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ADDED 04/06/2018

The right’s Parkland problem: A symptom of authoritarian parenting

FROM 04/04/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

Conservatives see the Parkland students as disrespectful and dangerous — and those feelings stem from primal fears The health of a society is measured in large part by how it treats its children. Republicans and other members of the right wing have reacted with a wide range of emotions to the survivors of the Parkland […]

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ADDED 04/03/2018

Israeli parliament endorses ‘nation-state bill’ for first reading

FROM 03/15/2018 | Al Jazeera

BY Jonathan Cook

Nazareth, Israel – After seven years of delays, the Israeli governing parties have agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”. The bill is now expected to be fast-tracked through the Israeli parliament and on to the statute books in the coming weeks. Approval by […]

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ADDED 03/29/2018

Letters and Politics: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter

FROM 03/28/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

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Today we are in conversation with professor Christian Fuchs to examine the right-wing authoritarian use of social media and the capitalist models that allow growing such issues as the one concerning Cambridge Analitica.  Christian Fuchs is a professor of social media at the University of Westminster, Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies & Communication and Media Research Institute, United Kingdom.  […]

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ADDED 03/28/2018

AUTHORITARIANISM: THE TERRIFYING TRAIT THAT TRUMP TRIGGERS

FROM 03/26/2018 | Pacific Standard

BY Tom Jacobs

Can It Happen Here?, a new collection of essays that ask whether America is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism, includes a startling assertion by psychologists Karen Stenner and Jonathan Haidt. “Western liberal democracies,” they write, “have now exceeded many people’s capacity to tolerate them.” Their analysis of a survey conducted at the end of 2016 found “about a third of white responders across […]

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ADDED 03/28/2018

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

FROM 03/28/2018 | Slate

BY Slate

Anand Giridharadas on why many rich people do harm—even when they think they’re doing good. Yascha Mounk discusses the limits of philanthropy, how the hopey-changey narrative of the affluent cloaks the power they exercise, and how they can do better with author of the forthcoming book Winners Take All and former New York Times and current NBC […]

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ADDED 03/23/2018

The Democratic Emergency

FROM 03/22/2018 | American Prospect

BY Paul Starr

This article will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.  “It is now clear that the most frightening threats to ordinary politics in the United States are empty or easily contained. … The sky is not falling and no lights are flashing red.” So wrote two distinguished historians, Samuel Moyn and David Priestland, in […]

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ADDED 03/22/2018

A Private Mercenary Firm Is Making Millions Off Tragedy in Houston, Puerto Rico and Standing Rock

FROM 03/20/2018 | AlterNet

BY Mehreen Kasana

The practice of governments and security firms conducting wide-scale exploitation of major disasters, natural and otherwise, is nothing new. Last week, the Intercept reported on TigerSwan, a mercenary security firm that follows a similar disaster-capitalist model and has attacked the No Dakota Access Pipeline (NoDAPL) movement since 2016, at least. But that’s not all: TigerSwan has also been preying […]

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ADDED 03/08/2018

Why Isn’t Trump President for Life Yet?

FROM 03/08/2018 | Slate

BY YASCHA MOUNK

He is following the same playbook as other authoritarian populists around the world. He’s just bad at it—so far. A week after the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and 14 injured, Donald Trump publicly scolded members of his own party: “They have great power over you […]

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ADDED 03/08/2018

Hungary by now is no longer a democracy, says Rutgers’ R. Daniel Kelemen

FROM 03/08/2018 | Budapest Beacon

BY Staff

“If you don’t have a free and pluralistic press that is conveying messages on different sides of issues and which is actively critical of the government and its policies, then democracy starts to be meaningless. If people are just fed a steady diet of pro-government propaganda by media sources either controlled by the government or […]

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ADDED 03/08/2018

Filipino chief justice asks people to fight authoritarianism

FROM  | ABC News

BY Jim Gomez, Associated Press

The Philippines‘ embattled Supreme Court chief justice urged Filipinos on Wednesday to stand up against authoritarianism and threats to human rights, in an indirect criticism of the country’s volatile leader, who has long called for her removal. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is facing two ouster attempts, including by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, whose legal counsel asked […]

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ADDED 03/08/2018

It could happen in Britain

FROM  | The Economist

BY Bagehot

British institutions may not withstand the authoritarian-populist wave. IN HIS dystopian novel of 1935, “It Can’t Happen Here”, Sinclair Lewis described the rise of an American Caesar, Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip. Buzz easily defeats Franklin Roosevelt for the presidency by promising to make America great again. He then sets about destroying the country’s system of checks […]

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