We Should Be Very Worried’: Philosopher Explains America’s History of ‘Fascist Politics’ — Up to and Including Trump | Alternet
Jason Stanley, a Yale professor of philosophy and the author of “How Facism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” is sounding the alarms about the disturbing trends in American political culture evident in the rise of President Donald Trump.
“For fascist politics to take hold, we have to have a failure of our democratic culture,” Stanley explained in an opinion video with NBC News.
“Fascism is ultranationalism, where the nation is defined in racial, ethnic, religious or perhaps cultural identity, and the nation is identified with one person: the leader, who is its voice,” he continued. “Fascist politics is tactics that exploit this kind of us/them distinction. Fascist politics might not result ultimately in a fascist state. But it’s important to be attendant to the dangers because in and of itself, it breaks down the democratic culture.”