This Happened Here: Amerikaners, Neoliberals, and the Trumping of America

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 28, 2021 - Political Science - 316 pages

This book examines the Trump phenomenon and presidency as fascist. Fascism here connotes not generically "bad" politics or a consolidated political-economic regime (Mussolini’s Italy or Hitler’s Germany) but a set of political, movement, and ideological traits understood within the context of the neoliberal-capitalist era. While Trump’s election defeat is a respite, the nation is far from out of the neofascist woods. Defeating the menace will require political and societal restructuring far beyond what is imagined by Democrats. This argument is developed across seven chapters that recount Trump’s assault on the 2020 election, specifically define the meaning of fascism as it is used in this book, demonstrate the neofascist nature of the Trump presidency, engage intellectual class Trumpism-fascism-denial, analyze the Trump base, root Trumpism in a longstanding and indeed founding American white nationalism, examine why Trump rose to power when he did, and suggest paths for fascism-proofing the USA.

 

Contents

The Hell It Cant
1
One Night of Dancing 77 Days of Fear and Death
15
The Fascist Wolf Defined and Foretold
46
A Fascist in the White House 201721
78
The Anatomy of Fascism Denial
136
Amerikaners and Trumpenvolk
186
On The Soul of This Nation
216
DeTrumping America
250
A Sleepwalking Interregnum?
286
Index
302
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Paul Street is an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist, historian, and speaker. He is the author of nine books, most recently Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement. Street writes regularly for Counterpunch.