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This American MomentA Feminist Christian Realist Intervention$
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Caron E. Gentry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901264.001.0001

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We Need to Talk About Fascism

We Need to Talk About Fascism

(p.116) Chapter 5 We Need to Talk About Fascism
This American Moment

Caron E. Gentry

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights how the racist and misogynist anxiety politics outlined previously allowed for a fascist movement to find a foothold inside the US presidency. Relying upon previous work on what fascism is, however tenuously defined, and the steps fascist movements often follow as they take power, the chapter compares this literature with the rise of “alt-right” politics and its relationship with Donald Trump. It clearly identifies how the events since November 8 could be construed as mirroring other historic fascist movements. This is made possible over the conflation of economic and political anxiety over Obama administration policies such as the Affordable Care Act, with Obama’s race bringing out the worst in American politics. It demonstrates Trump and his advisors’ own anxieties about terrorism and how that allowed the original “Muslim ban” to come into effect.

Keywords:   fascism, neo-Orientalism, white supremacy, alt-right, racism

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