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Donald Trump ticks all 14 boxes in Umberto Eco’s list of what makes a fascist a fascist

Donald Trump: The very model of a modern Ur Fascist?
Donald Trump: The very model of a modern Ur Fascist?

One of the most perceptive analyses of Trump and his followers was written more than two decades ago. I’m talking, of course, of Umberto Eco’s oft-discussed essay on what he calls Ur Fascism or Eternal Fascism, his attempt to set forth the central features that define Fascism. I reread it today for the umpteenth time, and was struck again by its eerie prescience.

off topic open thread recommended reading

Open Thread: What are you reading?

"Who Cares" must be a great book!
“Who Cares” must be a great book!

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I gotta skip the misogyny/alt-right crap today. So here’s a question for you all: what are you reading?

I’ll start: in addition to reading way too many news stories about Donald Trump, I’ve been reading about meditation. Here are a couple of books I especially like:

Mindfulness in Plain English, by Henepola Gunaratana  (An older version is available for free online!)

The Mind Illuminated, by Culadasa (John Yates). Website here.

How about you?

As an added bonus, here are some words of wisdom from my unconscious mind:

It didn’t make any more sense in the dream than it does in the real world.

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