A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others & is willing to use violence & whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.”
The 20th century was defined by the clash between democracy & Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom & left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe & her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.
“Albright [has] serious credibility on the subject. She witnessed the evils of Fascism firsthand, as her book movingly chronicles. And she effectively makes the case: pay more attention to the signals, subtle & strong. A lot more.” (The New Yorker)