Authoritarian Leaders, Fascism, Propaganda 

“Mail Bombs: Hate Speech Can Have Consequences,”  CNN , October 24, 2018.

“How to Push Back Against Trump’s Propaganda Machine,”  Washington Post September 20, 2018.

“We Need to Talk about Alex Jones,” CNN, August 6, 2018.

“When Investigators Threatened His Power, He Declared Dictatorship,” Washington Post, June 19, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/06/19/when-investigators-threatened-his-power-he-declared-himself-dictator/?utm_term=.3e9a08b80a45

“Minnesota Raccoon’s Journey has a Deeper Resonance,” CNN.com, June 13, 2018. .https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/opinions/raccoon-migrant-trump-america-ben-ghiat/index.html

“The Whiteness of Trump’s White House Interns is Absurd…and Speaks Volumes,” CNN.com, April 2, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/02/opinions/white-house-interns-so-white-ben-ghiat/index.html

“In Italy’s Elections, the Fascists Did Scarily Well,” CNN.com, March 8, 2018.

“Americans Don’t Want Authoritarian Spectacles, But Trump Does,” CNN.com  February 8, 2018.

“Beware of President Trump’s Nefarious Language Games,” Washington Post, December 21, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/12/21/beware-of-president-trumps-nefarious-language-games/?utm_term=.448dc45b16bc

“Obama is Right: U.S. Democracy is Fragile,” CNN.com, December 9, 2017. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/09/opinions/obama-hitler-germany-democracy-warning-ben-ghiat-opinion/index.html

“No, Trump is Not a Madman, Because He Knows Exactly What He’s Doing,” Washington Post, November 30, 2017. Adapted as: “Trump’s No Madman, He Knows Exactly What He’s Doing,” in John Gardner, ed.,Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump (Chiron: 2018), 71-74.


“Trump’s ‘Trial Balloons’ Test Our Commitment to Freedom,” CNN.com, November 8, 2017. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/08/opinions/trump-authoritarian-trial-balloons-ben-ghiat/index.html

“Being Trump’s Mouthpiece is Risky for Fox News – and Democracy,” NBC.com, November 6, 2017.  https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/being-trump-s-mouthpiece-risky-fox-     news-democracy-ncna816981

“Trump en el camino del populismo autoritario,” (with Federico Finchelstein), Revista Ñ, Clarin, September 2017. https://www.clarin.com/revista-enie/ideas/trump-camino-populismo-autoritario_0_r1lS3SmysW.html

“Loaded Word of the Week: Cosmopolitanism,” CNN.com, August 3, 2017.

“Trump’s Authoritarian Playbook: What’s Next?” CNN.com, July 20, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/opinions/trump-authoritarian-playbook-continues-ben-ghiat-opinion/index.html

“Liberals are Reclaiming Patriotism from the Right,” CNN.com, July 2, 2017 .http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/02/opinions/liberal-patriotism-rise-opinion-ben-ghiat/index.html

“Trump’s Authoritarian Playbook: What’s Next?” CNN.com, July 20, 2017

“Liberals are Reclaiming Patriotism from the Right,” CNN.com, July 2, 2017

“Montana Body-Slam Reveals a GOP Problem,” CNN.com, May 25, 2017.

“Trump at His Most Dangerous,” CNN.com, May 1, 2017.

“Spicer’s Remark is a Symptom of Trump’s Problem,” CNN.com, April 12, 2017

“Trump’s Congratulatory Call to Erdogan is Revealing,” CNN.com, April 18, 2017

Is there a Trump & Bannon Coup in the Making? CNN.com, February 1, 2017

Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Politics of Memory, The Atlantic, January 22, 2017

“We Are Evidently Aryans,” (on Mussolini’s racial policies) Slate, January 20, 2017

“Making Italy Great Again” (through war), Slate, January 20, 2017

“Trump is Following the Authoritarian Playbook,” CNN.com, January 17, 2017

“How Trump Made Hatred Profitable for Milo Yiannopoulos,” CNN.com, January 2, 2017

“Meet Italy’s Donald Trump,” CNN.com, December 5, 2016

“How to Deal with Trump’s Tweets,” CNN.com, December 12, 2016

“Why Bannon’s White Nationalism Should Scare America,” CNN.com, November 14, 2016

“Eric Trump Speaks a Family Language,” CNN.com, November 5, 2016

An American Authoritarian, The Atlantic, August 10, 2016

Trump’s Strongman Speech  CNN.com, July 22, 2016

“Donald Trump’s Cult of Personality,” Huffington Post, January 15, 2016

Gender Politics and #MeToo

“The Sexual Harassment We Don’t Talk About,” CNN.com, July 9, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/09/opinions/metoo-sexual-harassment-trump-miss-massachusetts-study-ben-ghiat/index.html

“This Message Keeps the Global #MeToo Movement Alive,” Cnn.com, May 1, 2018.

