff of politics--charged by rhetoric and myth--can become policy and reality all too quickly. Only by recognizing them, he argues, may we begin to resist their most harmful effects and return to democratic ideals. Praise for How Fascism Works Jason Stanley reveals how the liberties of the people wither when voters embrace politicians who promote the divisive politics of us versus them, while denigrating cooperation, compromise, and respect for others. How Fascism Works builds on philosopher Stanley's insightful How Propaganda Works to explain in concise and easily understood terms how people get tricked into reversing the expanding rights that made America great. --David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of It's Even Worse Than You Think and The Making of Donald Trump