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"American intellectuals have failed utterly to grapple with fascism: why it rises, how it works, or what it is. At every possible juncture, they’re seeing the world backwards, perpetually astonished by their own wrongness. It’s often said that those who can’t remember history, and thus learn from it, are doomed to repeat it... and that is why you are watching history repeat itself before your very unbelieving eyes. Professors who flunk basic math have no business teaching us that two plus two equals three. So here are three myths, and three realities, about fascism, that you should know. Myth: fascism has nothing to do with the economy. Reality: Fascism has everything to do with the economy. Can you think of a single example ever, in all of human history, the whole millennial panorama of it, of a fascist movement arising during good economic times, booms, seasons of plenty?"