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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

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 Advisor to Protect Democracy. She is a regular contributor to MSNBC, CNN, and other media outlets. She publishes Lucid, a newsletter on 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 Advisor to Protect Democracy. She is a regular contributor to MSNBC, CNN, and other media outlets. She publishes Lucid, a newsletter on 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.

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6d ago

January 6 rioters are running for Republican office as GOP pivots toward lawlessness

A new wave of extremist party loyalists — at the federal, state and even local level — want to help ensure Trumpism's success in the midterms and beyond.
38d ago

Trump loves American Jews and Israel — until he doesn't

American Jews who continue to support Trump and the GOP might take a cue from the experiences of Italian Jews under fascism.
44d ago

Mark Meadows' PowerPoint is about more than Jan. 6

Mark Meadows's Jan. 6 entanglement has some revealing historical lessons.

Ron DeSantis' Florida state military plan echoes Trump's autocratic aspirations

The governor is a leader in GOP efforts to create environments conducive to authoritarianism, from opposing Covid vaccination mandates to critical race theory fearmongering.
388d ago

Trump's call to Georgia election officials highlights White House bunker mentality

Trump's actions are giving Americans a taste of the maneuvers autocrats engage in when they feel desperate to keep power.