Book finished: It Can't Happen Here

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis


Five stars for insight into how easily fascism can take hold in a democracy. 3 for writing (this is a bit hackneyed). Overall very worthwhile. As the afterward indicates though, this piece is not terribly original in its time. Some of the passages are insightful and some in 2017 a bit worrying.

I think probably more people in 2017 believe that fascism is possible in the US than did in the 30s when this was written.

"Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on."

"it becomes clear that the installation of a fascist government will not be a revolution or a coup d'etat; rather, the groundwork for fascism has already been constructed in the ideological worldviews of the majority of Americans."
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