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The ACLU on rights restoration, and a doctor’s thoughts on fascism – this Wednesday, Jan 2 at 9 a.m. on Peace & Justice

Written by on Sunday, December 30, 2018

This Wednesday January 2 our first guest was Kirk Baily, Political Director of the ACLU of Florida. Kirk talked about the implementation of  Amendment 4 which restores the right to vote to over 1.4 million Floridians. Tuesday, January 8 at 9 a.m. is the first opportunity for former felons to register. Just go to registertovoteflorida.gov or register locally at  sarasotavotes.com if you live in Sarasota County or votemanatee.com if you live in Manatee County.

Then we had a great interview with Dr. Dale P. Anderson about his study of fascism and the growing possibility of it here in the U.S.  His interest in fascism began with the candidacy of Donald Trump, and he has presented locally on a number of subjects, including ‘The Rise of Kleptocracy’, ‘Is America Safe for Democracy?’, ‘A Scorecard for America’, and ‘How Fascism Works.’

If you missed the show, just listen on our archive site:

He’ll be talking at Fogartyville on Tuesday, January 8. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

From Dale: A Partial List of Recommended Books on Fascism. Titles in bold are particularly helpful.


Fascism / Dystopian States

The Iron Heel Jack London 1908

The Trial Franz Kafka 1915

The Oppermans Lion Feuchtwanger 1933

It Can’t Happen Here Sinclair Lewis 1935

Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler 1940

Every Man Dies Alone Hans Fallada 1947

1984 George Orwell 1950

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 1953

The Penultimate Truth Philip Dick 1964

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 1986

The Children of Men PD James 1992

The Plot Against America Philip Roth 2004

The Circle Dave Eggers 2013


Non-fiction: Fascism Classics

Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler 1925

Diary of a Man in Despair Friedrich Reck 1947

The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 1947

The Origins of Totalitarianism Hannah Arendt 1951

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101… Christopher Browning 1992

A History of Fascism: 1914-1945 Stanley G. Payne 1996

The Third Reich at War Richard J. Evans 1999

Hitler 1936-1945 Ian Kershaw 2000

The Coming of the Third Reich Richard J. Evans 2003

The Anatomy of Fascism Robert Paxton 2004

Fascistas Michael Mann 2004

Mussolini’s Italy: Life….1915–1945. R. J. B. Bosworth 2005

American Fascists: The Christian Right Chris Hedges 2008

In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson 2011


Non-fiction: Fascism Recent (since Trump)

Hitler Ascent 1889-1939 Volker Ulrich 2016

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook Mark Bray 2017

The Despot’s Apprentice Brian Klaas 2017

Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It Shane Burley 2017

On Tyranny Timothy Snyder 2017

Demagoguery and Democracy Patricia Roberts-Miller 2017

The Future is History Masha Gessen 2017

Fascism – A Warning Madeleine Albright 2018

How Democracies Die Steve Levitsky 2018

How Fascism Works Jason Stanley 2018

The Road to Unfreedom Timothy Snyder 2018

America: The Farewell Tour Chris Hedges 2018