Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The "Homegrown Authoritarian"

"Italians learned in the 1920s what Americans are learning in 2016: Charismatic authoritarians seeking political office cannot be understood through the framework of traditional politics. They lack interest in, and patience for, established protocols. They often trust few outside of their own families, or those they already control, making collaboration and relationship building difficult. They work from a different playbook, and so must those who intend to confront them.
"The authoritarian playbook is defined by the particular relationship such individuals have with their followers. It's an attachment based on submission to the authority of one individual who stands above the party, even in a regime."

Ruth Ben-Ghiat in The Atlantic compares Donald Trump to Benito Mussolini.

And Colin Campbell at The New Republic sees Trump in a character inspired by Mussolini in Thomas Mann's short story "Mario and the Magician."

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