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Mark Gruenberg: Trump’s message to white supremacists — It’s OK to gun down protesters

The danger that more armed right-wing thugs will take to the streets and shoot people is now a very real threat all across the country.

August 31, 2020 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: Hitler’s Visage in Trump’s Shadow

Trump is the sociopathic bully who having been bullied in childhood by a sociopathic father now bullies his way across America, taking his cues from “strongmen” like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Hitler who bullied his way across the Rhineland and Europe.

August 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

C.J. Atkins: Trump turns to neo-Nazi symbols to attract racist votes

This pairing of a white supremacist mobilization with a robust voter suppression effort targeting people of color means Trump’s desperate bid to hold on to power is escalating dangerously.

July 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bill Moyers: We Hold This Truth to Be Self-Evident — It’s Happening Before Our Very Eyes

The man in the White House has taken all the necessary steps toward achieving the despot’s dream of dominance.

June 7, 2020 · 4 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Fly

They can hide. What’s the point of hiding?
They can run. Why bother running?
They feel defeated by the world’s terrors.

June 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

George Monbiot: The Roots of Fascism

Some countries, separately and together, are beginning to head towards the darkest of all political places.

February 17, 2020 · 7 Comments

Paul Celan: Death Fugue

Black milk of dawn we drink it in the evening
we drink it at noon and in the morning we drink it at night

December 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Never Again. Still. Really.

“When Jews say never again,” said one marcher, “We fucking mean it.”

July 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Laura Flanders: Can it happen here?

White nationalists have been targeting bookstores and libraries across the country for a while, in one instance, going so far as to threaten to burn the store down. Elsewhere, progressive groups are facing threats of violence and intimidation on campus.

May 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Andrew Hanin: Congratulations (Response to Tree of Life Massacre)

Congratulations on your victory. My fear of G-D redirected toward You. . You’ll never see me set foot in that depressed sacred space. Those armed guards aren’t ready for You. … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Trump’s fascist efforts to demolish democracy

Fascist politics is once again on the rise in the United States, Europe and Latin America.  As an echo from the past, its principles and attitudes are re-emerging in a populist … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

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

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

David Michael Green: Stop Legitimizing ‘Conservatism’. It’s Not an Ideology – It’s a Goddamn Death Machine

There’s no end to the maladies that ail American politics these days.  It would, indeed, be far easier and quicker to identify what’s working than to itemize the travails that … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

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