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Orwell’s anticipation of the ‘nationalism’ of Donald Trump

By Michael Hatfield      

Donald Trump is not a fascist. But he clearly espouses and believes in the kind of 'nationalist' thinking Orwell warned against over 70 years ago: a 'power hunger, tempered by self-deception.'

The endorsement of Donald Trump is a sad commentary on how much the Republican Party's hatred and fear of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats has unhinged their ability to see where the true danger to the Republic lies in the coming election. Photograph courtesy of YouTube
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OTTAWA—Donald Trump has now passed the threshold where he has enough delegate support to assure him the Republican nomination for president. This development has intensified discussion about where Trump and his supporters fall on the political spectrum. Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution wrote an op-ed article, “This is How Fascism comes to America,"  for The Washington Post this month, which sees parallels between Trump and his supporters and the movements of Hitler and Mussolini. Stanley Payne, a professor

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