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Episode 80: Paul Mason on How to Stop Fascism


Fascism – the twentieth century’s most barbaric ideology – is back and winning support on the streets and at the ballot boxes all over the world. What can we learn from the struggles against fascism in the past? How do we understand the source of the potency of the fascist appeal? In this podcast hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper talk to Paul Mason about his new book, How to Stop Fascism (Allen Lane, 2021). It’s a harrowing outline of how fascism is on the march. But it also outline a strategy to defeat this deadly threat. We explore the contents of the book and ask Paul why he remains optimistic for humanity. 

Links to material mentioned on this podcast: 

How to Stop Fascism (Allen Lane, 2021) https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/442/442868/how-to-stop-fascism/9780141996394.html

Authoritarian Contagion (Bristol University Press, 2021) https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/authoritarian-contagion

Eric Hobsbawm’s Age of Extremes (Little, Brown Book Group) https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Eric-Hobsbawm/The-Age-Of-Extremes–1914-1991/859532

Karl Kautsky’s critique of the Soviet Union https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1918/dictprole/index.htm

Novecento (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074084/

Arditi del Popolo – The First Anti-Fascistshttps://libcom.org/library/arditi-del-popolo-first-anti-fascists

21st September 2021