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About Theo Horesh
Theo Horesh is a human rights advocate and public intellectual, who has written hundreds of articles on genocide, climate change, fascism, and democracy. He is the founder of the Trident Philosophy Gang, an open circle of thinkers, and host of Conscious Business, a series of critical dialogues, chosen by Business Insider as one of 100 podcasts that will make you smarter. He is the author of four books on the psychosocial dynamics of globalization, including Convergence: The Globalization of Mind and his most recent, The Fascism This Time: and the Global Future of Democracy. And he is a political philosopher, currently completing his PhD, focused on cosmopolitan ethics, at the University of Leeds.
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A new wave of fascism is inundating the world under the guise of rightwing populism, but the fascism this time has little to do with taking down elites--and it is every bit as dangerous as the last.
Fascism can be identified by its toxic brew of racism, sexism, nationalism, and authoritarianism. It is organized around a cult of personality, and it mobilizes ressentiment in senseless acts of nihilism. Fascist movements are dangerous because they harness nationalist aggression against minorities, but their subtler danger lies in their turn against reality. They reject science and rationality because they are seen as a threat, and since the world cannot be turned off, fascists try to tear it down instead. Fascists seek to escape the burden of freedom, stemming from democracy and development, and return to a mythologized patriarchy. Yet, in a vast and complex world, where survival requires adaptation, and adaptation flexibility, their forced regression always ends in destruction.
The Fascism This Time elucidates a psychosocial model of fascism which predicted that Trump's election would lead to immigrant concentration camps, an accelerated assault on democratic institutions, a global increase in authoritarianism and crimes against humanity, and the starvation of Yemen.
It is an original and perceptive account tying the fascism this time to the overwhelming challenges with which the world is now faced. And it is a sweeping defense of democracy, inspiring action and reflection, and sparkling with insights, in the esteemed tradition of Hannah Arendt and Alexis de Tocqueville.
"Horesh's perceptive and thoughtful views on fascism are in the great tradition of past works by Orwell, Albert Camus, Hannah Arendt and Henry Thoreau." Andy Heintz, author of Dissidents of the International Left
The breakdown of the liberal international order over the course of the last decade unleashed a string of crimes against humanity, culminating in the election of rightwing nationalists and fascists the world over. It might be said to have begun with Putin’s land grab in Ukraine in 2014. However, it was half a year later that Isis’s terror-state in the heart of the Middle East, Israel’s annihilation of Gaza, and Assad’s ongoing mass murder in Syria would culminate in a summer of hate that would transform our very conception of the world.
The crimes against humanity were fought over on social media where countless people were exposed to endless unfiltered atrocities. In the process, hundreds of millions of people became passive onlookers to genocide, but many also justified it in comments, making them active participants in mass murder. Meanwhile, countless others came to identify with its victims. All of a sudden, a world order that Steven Pinker had dubbed the most peaceful in human history was crumbling before our eyes. In the process, national collective traumas were being globalized as the global imaginary darkened, and crimes against humanity proliferated in Yemen, Burma, China, India, and Brazil.
This book is a panoramic excursion through the murderous new milieu. It is a vivid dissection of violence and a probing exploration of its causes, an erudite inquiry into the legacy of collective trauma and a magisterial overview of the new brutality peering through the cracks of a disintegrating international order. Yet, most of all, it is an inquiry into the all pervasive nature of genocide denial and the dynamics of collective trauma which perpetuate it. Sweeping in scope and striking in its originality, it will open your eyes and awaken your moral intelligence to the subterranean depths of ethnonational animosity today.
The world is vast and overwhelming. Making sense of it requires greater knowledge, greater empathy, and greater ethical commitments. This process might best be described as the globalization of mind, and it is just getting under way. But thinking globally will become easier as global interconnectivity increases, as global institutions grow in scope, and as more people are exposed to greater human diversity and devote themselves to solving global challenges. Convergence: The Globalization of Mind is a magisterial exploration of the challenges that lie in wait, raising as many questions as it answers, and all the while deepening the readers' own global thinking.