“We’re here today because a specter is haunting the world”
This is academic dishonesty. If universities want to teach about fascism in the age of Trump, they should start with the black shirts who rioted and set fires at Berkeley.
The College Fix reports:
Public university’s ‘fascism’ teach-in targets Trump
President Donald Trump has fascist tendencies, is a misogynist, and his election victory has brought changes “not for the better,” several Cal State Long Beach professors told students Wednesday during a lunchtime teach-in on the campus quad.
The remarks came during “Fascism: Past and Present,” the second of four “Reclaiming Democracy” teach-ins organized by College of Liberal Arts faculty members “concerned about developments before and after the November election,” said Teresa Wright, chair of the Political Science department.
“We’re here today because a specter is haunting the world, and especially the U.S. and Europe, the specter of fascism and authoritarianism,” Wright said during her introductory remarks.
The teach-in lasted for an hour and half and included three faculty presentations, about 10 minutes each, followed by five breakout discussions. Pizza for the event was provided by the public university.
History professor Jeffrey Blutinger spoke on the definition of fascism, telling the approximately 120 attendees that fascism has long been a popular movement in history that appeals to the middle- and lower-middle class.
“What fascism is, is a right-wing, authoritarian movement that subordinates an individual to the group and tries to unify around either a nation or race by demonizing those who are different,” he said.
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