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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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ADDED 01/11/2018

The Future of Work, a History

FROM 01/05/2018 | Politico Magazine

BY KEVIN BAKER

On February 26, 1928, a headline in the New York Times announced, “MARCH OF THE MACHINE MAKES IDLE HANDS,” with the subhead:“Prevalence of Unemployment With Greatly Increased Industrial Output Points to the Influence of Labor-Saving Devices as an Underlying Cause.” What these alarming words referred to was the abundance of goods being produced in the roaring plants, mills and farm […]

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ADDED 01/10/2018

Federal workers upholding their oath

FROM  | The Register Guard

BY Jason Lewis-Berry

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I joined many public servants in private conversations about how to approach federal service in the age of Donald Trump. Most of us had been through presidential transitions before and had proudly served under Republican and Democratic administrations. But everyone knew this time was different. They had watched […]

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ADDED 01/10/2018

Beware the illiberal alliance of Poland and Hungary, a grave threat to the EU

FROM 01/06/2018 | The Guardian

BY Will Hutton

Both governments prefer ‘conservative nationalist’ states to democracy. Brussels should take a standd Hungary has fortified its border with Serbia to stop migrants entering. Photograph: Zoltán Gergely Kelemen/AP It’s ugly and on the rise; and it’s hard to see how it can end well. The global rise of conservative nationalism with the aim of creating […]

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ADDED 01/09/2018

The war on reason

FROM 01/07/2018 | Philippine Daily Inquirer

BY Randy David

“The fist is the synthesis of our theory.” That statement, made sometime in 1920, belongs to a militant follower of Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, the leader of Italian fascism.  But, it could have been uttered just as proudly by an ardent DDS (Diehard Duterte Supporter) while executing the fist salute made famous by President Du30. […]

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ADDED 01/09/2018

Beware creeping U.S. authoritarianism, Yale’s Timothy Snyder warns

FROM 01/07/2018 | The National

BY Susan Ormiston

Donald Trump has been labelled many things since becoming U.S. President — a nationalist, a patriot, but also an authoritarian and a tyrant. Yale University history expert Timothy Snyder believes Trump is undermining American democracy and its institutions. Snyder pulls examples from the rise of fascism and communism in Eastern Europe to warn that democracy […]

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