Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an internationally renowned historian, speaker, and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda. She’s Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and Advisor to Protect Democracy.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat

INTERVIEWS & Appearances

Ruth Ben-Ghiat on UpFront
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UpFront with Medhi Hassan, Al-Jazeera

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All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC

Ruth Ben-Ghiat on Democracy Now!
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Democracy Now!

FEATURED ESSAY

Donald Trump speaking in Washington, D.C.

Trump keeps threatening the freedom of speech

Since President Trump’s election in November 2016, optimists have gone on trying to reassure each other. “Our institutions will hold,” they say. Our institutions will only hold, however, if they are defended with concrete actions. The lawsuit filed by PEN America in October 2018 against Trump shows how. It charges that he has violated the First Amendment in misusing his official powers to retaliate against speech he finds objectionable. He revoked press passes of White House reporters from outlets …

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FEATURED INTERVIEWS

All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC

“Trump is a marketing master…he’s very dangerous because he knows exactly how to communicate.”

Ashley Parker, “Two more years? Trump’s retweet sets off a furor over the idea of bonus time.” – The Washington Post

“… authoritarians are continually testing the boundaries to see what they can get away with, and everything he does is a challenge to Democrats to mount some response against him,”

FEATURED ESSAY

Donald Trump speaking in Washington, D.C.

Trump keeps threatening the freedom of speech

Since President Trump’s election in November 2016, optimists have gone on trying to reassure each other. “Our institutions will hold,” they say. Our institutions will only hold, however, if they are defended with concrete actions. The lawsuit filed by PEN America in October 2018 against Trump shows how. It charges that he has violated the First Amendment in misusing his official powers to retaliate against speech he finds objectionable. He revoked press passes of White House reporters from outlets …

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FEATURED INTERVIEWS

All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC

“Trump is a marketing master…he’s very dangerous because he knows exactly how to communicate.”

Ashley Parker, “Two more years? Trump’s retweet sets off a furor over the idea of bonus time.” – The Washington Post

“… authoritarians are continually testing the boundaries to see what they can get away with, and everything he does is a challenge to Democrats to mount some response against him,”

Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, “Donald Trump, Fascism, and the Doctrine of American Mythology”

“These rulers, when they’re still on their way up, they weaponize their bodies and their words. Authoritarians always tell you what they’re going to do.”