Umberto Eco on Fascism

Here’s an interesting article that tooks about the varying qualities of fascism and how under this understanding it holds an ever present threat that can coagulate around the identified aspects, beginning in the most innocent of ways.  Whilst reading it it will probably trigger thoughts relating to current political events:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/

#Brexit, the populist surge and the crisis of complexity

This is a fascinating post that delves quite a few political themes over the last few months and comes up with some interesting angles on what these travails actually entail, including the threat that a declining energy supply holds for our abilities to maintain complexity at all levels of society.  You can probably skip the first section (which has become outdated for reason that will be obvious if you read it), and go straight to the part in bold that says “The populist surge – or the stories we tell ourselves“:

https://paularbair.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/brexit-the-populist-surge-and-the-crisis-of-complexity/