It all depends on whether you like him or not as far as I can see.
Svetlana Voreskova
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The trouble with this type of “analysis” is that it is as unthinking as the people whom you are trying to deem knee-jerk name-callers. The term “fascist” tends to be applied, granted far too liberally, to those whose behavior aligns with breathless nationalism, authoritarianism, and militarism. Trumps has in fact made many, many statements to that effect; accordingly, the label is used. It doesn’t come from nowhere. And then, of course, you have those on the right who deem any support of social programs as “communist” for the purpose of shutting down conversation. Take David Horowitz as a prime example of this type of individual. What I do worry about is that the things Trump has said and the actions he’s already taken in terms of his cabinet appointments and transition behavior do, in fact, echo certain fascist tendencies. And if we don’t guard against it, well, that’s precisely how history repeats itself. The problem with using the label too frequently or when it’s not a propos of the statement/behavior is that one’s accused of crying wolf when fascist behavior is actually creeping in.

You can take Trump’s FCC appointment, who wants to eliminate net neutrality, as extremely troubling when viewed in light of his jaw-dropping insecurity and “does this camera make my crowd look small?” personality. His willingness to simply lie about easily demonstrable facts, like the rain during his inauguration speech. Because if net neutrality goes, there is nothing really stopping SPs from colluding with the WH or with legislators to block critical or unflattering content or the pages of election competitors. In light of his behavior to date, I would be surprised if he *didn’t* try to do such a thing.

There is a lot yet to be seen. But in light of statements and behavior to date, it is imperative to be wary of nationalistic, authoritarian, militaristic actions. (And on the military side of things, his statement during the CIA speech about having another chance at Iraqi oil should worry virtually every American, if they’re going to be intellectually honest and consistent.)

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