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Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Atcheson: Why the US Elected a Despot and Why It’s Poised To Do It Again

The majority of Americans overwhelmingly back progressive policies, including the Green New Deal…

April 17, 2019 · 3 Comments

Alexandra Ellerbeck, Avi Asher-Schapiro: Why Julian Assange’s arrest is troubling

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police on Thursday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange–a development press freedom advocates had long feared. For years, journalists and … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Before the Election

The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. September— like always—the two of us talking, in bed, about the garden, a late flood of tomatoes, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

W.J. Astore: Jacinda for President!

Trump, America’s very stable genius, doing what he loves. My wife perceptively notes how the USA is sliding backwards.  Racism has new vigor even as science is rejected, e.g. climate … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Matthew Hindman: How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Putin Apologizes for Hacking US Election

Claims it was a practical joke that got out of hand. According to detailed notes taken during their private meeting in Hamburg, Germany, the Great American President, Donald Trump, sternly … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · 6 Comments

William deBuys: How to Hijack an Election

Election Rigging 101 Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: (Everyone) Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Unamerica broke up with America on Election Day. It was messy, especially since Unamerica had violated the pre-nup written in 1776. Unamerica got tired of that black guy hanging around the … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 8 Comments

Gerald Fleming: A Thanksgiving Prayer for America

Lord, let us first ask you to bless this table: for the weight of the feast it must bear. As you know, Lord, we have lately had an election in … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 4 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Still Dead

I couldn’t recall when I’d last experienced similar symptoms. Churning in my stomach. Elusive rational thought. Inability to string words together coherently. Zombie-like motions. But I knew they felt familiar … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 7 Comments

Video: “Wolf” read by Stanley Tucci

. A special election-day fable read by Stanley Tucci. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .

November 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Gerald Fleming: A Letter to My Republican Friend

I’m sorry I’ve been so long in responding since you sent that last note just after July’s Republican convention, when your guy was nominated. “This’ll be a lot of fun!” … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

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