I maintain that the Trump project has components in common with twentieth century European fascism, which was characterized by military expansionism, suppression of structures of representative democracy, scapegoating, repression of religious and ethnic minorities and political dissidents, populist and nationalist rhetoric, economic nationalism, and alliance with the corporate elite. The Trump project, however, is different from twentieth century fascism, in that its scapegoating is more subtle, its political propaganda and manipulation is more sophisticated, and it allows minorities and women to assume leadership roles. It thus should be understood as fascism in a new form, or neo-fascism.
The posts also maintain that the rise of Trump is in part a consequence of the failure of the Left to formulate a narrative that is an alternative to the mainstream American narratives, be they liberal, neoliberal or neo-fascist. With the coming to power of Trump, the Left more than ever has a duty to formulate an alternative narrative that would reframe the issues. The posts seek to indicate the necessary lines for a politically effective and analytically sound alternative narrative of the Left.
The posts are as follows:
“Trump and the war on terrorism, Part One” 2/20/2017;
“Trump and the war on terrorism, Part Two” 2/21/2017;
“Trump on immigration” 2/22/2017;
“Let’s build houses in Mexico” 2/23/2017;
“Trump’s economic nationalism” 2/24/2017;
“Trump, corporations, and the environment” 2/27/2017;
“Trump’s populism” 2/28/2017;
“Trump and US militarist foreign policy” 3/1/2017;
“Trump’s neo-fascist project” 3/2/2017;
“A grand narrative from the Left” 3/3/2017;
“An alternative epistemology of the Left” 3/6/2017;
“The Third World grand narrative” 3/7/2017;
“A Left narrative on the Third World” 3/8/2017;
“A Left narrative on immigration” 3/9/2017;
“A narrative on morality in international affairs” 3/10/2017;
“An integral and comprehensive narrative” 3/13/2017;
“The function of government” 3/14/2017;
“Trump’s masterful speech” 3/15/2017;
“Power to the people!” 3/16/2017.
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