Secrecy, Democracy, and Fascism: Lessons from History - Julie R Butler

Secrecy, Democracy, and Fascism: Lessons from History

By Julie R Butler

  • Release Date: 2010-09-20
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Score: 3
From 37 Ratings


A nation that went to war thinking that it would be quick and easy, but then getting bogged down, becoming polarized, falling into financial difficulties, losing confidence in their government, looking desperately for strong leadership, and falling for conspiracy theories and false accusations about those within and without who oppose the romantic call for cultural purity and supposed morality...?


  • Dry- not brilliantly argued but not factually biased

    By Avrilglo
    Actually the sad thing is the author assumes readers have a shared and sufficient knowledge of 20th history to know her facts are uncontroversial. It would be helpful to readers who don't if she included footnotes so that those interested could learn more about the social and political movements that lead up to wwii. She assumes the only explanation necessary is about the logic of her conclusions from those facts. The previous review indicates how easily common facts can appear as bias if all members of society are not given equal acres to the study of history. In a strange way that kind of reaction is more persuasive than her essay itself. Secrecy is the mother's milk of fascism. Knowledge is the only hope for democracy.