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" Putin has feet of clay. The Russian economy, so robust in his first decade of rule, remains smaller than Italy's or Canada's and shows no promise of further improvement. Free enterprise is withdrawing as foreign investors abandon the country due to sanctions, opaque rules for doing business, and an unwillingness to pay bribes. Wealth is distributed less equally than in any other major nation---a throwback to the time of the czars. The country's population is aging....Putin's deceptions are no longer fooling so many. Yet he has already succeeded in giving men of ambition elsewhere 'many good ideas'. "
Brilliant book, easy to read and very interesting. It's on my list of top five books I read in 2019, and I highly recommend it.
I entered a comment a couple of weeks ago. Regrettably, for me, it did not register. nevertheless, I will again attempt to state my feelings on this incredible piece of literature by Madeleine Albright. Her analogies of former demagogues and fascist leaders in the past 50+years, would lead a thinking individual to fear Trump and his actions/policies. He has had the temerity to use statements by Mussolini - a Fascist - "I will drain the swamp!" in his electoral speeches.
He has lied, betrayed former allies and attempts to corrupt the democratic system put in place by the U.S. historical heroes. If he should be elected for another four-year term, I will expect the death of democracy, free speech and the ability to disagree with authority to disappear. I truly hope that the American people can see through the false promises and lies Trump promises. If not, Americans and other nations will watch as their rights and civil liberties also fade away
When Albright, half Jewish, was a child, had to flee totalitarianism twice, once to flee Hitler and the second time to flee Russia's takeover of her homeland Czechoslovakia. So she knows that minorities are not well-liked in authoritarian regimes. Her life experience allows her to spot such evil political systems so she includes about ten in this book. She also points out that Trump has authoritarian tendencies - his buddies in Charlottesville - denounced Jews, his buddy David Duke denounces all non-Aryans, Putin, Kim, Erdogan, Duarte, etc. etc. all guys who have no respect for the niceties of democracy, he likes.
Albright promotes fascism while pretending to oppose it.
--- Condemns "dehumanization" (tho Republicans are "irredeemable deplorables"). Supports extermination of 50,000,000 unborn babies since Roe on Naziesque pretext they aren't people. She defended our killing 500,000 Iraqi children with sanctions.
--- Upholds Bush/Obama devastation of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, killing 1,000,000, leaving the rest in chaos, and flooding Europe with refugees. Likes Bush despite his fraudulent WMD rants and world-threats ("You're either with us or the terrorists") because he was polite to her. Supports Obama drone-murder program.
--- Condones Ferguson rioters and arsonists. Declared that women would burn in Hell unless they supported Hillary. Says internet diminishes free press by allowing Republican ideas to spread.
--- Condones fascist violence of Dems (who had warned of looming Trump revolt). Dem mobs rampaged against the election, destroying property and attacking Trump supporters. Ax-wielding Antifa gangs took over Oregon streets and shut down an ICE office. Dems tried to subvert the Electoral College. Dems shot Repr Steve Scalise, almost killing him, and beat Sen Rand Paul, causing serious injuries. Dem thugs suppress Republican speech on campus. Raucous Dems pound Supreme Court building, shout at Republican Senators in Capitol, and threaten Republican officials in restaurants, on planes, etc. Dem celebrities joke about bombing the White House, killing Trump and his family. Dem leaders like Eric Holder, Cory Booker, Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings, Jerrold Nadler urge violence or hurl inflamatory false accusations of treason and usurpation. (Holder refused to prosecute Black Panther voter intimidation. Obama protected violent campus groups. Holder urged Dems to kick Republicans; later he said he meant it figuratively, but his listeners got the message.) Trump-hat wearers fear assault by rabid Dem activists. Albright condones this outrageous fascist brutality. She incites more Dem hate and violence by likening Trump to Hitler and Republicans to Nazis. Indeed the point of her book is to make the reader hate and fear Trump and Republicans.
--- Liberal fascism was on display in nighttime Mueller Gestapo raid on Trump associate Roger Stone and wife on Jan 25, 2019. Large assault-force of heavily armed FBI rousted 66-year-old Stone from his home. They pounded on the windowed door, aimed their weapons at it, shouted for Stone to come out, and took him away in sleeping clothes and cuffs. His 72-year-old wife, hearing-impaired, later said she was awakened at gunpoint by two armored agents who ordered her out of bed and marched her outside barefoot wearing only her nightgown. CNN had arrived an hour earlier and filmed the raid. CNN reporter gave evasive answer when asked how he knew the raid was coming; clearly Mueller side had tipped him off. Media experts scoffed at Stone's complaints of his treatment, and pretended the raid was normal practice (for drug lords); they would have screamed hysterically if Hillary had been arrested in such fashion. The point of the fascist exercise was to terrorize the Stones and other Trump associates.
