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Post-truth fascist inspires post-truth terrorism

When explosive devices were sent to people Donald Trump routinely targets at his rallies, the response from right-wing media was painfully predictable. We all expected the response to be something akin to the now cliche claim of false flag. Thus, none of us were surprised when Alex Jones said as much.  And it really shouldn’t have shocked anyone when Read more

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Rhetoric of Identification and Young Men of the Alt-Right

Last Friday, members of the alt-right group the Proud Boys violently attacked a number of innocent people in New York City. This group is one of a number of groups that are united by some combination of white nationalism, misogyny, and other prejudicial ideologies—with some prejudices outranking others for some young men. Young men are drawn to … Read more

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Demagoguery: Why Liberal Mobs are Easier to talk about than Soybeans and Trade Wars

While right-wing talk show hosts and conspiracy peddlers like Alex Jones have claimed for some time that liberals are deranged and violent, the claim is now pouring out of the lips of a wider range of conservative media figures. Tomi Lahren recently claimed the average citizen who supports Trump is in danger. Laura Ingraham warned viewers about “marauding Read more

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Where can we stand?

Some days watching the news I am outraged and ranting. Other days I am overtaken with ironies and dark laughter. Often, I am cynically analytical. Occasionally, hopeful. Some days, even poised for action. Other days I am just depressed about the future of our democracy, our country, and the planet. But whatever I feel, little comes of it, beyond cusses, … Read more