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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

MSNBC Columnist

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and commentator on authoritarianism and propaganda. She is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright and other fellowships and an adviser to Protect Democracy. She is a regular contributor to MSNBC, CNN and other media outlets. She publishes Lucid, a newsletter about threats to democracy. Her latest book, "Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present" (2020), looks at how illiberal leaders use propaganda, corruption, violence and machismo and how they can be defeated.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and commentator on authoritarianism and propaganda. She is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright and other fellowships and an adviser to Protect Democracy. She is a regular contributor to MSNBC, CNN and other media outlets. She publishes Lucid, a newsletter about threats to democracy. Her latest book, "Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present" (2020), looks at how illiberal leaders use propaganda, corruption, violence and machismo and how they can be defeated.

Latest from Ruth Ben-Ghiat

34d ago

Context only makes Trump’s ‘bloodbath’ comment worse

Former President Donald Trump told a crowd in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday that, if he does not get elected, “it’s going to be a bloodbath for the country."
53d ago

Trump’s humiliation of Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham is straight out of the authoritarian playbook

Authoritarian politicians are fragile and insecure creatures, always looking over their shoulders to see who is after them.
277d ago

Trump’s plans for 2025 sound like a vengeful disaster

Trump's plans to give himself vast personal powers if he returns to the White House in 2025 would make the United States similar to authoritarian systems.
411d ago

Why Trump is so eager to run under indictment

Trump’s CPAC speech claimed 2024 indictments form Fulton County or DOJ prosecutors wouldn't end his campaign. tying him to Berlusconi, Putin and Netanyahu.
467d ago

Trumpism is no longer just America’s problem

Jair Bolsonaro's most fervent supporters echo their American propagandist counterparts.
527d ago

DeSantis follows in Trump's authoritarian footsteps

The Florida governor has made the former president's lines and lies his own.
541d ago

The attack on Paul Pelosi was shocking — and yet also predictable

Rising political violence is not surprising when people are told they face existential threats.

How the strong woman took on the wannabe strongman — and won

OP/ED: If Democrats keep the majority in the midterms, the entire party should beg Nancy Pelosi to continue as House speaker.
572d ago

The GOP might have a new neo-fascist fave

Italy is ending an era of male monopoly of authoritarian governance.
625d ago

CPAC 2022 features Viktor Orban, Donald Trump — a celebration of autocracy

Orban now enjoys cult status among some Republicans. And he's all too happy to assist the GOP in wrecking American democracy.
682d ago

How Trump's desperately unoriginal plan to steal the election led to the Capitol attack

Whether or not Trump runs for office in 2024, the time-tested methods of autocracy are now part of the way the GOP conducts its business.