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ADDED 06/22/2019

We Really Need to Eat the Rich

FROM 06/16/2019 | Jacobin

BY MATT BRUENIG

Here’s a statistic to get your class rage going: since 1989, the top 1 percent’s net worth has skyrocketed by $21 trillion. And the bottom 50 percent’s? It’s plummeted by $900 billion. very quarter, the Federal Reserve puts out the Financial Accounts (aka “Z1” or “Flow of Funds”), which provide economy-wide aggregates for nearly every kind of […]

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ADDED 06/22/2019

Three years after Brexit, global nationalism is still ascendant

FROM 06/22/2019 | The Week

BY Conor Lynch

Three years ago this weekend, British citizens voted to leave the European Union, and a lot has changed in the world since then. Though the United Kingdom has yet to officially exit the EU — and, after failing to come to an agreement by the initial exit date in March, it’s still unclear when or […]

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ADDED 06/22/2019

Crossing Hong Kong: Defiance in the face of authoritarian control

FROM 06/21/2019 | Asia Pacific Foundation

BY Jeremy Chan

On June 4th, the world commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. In Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, 180,000 people held a vigil, the largest gathering since the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising. This year’s Tiananmen anniversary took on a politically poignant tone for the people of […]

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ADDED 05/05/2019

The Origins of Fascism in the U.S. and Its Connection to Corporate America

FROM 04/25/2019 | Letters and Politics

BY Mitch Jeserich

We are in conversation with historian Michael Joseph Roberto about the history of fascism in the United States during the New Deal era and its connection to corporate America. Guest: Michael Joseph Roberto retired professor of history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the largest historically black educational institution in the United States. He is also […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

A Far-Right Party Turned This Lil’ Gay Ghost Into An LGBT Icon

FROM 05/03/2019 | BuzzFeed

BY Lauren Strapagiel

He’s here, he’s queer, he’s a friendly ghost. While trying to speak out against LGBT activism, a far-right political party in Spain accidentally made a star out of a little rainbow ghost. It all started with this tweet from Vox, a party known for opposing immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, and Islam, among other things. View […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

Fascism is on the minds of book buyers — and publishers are taking notice

FROM 05/03/2019 | Los Angeles Times

BY Scott Timberg

Remember “The End of History?” Elizabeth Drummond, who spent the 1990s studying at Georgetown University, recalls Francis Fukuyama’s groundbreaking essay well, which announced “an unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism.” The Soviet Union had just collapsed in a peaceful devolution, Germany was reunified as Champagne popped alongside the crumbling Berlin Wall and democracy seemed […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil

FROM 05/03/2019 | The Canary

BY John McEvoy

On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. Washington’s pivotal role Tired of rising crime and government corruption, Brazilians lashed out at the old and discredited political order to elect a “controversial” […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag

FROM 02/28/2019 | Foreign Policy

BY Special Correspondent

How one university student was almost buried by the “people’s war on terror.” ince announcing a “people’s war on terror” in 2014, the Chinese Communist Party has created an unprecedented network of re-education camps in the autonomous Xinjiang region that are essentially ethnic gulags. Unlike the surgical “strike hard” campaigns of the recent past, the […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

People take to the streets of Bratislava to protest against fascism

FROM 05/02/2019 | Spektator

BY Staff

Several hundred people participated in the protest against the recent Supreme Court decision. Following the Supreme Court decision not to dissolve the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), a protest was organised at SNP Square in Bratislava on May 2. Several hundred people took part in the Antifascist Mobilisation 2019 protest, according to the estimates. “We […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

Only the Struggle Matters

FROM 04/01/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

PARIS—In the small chapel to the right at the entrance of the neoclassical Church of Saint-Sulpice is a large mural by Eugène Delacroix. The painter, at the end of his career and suffering from the tuberculous laryngitis that would soon kill him, depicted a story from Genesis. “Jacob is travelling with the flocks and other gifts he is […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

Democracy is decaying around the world, one law at a time

FROM 04/07/2019 | Scroll.IN

BY Chrystie Flournoy Swiney

From India to Poland to America, even historically strong democracies are passing legislation that makes it harder and riskier to engage in peaceful protests. Democracy seemed ascendant after the rivalry between communist and democratic states subsided in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. As elected governments replaced many toppled totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, the […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

WHEN FUTURISM LED TO FASCISM—AND WHY IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN

FROM 04/18/2019 | Wired

BY Rose Eveleth

IN 1909, A poet named Filippo Marinetti was driving along in his brand new Fiat when he came across two cyclists in the road. Marinetti swerved to avoid hitting his fellow travelers, sending his car into a ditch and completely destroying the vehicle. Here’s how Marinetti described the encounter: The words were scarcely out of my […]

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