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Intolerance Masked As Tolerance Is Still Intolerance

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

In ostensibly promoting tolerance, the essential core of liberalism, left wing extremists have taken on an ill-advised and misguided campaign to enforce an extreme version of political correctness, a form of intolerance that is ironically self-destructively anti-liberal. There is no constitutional right not to be offended.

War: Thinking The Unthinkable

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What holds us back? Why have we been so stinting in assisting our Kurdish allies? What is it about this war that the America of Barack Obama, at least for the moment, seems not to really want to win?

5 Tips for Killing Baby Hitler

Warren Holstein | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

New highly secret NSA intelligence-gathering techniques and advanced data analysis of all of your social media timelines has further enabled us to determine that you are the perfect candidate to travel back in time to the late 19th century and kill "Baby" Hitler. Congratulations!

Trump Takes on the World

John Feffer | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
John Feffer

It's worth taking a look at Donald Trump's foreign policy, even if the exercise seems somewhat ludicrous, like analyzing Kim Kardashian's take on macroeconomics or Eminem's analysis of abstract expressionism.

Attacks Against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New Depths

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To imply that Bernie Sanders' style of Democratic Socialism even stands on the same side of the political spectrum as the National Socialism of the Nazi Party shows not only a total misunderstanding of history and political theory, but more importantly, it underscores yet again the dog whistle politics of neo-conservatism.

Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part II

Alex Simon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following. Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film.

Something Rotten (And Fascistic) In Denmark

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Paul Gordon

I see a giant chasm between the incomprehensible American stereotypes of life in Denmark versus the reality here. I think this comes from a wish for easy fixes to the screwed up American system.

Why Does Everyone Hate Libertarians?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Druce Vertes, CFA

We need libertarians to defend freedom. They should be constructive in their skepticism of anything that threatens liberty, whether it's government or private interests, and mindful of the tradeoffs. There aren't enough libertarians like that.

How Putin Used VE Day to Equate the Victory Over Fascism With the Fight in Ukraine

Alexander Golts | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

MOSCOW -- Putin's goal was to convince average Russians to equate the nearly holy war against fascism with the regime's current escapade in Ukraine. Kremlin spin doctors have been reinforcing that association for months with a constant torrent of claims that Ukraine is besieged with "fascist sentiment," which is attempting to justify Hitler's atrocities.

The Italian Resistance: Lessons and Legacies

Ruth Ben-Ghiat | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Ruth Ben-Ghiat

The anniversary of Italian Resistance (active September 1943-April 1945) offers an opportunity to consider the relevance of Resistance movements today, and the long political, military, and cultural reach of Italy's in particular.

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What does history teach us about the wisdom of going the 'easy' route and voting for candidates from political dynasties? Does being part of such a dynasty impart one with greater political wisdom or a higher level of achievement?

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

The Retreat From Universalism: How Identity Politics and Old Time Religion Corrode Human Rights Progress

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Amid the ashes of World War II, with the stench of industrial-scale genocide in their nostrils, the nations of the world pledged to do better. They signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Is Ukraine Fascist?

Alexander Motyl | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Alexander Motyl

Ukraine ousted Yanukovych in order to avoid becoming fully authoritarian. The war Putin unleashed against Ukraine is his way of telling Ukraine that fascism and democracy are incompatible.

Note to Ukraine: Stop Whitewashing the Political Record

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Listen too much to Kremlin pronouncements, and one might get the impression that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is comprised of nothing less than a malevolent and sinister fascist junta.

Ukraine: Nationalist Flags, Insignia and Curious Symbolism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

On weekends, impromptu rallies may elicit the occasional interest of passers-by. At one point, I came upon a group of nationalists in Maidan square flanked by Ukrainian blue and yellow banners and a rather sinister-looking bunch of men in sunglasses.

Specter Of Fascist Past Haunts European Nationalism

Reuters | Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

When up to a dozen world leaders and roughly 1.5 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday to mourn the murder of 10 editors and cartoonists of the s...

Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Enmeshed in a deadly struggle with Russian separatists, many Ukrainians are seeking to fashion their own nationalist ethos. While that is somewhat understandable, Bandera is a poor model. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Ukrainians must eschew such symbols and look elsewhere in the search for a national identity.

Mad About the '60s... Fearful Fail-Safes, Then and Now

William Bradley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The popular sense of the early 1960s is that it was mostly a time of light and celebration which came to an abrupt end with the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But the reality, as most Mad Men viewers know, is much more complex.

Big White Face

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
Jasmina Tesanovic

Song performed with Arduino Big White Face from Jasmina Tesanovic on Vimeo....

Only Fascist and Communist Dictatorships Alter History to Promote 'Patriotism.' Conservative Attacks on Curriculum Are Dangerous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Young Americans can decide for themselves, based on every aspect of U.S. history, whether or not to protest, or vote Tea Party, or carry a gun or become a fur-hating vegan. They need all of our history in an honest manner, not just the "patriotic" version.

Why Does NATO Still Exist?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

NATO was formed in 1949 because of the threat from the communist bloc, especially the Soviet Union. All of that is ended now. Why, then, has NATO not ...

The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Today's texts acknowledge "blemishes" like the internment of Japanese Americans, but the texts either ignore or gloss over the fact that for almost a decade, during the earliest fascist invasions of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Western democracies encouraged rather than fought Hitler and Mussolini, and sometimes gave them material aid.

The Recurring Myth About Nietzsche and Fascism

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Freedom of inquiry and thought must surely encompass the right of students to discuss and think about ideas, including illiberal ideas. The idea that a "Nietzsche Club," in particular, is not appropriate for a serious university (one with several Nietzsche scholars on its faculty, ironically enough) is astonishing.