S2E10: Can the con­cept of “fas­cism” be used to under­stand the patholo­gies of US pol­i­tics, past and present?

The cur­rent rise of right wing pop­ulist lead­ers in democ­ra­cies around the world, from Don­ald Trump to Jair Bol­sonaro in Brazil, has led to a debate on the fuzzi­ness of these new regimes that are erod­ing lib­er­al­ism by incor­po­rat­ing total­i­tar­i­an fea­tures. Some argue that the term ‘fas­cist’ would be use­ful in under­stand­ing the nature of pol­i­tics in these coun­tries, while oth­ers warn against an infla­tion­ary use of the term. We close the sec­ond sea­son of the pod­cast by ask­ing Pro­fes­sor Jason Stan­ley (Yale Uni­ver­si­ty) whether the term ‘fas­cism’ helps us under­stand what is hap­pen­ing in the US and how this ide­ol­o­gy is seep­ing into democ­ra­cies the world over.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.