On the reddit threads they often refer to Trump as “God Emperor.”
I love that you link to Charlie Stross (I hadn’t seen that piece yet.) He’s one of my fav writers and its amazing how he engages on social media. His dividing line was instructive:
“By ‘we’, I mean folks who think that the Age of Enlightenment, the end of monarchism, and the evolution of Liberalism are good things. If you disagree with this, then kindly hold your breath until your head explodes.”
He’s not wrong and his whole piece is a useful reframing of the issues into a bigger frame. But if history’s anything to go by, this “we” hasn’t been able to get it together en masse for a *long* time, if ever.
To end on a cheery note – “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini