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Fascism by Madeleine K. Albright
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019, 5-stars, audio-book, non-fiction

Madeleine Albright is a national treasure and this book is utterly fascinating. It is a deep history of fascism and the ways it erodes.

1. It isn’t a single ideology - it preys on the fears held by extremists and gives those fears a stage.
2. Fascism was born with Benito Mussolini.
3. Fascism slowly and nearly imperceptibly erodes institutions.
4. Fascism takes seed when a nation has little faith in their government and when its people feel left behind; forgotten.
5. “More generally, I fear we are becoming disconnected from the ideals that have long inspired and united us. When we laugh, it’s more often at each other than with each other. The list of topics that can’t be discussed without blowing up a family or college reunion is lengthening. We don’t just disagree, we’re astonished at the views that others hold to be self evident. We seem to be living in the same country but different galaxies, and most of us lack the patience to explore the space between. This weakens us and does indeed, make us susceptible.”

(I’m “doing the work” by learning as much as I can, hopeful I can have more meaningful conversations and inform without anger. But I always worry I’ll forget the important lessons I learn with each book. Hence the 5 things I learned.)

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Reading Progress

September 22, 2018 – Shelved
September 22, 2018 – Shelved as: wish-list
April 16, 2019 – Started Reading
April 16, 2019 – Finished Reading
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: 5-stars
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: audio-book
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
April 18, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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