The Suffocation of [American] Democracy

Although it makes for rather uncomfortable reading, I think this essay in the New York Review of Books is worth a look.  In it, leading holocaust historian,  Christopher Browning, compares Trump to Hitler. While that is usually the preserve of ill-informed internet trolls, the points Browning makes  are valid and well measured:  while what Trump is doing does not equate to the type of full-on fascism we saw in the thirties, there are comparisons to be made which are very concerning. While Trump certainly has right-wing authoritarian pretensions, as Browning points out, the american system is such that it will stop the idiot going too far – we hope.

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