Against the Grain

Berlusconi and Trump

A flamboyant billionaire, who used the media as his vehicle, presenting himself as an outsider, who could clean up politics; a  person known for his populist promises, along with his sexist insults and scapegoating of immigrants.  Donald Trump?  No, Silvio Berlusconi — the media tycoon who dominated Italian politics in the 1990s and 2000s. Scholar and activist Laura Fantone discusses the lessons to be learned from Berlusconi’s rule.  She also weighs in on whether Berlusconi and Trump are fascists.


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