A Warning

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A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, 'is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.' The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions of innocent people dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that very assumption. Fascism, Albright shows, not only endured through the course of the twentieth century, but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which has historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates popular divisions and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the same tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s. Written with wisdom by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062802187
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Woodward, William 1951-- Author


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Mar 12, 2020

" Putin has feet of clay. The Russian economy, so robust in his first decade of rule, remains smaller than Italy's or Canada's and shows no promise of further improvement. Free enterprise is withdrawing as foreign investors abandon the country due to sanctions, opaque rules for doing business, and an unwillingness to pay bribes. Wealth is distributed less equally than in any other major nation---a throwback to the time of the czars. The country's population is aging....Putin's deceptions are no longer fooling so many. Yet he has already succeeded in giving men of ambition elsewhere 'many good ideas'. "

Jan 04, 2020

Brilliant book, easy to read and very interesting. It's on my list of top five books I read in 2019, and I highly recommend it.

Nov 16, 2019

I entered a comment a couple of weeks ago. Regrettably, for me, it did not register. nevertheless, I will again attempt to state my feelings on this incredible piece of literature by Madeleine Albright. Her analogies of former demagogues and fascist leaders in the past 50+years, would lead a thinking individual to fear Trump and his actions/policies. He has had the temerity to use statements by Mussolini - a Fascist - "I will drain the swamp!" in his electoral speeches.

He has lied, betrayed former allies and attempts to corrupt the democratic system put in place by the U.S. historical heroes. If he should be elected for another four-year term, I will expect the death of democracy, free speech and the ability to disagree with authority to disappear. I truly hope that the American people can see through the false promises and lies Trump promises. If not, Americans and other nations will watch as their rights and civil liberties also fade away

Jun 03, 2019

When Albright, half Jewish, was a child, had to flee totalitarianism twice, once to flee Hitler and the second time to flee Russia's takeover of her homeland Czechoslovakia. So she knows that minorities are not well-liked in authoritarian regimes. Her life experience allows her to spot such evil political systems so she includes about ten in this book. She also points out that Trump has authoritarian tendencies - his buddies in Charlottesville - denounced Jews, his buddy David Duke denounces all non-Aryans, Putin, Kim, Erdogan, Duarte, etc. etc. all guys who have no respect for the niceties of democracy, he likes.

Mar 15, 2019
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Mar 11, 2019

A good analysis of the growing threat of Trump's fascist tendencies.

Mar 01, 2019

Interesting how she compares Trump to Hitler and Stalin. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but in many ways "Bang On".

Jan 18, 2019

What about the facism of Diversity ?

Jan 18, 2019

I confess to having used terms such as democracy, socialism, communism, and fascism without clearly understanding what they meant. Per Merriam-Webster, Fascism is “A political philosophy, movement, or regime … that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” In Fascism: A Warning Madeleine Albright observes that “A Fascist is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” Albright then describes historical Fascists—Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco—and more recent examples of their ilk—Milošević, Chávez, Erdoğan, and Kim Il-sung to illustrate her definition. In the final chapters of her book, Albright takes Donald Trump to task for casting a shadow over American democracy with his embrace of violence, disregard for the truth, lack of integrity, and vilification of the press. What to do? Albright encourages us to defend freedom, to ask the right questions of our leaders and ourselves, and to refuse to ignore answers that are inconsistent with our ideals of American democracy.

Dec 07, 2018

“Unfashionable Fascism: Mainstream Politicians Switching Sides Under Trump’s Regime of Barbarism”
by Dr. Henry A. Giroux, posted April 27, 2018, at CounterPunch
Dr. Henry A. Giroux: https://artsci.mcmaster.ca/profiles/henry-giroux/

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