Much has been made recently of alleged parallels between the authoritarian taint of current political events in the USA and the rise of European Fascism in the inter-war period. One Oxford researcher, Dr Kevin Dutton, has even declared that Donald Trump exhibits ‘more psychopathic’ traits than Hitler. 2 Is Fascism arising from its mausoleum? Does the polarisation in US society, and the recourse to demagoguery in the service of the retrieval of a better past, equate even superficially with the disintegration of the civic state in Europe in the twenties and thirties?