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Octavia Butler Anticipated President Trump

Octavia Butler is one of my current favorite authors.  She shocked me while reading Parable of the Talents, which came out in 1998. In the 2030s, America was falling apart due to economic decline, global warming, and political corruption.  Mob … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Antifa

I think of this as an addendum to my Anatomy of Trumpism series, in which I spend much time denouncing President Trump’s encouragement of violence.  We, of course, just saw the lethal consequences of his rhetoric in Charlottesville. Trump claimed … Continue reading

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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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