Fascism is now widely used as a term of abuse to label any political formation regarded with distaste. It’s been promiscuously applied to Trump, to anti-immigrant organisations and more. Some even claim that fascism is making a comeback. Is this really true and do the labels fit? In this fascinating debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival, the possibility of even having a ‘definition’ of fascism is called in to question. But, we learn, the idea of man as irrational and a concern to overthrow democracy were central tenets of fascism’s original incarnation. These ideas it seems are certainly back on the cards.
The speakers are Professor Jane Caplan, Professor Roger Griffin, Professor Kevin Passmore and journalist Bruno Waterfield the chair is: Jacob Furedi.