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The 1930s as an Inspiration for Today’s New Authoritarianism

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Contemporary regime change from liberal democracy towards authoritarianism has precedents, such as the fascist takeovers of the 1930s. This is not a matter of comparison so much as it is one of instruction: the authoritarians of today refer to, and sometimes model themselves upon, figures from an era we once thought forever discredited. No one can return to the 1930s. As Professor Snyder discussed, the attempt to do so has profound implications for the western political order we have learned to take for granted.