Posted by | December 10, 2016 10:17 | Filed under: Opinion Politics

Michael Kinsley explains:

Donald Trump is a fascist.

When you call somebody a fascist, you can mean any number of things. Often, it means no more than “somebody I don’t like.” It is an all-purpose epithet…

But I mean “fascist” in the more clinical sense. For close to a year, and especially since his election as president, people have been trying to figure out Trump’s political principles: What does he stand for, how will he act as president?

…But now that we’ve seen a bit of him in action, it seems that Trump actually does have a recognizable agenda that explains how he simultaneously can pander to big business generally while “strong-arming” (the words of a Post editorial Friday) an air conditioning manufacturer to save a few hundred jobs for a while. Or how he can make nice with the authoritarian Vladimir Putin while making bellicose foreign policy noises in general. Or how he can blithely upset with a phone call the absurdly delicate balance of our relations with China and Taiwan. All this seemingly erratic behavior can be explained — if not justified — by thinking of Trump as a fascist. Not in the sense of an all-purpose bad guy, but in the sense of somebody who sincerely believes that the toxic combination of strong government and strong corporations should run the nation and the world. He spent his previous career negotiating with the government on behalf of corporations; now he has switched teams. But it’s the same game.

 

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  • StoneyCurtisll

    Kinsley: Donald Trump is a fascist…
    Just now figuring it out?
    http://btlonline.org/2016/i/160401b-trump.jpg

    • bpollen

      Reminds me of this:

      https://youtu.be/29Mg6Gfh9Co

      My personal scariest scene in a movie.

      • StoneyCurtisll

        I remember seeing that!

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