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Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: What is wrong with Donald Trump?

“The malignant narcissist is presented as pathologically grandiose, lacking in conscience and behavioral regulation with characteristic demonstrations of joyful cruelty and sadism.”

September 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’ and a real estate empire’s racist foundations

In 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald. And yes, Woody wrote a song about it.

August 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis

Donald Trump would rather demonize desperate people than deploy the resources needed to attend to their claims in a timely way — or in any way at all.

August 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Racism Has A Name

Everyone knows who to blame for these massacres: Trump, an accomplice to white nationalist terrorism.

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: The Declaration of Independence Told Us What to Do About Tyrants Like Trump

The government’s powers are derived from the consent of the governed, and it is our right to abolish any government that fails to protect our safety and happiness.

July 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Chauncey K. Robinson: In defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar

The attacks on Rep. Ilan Omar by President Donald Trump are racist and meant to excite his base for the 2020 elections, but they are also a reaction to the rising power of the resistance movement.

July 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: And Sunbeams Fell Lightly Upon the Edge of the Grocery Store Parking Lot

Yesterday on the parking lot of the Martin’s grocery store here in Front Royal a woman nearly ran me over after I dropped off my shopping cart in the corral. … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On the Migrant “Army” of Poor Brown People — This Comes From Hunger

The caravan passes by sympathetic Mexicans. Photo by Moises Castillo/AP . As a battered procession of up to 7,000 hungry, thirsty, blistered, desperate Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty continues … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: After Warning Congresswoman ‘Be Careful,’ Trump Has Yet to Denounce Lynching Threats Made Against Maxine Waters

Highlighting attacks on Waters by the president and right-wing media, one commentator said of the death threats: “This is exactly what they wanted.” “As the president has continued to lie … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 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 · 9 Comments

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 19 Comments

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