Virtual Program | The Authoritarian’s Playbook: A Conversation between Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Adam Gopnik
Idi Amin. Saddam Hussein. Benito Mussolini. Augusto Pinochet. These infamous leaders all drew from a common playbook of corruption, censorship, power hoarding at any cost, and utter disregard for the common good. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a renowned expert on fascist leaders. Her new book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present looks at 100 years of authoritarianism, highlighting common tactics and commenting on how the body politic can resist. Join us as Ben-Ghiat talks to The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik about Donald Trump, cults of personality, the rise of the new authoritarian state, and the important lessons history teaches about countering real threats to democracy today.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021