Today’s citizens may be too soft, scattered/diverted, and ignorant, generally…certainly seriously un-informed and kept so by a corrupted failed fascism-serving media. Knowing history is critical to understanding the present - even tho times and people change, it seems to me much has become very shallow in many respects, with a broad education a thing of the past - such people are easily manipulated and diverted.
The American Volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (and the other International Brigades from over 50 country’s) who went to Spain to fight with the republican Spanish government against the fascist Franco regime and his allies Hitler and Mussolini, in the Spanish Civil War, were all heroes - many Volunteers died fighting fascism in Spain.
When the Lincoln’s returned to America they were labelled “premature anti-fascists” and some were later brought-up before HUAC and its malignant leader, Joe McCarthy.
An interesting connection there was McCarthy’s chief council, Roy Cohn of NYC, who was later lawyer-for, and mentor-to…Donald trump, our current malignant fascist “leader”…
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” - George Santayana.
Billy Kwan, character from Peter Weir’s great film, asked, as Tolstoy did before, quoting Luke, “What then must we do”?