Madeleine Albright Recently Left Us a Must-Read Book – Fascism, A Warning
“The real question is: who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is: everyone.” – Madeleine Albright, from her 2018 best-selling book, Fascism, A Warning
A Statement from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, with a Brief Foreword by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large
A Foreword by Doug Draper
Posted March 24rth, 2022 on Niagara At Large
“Fascism draws energy from men and women who are upset because of a last war, a log job, a memory of humiliation, or a sense that their country is in steep decline,” wrote the former and now-late U.S. Secretary of State and foreign affairs scholar Madeleine Albright in her 2018 best-selling book Fascism, A Warning. “The more painful the grounds for resentment, the easier it is for a Fascist Leader to gain followers by dangling the proposect of renewal or by vowing to take back what has been stolen.”
If what Albright, who died of cancer this March 23rd at age 84, describes in those opening lines from this important and timely book sound familiar, think of Trump and his millions of followers across the border in the United States or, more recently, the so-called “Freedom Convoy” organizers and their enablers, who wreaked so much havoc in Ottawa and at Canada-U.S. border crossings.
Albright know of what she speaks. As a very young girl, born in Eastern Europe, she ultimately made her way to the United States with her parents, in the shadow of two of the most notorious Fascists of the last century, Hitler and Stalin. (Two 20th Century prototypes of Putin.)
Margaret Atwood, one of Canada’s and the world’s greatest contemporary writers and author of a book that rivals George Orwell’s 1984, the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, said in an interview a few years back that if you only have time to read one book on the subject of Fascism, read Albright’s.
“There’s a very good book by Madeleine Albright called Fascism: A Warning. By “fascism,” said Atwood at one point. “She kind of lays it out on a plate. Here’s the warning signs, here’s what you should be watching for, and here’s what they all do.
Fascism, A Warning should be mandatory reading in every high school, college and university across Canada and the United States. I encourage you to read it.
Now here is a statement on the death of Madeleine Albright from Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau –
March 24th, 2022.
“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the age of 84.
“As a refugee herself, Mrs. Albright was a force for good in the world and a trailblazer for women in government and beyond. Through her work for the National Security Council and as United States Ambassador to the United Nations – the second woman to hold that position – Mrs. Albright championed diplomacy and democratic values on the world stage.
“In 1997, she became the 64th United States Secretary of State and the first woman to serve in that position. At the time, she was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government.
“As Secretary of State, Mrs. Albright promoted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), successfully pressed for NATO’s intervention to end the humanitarian crisis in Kosovo, supported poverty reduction and debt relief efforts in developing countries, and advocated for the fight against climate change and environmental degradation on the world stage. In 2018, she said that she had no better relationship as Secretary of State than the one she had with Canada.
“Our country has lost a friend, who for many years demonstrated a deep commitment to our close partnership as we worked together to advance our shared values on the world stage. In addition to teaching as a professor at Georgetown University, Mrs. Albright was involved with a number of boards and foundations, and founded the Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College.
”She also co-founded the Community of Democracies, an intergovernmental coalition of states, of which Canada is a Governing Council member, that upholds democratic values expressed in the Warsaw Declaration. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honour, for her work to bring peace to the Balkans.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to Mrs. Albright’s family, friends, and the people of the United States. She will be remembered for courage in championing democracy and diplomacy and paving the way for women around the world to become involved in politics.”
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