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War zones

Henry A. Giroux argues that America is tilting dangerously toward a kind of proto-fascism

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America at War with Itself

Henry A. Giroux

City Lights Publishers

A FRONT-PAGE article in the May 29, 2016, edition of The New York Times features the headline, “Rise of Trump Tracks Debate Over Fascism.” The article, by Peter Baker, examines the unlikely political trajectory of Donald Trump in the context of a broader debate about whether fascist movements have made a resurgence in supposedly liberal western democracies. “There is a tendency at times to try to fit current movements into understandable constructs,” Baker writes, “but scholars say there is a spectrum that includes right-wing nationalism, illiberal democracy, and populist autocracy.” Trump, with his call to deport some 11-million illegal immigrants, build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and ban Muslim immigration until the country’s leaders “can figure out what is going on,” would appear to fall squarely along this continuum.

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