Words, I can sense, are very deceptive. Their soft exterior is a facade. Words can break apart even the strongest structures. Words, in the ocean of jeopardy, can be rain. Words, after all this, can end life and begin life anew. Words, I have found, are coarse, and incinerating, and civil, and threatening. Fascism, for me, is one such word. What is your story, Reader, what are the words that pin you by their sharp edges Like I said, fascism. F-A-S-C-I-S-M. An ism that frightens me the most. It isn't just because I am used to freedom. It isn't just because I am frenzied by the limitless alternatives. It is because, also because, I don't know how it will be but I know that it is going to be bad.
Fascism - A Warning by Madeleine Albright is my preparatory course on fascism. I know I am not overthinking. I know that fascism has come to our doorstep and it's waiting to come in unannounced. However, I don't believe that it is coming unannounced. It has already made its presence felt. It is an enemy. It can be a friend. But more than its friendship, it is its poisonous grip that I am afraid of. This book reinstated my belief. It told me that this time, I am not overthinking. I am trying to unfold it. It is the first time that we have had such a long interaction but I know it in my heart that this book and I, are meant to be friends. Even though I know that no amount of preparation can undo the jolt life is going to give me, I am still going to keep it as close to my heart as it is possible for me. This time, closer than I have kept Gone With the Wind and The Fountainhead.
Madeleine Albright's book is a course in history that we need and that was denied to us. She is a teacher all of us need and urgently so, considering the time we are living in. Hold the book close. Read it. Listen to what she has to say about the fascists. Be attentive when she tells you about the rise of fascism. Let her words run in your veins. Read her. You must read her.