Compulsive liars construct impossible worlds not entirely unlike the logic of possible worlds.
… and, implicitly, of fascism: ‘Post-factual’ Readings of Neoliberalism, Before and After Trump, at Society & Space. I’d also recommend Ananya Roy’s “Divesting From Whiteness” while you’re there, and others.
Naomi Klein has a piece in the Guardian which is fairly indicative of an argument being made by various socialists and social democrats in moments such as this. Her argument, put simply, is that while racism and misogyny were indeed factors in Trump’s election, it is really ‘neoliberalism’ – the ‘rise of the Davos class’…
It’s as if parts of the Left are frantically drawing a magic circle of auto-immunity around Trump rallies, without the ‘as if.’
Fascism is as American as Henry Ford. And Donald Trump.