“RBG Revolutionized the World for Women. We Should Listen to Her,” CNN.com, January 23, 2018.

“Strongmen are Riding High, and Headed For a Fall,” CNN.com, November 30, 2017. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/30/opinions/strongmen-riding-high-and-heading-for-fall-ben-ghiat/

Dear Professor Gingrich: Sign Up for America’s Changing 101, CNN.com, October 26, 2016.

“Michael Moore’s ‘Trumpland’ is Our Land,” CNN.com, October 19, 2016.

“How Trump Could Be Good for Gender Relations,” CNN.com October 9, 2016.

Trump’s Fatal Mistake on Women  CNN.com, April 27, 2016

Cultural Criticism

“Why Are So Many Fascist Monuments Still Standing?” The New Yorker, October 7, 2017. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/why-are-so-many-fascist-monuments-still-standing-in-italy

“I monumenti fascisti restano in piedi,” L’Internazionale, October 30, 2017, (Italian translation of New Yorker article) https://www.internazionale.it/reportage/ruth-ben-ghiat/2017/10/30/monumenti-fascisti

“Does Cultural Crisis Breed Artistic Fertility?” Document Journal, April 27, 2017.

How We See the Migrant Crisis: Toddler’s image stops us in our tracks  CNN.com, September 3, 2015

How Italy’s Fascist Past Echoes in Migrant Crisis  CNN.com, April 22, 2015

Why 70-Year Old Iwo Jima Photo became Iconic  CNN.com, February 22, 2015

American Sniper: The Perfect Hero for our Time  CNN.com, February 9, 2015

War and Cinema: It’s Complicated  Huffington Post, February 23, 2015

Can We Separate the Life and Work of Artists? CNN.com, May 13, 2016

Why It’s Good to Speak Spanish in America  CNN.com, September 18, 2015.

War & Weapons

Women Should Have to Register for the Draft   CNN.com, February 10, 2016

When World War II brought women to the Battlefield  CNN.com, August 19, 2015

Nashville ‘Gun’ Violence Carries Lessons for America  CNN.com, August 5, 2015

The War to Enslave Humanity?  CNN.com,  May 8, 2015

The Italian Resistance: Lessons and Legacies  Huffington PostMay 1, 2015

The Captive: A Measure of our Humanity  Huffington Post, December 29, 2014

Legacies of World War I,” multi-media series, creator & guest editor CNN.com, June-November 2014 (page has links to all series op-eds).

How a Century-Old War Affects You op-ed (print and video)  CNN.com, June 9-11, 2014.

After War’s Trauma, Words Don’t Work CNN.com, November 11, 2014

2016 American Presidential Election

The Dangers of Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Talk, CNN.com, October  16, 2016.

Clinton, Show Us the Real You, CNN.com, September 12, 2016.

Clinton’s Straight Talk on the Alt-Right, CNN.com, August 25, 2016.

Big Night or Big Fail? CNN.com, July 29, 2016

Historic Moment, Iconic Photo CNN.com, July 28, 2016

Will Mothers’ Voices Echo with Voters? CNN.com, July 27, 2016

With Trump’s Twitter History, Latest No Surprise  CNN.com, July 4, 2016

 The Dangers of ‘Trickle-Down’ Racism  CNN.com, June 12, 2016

Is Donald Trump the New Silvio Berlusconi? CNN.com, March 3, 2016

The GOP Debate: Showdown at the Opera House CNN.com, February 26, 2016

Who Won the GOP Debate? CNN.com, January 29, 2016

Donald Trump’s Cult of Personality  Huffington Post, January 15, 2016

Donald Trump Hits New Lows  CNN.com, November 23, 2015

What Trump’s Retweet of Swastika Tells Us About Him  CNN.com, November 4, 2015