Unlocked: The Fascism and Cult Checklist


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Many of us have questions about spotting red flags for fascists and cults of personalities. Fortunately for us, philosopher Theodor W. Adorno and other researchers at University of California, Berkeley have already done the work. Studying fascist personality traits during and after World War II, their findings were published in 1950. However, you might be surprised how consistent these personality traits have remained. In fact, this is even more insightful today than it was back then because World War II had people convinced fascism was an anomaly unique only to German Nazis; whereas now, we know there are fascists all around us.

This piece was originally written in 2019 and unfortunately it appears this checklist will become perennial. Please continue to share it with those who have been looking for a checklist like this one.

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