New Page: Books on Fascism, Authoritarianism, Violence and Bigotry

I have a new page, with books on fascism, authoritarianism, violence and bigotry, and more, with links to book reviews and author interviews and information about the authors.

Fahrenheit 11/9: A Message for the Democratic Establishment From Michael Moore

(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.

American Eugenics Programs, Hitler, Nazi Breeding Programs and Genocide

An article: "The Nazi Breeding and Infanticide Program You Probably Never Knew About". Hitler admired American eugenics programs--not a source of pride for the U.S. after 1940.

Hitler and Trump: Propaganda for the Poorly Educated in Mein Kampf

"I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and I wouldn't lose any voters," Trump said. He focuses on the poorly educated, who he sees as useful idiots. Hitler's thoughts exactly.

Toxic Masculinity: Male Aggression, Anti-intellectualism, Dictators, War

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Fascism in America

Trump is toxic masculinity personified: he admires male aggression and dictators, he takes anti-intellectualism to the next level, and his fascination with war is frightening.

Recognizing Fascism: Introducing History Education in Post-Trump America

Trump, Charlottesville -- you never saw them coming. Recognizing fascism requires real history education. In post-Trump America others may have to set that up. 

Trump Success in the Republican Primary a Surprise? Look at History!

Only in America and only to Americans is it a surprise that Trump is doing so well in the Republican primary. Why would he not? Everything's in place for history to repeat itself

Trump’s Muslim Registration and Identification Plans: Why History Matters

What American kids should be learning in History class: Just because something starts off small doesn't mean it's not a big deal. Trump's Muslim registration and identification plans are definitely a big deal.

Time Eternal in The Assault: Events Put in a Larger, Timeless Perspective

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series History and Time in The Assault by Harry Mulisch

The tinkering with time and events in The Assault (see the previous post) leads us to what Harry Mulisch calls 'time eternal' -- the elements in his writing which put the historical events into a larger, more timeless perspective.

Familiar Imagery from Dutch History, Current Events, Literature and Movies

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series History and Time in The Assault by Harry Mulisch

Imagery of iconic people and events from Dutch history are interwoven in The Assault, as well as --then--current events. Two novels about resistance fighters, both based on true stories, had just been made into movies. Mulisch uses some of their most memorable images.