How fascism works
A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump.
Jason Stanley -
"I think it's clearly right-wing. Part of the problem is that "right" and "left" are tricky to talk about, and it's true that there are dangerous forms of extremism on both sides, but fascism tilts pretty heavily to the right in my view.
If you think about fascism as a sliding scale, ordinary conservative politics is going to find itself somewhere on that scale " which is not to say that it's fascist at all, any more than ordinary Democratic politics is communist.
But just as extreme versions of communism suppress liberty on behalf of radical equality, so too do extreme versions of right-wing politics, namely fascism, suppress liberty in favor of tradition and dominance and power.'
"I think of fascism as a method of politics. It's a rhetoric, a way of running for power. Of course, that's connected to fascist ideology, because fascist ideology centers on power. But I really see fascism as a technique to gain power.
People are always asking, "Is such-and-such politician really a fascist?" Which is really just another way of asking if this person has a particular set of beliefs or an ideology, but again, I don't really think of a fascist as someone who holds a set of beliefs. They're using a certain technique to acquire and retain power.
Right. And my book identifies the various techniques that fascists tend to adopt, and shows how someone can be more fascist or less fascist in their politics.
The key thing is that fascist politics is about identifying enemies, appealing to the in-group (usually the majority group), and smashing truth and replacing it with power."