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Nazi Salute at Baraboo High: Freedom of Speech or History Education?

11-30-2018 Almost all the boys of the 2019 class of Baraboo High in Wisconsin posed for a picture doing the Nazi salute. Do the students have freedom of speech? Did they know what they were doing? If not, why not? ... Read More
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ICE and the Justice Department: Covert Government Centralization?

American fascism is likely to come via gradual government centralization. ICE wants to join the intelligence community, so it can get more info to use against immigrants ... Read More
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Authoritarianism: Respect for Authority — the President, Teachers, Police

The president's almost a god, you hand your kids' lives over to the schools, and you live in a police state. As a country, America has a serious case of authoritarianism.  ... Read More
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Fascism and Its Language: America is the Greatest Country on Earth!

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!" ... