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The Real Winner at the Republican National Convention--The Reptilian Brain

Matthew Fox | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Matthew Fox

Undergoing the RNC Convention I felt like I was witnessing an Orgy of the Reptilian Brain. Words that come to mind are the following: Venom; hatred; anger; denial (not a word spoken about the most important issue of our time, climate change or any other issue about a world other than the human world); anthropocentric narcissism and so on.

Trump Updates the Stab-in-the-Back Myth With "Hillary's Terrible Crimes"

William Bradley | Posted 07.25.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Many in the media took note of the massively authoritarian overtones in Donald Trump's Republican presidential nomination acceptance speech. How could they not?

Why America Must Hand Trumpism a Landslide Defeat

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In an article titled, "The Next Trump," on, Isaac Chotiner writes about what he calls, "the really scary thing." It is worth considering, Ch...

Beating Trump In November Is Not Enough

Abraham Gutman | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Abraham Gutman

A Hillary victory in November does not solve the problem, but only gives a four-year delay to the next time that America plays Russian Roulette while pointing the gun on its immigrants, Muslim citizens, and non-white communities.

Why calls for 'unity' are not enough: Look at the 1930s and 1940s

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Wendy Wall, Binghamton University, State University of New York The U.S. is in the midst of a tepid economic recovery following a catastrophic downtu...

Trump's Full-Frontal Fascist Appeal

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Last night, Donald J. Trump became the first major party presidential nominee in American history to go full frontal with fascism: Lie after lie aft...

The Political Theater Of Donald Trump

Sherman Yellen | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Having lived my eight decades -- and proud of it -- I am able to say that this is not the worst time in our history or in my lifetime. Race riots and lynchings were rampant during my early years -- segregation and injustice abounded, but there was a sense that for all the unspeakable cruelties we were going forward -- that the country was better than the crimes that a few committed.

ESSAY: Creeping Fascism: Sinclair Lewis Warned Us It Can Happen Here -- and Maybe It Is

The National Book Review | Posted 07.10.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis By Jim Swearingen Let's assume--for one mad, grotesque moment--that he wins the whole shebang. The big, brass...

The New European Hegemony; Or, Dispatches From The Neoliberal Front

Creston Davis | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Creston Davis

The main concern is that the Brexit has focused on xenophobia and one fears the rise of the far right not only in the UK but all over Europe; indeed all over the globe. But is nationalism what kills the European dream or is it rather the neoliberal European Union that creates and nourishes a quickly awakening fascism?

Brexit: A Cousin Of Trumpism? A Distant Cousin Of Fascism?

Lawrence Rosenthal | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Rosenthal

Structurally, something similar seems to be happening in reverse. That is, instead of a situation in which structural disparity results from some sectors failing to develop while other sectors raced ahead, we now are fostering structural disparities owing to sectors that are falling backwards, out of the modern (or post-modern) world.

Fascism Depends on Walls

Rudy Koshar | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Rudy Koshar

The archetypal wall of classic fascism was the barbed wire fence. We know what went on behind those walls. Yet in Germany, where the Nazi regime began building concentration camps immediately after it took power, many citizens accepted such walls as necessary measures for restoring law and order in a society torn by violence the Nazis themselves had nurtured.

Facism As Farce: A Meditation On America's Soul Sickness

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
James Ishmael Ford

Trying to put my finger on the rise of Donald Trump has been difficult. He's not Hitler. He's not Mussolini. He's a lot like Silvio Berlusconi. But, not quite. He is something of an American original.

Political/Social Writer John Steppling On Mack Daddies And Dinners At The Clinton Mansion

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

The recent massacre in Orlando has focused the public's attention away from the election as well as the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions and shifted it to public safety and gun control.

Unpacking Trumpism In The Context Of American History

Van Gosse | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

Historians don't seek models. We make comparisons and look for analogies. So don't expect to find a pattern of Trumpism in American history, as in candidates that sound or act like him. But American historians are certainly asking themselves "How new is Trump?"

How Well Is Hillary's Attack on "Duce" Donald Trump Working?

William Bradley | Posted 06.06.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton has finally done herself some real good with her big speech late last week in San Diego going after Donald Trump's aggressively ignorant and dangerous approach to geopolitics and national security affairs.

The Resurrection of Dark Politics

James Peron | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
James Peron

The Republican Party could have survived losing this election with a divided party. But, a unified Party, behind a leader like Trump, will be the death of them.

Nationalism Is Rising, Not Fascism

George Friedman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
George Friedman

Fascism is far more than racism, tinkering with the judiciary, or staging a violent demonstration. We are seeing a return to nationalism because it is not clear to many that internationalism, as followed since World War II, benefits them any longer.

Democracy in Schools -- The Need for a Larger Strategy

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

As I learned in the freedom movement as a young man (the "civil rights" movement) it's a mistake to make overly sharp contrasts between "democratic" and "undemocratic" communities, just as it's mistaken to contrast "good" and "bad" people. It's more or less, not either-or.

If Wyden's Tax Return Disclosure Bill Passes, Trump May Decide Not to Run, Saving the Republican Party... and the Free World

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If Republicans want to save their party, if Congress wants to preserve the republic rather than descend into fascism, if we all are frightened beyond belief at an unstable, insecure narcissist having his fingers on the nuclear trigger, then Congress should pass the Wyden bill. Immediately.

'Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Repeat It'

Steven Koltai | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Steven Koltai

Reading the morning paper is getting increasingly depressing...and scary. Take today, Friday, May 20.

Then and Now: Bonhoeffer's Germany IV

Michael Jinkins | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

One of the most lamentable stories in all the history of Christianity must be the failure of the church in Germany to stand not only against Hitler and the Nazi movement, but to stand against the things that allowed fascism to flourish in Germany.

Why We Need to Talk About HinduismS

Tithi Bhattacharya | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Tithi Bhattacharya

In May 2015, UC Irvine was offered a donation of $6 million from the nonprofit the Dharma Civilization Foundation. Such an endowment, in these hard fi...

New York: Bernie Sanders Is Our Last Chance

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

"We won't see a presidential candidate like Bernie again in our lifetimes." As I heard these words, spoken by a woman at a Sanders campaign event recently, I felt a chill go through me. Because I knew she was right. We won't.

How and Why the Terrorists Are Beating Us

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

The rise of hyper-angry presidential aspirants like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has finally made me aware of how much our emotional, rather than rational, response to the threat of Jihadist extremism has played right into the hands of our enemies.

Why Is Fascism on the Rise?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Change means that something significantly new has happened. Decisions have to be made. Since the situation is new, the decision has to be made under uncertainty.