Category Archives: Politics

The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part VII: Democracy

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy Why did you expect anything else? I intended to end this series by talking about the inherent instability of democracies (like … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part VI: By Definition

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton succinctly defines fascism in a way that emphasizes what fascists do … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part V: Violence

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton points out that, since the end of World War II violent, … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part IV: Conservative Complicity

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton discusses how post-war German conservatives have “made much of their opposition … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part III: Liberal Delusions

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy In his 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism, historian Robert Paxton discusses the hubris of the conservative and Marxist responses to the … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part II: Dilettante

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy A major problem for intentionalists [a historical interpretation that emphasized the importance of the leader’s will in fascists acquiring and exercising … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Trumpism, Part I: Foundations

Read Parts I: Foundations II: Dilettante III: Liberal Delusions IV: Conservative Complicity V: Violence VI: By Definition VII: Democracy I experienced several startling moments while reading historian Robert Paxton‘s 2004 The Anatomy of Fascism during these early days of Trump’s presidency. … Continue reading

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The Unnecessary Decline of Main Street

The American Conservative has focused much attention on “localism” and “new urbanism” over the last few years. This has been one of my favorite developments in this magazine. I refer here to two new articles from the magazine. The average American … Continue reading

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Scientific Authority in the Age of Ebola

American liberals are cultivating an interesting rhetoric that demands subservience to scientific authority. This rhetoric is most prominent regarding global warming and teaching of evolution. But it has now spread to compulsory vaccination and Ebola quarantines. I suspect liberals cultivated … Continue reading

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Private Property and Independence: More of Both, Fewer Corporations

After my last two posts, you might assume I’m a leftist. I spoke favorably of labor unions as important for our freedom and basic quality of life.  I also recognize that greater economic equality will make us all freer because … Continue reading

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