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ADDED 07/20/2019

Monopolies, Trump, the Border, and Fascism

FROM 07/18/2019 | American Prospect

BY Ron Knox

Concentrated corporate giants like Amazon and the private prison duopoly are sustaining Trump’s cruelties in the migrant camps. There has long been a symbiotic relationship between fascism and corporate monopoly. In the 1930s and ’40s, industrial monopolists helped fascism thrive in Nazi Germany once Hitler was appointed chancellor, most notably when German chemical conglomerate IG […]

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ADDED 06/22/2019

Three years after Brexit, global nationalism is still ascendant

FROM 06/22/2019 | The Week

BY Conor Lynch

Three years ago this weekend, British citizens voted to leave the European Union, and a lot has changed in the world since then. Though the United Kingdom has yet to officially exit the EU — and, after failing to come to an agreement by the initial exit date in March, it’s still unclear when or […]

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ADDED 06/22/2019

Crossing Hong Kong: Defiance in the face of authoritarian control

FROM 06/21/2019 | Asia Pacific Foundation

BY Jeremy Chan

On June 4th, the world commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. In Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, 180,000 people held a vigil, the largest gathering since the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising. This year’s Tiananmen anniversary took on a politically poignant tone for the people of […]

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ADDED 05/05/2019

The Origins of Fascism in the U.S. and Its Connection to Corporate America

FROM 04/25/2019 | Letters and Politics

BY Mitch Jeserich

We are in conversation with historian Michael Joseph Roberto about the history of fascism in the United States during the New Deal era and its connection to corporate America. Guest: Michael Joseph Roberto retired professor of history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the largest historically black educational institution in the United States. He is also […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

A Far-Right Party Turned This Lil’ Gay Ghost Into An LGBT Icon

FROM 05/03/2019 | BuzzFeed

BY Lauren Strapagiel

He’s here, he’s queer, he’s a friendly ghost. While trying to speak out against LGBT activism, a far-right political party in Spain accidentally made a star out of a little rainbow ghost. It all started with this tweet from Vox, a party known for opposing immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, and Islam, among other things. View […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

Fascism is on the minds of book buyers — and publishers are taking notice

FROM 05/03/2019 | Los Angeles Times

BY Scott Timberg

Remember “The End of History?” Elizabeth Drummond, who spent the 1990s studying at Georgetown University, recalls Francis Fukuyama’s groundbreaking essay well, which announced “an unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism.” The Soviet Union had just collapsed in a peaceful devolution, Germany was reunified as Champagne popped alongside the crumbling Berlin Wall and democracy seemed […]

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ADDED 05/04/2019

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil

FROM 05/03/2019 | The Canary

BY John McEvoy

On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. Washington’s pivotal role Tired of rising crime and government corruption, Brazilians lashed out at the old and discredited political order to elect a “controversial” […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

Democracy is decaying around the world, one law at a time

FROM 04/07/2019 | Scroll.IN

BY Chrystie Flournoy Swiney

From India to Poland to America, even historically strong democracies are passing legislation that makes it harder and riskier to engage in peaceful protests. Democracy seemed ascendant after the rivalry between communist and democratic states subsided in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. As elected governments replaced many toppled totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, the […]

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ADDED 04/21/2019

How to fight the new fascism

FROM 04/18/2019 | Sp!ked

BY Andrew Doyle

The rise of the far right is something that must concern any civilised society. Even before the horrific terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, there have been signs that racist extremists are becoming more active. In the UK, four of the 18 terror attacks prevented by the intelligence agencies since March 2017 have come from the far right. Although, […]

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ADDED 03/30/2019

A Real-Life Game of Risk: Why Civilizationism Is Biggest Threat to Human Rights in the 21st Century

FROM 03/27/2019 | MInt Press

BY Dr. James M. Dorsey

Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that aims to shape the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent.” […]

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ADDED 03/23/2019

The road to global debt supremacy: How finance swallowed democracy.

FROM 03/16/2019 | This is Hell

BY Chuck Mertz, Jerome Roos

Debt repayment is a crucial lever in the process of empowering technocrats at finance ministries and central banks, giving them more authority to act as a ‘responsible debtor.’ In the process, we see that lack of democratic responsiveness, that growing power of technocrats and marginalization of those who seek to respond to more popular demands […]

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ADDED 03/23/2019

Macron’s plan to use troops in Paris protests sparks anger

FROM 03/22/2019 | Financial Times

BY Victor Mallet

French president Emmanuel Macron’s decision to use anti-terrorist troops to help police control any violent demonstrations in Paris this weekend has triggered fierce criticism from both sides of the political divide as well as security analysts. Mr Macron decided to deploy soldiers of the Sentinelle unit to relieve the police of some of their guard […]

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