I’ve known about Fascism for quite some time. Fortunately, Albright answered all the questions for me including her warning about the consequences of Fascism for our future.
She described it as a kind of authoritarian rule including complete control by the leader of a nation, appeal to ultranationalism, and electricity being based in the pioneer as opposed to lying with the taxpayers. She described Mussolini as taking huge amounts of money from corporations and banks while feigning concern about the working class. He put on a show for people, dispersed and marketed private products under his name, was a fantastic politician but had very little comprehension of diplomacy, rejected input from his advisors and watched his own judgment as the sole one. She described Hitler as answering questions with lies intended to reassure people, believing and saying that being a Barbarian was honorable, eliminating civil servants he saw as not true, taking charge of the arts and journalism, using mass media (radio in those days) to catch attention of the masses and making persecution of people who couldn’t defend themselves look like federal self defense.
Albright also discussed the character and exploits of a number of other Fascist leaning leaders such as Chavez, Erdogan, Putin, and the Kim dynasty. Last but not least comes Trump who has revealed the majority of the features and antics previously employed by Mussolini and Hitler. He seems more comfortable with them than with our allies with whom he tends to pick fights.
Albright sees Fascists and Fascist leaning leaders as invoking”America (or another nation ) Initial” as a method of justifying their inclination to do anything they please. They feel entitled to do what they want for no valid reason or simply make one up without a base. She sees their unpredictability as a character trait rather than as a way to accomplish anything productive.
How can they gain power? Fascist leaders appeal emotionally to individuals who feel disenfranchised from what they believe is owed them or people who feel fearful of the others, often cultural or political groups differing from theirs. Though this fervor is fanned by social networking, it existed long before computers and spread through personal appearances and using more conventional media.
We can learn how to ask pointed questions of people who claim to be acting in our best interest. We also have to reconnect with one another, understand each other’s fears and sense of loss in addition to beginning to work together as people and society to deal with these concerns.
I strongly recommend this book as a means to comprehend the actual challenges that face us and to help us learn to listen to each other to find mutually acceptable ways of approaching our struggles.