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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 10/21/2018

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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ADDED 10/18/2018

Thy Will Be Done: Brasil’s Holy War

FROM 10/18/2018 | BrasilWire

BY BrasilWire

A fifty year foreign battle to combat Catholic Liberation Theology in Brazil promises rich rewards for the vested interests which initiated it, at great human cost. “Brazil is at the vanguard of the global trend of the Pentecostalization of Christianity,” as well as “the epicenter of world Christianity, with the largest Pentecostal population” says Andrew […]

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ADDED 10/18/2018

Historian Christopher Browning on the Trump regime: We’re “close to the point of no return”

FROM 10/18/2018 | Salon

BY Chauncey Devega

History can teach us many lessons about Donald Trump and his rise to power. As shown by his deeds, words and policies, Trump is an authoritarian and a demagogue who has, so far, been restrained by America’s weakened democratic institutions and norms. Trump has repeatedly shown contempt for America’s cosmopolitan, pluralistic multiracial democracy. He and […]

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ADDED 10/16/2018

ISRAEL DOESN’T SHOW US HOW TO FIGHT FASCISM—BUT THE DIASPORA CAN

FROM 10/16/2018 | Pacific Standard

BY Noah Berlatzky

Is it really wrong to have ties to a community based in a shared vision of God, justice, and hope, rather than in land and blood? As a child, I was expected to donate 20 cents to Hebrew school every week. The money, we knew, didn’t go to charity in our community, or to our […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

Then They Came For Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis

FROM 10/15/2018 | KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

A conversation with Matthew D. Hockenos about the controversial German pastor Martin Niemöller’s evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler. Niemöller is well remembered for his quotation: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

Members Of The Proud Boys Violently Beat Up Protesters And Weren’t Arrested. New York Police Won’t Say Why.

FROM 10/15/2018 | BuzzFeed

BY Julia Reinstein, Stephanie K. Baer

The far-right men’s organization “Proud Boys” violently beat two or three apparent protesters Friday night following a Republican event in Manhattan. About 30 members of the group — who describe themselves as “Western chauvinists” and have frequently aligned themselves with avowed neo-Nazis — participated in the beating, some screaming threats and slurs at the individuals, […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

This New Feminist Antifa Group Is Taking on the Far-Right

FROM 10/15/2018 | Broadly

BY Bex Wade

When a right-wing group decided to march through London, the Feminist Anti-Fascism Assembly were there to hold them back. When a British far-right group announced its plans to march in London on Saturday, women on the left knew they had to push back. Enter: Feminist Anti-Fascism Assembly (FAF), a new feminist antifascist bloc made up of […]

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ADDED 10/15/2018

If You’re Not Scared About Fascism in the U.S., You Should Be

FROM 10/15/2018 | New York Times

BY Jason Stanley

When fascism starts to feel normal, we’re all in trouble. While calling President Trump a fascist may seem like an exaggeration, it might not be that far from the truth. Should we be worried? Jason Stanley has spent the past decade studying fascism, from Mussolini to Duterte. In this video op-ed, he argues that yes, […]

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ADDED 10/12/2018

Brazil’s Neo-Liberal Fascist Road to Power

FROM 10/12/2018 | Dissident Voice

BY James Petras

The decisive electoral victory of far-right Brazilian presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro startled politicians and analysts of the traditional parties of the left and right. The possible implications for the present and near future raises a number of fundamental questions whether it represents a ‘model’ for other countries or is the result of the specific circumstances […]

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