Monday January 8, 2018
None of the responses to Jane Beck's letter listing the early warning signs of fascism addressed any of the issues she raised ("Trump administration pushing U.S. downhill," Reading Eagle, Dec. 20). They attacked her personally, calling her hysterical, egocentric, childish and silly. This is a perfect example of how the president has caused divisiveness, which makes America weaker, not "great again."
Reasoned argument, debated with facts, concluded with compromise, has deteriorated into contempt instead of contemplation, insult instead of insight and derision instead of discussion. We have descended into food fights between fanatics.
Snopes.com says that businessman and self-described amateur historian Laurence W. Britt wrote his list of the common signs of fascism in April 2003, after researching past fascist regimes in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Chile and Indonesia. Britt’s list is printed and sold internationally. Its exact location is not the important point. None of the warnings it lists or the examples Beck provided were challenged by any of the detractors.
Letter writer's critics are missing the point