Mary Kenny: ‘The hot air of ‘fascism’ fans flames – but it’s nowhere near’

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Mary Kenny: ‘The hot air of ‘fascism’ fans flames – but it’s nowhere near’


Legacy: A salute being given at a Blueshirt meeting at Charleville, Co Cork, in April 1934.
Legacy: A salute being given at a Blueshirt meeting at Charleville, Co Cork, in April 1934.

Fascism? It’s all the rage. Or, at least, throwing around accusations about encroaching fascism in every society is now the fashion.

Madeleine Albright, sometime American secretary of state, has called Donald Trump a fascist. The “rise” of neo-fascism is seen in the dominance of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey and Viktor Orban in Hungary. Albright includes the Venezuelan leadership of Chavez and Maduro as tinged with fascism.

In Ireland, after Peter Casey garnered 24pc of the vote in the presidential election, social media was awash with fears about a fascist and racist threat. Fintan O’Toole warned that “there is a capacity for fascism that lurks beneath the surface in every society. If opportunistic politicians dig down into it, it can emerge. So they shouldn’t.”

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