Is Ur-Fascism Dead or Alive?

Fascism is a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism. In the U.S, Fascism is dead for the most part. For a country to be considered ur-fascist, individuals as individuals have no rights. The U.S. doesn’t fit this narrative. We have individual rights, freedoms, and we are not suppressed. We are not under a totalitarian state. I will say that the U.S has some of the features that would classify a country as fascist. According to Eco, cult of tradition is one the features of fascism. I interpreted this as how things use to be before progression and advancement. This reminds me of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rhetoric. He is implying that when things were more traditional, like when men did what men were suppose to do and when women did what women were suppose to do, when rasicm and segregation was still very much alive, and when traditional jobs like coal mines were still prevalent, America was the best place to be. In a sense, I think Trump had fascist beliefs but he himself was not fascist, and the country was not a fascist state under his presidency.

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