Language is a powerful tool for fascists. Propaganda and demagoguery use mythologizing language: "America is the greatest country on Earth!" and dehumanizing language: "They're all animals!"
Senators on both sides said at the SCOTUS nomination hearing that demonstrations come with democracy. But Trump & co. portray Kavanaugh protesters as an existential threat.
(October 6, 2018) Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court. The majority can do what they want, and for this GOP the end justifies all means. An independent judiciary, due process, democracy itself? They weren't convenient, so they threw out the rule book. It's gone. That's how fascism begins.
(October 2, 2018) Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 begins with footage of a street rally/party for Hillary Clinton on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, interspersed with Democratic establishment politicians and pundits claiming confidently that Donald Trump is never going to be president. Moore argues that the Democratic Party establishment miscalculated and compromised too much. They paved the way for Trump.
(September 24, 2018) During the confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came across as a sincere, conscientious man who would honestly departmentalize his personal opinions (for the most part) and be an independent, impartial Supreme Court justice who understand the importance of the separation of powers between the three branches of government.
(August 30, 2018) Trump voters, if American democracy fails, you will be responsible. Trump spoke to your bigotry and you responded. You have cussed at, punched and killed Trump's scapegoats. You may feel great now, but some day you will be held accountable. Unless this isn't you. If you don't want to associate yourself with what has happened and what will happen if Trump is allowed to continue, prove it in the midterms.
(08-02-2018) How are President Johnson, socialists, a CEO giving an employee a car, universal healthcare and office birthdays connected? The media are abuzz with 'socialism' and 'democratic socialists'. A democratic socialist is an oxymoron. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are social democrats.
(05-29-2018, updated 07-16-2018) Crime in inner-city black neighborhoods and law enforcement response over time have seemingly made it a chicken-egg matter. Seemingly. I explained how inner city black neighborhoods came into being to begin with. From the start cities responded to crime in black neighborhoods differently than in white areas.
(05-27-2018, updated 08-02-2018) Segregation held African Americans back until the Civil Rights Movement. There has been no institutional racism since, so they have no excuse for being less well off today, do they? And what about poor white people? Well, it just so happens that two recent reports dispute the myths about the wealth gap between whites and people of color.
(05-1-2018, updated 07-08-2018) Segregated housing policies and racially biased redlining led to the current racial housing Division. How did we get to so many impoverished black neighborhoods, especially inner-city neighborhoods? It wasn't inevitable. A brief history of black housing.