How Fascism Works

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley

Fascist politics are running rampant in America today—and spreading around the world. A Yale philosopher identifies the ten pillars of fascist politics, and charts their horrifying rise and deep history.

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of five books, including How Propaganda Works, winner of the Prose Award in Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers, and How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, about which Citizens author Claudia Rankine says: “No single book is as relevant to the present moment.” Stanley serves on the board of the Prison Policy Initiative and writes frequently about propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, democracy, and authoritarianism for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Guardian.

Jason Stanley introduces his book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them on Democracy Now. In the 9-minute video, he points out the ten pillars of fascism.

Jason Stanley goes into detail in his book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. In lecture format in a 1.25-hour video, he discusses in full detail the ten pillars of fascism.

The Politics of Cultural Despair

Chris Hedges speaks truth to power, and it’s never easy to hear. Fascism in the United States has deep roots and has blossomed into a fiery rage. The cat is out of the bag, and the right-wing openly use the fascist playbook to favour the rich. The evidence of hypocrisy is in full view as they lie, cheat, and steal from the American people. Leading by example, they have encouraged right-wing governments everywhere to do the same.

Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and television host. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, is based on his book Death of the Liberal Class.[1]

And I Did Not Speak Out

 Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Auschwitz Death Camp – And I Did Not Speak Out

“First they came …” is the poetic form of post-war confessional prose by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals and certain clergy—including, by his own admission, Niemöller himself—following the Nazis’ rise to power and subsequent incremental purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt, repentance, and personal responsibility.