“Periods of progress in gender, labor, or racial emancipation have also been fertile terrain for openly racist and sexist aspirants to office …”

“Periods of progress in gender, labor, or racial emancipation have also been fertile terrain for openly racist and sexist aspirants to office, who soothe fears of the loss of male domination and class privilege and the end of White Christian “civilization.”  Cultural conservatives have repeatedly gravitated to antidemocratic politics at such junctures of history, enabling dangerous individuals to enter mainstream politics and gain control of government.”

― Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present




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