Fascism

Instructor:  Larry Litchfield

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Required Text
  • Class limit 25

We will attempt to clarify the nature of fascism and to determine whether it has any important connection to current politics. We must explore various hypotheses about this ideology developed by scholars, and we must consider explanations advanced by ideologies hostile to it such as those of liberalism and Marxism. Next we will trace the stages of fascist development in the political history of various countries from marginal movements to established regimes in at least two countries in the 20th century. Finally we will try to determine whether neo-fascism, crypto-fascism, fascism lite, or any kind of fascism has any importance to our own troubled moment in history, either here or abroad.

Class limit 25.

Required text: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. ISBN 978-0-8041-9011-4 (Tim Duggans books, 2017). This book is available on Amazon for around $6.00.

Larry Litchfield has a long background in the study of history and political science, with a particular interest in political philosophy and ideology. He is a retired community college teacher and has taught three prior courses at Belfast Senior College.