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Snoozing Through Fascism: A slow-motion academic protest of fascism emerges after conference

Snoozing Through Fascism: A slow-motion academic protest of fascism emerges after conference

The great Russian-American writer Masha Gessen was standing on the stage at Bard College in New York in front of a sign that read “Crises of Democracy.” It was the name of an Oct. 12-14 conference sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center there.

"I think it's safe to say that all of us are living in a state of low-level dread always suspecting that we are missing something of enormous impact while chasing something else of enormous impact," she said from the podium.

With short dark hair, thick glasses and a stylish sports jacket, Gessen resembled the famous portrait of a young Arendt, a legendary political theorist and Holocaust survivor who examined the nature of...

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