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Monday, August 21, 2017
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fascism

If We Don’t Act Now Fascism Will Be on Our Doorstep, Says Yale Historian

Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies regime change in authoritarian societies, warns that the American people now have “about a year” to defend democracy in the United States from the threat posed by the Trump administration.

March 14, 2017
McCain, Trump, Dictators

John McCain: Suppressing Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

“If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started,” he said in a recent interview on NBC.

February 19, 2017
Trump, Authoritarian, Democracy

Is Time Running Out On Our Democracy?

Timothy Snyder, a Yale scholar and an authority on European political history, has spent decades studying the rise of fascist movements. With the ascension of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Snyder sees echoes from history, and warns that the time to save America from autocracy is in short supply.

February 14, 2017
Trump, Democratic

What’s Driving Trump’s Derangement Of Democratic Discourse?

When Trump commingles racist nationalism with what sounds like socialism by promising a wall to keep out Mexican rapists, a cornucopia of jobs, and full healthcare for Americans, we might recall that “Nazi” was an acronym for National Socialism.

February 6, 2017
Trump

Can A Coalition Of The Principled Center Fight Trumpism?

The far left has become politically inert, preferring fiery speeches over voting for less-than-perfect Democrats. The far right is bonkers. A centrist coalition is the greatest hope for saving the country from Trump. And to maintain it, the members must keep their politics neat and tidy.

February 2, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

The Great Trumpkin Rises From The Trumpkin Patch

Shock upon shock, insult upon insult, falsehood upon falsehood, Trump has been a daily deluge of the unbelievable and the unthinkable until you don’t even know what to respond to first. The danger is that it comes to seem normal, that you stop seeing how truly bizarre it is.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Authoritarian

Trump’s New Press Tactics Follow The Old-School Authoritarian Model

Donald Trump is fulfilling the role of an authoritarian demagogue so thoroughly that if this whole disaster were a movie, it would be criticized for being formulaic and cliched. His frequently expressed hostility toward the media comes right out of a well-worn copy of the Dictator’s Playbook, and he has repeatedly revealed himself to be an enemy of a free press.

January 17, 2017
John Kerry, Trump Tweets

Kerry Warns Of ‘Authoritarian Populism,’ Takes Jab At Trump Tweets

In his most pointed public comments about Trump since the Nov. 8 presidential election, Kerry also suggested that the president-elect’s Cabinet nominees were getting a free pass from Congress for failing to submit tax returns and other documentation before their Senate confirmation hearings.

January 10, 2017
Trump TV, Media, Journalism

News Media Must Take A Moral Stand

Yes, news media must strive to be fair, to hold all sides to rigorous account, to offer a balanced view. But occasionally, there comes a point when pretending to moral equivalence between those sides is a lie, an act of journalistic malpractice. No one ever had to remind Cronkite or Murrow of the need to speak the truth when the truth was plain and the moral imperative clear. No one should have to remind this generation of journalists either.

January 4, 2017
Trump loves his rallies

Fascism? Yes, It Can Happen Here

“It Can’t Happen Here” opens with the election of President Buzz Windrip, a charismatic politician with little intellectual curiosity but a great appeal to the regular guy.

November 7, 2016