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ADDED 02/24/2018

Trump’s America and the rise of the authoritarian personality

FROM 02/16/2017 | The Conversation

BY Magnus Linden

Since the horror of Hitler’s Holocaust, psychologists have investigated why certain individuals appear more prone to follow orders from authority figures, even if it means that they have to sacrifice humanitarian values while doing so. Apart from the Nazi regime, this issue is central to military atrocities such as the massacre in My Lai during the Vietnam […]

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ADDED 02/24/2018

Resist authoritarianism with education

FROM 02/23/2018 | Adirondack Daily Enterprise

BY ROBERT L. ARNOLD

Our founding fathers signed a Declaration of Independence that supposedly shed the yoke of the monarchy and substituted a participative democracy with three interactive branches of management. This management framework rests on a constitution and by-laws designed to ensure that participative governance for all citizens would be sustained. It should not be a surprise that […]

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ADDED 02/23/2018

Democracy is decaying worldwide. America isn’t immune

FROM 02/22/2018 | The Washington Post

BY Fareed Zakaria

A few weeks ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit published the 10th edition of its Democracy Index, a comprehensive ranking of nations that looks at 60 measures in five categories, ranging from electoral process to civil liberties. For the second consecutive year, the United States failed to make the top bracket of “full democracy” and was grouped in […]

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ADDED 02/23/2018

Turkey example shows threat to democracies: academics

FROM 02/22/2018 | Ahval News

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The Turkish government’s crackdown on critics of the government may be a harbinger of things to come in currently democratic nations as authoritarianism is on the rise across the world, three political psychologists wrote in USA today. David Redlawsk, Masi Noor and Stephen Reicher visited Istanbul to attend the trial of one of more than […]

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ADDED 02/22/2018

Behind the Explosion in Socialism Among American Teens

FROM 02/21/2018 | Portside

BY Rebecca Stoner

TAMPA, FLA.—In a fluorescent lit classroom with handmade posters covering one wall, approximately 15 high school students are chanting the words of black revolutionary Assata Shakur: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and we must support each other. We have nothing […]

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ADDED 02/17/2018

“If Lula is arrested, civil disobedience is the way” calls MST leader Joao Pedro Stedile

FROM 02/16/2018 | The Dawn News

BY Denise Assis

The leader of the MST and the People’s Brazil Front, Joao Pedro Stédile, believes that the solution for the crisis that Brazil is currently facing (which is even more serious than the ones that took place in the 1930s, 1960s and 1980s) lies in a broad alliance between the social organizations of the country. “United, […]

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ADDED 02/12/2018

“At Its Core, Anti-Fascism Is Self-Defense”: An Interview With Mark Bray

FROM 02/11/2018 | Truthout

BY Mark Karlin

An anti-fascist group known as Philly Rebellion marked the arrest of more than 200 protesters one year ago at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, DC, by taking and holding a major intersection in downtown Philadelphia on January 20, 2018. (Photo: Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Mark Bray does not shrink from […]

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ADDED 02/12/2018

Fascism Strikes Back

FROM 02/10/2018 | KQED

BY PBS Video

Shane Burley discusses his new book “Fascism Today: What It Is and How We End It.”

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ADDED 01/12/2018

Challenging Trump’s Language of Fascism

FROM 01/09/2018 | Truthout

BY Henry A. Giroux

What are the longer-term trends that gave rise to the presidency of Donald Trump? What will be the national and global impacts? And what do we need to do to resist? Henry A. Giroux tackles these questions in The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. “This courageous and timely book is the first […]

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ADDED 01/12/2018

How to break up Europe’s axis of illiberalism

FROM 01/08/18 | Chicago Tribune

BY Slawomir Sierakowski

Western observers tend to conflate Europe’s two leading proponents of right-wing populism: Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, and the chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Kaczynski has long promised the advent of “Budapest in Warsaw,” an allusion to Orban’s model of “illiberal democracy” that the Hungarian leader unapologetically touted in a […]

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