The Flag, the Pledge, The Anthem: Patriotism or Nationalism

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

Patriotism or nationalism? Indoctrination with national symbols and rituals like the flag, the Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance have primed America for a fascist take-over.

Fascism and Its Language: America is the Greatest Country on Earth!

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

LanguageĀ 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!"

American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerously Naive Form of Nationalism

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

American exceptionalism is not a magic shield. In fact, the notion that a nation is a form of extreme nationalism. You aren't special or immune to fascism. Trump is proof.

What is Fascism and What Does American Fascism Look Like?

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

The coming posts will address some fascist phenomena--and how they do or don't manifest in American fascism--as well as related terms like nationalism, authoritarianism, etc.

Patriotism: NFL Players Kneeling for National Anthem Have American Values

What Is Patriotism? Do the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem have American Values? Or are they disrespecting the troops? Are they patriots or traitors?

Charlottesville: From Patriotism to Nationalism, to Malignant Nationalism

Many Americans can't distinguish between patriotism and nationalism, let aloneĀ malignant nationalism. Yet the skill is vital to any democracy in the prevention of fascism.

I Pledge Allegiance — No, This Is Not the Same Post: What is Patriotism?

Two days after my last post, the daily prompt is "I Pledge Allegiance". Very funny. The question: "Are you patriotic, and what is patriotism to you".

Battling Nationalism for Maria Montessori: I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth

The time I stood up for world citizens and battled nationalism and boycotted the Pledge of Allegiance in a Montessori school and won ... sort of, with a lot of help from my imagination.