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The Plague of American Authoritarianism

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[ii] Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York: 2001).

[iii] Marie Luise Knott, Unlearning With Hannah Arendt, trans. by David Dollenmayer, (Other Press: New York, NY. 2011, 2013), p 17.

[iv] I have taken this term from Zygmunt Bauman, Living on Borrowed Time: Conversations with Citlali Rovirosa-Madrazo,(Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2010), p. 132.

[v] See Bill Dixon insightful commentary on Arendt use of "sand storm" as a metaphor for analyzing the protean elements of totalitarianism. Bill Dixon, "Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm," Hannah Arendt Center (February 3, 2014). Online:

[vi] Paul Bigioni, "The Real Threat of Fascism",, (September 30, 2005). online at:

[vii] Robert O' Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism (New York: Knopf, 2004), p. 202.

[viii] Umberto Eco, "Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt," New York Review of Books (February 2010), pp. 12-15.

[ix] Sheldon S. Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, (Princeton University Press, 2008).

[x] Robert Koehler, "Armed Insecurity," Counter Punch, (July 24, 2015). Online at:

[xi] Chris Christie, "Chris Christie: Apologize for Threatening Teachers," AFT A Union of Professionals, (August 15, 2015). Online at:

[xii] Matt Taibbi, "Inside the GOP Clown Car," Rolling Stone (August 12, 2015). Online:

[xiii] Emily Atkin, "Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion to 10-year-Old Rape Victim," Think Progress (August 16, 2015). Online:

[xiv] Lou Dubose, "Ted Cruz and the Politics of Faith and Fear," The Washington Spectator, (July 27, 2015). Online at:

[xv] John Dean, "Trump Is the Authoritarian Ruler Republicans--and Some Dems--Have Been Waiting For," Alternet, (August 13, 2015).Online at:

[xvi] Conor Lynch, "Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base," Salon, (July 25, 2015). Online at:

[xvii] Jeffrey A. Tucker, "Is Donald Trump A Fascist?," Newsweek, (July 17, 2015) Online at:

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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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