James Q. Whitman, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law
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Since the last presidential election many Americans have become increasingly worried that our country could be heading down the road toward European-style fascism. It is not an idle concern. Populist sentiments that are blatantly racist, xenophobic and nativist, stimulated by Goebbels’-like rhetoric and other tropes of the Nazi Era were not only put forth by the Alt-Right, Stormfront, and other extremist groups during the waning months of the campaign but have been repeated in a somewhat less unabashed manner from within the White House and other departments of government since January 20, 2017. Not a few have likened the situation to what was happening in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.
In his book, Hitler’s American Model, James Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale, reminds us that many of ourless than democratic manners and mores, customs and laws pertaining to intergroup relations once provided a sort of blueprint for the promulgators of Nazi...