Fascism in the USA: Could it Happen and How Can We Avoid It?

Around the world increasingly authoritarian regimes of various stripes have seemed to have the wind in their sails this past decade, from Xi in China to Putin’s neo-czarist megalomania to Saudi and Iranian petro-theocracies to Erdogan to Sisi to Orban to Bolsonaro to Maduro, etc., etc. And the Trumpian years culminating in the January 6th 2021 insurrection suddenly awakened many of us to the fact that the previously unimaginable prospect of some sort of autocracy here at home was no longer out of the question. How realistic are those fears? Can the history of right-wing movements at home and internationally teach us about how best to avoid the worst-case scenarios, or are there new elements in the current political situation that history can’t help us illuminate? In this session, Bioneers Senior Producer J.P. Harpignies will interview Lawrence Rosenthal, one of the nation’s leading experts on the far right, founder/Chair and Lead Researcher of the groundbreaking Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, to explore in depth these critically important questions. 

Chestnut Room

May 14th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm


Lawrence Rosenthal
Founder and Chair
Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies
J.P. Harpignies
Senior Producer
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