Friday, November 4, 2022
The Dangers of Not Calling Fascism by Its Name In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the dangers of "fascism" in the United States. But there's one group of people who are still refusing to acknowledge the very real threat that fascism poses to our democracy: the press. For too long, the press has been downplaying the dangers of fascism, calling it a "denial" of reality instead of what it really is: an ideology that seeks to undermine and destroy democratic institutions. This is exactly what fascists did in Italy, Spain, and Germany in the early 20th century, and we cannot let history repeat itself. The press has a responsibility to call out these dangerous activities for what they are, and to hold those who are promoting them accountable. Words matter and the press needs to start using them correctly if we're going to stop the rise of fascism in America. In case you haven't been paying attention, fascism is on the rise. No, this is not hyperbole; fascists are openly and actively working to subvert democracy and establish an autocratic regime. And the press is not helping. For months now, politicians and their supporters have been pushing the false narrative that the election was rigged, and then downplaying the use of violence. This is exactly what fascists did almost 100 years ago in Italy, Spain, and Germany. Our precious Fourth Estate is really letting us down by not calling out these activities for what they are: fascist propaganda designed to undermine faith in democracy.