Is American democracy at risk? Some scholars see creeping fascism and historic parallels

PHILADELPHIA — Anne Berg, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was born and raised in Germany, and while her parents are basically hippies, she said, her grandparents were Nazis.That close connection led Berg to a vocation as a scholar of Nazi Germany, exploring the role played by people, she said, “who rocked me to sleep.” Now, Berg is among many academics and others watching what she calls a “rapid descent toward fascism,” in the United States, right from her home in Fishtown.Back in 2017, she was already drawing parallels with prewar Germany but warned her students against…

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