Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

Russia’s (possible) slide into fascism


Niall Ferguson, the historian/author behind “Empire” and “Colossus,” has an interesting comparison between Weimar Germany and the present situation in Russia.

It’s a little odd to think the country that first adopted communism may yet slip into a fascist dictatorship, if it hasn’t already, but Russia has little if any precedent for democracy, and all the conditions, such as gangsters running wild, rampant poverty and a diminished place in the world, pretty match up the mess Germany was in before Adolf Hilter took charge. Of course, Hitler wasn’t sitting on a huge pile of nuclear weapons, probably his only redeeming quality.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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