|Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix|
Recently, there have been a number of articles and statements asserting that fascism is rising in Europe, and that Donald Trump is an American example of fascism. This is a misrepresentation of a very real phenomenon. The nation-state is reasserting itself as the primary vehicle of political life. Multinational institutions like the European Union and multilateral trade treaties are being challenged because they are seen by some as not being in the national interest. The charge of a rise in fascism derives from a profound misunderstanding of what fascism is. It is also an attempt to discredit the resurgence of nationalism and to defend the multinational systems that have dominated the West since World War II. [Emphasis mine.]Friedman's piece is not an endorsement of any candidate but, rather, an attempt to explain what we're seeing not only in the United States, but in Europe as well. It's worth the time to read.
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