Trumping Democracy

'Trumping' Democracy:
Right-Wing Populism, Fascism, and the Case for Action

by Chip Berlet

The candidacy of Donald Trump has prompted a vigorous public debate over whether or not Trump is flirting with fascism.

Some analysts suggest his political dance partner is leading him to the tune of right-wing populism. Other analysts say Trump’s marriage to fascism already has been consummated. Either way, Trump is stomping on the dance floor of democracy in a way that could collapse it into splinters.

It’s a “scary moment for those of us who seek to defend civil rights, civil liberties, and democracy itself,” warns political analyst Noam Chomsky....

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How can we make sense of the mass support for Donald Trump?

What are the Core Elements of Right-Wing Populism in the United States?

  • White Nationalist Racism and Ethnocentrism
  • Vilification and Demonization of a Scapegoated "Other"
  • Xenophobia and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric
  • Dividing the Nation into the "Producers" and the Parasites
  • Conspiracy Theories Claiming a Subversive Threat
  • Apocalyptic Warnings that Time is Running Out
  • Aggressive Misogynist and Heterosexist Male Egocentrism
  • Building a Mass Movement Using Authoritarian Appeals
  • Mobilizing Resentment for Political Gain
  • Undermining Democracy Itself

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