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How Fascism Works
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Nations don't have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics.

A Yale philosopher identifies the ten pillars of fascist politics, and charts their horrifying rise and deep history in the United States and around the world, to conclude that fascism is alive in America today.

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Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of five books, including How Propaganda Works, winner of the Prose Award in Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers, and How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, called by historian Jan T. Gross a "must-read for all of us who take seriously our responsibility as citizens." Stanley serves on the board of the Prison Policy Initiative and writes frequently about propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, democracy, and authoritarianism for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Project Syndicate.

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"A vital read for a nation under Trump . . . [an] arresting new book . . . The book provides a fascinating breakdown of the fascist ideology, nimbly interweaving examples from Germany, Italy and Hungary, from Rwanda and Myanmar to Serbia and, yes, the US. As he proceeds through his framework of the broadest features of his subject, Stanley includes smaller observations that may for some readers land bracingly close to home."--The Guardian

"By placing Trump in transnational and transhistorical perspective, Stanley sees patterns that others miss. . . . Stanley's comparative perspective is particularly effective in illustrating how fascists use fears of sexual violence. . . . By calling Trump a 'fascist'--a word that strikes many Americans as alien and extreme--Stanley is trying to spark public alarm. He doesn't want Americans to respond to Trump's racist, authoritarian offensives by moving their moral goal posts. The greater danger, he suggests, isn't hyperbole, it's normalization. And twenty months into Trump's presidency, the evidence is mounting that he's right."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) "Jason Stanley reveals how the liberties of the people wither when voters embrace politicians who promote the divisive politics of us versus them while denigrating cooperation, compromise, and respect for others. How Fascism Works builds on philosopher Stanley's insightful How Propaganda Works to explain in concise and easily understood terms how people get tricked into reversing the expanding rights that made America great."--David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of It's Even Worse Than You Think and The Making of Donald Trump

"An endless question about history--does it repeat itself? The Allies triumphed over fascism nearly seventy-five years ago. But is it on the rise again? The national populism of Trump and Bannon; Brexit; Orban and the rise of the Hungarian right; the Italian five-star movement; Erdogan--Jason Stanley has in this extraordinary book tried to answer these questions. For those in denial or in doubt, Stanley's book provides overwhelming evidence that fascism is alive, well, and on the rise. It's a clarion call to wake up, pay attention, and do something. No one has any doubt that fascism works; the question remains: How do we stop it? Stanley tells us that fascism is not a plan on how to govern but a plan on how to seize control. This is an important and essential book."--Errol Morris, filmmaker and author of The Ashtray "There are moments in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance, and such times always bring with them the resurrection of ugly myths. And yet, as Jason Stanley, one of this nation's most important philosophers, makes clear, when such myths are deconstructed and their history is laid bare, we remember the extraordinary ties that in fact bind us together. And in the fire of that powerful recollection, modern-day fascism--the current myth-dependent moment of intolerance, xenophobia, and fearmongering in which we find ourselves--can be rendered to ash."--Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water "Jason Stanley's book comes at a most propitious time, when we must come to grips with the political consequences that may follow the rise of xenophobic populism. History teaches what those consequences are, and in his book Stanley, with great analytical and conceptual clarity, not only tells the story but more crucially provides a critical framework through which to see the insidious mechanisms at play that are threatening today's democracies around the globe. How Fascism Works is a must-read for all of us who take seriously our responsibility as citizens."--Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors "A sharply argued and timely guide . . . Stanley's highlighting of the politics of sexual anxiety is particularly welcome and relevant."--Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

"With unsettling insight and disturbing clarity, How Fascism Works is an essential guidebook to our current national dilemma of democracy vs. authoritarianism. The fingerprints of the fascist past are visible in the present, and this volume bravely shines a light upon them."--William Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope

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