Book review: How Fascism Works

[image: left, Jason Stanley; right, book cover, How Fascism Works, Random House; this is essay #322 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

“Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels once declared, ‘This will always remain one of the best jokes of democracy, that it gave its deadly enemies the means by which it was destroyed.’” (J. Stanley, How Fascism Works, ch. 2)

Goebbels wasn’t the first one to make this point. Plato, in the Republic, proposed a ranking of systems of government that went something like this: