The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part II: Dilettante

Read Parts
I: Foundations
II: Dilettante
III: Liberal Delusions
IV: Conservative Complicity
V: Violence
VI: By Definition
VII: Democracy

A major problem for intentionalists [a historical interpretation that emphasized the importance of the leader’s will in fascists acquiring and exercising power] was Hitler’s personal style of rule. While Mussolini toiled long hours at his desk, Hitler continued to indulge in the lazy bohemian dilettantism of his art-student days. When aides sought his attention for urgent matters, Hitler was often inaccessible. He spent much time at his Bavarian retreat; even in Berlin he often neglected pressing business. … After February 1938 the cabinet ceased to meet; some cabinet ministers never managed to see the Fuhrer at all.

-Robert O. Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism (127)

Okay, this tells us nothing about authoritarianism, fascism, or Trump; I just find it funny. Mar-a-Lago, lack of staff, declining press conferences, watching TV constantly, …

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