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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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ADDED 10/29/2018

The Common Thread That Unites Brazil and Global Resurgence of the Radical Right

FROM 10/29/2018 | Mint Press

BY Rob Urie

With Jair Bolsonaro’s electoral victory in Sunday’s runoff election for president of Brazil, a global resurgence of the radical right is indisputable. Mr. Bolsonaro is a particularly ugly representative of this movement, both politically repressive and culturally intolerant. The question being asked in the bourgeois press is: what psychological malady is taking hold that could […]

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ADDED 10/27/2018

Neoliberalism and Fascism: The Stealth Connection

FROM 10/27/2018 | Common Dreams

BY William E. Connolly

Neoliberalism is not fascism. But the fact that many famous neoliberals have been moved to support fascism to protect a regime from social democracy or socialism does give one pause. Hayek, Friedman, von Mises, among others, took such a turn under duress. They also had highly expansive views of what counted as a “socialist” threat. […]

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ADDED 10/21/2018

Psyops: Images from Bolsonaro’s illegal WhatsApp campaign

FROM 10/21/2018 | BrasilWire

BY Brian Wier

Bolsonaro’s illegal slush-fund financed social media campaign appears too sophisticated for his tiny political party to be doing on its own.   On the Friday before the October 7 Brazilian presidential elections, Brasil Wire ran two articles that proved to be prophetic. In the first I warned that the integrity of the election was being compromised by presidential […]

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ADDED 10/19/2018

The Activists Waging a War to Make The Far Right Go Broke

FROM 10/19/2018 | Splinter

BY Elizabeth King

It wasn’t so long ago that white nationalist “intellectual” Richard Spencer was the toast of the so-called “alt-right” and was even generously profiled by liberal and mainstream news outlets. His speaking engagements at various public universities attracted headlines for months throughout the 2017-2018 academic year as he faced massive blowback for organizing and attending the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville […]

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