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Atop a Throne of Ashes: On Juraj Herz's 'The Cremator'

Far from being escapist entertainment, Herz's The Cremator is a dissection of evil and how deluded one becomes in willing themselves to power.

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Revolutionary Victor Serge Has a Message for Our Times

Victor Serge, a rare survivor of Stalin's Terror, had a keen, razor-sharp intelligence and made observations that are highly relevant to our troubled times.

Television

'Designated Survivor' S3: How Do We Deal with Neo-Fascists, Anyway?

Designated Survivor Season Three effectively criticizes the Trump administration and poses complex questions in our time of the rise of the extreme right.

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Two Fascist Perspectives on WWII: The Colonel's Wife and Deviation

Authors Rosa Liksom and Luce D'Eramo brilliantly convey the seduction and willful disbelief associated with fascism; how one brushes off their misgivings, thinking that it will be different for them.

Theatre

Make America Bleed Again: The Violent Geography of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ​'Oklahoma!'​

Originally produced as fascism spread throughout Europe and nativism spread in the US, Oklahoma!'s exploration of belonging was a conspicuously political one.

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George Orwell as Essayist: The Democratic Socialist Who Never Sought a Safe Space

George Orwell's essays -- so urgently relevant in these times -- convey the political and social views he would later express in his fiction.

Books

'We're Still at War': Illustrated Stories Testifying to Atrocities, Survival, and the Human Condition

Post Bellum's publishing mission is not simply to isolate testimony from those who suffered but to also shed light on those who worked against the smothering constraints of fascism and totalitarianism.

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Fascism Shows Its Everyday Face in 'The Order of the Day'

Éric Vuillard's work is a short, sublime history that provides a necessary and contemporary service by stripping away the mythic quality of Nazi fascism.

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Opportunity in Crises: On Chantal Mouffe's 'For a Left Populism'

By adopting a populist strategy, the left could finally overcome neoliberalism, replacing it with a deeper, kinder and more radical form of democracy, Mouffe argues.

Books

On the Tight Confines of Madeleine Albright's Cold War Intellectual Straitjacket

The status quo of the past 30 years facilitated a massive transfer in wealth and public resources away from the average American and into the hands of a wealthy minority; a radical coup if ever there was one. Yet it was achieved democratically. A response to Madeleine Albright's Fascism: A Warning.

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'The Seventh Cross' Is a Vital Tale for Anyone Concerned About the Resurgence of Totalitarianism

The beautiful storytelling of Anna Seghers' World War II classic belies its important insights into life under fascism.

Film

Killing Is Killing: Logan's Enduring Excellence

In a competitive sea of superhero films, Logan continues to stand out with its tremendous performances, thematic complexity, remarkably critical take on violence, and deeply stirring pathos.

Television

Puritans with Machine Guns in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

The first season of this icily horrific series is a crash course in the possibilities of a uniquely American 'It Could Happen Here' patriarchal Christian fascism.

Books

Double-agents, Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and 'Hitler in Los Angeles'

While America was riveted by the "Red Scare" on the one hand, it failed to see what the other hand, the Nazi threat, was doing.

Books

'The Prisoner' Has Superbly Outlived Its Original Context

Rogue filmmaker Alex Cox ties The Prisoner's island mentality and palpable "cupcake fascism" to current political events, including Brexit, in I Am Not a Number.

Books

Imagine Fighting Fascism

Two recently translated works -- Lydie Salvayre's Cry, Mother Spain and Joan Sales' Uncertain Glory -- bring to life the profound complexity of an early struggle against fascism, the Spanish Civil War.

Politics

Can We Say the F Word Yet? On Fascism and Humor

In light of the decrees and executive orders signed thus far by Donald Trump, we might reasonably ask: is fascism relevant to America's current political state?

Music

The Great I Am: Magic, Fascism, and Race in David Bowie's 'Blackstar'

Blackstar addresses the tension between David Bowie’s avowed attraction to ideologies of blood and soil, and his equally committed obsession with African American musical forms and tropes.

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Books

Roger Luckhurst's 'Zombies' Is Gory and Highly Informative

Zombies is just as much an anti-imperialist work as it is an historical examination of the walking dead.

Books

Of Maus and Men: Postwar Identity Through a Postmodern Lens in Art Spiegelman's 'Maus'

Far more than a comic book with an edge, Art Spiegelman's Maus interrogates the fallacious identity politics of the Nazis, to an unforgettable effect. Given recent events in Europe, this is a vital book to revisit.

Eric Steingold
Visual Arts

No One Is Untouchable: Not Federico Garcia Lorca, Not Ai Weiwei

Governments tend to take on their worst form, to devolve to their most horrific manifestation, when they kill artists. Artists look out into the horrors of the world, and inevitably, the horrors sometimes reach back.

Technology

Techno’s Labor Force, Rock’s Betrayal, and the Birth of the Fascist Groove Thing

Electronic music has always maintained an ambivalent attitude towards labor, at once rejecting the notion of wage internment and creative inhibition while embracing the beauty of the cyborgian mechanics of the factory and the allure of discipline and dominance.

Books

Palahniuk's Fight Club Punch: We Never See It Coming

With Fight Club, whether he intended to or not, Palahniuk has shown us that fascism can be created right before our eyes, almost invisibly, and we won’t even see it happening.

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