Autocratic attitudes emerge in a modern American setting

Trump’s authoritarianism is an amalgam of wacko left and wacko right, writes Jacob Weisberg
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03: Republican presidential candidates (Lto R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State's primary. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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In 1935, Sinclair Lewis published It Can’t Happen Here, a novel today more referred to than read, which imagined fascism coming to the US. The movement’s leader is Buzz Windrip, a populist demagogue who promises “to make America a proud, rich land again”, punish nations that defy him and raise wages very high while keeping prices very low.