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  • Authoritarianism
  • Donald Trump and Authoritarianism
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  • Hate Speech and Propaganda
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PBS, Dictators’ Playbook, Mussolini

“Many of the signs and symbols of Fascism are back.”

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Emma Johanningsmeier, “A New Book about Mussolini is Provoking a Debate about his Legacy”

“The history of fascism is a history of dictatorship, of leader-worship….This book is part of this phenomenon that’s resurrecting the cult of the leader.”

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Tom McCarthy, “Is Trump an Authoritarian? Experts Examine Telltale Signs,” – The Guardian

“The authoritarian wants us to lose our faith in our ears and our eyes, what we read and what we observe, so that we can be more dependent on him. ‘Reality is what I say it is.’ So it’s very, very dangerous that he is doing this with regard to the biggest index of democracy, which is free and fair elections.”

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John Haltiwanger, “Bernie Sanders says the ‘simple truth’ is Trump is an ‘authoritarian leader,’ and several experts tell INSIDER they largely agree,” – Business Insider

“There is no doubt that Trump has authoritarian inclinations. His labelling of the press as the ‘enemy of the people,’ use of threat, … need for loyalty, humiliation of all those around him, and admiration of leaders who have stifled democracy, are merely some of the qualities that he has in common with authoritarians past and present.”

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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.”

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Stephen Collinson, “The Pittsburgh Killings Targeted Jews – and America’s Soul,”

“The problem is that Trump has made it clear since the campaign that the public he is speaking to, the public he wants to impress, that he cares about, is a public that is not interested in human rights, in democracy and in loving one’s neighbor.”

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Tom McCarthy, “He’s So Openly Racist’” Why Does Iowa Keep Electing Steve King to Congress?” The Guardian

“Steve King – he’s very dangerous….he’s assiduously working to extend the culture of the European right to America, and to make America a partner in this effort to derail democracy.”

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“The Consequences of Hate Speech,” Background Briefing with Ian Masters

“If you know the authoritarian playbook you are able to find almost nothing [Trump] does surprising.”

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Ashley Parker, “Trump and Republicans Settle on Fear and Falsehoods as Midterm Strategy,” Washington Post

“This is the way propaganda works. You put different enemies together that really have nothing to do with one another. He’s trying to create this image of a wave of people of color, or threats, who are coming to invade the border.”

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S.V. Date, “Trump Really Seems to Wish He Were an Actual Dictator,” Huffington Post

“Hate crimes are up. The press is being maligned. Propaganda works.”

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Ashley Parker, “’Totally Dishonest’: Trump Asserts only he can be Trusted Over Opponents and ‘Fake News’,” The Washington Post

“The widening circle of the parties that he’s accusing is predictable because I see Donald Trump as an authoritarian in the making or an authoritarian wannabe, and there’s always a transition process of this sort of leader asserting himself above all the authorities. Every authoritarian leader eventually asserts himself as the only arbiter of truth.”

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