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, you’ll find they...

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