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Johnson, David Kyle. "The Boys as Philosophy: Superheroes, fascism, and the american right." The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy 2023. Accessed 11Jan. 2024. <>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97134-6_118-1
BibTeX citation key: Johnson2023
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Keywords: "The Boys", Adaptation, Ennis. Garth, Fascism, Philosophy, Politics, Robertson. Darick, Superhero, TV, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Engels, Johnson, Kowalski, Lay
Publisher: Springer (Cham)
Collection: The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy
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The plot of the first three seasons of the Amazon Prime series The Boys, adapted from the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, makes direct comparisons between its superpowered protagonists, the Nazis, and the modern MAGA movement. As such, the series seems to be an argument from analogy that the modern MAGA movement is fascist. It is the goal of this chapter to examine that argument and evaluate its conclusion. In the end, we will see that the analogy is strong, and that the modern MAGA movement is not even just ``fascist adjacent.'' Although the historical circumstances are different, the modern MAGA movement belongs to the family of fascist political ideologies, just as much as 1930s German Nazism.
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