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Old 04-28-2018, 03:50 PM
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I'm not a North American and I want to understand the current state of things. Based on his acts as a president, and on the definition of fascism, is Donald Trump a fascist?
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Old 04-28-2018, 04:09 PM
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I'm not a North American and I want to understand the current state of things. Based on his acts as a president, and on the definition of fascism, is Donald Trump a fascist?
By definition, Trump is not a fascist.

-He is not a fan of big Government.
-He is a nationalist, but he does not, generally, eschew personal rights.
-His party is obviously not the dominate culture, society, or politics, so deviation from that is obviously not something he can enforce.

At best, I think we can say Trump might have some Authoritarian tendencies, but even then his modus operandi has been to "reduce" the power of the Executive office and make other branches pass laws (or at least attempt to). The DACA being the perfect example.

He isn't against democracy, this isn't a one party state, we don't have a martial government.

With all of that being said, he does have some similarities..

-He can be very theatrical. While he isn't at the levels of Mussolini and the like, his rallies and such can be certainly likened to them.

-While his base has not formed a new party, his rise certainly has some likenesses to past facist rises to power.

-He certainly defines himself as shield against outside and inside evils.

-VERY focused on a past "Golden Age"

-Cult of Personality.

-Full of machismo and swagger.

-Very pro Military.

While Trump is probably closer to being a Facist than any other major US president in modern (maybe even all) of history, he still falls FAR short of the word.
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:32 PM
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I'd say he's a populist.
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:40 PM
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Saw the thread title and smiled. North America hasn't really been in the top three continents for fascism.

Our president blusters like Mussolini, sure, but our military doesn't pledge allegiance to him. He'll be gone in 2020 or 2024.
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