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In Chile, One Word Defines the Political Revolution

The Chilean term “facho” evokes the image of Chile’s fascist past—but also of present-day tenacity that thumbs its nose at institutional power.

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit.

Fascists Know How to Turn Mockery Into Power

Satirists who mean to cut down fascists can end up boosting their ideas.

Federal officers stand guard after dispersing protesters in Portland, Oregon, on July 21.

In Portland, the Baby Fascists Have Shown Their Face

Fascism can happen in America. Some of it has already happened, and more will happen as Trump fights to stay in power.

Italy’s Benito Mussolini addresses a crowd in Rome on April 15, 1934.

Why Fascists Fail

History’s autocrats have been the architects of their own demise. Even if he seizes power, so will Trump.

Charles Lindbergh (left), with R. Douglas Stuart Jr., the founder of the America First Committee, when the flyer enrolled as a member in Chicago in 1940.

Pacifists Are Vulnerable to Fascism’s Whispers

Principled anti-war movements are in danger of being co-opted by opportunistic authoritarians.

A view of the campus of Harvard Business School.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Britain is becoming like America, the Egyptian government is facing pressure on social media, and sending international students home could undermine U.S. soft power.

U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives for an Independence Day event at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota on July 3, 2020.

Trump’s Mount Rushmore Speech Is the Closest He’s Come to Fascism

The world just lost its leading historian of fascist ideology. The late historian Zeev Sternhell would have recognized the president’s lies as propaganda in the tradition of Mussolini.

Demonstrators hold posters of U.S. President Donald Trump depicted as Adolf Hitler during the Women's March in Barcelona on Jan. 21.

Don’t Call Donald Trump a Fascist

What it means to brand today’s right-wing leaders with the F-word—and why you probably shouldn’t.

A protester with a sticker on his head reading "Vox Now" in reference to the Spanish far-right party Vox takes part in a demonstration in Madrid on Feb. 10.

Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions

The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right party "Fratelli d'Italia,"  leaves after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the first day of consultations of political parties, on April 4, 2018 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome.

Can Giorgia Meloni Become Italy’s Marine Le Pen?

Italy’s next far-right superstar wants to keep migrants out while welcoming members of the Mussolini family into her party. If Italy holds early elections, she may become a key member of the next government.

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid leaves the Élysée Palace after a Bastille Day working lunch during the visit of European leaders in Paris on July 14.

Estonia Battles Its Elected Racists

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid speaks on how to stand up against the far-right.

Supporters of Greece's far right Golden Dawn party protest against the construction of a mosque in central Athens on September 5, 2018.

The Balkan Wars Created a Generation of Christian Terrorists

War radicalized the far-right — and nobody stopped them at home.

Delegates sing the Ukrainian national anthem during the first congress of the new political party National Corps, created from the members of Azov civil corps and veterans of Azov regiment in Kiev on October 14, 2016.

There’s One Far-Right Movement That Hates the Kremlin

Ukraine’s Azov movement is hostile to Russia, friendly to neo-Nazis, and inspired by France’s new right. It’s not running in Ukraine’s presidential elections because it plans to win power by playing a long game.

A campaign portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party Thierry Baudet is pictured next to alcool bottles during a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist on March 20, 2019. - Netherland's Prime Minister is set to lose his majority in parliament's upper house after FvD surged in today's provincial elections, according to an exit poll. (Photo by Bart Maat / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read BART MAAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of the Dutch Far-Right

Thierry Baudet once called politicians brain-dead. Now his upstart white nationalist movement has eclipsed Geert Wilders and won more Senate seats than the prime minister’s party.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban  (left) in the Raoul Wallenberg memorial garden of Budapest synagogue in Budapest on July 19, 2017. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Loves the European Far-Right

Recent spats aside, Israel’s right-wing government sees the illiberal nationalist leaders of Poland and Hungary as natural allies. They share a hostility toward human rights, Enlightenment values, and the European Union.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after making a joint statement in Jerusalem on July 19, 2018. (Debbie Hill/AFP/Getty Images)

Nationalists of the World, Unite!

Yoram Hazony's work provides a global scaffolding for the new far-right.

Bertolt Brecht in 1937. (Fred Stein/Picture-Alliance/dpa/Associated Press)

Poetry for the Masses

1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.

French War Minister Andre Maginot, Marshal Joseph Joffre, and Marshal Philippe Petain at the inauguration of Joffre's monument in Chantilly, France on June 21, 1930. (AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Finds the Immoral Way to Remember World War I

There’s no good reason to pull Marshal Philippe Pétain from the dustbin of history.

Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 election, in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. (Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)

Jair Bolsonaro’s Model Isn’t Berlusconi. It’s Goebbels.

The far-right Brazilian leader isn’t just another conservative populist. His propaganda campaign has taken a page straight from the Nazi playbook.

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