Introduction: “The Hell It Can't”
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“I think”, the Russian dissident expatriate and anti-authoritarian writer and activist Masha Gessen told the Irish Times in June of 2020, “that the word fascist is perfectly accurate when applied to Donald Trump. I also think it’s incendiary and pulls you down into an argument that I’m not always up for having”. 1 I thought at the time and still think that the description of Trump and the movement behind him as fascist was and is elementarily accurate, that it was and remains intellectually irresponsible to avoid the “argument” about it, however “incendiary” one (somewhat absurdly in my opinion) thinks it may be. I am very much “up for having” the argument, provided that the 45th US president (who could still possibly become the 47th US president) is understood within the broader social, historical, and politico-ideological context that brought him and the fascist menace he represents into being. Avoiding the full implications of the “argument” is cowardly and self-defeating in my view.