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Michael T. Young: Holding My Daughter as We Listen to the News

Because the radio repeats their name
my daughter asks what a Nazi is.

May 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartmann: Trump and Fox News Have Blood on Their Hands

It’s already started. They’re messaging, texting, tweeting, and even calling into my radio/TV show. Breitbart is even bragging that they got it on CNN. “This killing in Pittsburgh has nothing … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: What the Murders Teach Us

Antisemitism was the cause, but automatic weapons were the method.  Reactions by Jews and non-Jews to the massacre of 11 people at Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh overwhelmed my … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Rahima Nasa: Four Men Arrested Over Unrest During 2017 “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville

The four are members or associates of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group based in Southern California, prosecutors say. . . Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced they had … Continue reading

October 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartmann: There Are 3 Main Theories That Explain Trump’s Approach to Putin and Russia—Which One Makes the Most Sense?

Time for Occam’s Razor  (Getty Images) . There are three general theories to explain Trump’s behavior toward Russia (and other hard-right broadly autocratic regimes), and for unknown reasons the two … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Bone Song

The Russian bone connected to the vote scam bone, the vote scam bone connected to the wingnut ignoramus bone the wing nut ignoramus bone connected to the Nazi bone, the … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kathleen B. Jones: What the Nazis driving people from homes taught philosopher Hannah Arendt about the rights of refugees

Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create “transit zones” … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: A Night at the Garden

. What would American fascism look like? A 1939 New York rally offered more than a hint ‘We, with American ideals, demand that our government shall be returned to the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

James E. Hawdon: Over the years, Americans have become increasingly exposed to extremism

Extremism has always been with us, but the internet has allowed ideas that advocate hate and violence to reach more and more people. Whether it’s the deadly “Unite the Right” … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

Editor’s note: A Berkeley, Calif., rally organized by a right-wing group turned violent Sunday after arrival of a group that carried an anarchist banner. Behind the rhetoric of the “alt-right” … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lawrence W. Britt: 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Historian Lawrence Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile) and found they had 14 elements in common. He calls these … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 11 Comments

Aviva Chomsky: How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors? As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-Right” have gained prominence in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

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