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On fascism

March 30, 2017

It’s important to keep in mind that fascism did not come to power because everyone turned evil. Yes, it played to common evils such as nativism. But it also promised things people wanted. Of course, fascism is not characterized by social welfare or infrastructure development. Many democracies do those. And the next fascism might not. As to what fascism is, Umberto Eco, who was a watchful boy under the Italian Fascists and their fall, explained it well in a famous essay.

Jessica Shattuck writes on her grandparents, who grew up and lived their early life in an industrial suburb of Germany. And joined and supported the Nazi party.

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