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ADDED 11/12/2018

Poland’s president addresses far right at independence march

FROM 11/11/2018 | The Guardian

BY Christian Davies

More than 200,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a controversial independence-day march through central Warsaw on Sunday, after a last-minute agreement was struck between senior politicians and the event’s far-right organisers. The March of Independence, organised by nationalist and far-right groups and held annually in the Polish capital on 11 November to […]

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ADDED 11/12/2018

There is No “Mainstream” Conservatism

FROM 1/01/2018 | Jacobin

BY BRANKO MARCETIC

The line between the far right and “mainstream” conservatism is rapidly crumbling. But the two were never very far apart in the first place. If you go by most of what you see in the media, you would think politics is governed by some strange version of Newtonian physics. “Both sides” are perennially to blame, […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

How the Proud Boys joined the Republican Party

FROM  | This is Hell!

BY Brendan O'Connor, Chuck Mertz

Part of the experience of the late 20th century and early 21st century is that the state is abdicating its monopoly on violence. And there are reactionaries and far-right ideologues who engage in violence in support of that political program. So the question becomes – do you just sit there and take it, or do […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

The Not-so Invisible Hand of Uncle Sam

FROM 11/01/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Bryan Pitts

The United States has spent over a century meddling in Latin America. Recent crusades against corruption in Latin America are only the latest chapter. Today Brazil is on the front lines of the US battle to re-establish its hegemony in the region. When you study Latin American history, as I have for well over a […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

On Gab, an Extremist-Friendly Site, Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Aired His Hatred in Full

FROM 10/28/2018 | New York Times

BY Kevin Roose

Early Saturday, moments before the police say he barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, Robert Bowers’s anti-Semitic rage finally boiled over as he posted one last message online. But he did not turn to Facebook or Twitter. Instead, the man accused of killing 11 people went to Gab, a two-year-old social network that […]

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ADDED 11/02/2018

Illiberal Democracy Spreads in Israel

FROM 10/25/2018 | Tablet

BY Shany Mor

For two generations, Israeli politics has been riven by one question: the future of the West Bank. A loose coalition of right-wing factions, nationalists, and religious parties wants to keep the territory conquered in 1967 and settle it with Jewish civilians, and an even looser coalition of leftists, liberals, secularists, and Arabs opposes this. For […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

Timothy Snyder Speaks, ep. 14: Politics of Eternity, Politics of Inevitability

FROM 06/21/2018 | YouTube

BY Timothy Snyder

History is not just what happens in time, it is how we think about time. The present moment seems not just threatening but destabilizing because many of us are shifting from one sense of time to another. The concepts of eternity and inevitability conclude On Tyranny and frame “Road to Unfreedom.” In this talk I […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

The Suffocation of Democracy

FROM 10/30/2018 | KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation with Professor Christopher R. Browning about the similarities and differences in which the current political situation in the United States resembles the interwar period of WWI and WWII and the rise of fascism in Europe. Guest: Christopher R. Browning is Frank Porter Graham ­Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author, […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

Bolsonaro, ‘gender ideology’ and hegemonic masculinity in Brazil

FROM 10/31/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Mariana Prandini Assis & Ana Carolina Ogando

Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power marks the return of white, male, sexist and authoritarian politics in Brazil. Brazil has just elected Jair Bolsonaro as its next president – a man well-known nationally and internationally for his misogyny and homophobia. Although over the years, his rhetoric targeting women, the LGBTQI community and minorities grew increasingly obscene, it in no […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly and the Rise of Fascism: A Conversation with Julio Escalona

FROM  | Venezuelanalysis

BY Cira Pascual Marquina

Born in 1938, Julio Escalona began his revolutionary activity at an early age in the MIR (Left Revolutionary Movement). Later he helped to found the urban guerrilla OR (Organization of Revolutionaries) and its political arm the Socialist League. A professor of economy in Venezuela’s Central University, he has also been part of Venezuela’s UN delegation. Today, while […]

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ADDED 11/01/2018

There’s Money in Fascism

FROM 10/30/2018 | GQ

BY Drew Magary

Here are two awful things in a vast timeline of awful things: Over the weekend, Brazilians elected aspiring dictator Jair Bolsonaro to be their next president. You can find plenty of explainers online as to why Bolsonaro is a monster (naturally, President Trump offered him warm congratulations on his victory), but I can go ahead and give you a […]

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ADDED 10/29/2018

Aristocracy, Oligarchy, and Donald Trump

FROM 10/17/2018 | Letters and Politics

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation with Professor of History Arthur Eckstein about how democracies and republics fell apart into chaos or despotism in the ancient western world. A history that recounts the current state of the rise of  despotic demagogy in the White House. Guest:  Arthur Eckstein is Distinguished Scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park. He specializes in the history of […]

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