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Friday, March 25

America's National Socialism

By Walter C. Uhler

Having enthusiastically embraced a grad school seminar on the "Origins of World War II," I've long since assumed that I understood the distinction between Italian "Fascism" and German "National Socialism." Unfortunately, having just read John Lukacs' provocative new book, Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred, it appears that my assumption was incorrect.

No, I'm not referring to my occasional exaggerated use of "Fascist" as an epithet, as in "Every free country is entitled to one Fascist TV network, talk show and newspaper. And, God help us, America already has Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the Washington Times." Such usage simply stoops to the level of those three fonts of right-wing propaganda.

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