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Confederate Socialists of America

John A. Tures | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Much has been written about President Lincoln's Administration, which has been called everything from socialist to downright tyrannical. What people don't know is that the Confederate States of America was pretty similar in its behavior.

Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He Is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path

David Neiwert | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
David Neiwert

Trump is an extraordinarily dangerous right-wing populist demagogue, and not a genuine, in-the-flesh fascist.

Who's in Charge Here: The SOTU and the Loony Right

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Increasingly I wonder if the fact-free, amoral and well-armed right-wing base is actually accountable to anything. And whether and how it can be effectively opposed and contained.

Obama Loves America So Much He Wants To Save It From Becoming Fascist

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

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Make America Great Again?

Jeb Harrison | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Jeb Harrison

The slogan, "make America great again," taken in context with the rest of his vitriol, embodies a sinister, xenophobic vision that, given its popularity, is well worth talking about.

Pants on Fire?: Fact-Checking Mehdi Hasan's Head-to-Head with Ram Madhav

Parth Parihar | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Parth Parihar

Have you seen Mehdi Hasan's Head-to-Head with Ram Madhav? As expected, the hard-hitting interview generated heated debate on the true nature of In...

What Unites Us All in 2016

Paul Emerich France | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Paul Emerich France

For some, 2016 means being afraid of America losing its place as the world's leading superpower. They're terrified of America no longer being "great" -- no longer being "the best." For some, it's fear of fascism, promoting institutional racism, a widening class-divide, limiting individual voice.

It's Beginning to Look a Bit Like 1932

Steven Conn | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the midst of a national crisis, Republican Senator David Reed (PA) announced: "If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now." If you missed that statement, or if David Reed's name doesn't ring a bell, you are forgiven. He made this chilling observation in 1932.

Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year Says A Lot About The State Of America

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts

According to Merriam-Webster, this year has been the year of -isms. Feminism, socialism, racism, terrorism -- American rhetoric in 2015 was filled wi...

The Origins of Intolerance in America

John Tirman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of vitriolic anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public. After the civil rights achievements of the 1960s, it was widely assumed that tolerance and diversity would win the day. Many studies show that growing familiarity with the "other" typically yields more tolerant attitudes. But this recent spasm of hatred is shocking in its intensity and in the apparent rejection of that decades-long progress toward social peace. Many even call it fascism. Why has this reversal suddenly appeared?

The Left's Blind Spot: Anonymous

Walker Bragman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

What Anonymous is engaged in is nothing short of intimidation. If you truly value free speech and an open, discourse, this kind of action should scare you. To see self-proclaimed liberals carrying torches and cheering as someone's website is defaced for the merely content of their speech, is profoundly disappointing, especially because there are so many legitimate ways to handle people like Trump or the Westboro Baptists.

The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

The Conversation US | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Trump possesses an arrogance and volatility that makes most voters recoil. So how has he maintained a grip on a segment of the Republican base that - at least, for now - seems unshakable?

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

James Peron | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Throughout his column, Douthat speaks of how libertarian values restrain fascism--they do. To equate them with conservative ideology, however, is a bit of stretch. Conservatives are not libertarians. Conservatism is not the ally of liberty. It is first and foremost the ally of the status quo and the past. Every attempt to expand human liberty was opposed by conservatives of the day.

Trump Is But the Mirror. Let's Focus Instead on What he Shows

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It's understandable that the media give wall-to-wall coverage to Donald Trump: he gives them great ratings. But at this point, it is not Trump himself we should be focusing on. By now, we've gotten a good look at what Trump is up to, and the spirit he is serving.

America's Flirtation With Fascism

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Because of his notoriety and the ratings it garners, the media grants Trump credibility and constant coverage of his continued falsehoods and ugly assaults against those whom he has named as enemies -- who are mostly people of color.

Stand Against Religious and Ethnic Hatred, Stand Against Trump

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

There is no longer any doubt that Donald Trump has crossed the bridge from right-wing demagogue to the leader of an American fascist movement. And it is time for all Americans to reject the toxic brew of religious and ethnic hatred he is selling.

At Long Last, Have You No Decency, Mr. Trump?' Rubio, Cruz And Jeb Aren't Brave Enough To Ask

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.01.2015 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

Donald Trump now shouts about Mexican rapists coming across our Southern border, tweets absolutely false numbers about blacks murdering whites--numbers generated by a neo-Nazi website for crying out loud--and expresses approval when his white supporters assault a Black Lives Matter protester at one of his rallies. Sounds a hell of a lot like 1954 to me.

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.