Author, writer, opinion columnist, television commentator and NYU history professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History at New York University. She writes about fascism, authoritarianism, and propaganda. She is the recipient of Guggenheim and other fellowships; an advisor to Protect Democracy; an MSNBC opinion columnist and television commentator; and publishes Lucid, a newsletter on threats to democracy. Her latest book, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present looks at how illiberal leaders use propaganda, corruption, violence, and machismo --and how they can be defeated.
Ruth is back for another insightful, thought-provoking conversation about the increasing threat to democracy from Donald Trump, his corrupt inner circle, his brainwashed cult, and the co-opted Republican Party. We discuss the chilling parallels between their demagoguery and hateful, violence-inciting rhetoric and that of fascist dictators past and present; the rise of fascism and Neo-Nazism; and its impact on American politics and culture.
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