Softcore fascism and the policies of Trump

There have been a variety of fascist dictators, and not all of them are Hitler or Mussolini.
One could argue that fascism exists on a scale of severity. I'd like to propose one here.
    Scale of Fascist Regimes:
  1. Straussian/Neoconservative (ex. United States under George W. Bush).
  2. Quasi-Democratic (ex. Italy under Silvio Berlusconi, New York City under Rudolph Giuliani).
  3. Softcore Fascist (ex. Chile under Augusto Pinochet, Singapore under the People's Action Party).
  4. Hardcore Fascist (ex. Italy under Benito Mussolini).
  5. Genocidal/Megalomaniacal Fascist (ex. Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler).
Trump is showing himself to be on the border of №1 and №2. Depending on how much he consolidates power under the Executive Branch, he could develop into a full-blown №2 or even straddle the line between №2 and №3. The worst-case scenario for Trump that I can see so far is that his administration develops into a №3, but that would require nothing short of a new 9/11 and a national state of emergency complete with purges of ideological opponents and extreme consolidation of federal and executive power.
For now, though, we shouldn't worry about that. Our main focus should be on preventing Trump from graduating to №2 and preventing the negative effects of his current policies.

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