When looking at the typical characteristics of democracy versus those of fascism, America falls more heavily on the former than the latter. But the question remains: Can a society as economically unequal as the United States genuinely call itself a democracy? America has never adequately grappled with its racist ideologies and behaviors, nor with its contradictory stances on immigration. All of these challenge how truly democratic a nation can be. This panel discussion examines how economic and social turmoil contributes to the rise of political alternatives, tracks past encounters with seemingly fascist ideologies, and shows ways to cope with the rise of extreme views on both the right and the left.
Dr. Carney is an Assistant Professor of History at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. She received her B.A. in English and History from Jacksonville University and her M.A. in Modern European History and Ph.D. in Modern German History from Florida State University. Prior to coming to Penn State Behrend, she taught at Ohio University and Florida State University.