If we don't, we risk missing what's really important.
The likes of Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Michael Hayden are correctly issuing dire warnings about fascism under Trump. But what about their own actions?
An all-women workforce used to weed Italy's rice fields. And they left a powerful historical legacy.
A recent attack on migrants came ahead of Italian elections in March where migration is a key campaign issue.
Organic farming has roots in 20th century fascism, challenging the assumption that environmentalism and progressive politics are symbiotic.
Donald Trump's language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of "fake news" and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.
Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump's embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America's youth.
A forest that is also a disturbing memorial to Mussolini recently burned down.
Artists, free speech advocates and gay rights activists in Brazil are dismayed after an LGBTQ-centric exhibit was closed because the subject matter offended evangelical Christians.
It's not just the US which is seeing a rise in support for neo-Nazi organisations and right-wing politics. In Scandinavia it's infiltrating the mainstream.
The anti-fascist movement, or 'antifa', has undergone more of an evolution of progressive militancy than a birth.
We have an ethical obligation to stand against fascists and racists in a way that doesn't help them.
Politicians hope that a "museum of fascism" in Benito Mussolini's hometown can help the country face its demons. Historians aren't so sure.
What sort of beliefs made a mass movement succeed?
The 1920s and early ‘30's looked like the beginning of the end for centuries of gay intolerance. Then came fascism and the Nazis.
Both attack the status-quo, but for entirely different reasons.
Donald Trump embodies the corrosive culture of narcissism at its worst. It's a trap.
All over the world, people are trying to boil down their experiences of 2016 into a single word. The results speak for themselves.
Two Italian scholars who fled fascism in the 1920s urgently warned that American democracy was vulnerable to the same gradual erosion as in Italy. Their message still rings true today.
Hateful movements were able to grow in the early 20th century because the centre right let it happen.