Opinion

Is Jair Bolsonaro a fascist?

Is Jair Bolsonaro a fascist?
Jair Bolsonaro is often called a “fascist.”

Like many people, I resist throwing the word “fascist” around too often. Logically, if anyone is a “fascist,” then nobody is – which ends up being extremely disrespectful to victims of real fascism and banalizing what should never be banal. One could go to the other extreme, saying that no-one today is really a “fascist,” as fascism was something limited to a certain period of history. OK, but that would mean ignoring that historical fascism continues to inspire many people – explicitly or not.

If you try to seek a textbook definition for the term,...

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