--- Albright says Jews are threatened by Trump (despite Jewish daughter, commitment to Israel), yet blames him for moving embassy to Jerusalem. (He cut off tiny funds to Pals vs many billions for Israel. Tree of Life shooter denounced Trump's Jewish ties.)
--- Warns against ethno/nationalist ideologies. (Cf Chosen People, Promised Land, Manifest Destiny, American Exceptionalism). Says fascists play on past wrongs. (Cf Holocaust, 9/11, Tonkin, Alamo, Maine pretexts.)
--- Blames Arafat for refusing peace. (He & Rabin won Nobel Peace Prize, but Jewish fanatic murdered Rabin after Netanyahu condoned cries of "Death to Rabin!") Says critics of Israel are antiSemitic.
----- CONTINUES under Audio entry at www.jocolibrary.org
Interesting how she compares Trump to Hitler and Stalin. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but in many ways "Bang On".
I confess to having used terms such as democracy, socialism, communism, and fascism without clearly understanding what they meant. Per Merriam-Webster, Fascism is “A political philosophy, movement, or regime … that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” In Fascism: A Warning Madeleine Albright observes that “A Fascist is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” Albright then describes historical Fascists—Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco—and more recent examples of their ilk—Milošević, Chávez, Erdoğan, and Kim Il-sung to illustrate her definition. In the final chapters of her book, Albright takes Donald Trump to task for casting a shadow over American democracy with his embrace of violence, disregard for the truth, lack of integrity, and vilification of the press. What to do? Albright encourages us to defend freedom, to ask the right questions of our leaders and ourselves, and to refuse to ignore answers that are inconsistent with our ideals of American democracy.
“Unfashionable Fascism: Mainstream Politicians Switching Sides Under Trump’s Regime of Barbarism”
by Dr. Henry A. Giroux, posted April 27, 2018, at CounterPunch
Dr. Henry A. Giroux: https://artsci.mcmaster.ca/profiles/henry-giroux/
This book answered my questions about the methods rulers of countries use to acquire power and hold on to it. She summarizes these steps in several chapters using examples from current governments with autocratic rulers or those leaning towards fascism. Her prime examples are, of course, Hitler and Mussolini and the methods they used to gain power and then to hold on to it. She sees a commonality of steps taken by these rulers such as their ability to change the country's constitution in order to give them more rights; their ability to control the country's judiciary; their ability to suppress/falsify the publication of news; their need to slander political opponents; and their ability to convince their public that only they are working for its interests - usually on nationalistic themes; their lack of concern for the rights of others. She contends that politicians who have fascist leanings learn from the successes of fascists in other countries and copy those same methods in their own country. She ends with a chapter on the present administration in the US in which she sees a parallel of action to those used by fascist politicians. The last pages list questions that her readers can use to judge if a political candidate is for democracy or a threat to it. The book has Notes and an index.
Very well written and thought provoking! Anyone with an open mind should read!
A MUST READ, particularly since our president declared himself a nationalist.
I thought the author wrote a really clear book about defining what fascism in the past is about. The examples are clear and not many would disagree with her definition. But the book has made many people angry because the definition is not very broad...I mean, anyone could be tagged a fascist...a mother who doesn't let her toddler go out in the yard at night.
A lesson in history for those who have forgotten. Facts speak louder than opinion. Read this book and see what you think. I dare you.
Albright succeeds in depicting the origins of fascism (from the early 20th century to Trump's election) from her unique perspective both as the daughter of a diplomat, and as an acting Secretary of State…in effect, her life’s work has been observing the machinations of the world’s leadership. Some may think this book is biased...in my view, it captures the emotional toll of bearing witness to man's inhumanity to man. And it made me grateful that Madeline Albright was able to survive those traumas with such dignity, grace, and (now) wisdom.
Her writing style is articulate, scholarly and accessible.
Albright’s biggest injunction is that our citizenry should be paying closer attention to democratic institutions in this country, and to have public discourse about shared values/political viewpoints based on factual information gleaned from trusted sources.
As others below have commented, this book should be required reading in secondary civics—oh, but wait…is that even a thing?
Albright does a good job of combining her academic knowledge with personal experience. Up-to-date and enlightening.
No matter what you think of Albright as person or teacher, this is well organized and well written and is a timely read given the condition of world politics.
Wonderful book, and a timely read. Definitely worth reading. Ignore the naysayers.
Highly recommend this book for everyone. Hindsight is that if this book was published earlier than 2016, I doubt our Country would be in the mess it is in now today. Read it and Never Forget.