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Unfashionable Fascism: Mainstream Politicians Switching Sides Under Trump's Regime of Barbarism

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A radical and progressive struggle against fascism needs a comprehensive vision, a struggle against economic inequality, and strategies that privilege direct action such as the wildcat strikes we have seen among public school teachers in West Virginia. There is also a need for wide-ranging educational struggle willing to use both established and alternative institutions of schooling, digital spaces, and diverse forms of social media in order to challenge the propaganda produced by the powerful cultural apparatuses of the right such as Sinclair broadcasting, Fox News, and other establishment sources.

There is also a crucial necessity to take up the challenge to educate the young and old in the new technologies and how to use them in the service of economic and social justice. At the same time, there is challenge of the left to produce its own public intellectuals who can write and speak in ways that are rigorous, accessible, and attractive to a broader public. A new politics of education is a precondition for creating a new political formation that refuses to be co-opted by the liberal center and is rooted in a vision that endorses fundamental social changes in the fight against American style fascism. Such a challenge will not come from establishment politicians and pundits parading as the new heroes of the resistance to Trump's fascism.

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[1] Madeleine Albright, "Will We Stop Trump Before It's Too Late?" New York Times (April 6, 2018). Online: click here

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[2]David Rieff, "Were Sanctions Right?" New York Times (July 27, 2003). Online: click here

[3] Nina Pearlman, "Creeping Authoritarianism in America: The former secretary of state spoke with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the PEN World Voices Festival," The Village Voice (April 24, 2018). Online: click here

[4] Michelle Alexander, Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote. From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted -- and Hillary Clinton supported -- decimated black America," The Nation (February 29, 2016). Online: click here

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[5] Stanley Aronowitz, "What Kind of Left Does America Need?," Tikkun, April 14, 2014

[6] Editorial, "What Has become of the Republican Party?, "The Economist (April 21, 2018), p. 9

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Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and dis the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016), and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, includingTikkun, (more...)
 

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