I think it's important to nail down exactly what we're talking about. Professor Sheri Berman is right that Donald Trump and right-wing populist movements are not fascist. She's wrong when she demonizes Trump and right-wing populists as threat to current democratic norms and institutions.
Getting these things right is particularly important, since the smear of "fascism" is being thrown around like so much confetti on New Year's Eve.
Here's this big push by the leftist interested group "Refuse Fascism," which published a full-page advertisement in today's New York Times.
As I've said, Trump's not fascist. But if leftists keep pushing and pushing, publishing these smears in all the "correct" outlets, then even your non-political teenybopper down at the mall with be denouncing Trump supporters as "fascist" threats to the "democratic order."
Talk about fake news. Sheesh.
See, "Call to Action to STOP Trump and Pence BEFORE they Come to Power."
Call to Action 2 STOP #Trump #Pence BEFORE #J20 published today in @nytimes! Say NO! Read-sign-spread #NoFascistUSA https://t.co/9mZtw9tTBZ pic.twitter.com/DnPAw4PceL— #NoFascistUSA (@RefuseFascism) January 4, 2017
(Frankly, since the election, the most significant threats to democratic norms --- like the legitimacy of the Electoral College --- have come from the left. But that doesn't matter to all the "correct" people at the "correct" outlets and institutions, like the MSM and academe. Frankly, the truth doesn't matter to the left, unless it's a truth that advances their agenda. We're in for a wild ride.)