Our best hope against fascism

  • I’ve read posts of friends who had their professionalism questioned and even derided in face of their political ideas;
  • I’ve seen people publishing threats, ironies, and aggressive comments when they couldn’t construct a proper argument to convey an opinion;
  • I’ve realized that, suddenly, some people became politic “experts” trying to attract likes, shares, and comments that could inflate their egos.

“We have unlearned talking and we are unable to build a different ethical-political scenario. The problem is, after all, in this discursive context, always the other.”

So, what can we do about it?

That’s what the book Como conversar com um fascista (How to talk to a fascist) intends to answer. The author Marcia Tiburi understands fascism as a systemic problem, which must be fought inside-out, in everyday life, through the exercise of dialogue. Below, I selected some points from the book which I believe are the most interesting to understand Tiburi’s proposal.

Who is the fascist

  • A dialogue needs to be built (because it isn’t ready). So, in order to happen, a dialogue needs the other, which relates to a democratic mentality.
  • A speech is something ready, therefore, it denies anything/anyone out of its beliefs, which relates to an authoritarian mentality. This is where fascism fits.

“The other” and hate speech

  • In the words of Tiburi, “the other” is one that, if exists, is already condemned and doomed to be punished.
  • As for hate speech, it is the cultivation of hatred through language in everyday life.

How to talk with a fascist

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