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Know Nothings

The War Against Public Educaton

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.03.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

These are dark days for public education in America. In many corners of the United States public education in our colleges and universities is under ...

The GOP: The New Know Nothing Party?

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
John W. Traphagan

When we look at the GOP of 2016, it seems very much as though we are witnessing a new version of the Know Nothings of the 1850s. One can only hope that this time it is equally short-lived.

Ann Coulter's Immigrant Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.

Donald Trump and The Right Wing's Rapid Descent Into Mindlessness

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.17.2016 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Donald Trump, like no other candidate can, embodies the right wing's rapid descent into mindlessness and their embrace of know-nothingism. With Trump, there is nothing there besides the huge eponymous banner announcing "Trump" that appears on all his possessions, a bluster, and a golden combover seemingly forever frozen in place.

Diseases and Demagogues

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

It is difficult enough to confront resurgent diseases without an explosion of unhinged conspiracy mongering.

Shapeshifting And Distractions

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Like a mythical shapeshifter or a repertory actor, Mitt Romney will pretend to be whatever you need. Politicians often do this, but he reaches new heights of brazenness. Time and again he says something on the stump that a campaign spokesperson later "clarifies."

Fiat Lux, Willard!

William Bradley | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Is Romney really saying that the shutdown Solyndra plant is an aesthetic masterpiece, one of the greatest places in the world? Yeah, probably not.

Anti-Catholicism On The 'Mean Streets' Of New York

Kerry Weber | Posted 05.22.2012 | Religion
Kerry Weber

Long before Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo became some of New York City's most popular neighborhoods, at the heart of them all sat St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.

A History Lesson for the RNC

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Will Nelligan Originally published on Turnstyle, a project of Youth Radio. I never thought I would see the day. CSPAN has finally jumped on the ...

Anti-Muslim Agitators Are Today's Know Nothings

T.A. Ridout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

It seems hard to believe given their invaluable contributions to American society, but Catholics were once depicted by some as an insidious cancer that would irredeemably corrupt the nation.

The Know Nothings, the Decline of America as a World Power and a Historical Precedent

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reese Schonfeld

If we continue to ignore both air pollution produced by inferior energy technologies and the reality of global warming, we risk the livelihoods of our children and the lives of our grandchildren.

You Say You Want a Revolution

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Who starts a large-scale, mad-as-hell anti-tax movement at a time when taxes are at historic lows? People who have been misinformed.

Con Games: Know Nothing Party Knows How to Say No

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

In politics, to quote Yogi Berra: You don't know nothin' -- and that goes double for the Know Nothing Party, the GOP.

Today's Know Nothing Movement, Seen from Boulder

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

There is an increasingly mindless quality to conservative activism; it grows ever weirder, as if to sustain the same high. So I got to wondering, why are these ranters so credulous? Who's educating this bunch?

Euro-Red Baiting

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

With the U.S. on the verge of another Great Depression, the opposition to the Obama administration is fretting about the United States becoming an annex of Western Europe.

The New Know Nothings

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Beinhart

The Republican Party likes to remember Abraham Lincoln. And so they should. It's a nice memory and brings credit to them. But there is another strand that runs through their history.