Donald Trump and Authoritarian Populism

  • Douglas Kellner
Part of the Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education book series (TRANS, volume 117)


Much has been made of Donald Trump’s character and whether he is fit to be president of the United States. In the following analysis, I want to suggest that the theories of Erich Fromm and his fellow German-Jewish refugees known as the “Frankfurt School” provide an analysis of authoritarian populism that helps explicate Trump’s character, his appeal to his followers, and in general the Trump phenomenon.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Kellner
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  1. 1.UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information StudiesLos AngelesUSA

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