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Month: January 2017

The 14 points of Fascism by Laurence Britt (1995)

The 14 points of Fascism Powerful and Continuing Nationalism Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats...

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How can I have respect for Trump voters?

The presidential campaign of 2016 was astonishingly revealing to me. I learned a lot about people I have known for years, many of whom I have much affection for. I am now questioning whether I really ever knew some of these people at all. These are people whom I have known to be loving, giving, good-hearted people. Knowing that they voted for Donald Trump to lead this (still and always) great nation makes me think they are really not loving, giving, and good-hearted at all. The idea that the hatred these people have for Hillary Clinton would have led...

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Living in a post-truth world

I’m the kind of person who operates on facts. Frankly, I recognize that it’s irritating to people. People don’t like to be deflated by a request for facts when they’re all puffed up with righteous indignation. When a person is confident of a mic drop moment, the last thing they want is for someone to ask for more information. That’s especially true when all they’re doing is parroting something they heard on TV or the radio. When one of my right-leaning friends posts something on Facebook that doesn’t ring true with me, my first move is to attempt to...

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How Obamacare Destroyed the Republican Party

The Republican party this week was forced to come to grips with a campaign issue that they never, in their wildest dreams, thought would become a reality: the repeal of Obamacare. During the fierce and ugly debate that took place in the summer of 2009, the Affordable Care Act — News flash! It’s the same thing as Obamacare! — was portrayed as government-run health care that would include “death panels” and bring the Republic as we know it to an end. Old folks, their Medicare cards safely tucked away in their wallets, railed against the idea of government health...

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I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair

This quote, from a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson, accurately describes how I’ve been feeling in the last several weeks. As America prepares to say goodbye to democracy after 240 years, I, like many people, feel hamstrung — at once aware of the urgent need to┬ádo something before this awful thing takes place, and at the same time having no idea what to do. It can lead to utter despair. In the immediate aftermath of the election, I started a group called UndividedNow, meant to describe that we on the left were considerably divided during the 2016 campaign but...

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