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Fascism by Madeleine K. Albright
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In the final chapter of Fascism: A Warning, Albright suggests that some readers might find her book alarmist. “Good.” The former secretary of state uses history, her personal experience with several of the people she includes in her book, and her own family’s flight from Czechoslovakia to document how fascists rise to power legitimately, not with any abrupt shift, but in incremental steps. These individuals tap into a general unease, make promises they have no intention of keeping, point their finger at a single cause (i.e., immigrants), and use a divide and conquer strategy to gain power. Once in power they break down and disenfranchise democratic institutions, like the free press, and paint targets on their opposition. She builds her cause chapter by chapter, detailing the rise of Mussolini, Hitler, the Kim dynasty of North Korea, Putin, and other self-interested leaders who run their countries on their own cult of personality. These reminders of history should feel familiar; we are reliving them now in many of our nation’s current leaders, notably the 45th president of the US. This is not some partisan hit job, but a real call to Americans to protect our country from those who claim to love it but are leveraging power only for their own gain. You can't say you weren't warned.... Register to vote in 2020!
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Reading Progress

August 15, 2019 – Started Reading
August 15, 2019 – Shelved
August 15, 2019 – Shelved as: politics
November 27, 2019 – Shelved as: books-to-survive-45
November 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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