Paul Mason: History, Ideology & Resistance to Fascism

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Sam Goldman interviews writer Paul Mason about his new book: How To Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance. From the publisher:

The far right is on the rise across the world. From Modi's India to Bolsonaro's Brazil and Erdogan's Turkey, fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again - and we need to find a better way to fight it.

In How to Stop Fascism, Paul Mason offers a radical, hopeful blueprint for resisting and defeating the new far right. The book is both a chilling portrait of contemporary fascism, and a compelling history of the fascist phenomenon: its psychological roots, political theories and genocidal logic. Fascism, Mason powerfully argues, is a symptom of capitalist failure, one that has haunted us throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

History shows us the conditions that breed fascism, and how it can be successfully overcome. But it is up to us in the present to challenge it, and time is running out. From the ashes of Covid-19, we have an opportunity to create a fairer, more equal society. To do so, we must ask ourselves: what kind of world do we want to live in? And what are we going to do about it?

Follow Paul Mason on Twitter at @paulmasonnews and read more of his writings at paulmasonnews.medium.com. Sunsara Taylor's remarks about the fascist pandemic can be seen in full at The RNL Show. Send your comments about the Refuse Fascism podcast to to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Or leave a voicemail at 917-426-7582 or on https://anchor.fm/refuse-fascism/message.

*This episode was recorded before the breaking news that the Taliban have retaken Kabul. Our hearts go out to the people of Afghanistan who have suffered so much under US occupation and whose suffering will continue. Subscribe for updates as we'll cover this issue on upcoming shows soon.

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Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.

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