The second coming of fascism? Not quite

Throughout this year, analogies between today and the 1930s became alarmingly commonplace. Hortatory books such as former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright's Fascism: A Warning and Yale University historian Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny are proliferating, and there certainly does seem to be a menacing odour of racism, violence and despotic intrigue in the air.

In the US, anti-Semites now march openly in the streets, and pipe bombs have targeted former president Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the financier George Soros, and eight other prominent people singled out for attack by President Donald Trump.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'The second coming of fascism? Not quite'. Print Edition | Subscribe