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American Fascism: How the GOP Is Subverting Democracy


ISBN: 978-0-9982521-9-3

By Brynn Tannehill

Trump is out, but American democracy is on the ropes and teetering on the brink of competitive authoritarianism controlled by theocrats and oligarchs. With its cherished institutions hobbled, political norms trampled, guardrails severely damaged, and body politic divided by chasms of race and geography, can the U.S. survive another administration dedicated to establishing a de facto single party rule? In this compelling, comprehensive analysis, Brynn Tannehill draws on her expertise in studying the collapse of weak democracies around the globe and her previous research in law, political science, philosophy, economics and fascist movements to explain the trajectory of how we got here and the current threats we face. Most importantly, she analyzes what the characteristics of fascism are, if they are applicable to the base of the GOP today, and what that means for us should they succeed in establishing permanent minoritarian rule. American Fascism is a surgical analysis of 250 years of struggle for democracy in America and a prescient prognosis of what’s to come if we do not heed Tannehill’s warnings and advice.

Brynn Tannehill is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Air Force Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer Science and Operations Research. As a Naval Aviator, she did four deployments to locations in Kosovo, the Middle East, and North Atlantic. Mrs. Tannehill continued working in defense research after leaving active duty, while moonlighting as an activist and writer on LGBT civil rights and policy. Currently, she works as a senior analyst at a defense think-tank in the Washington D.C. area, where she lives with her wife and three children.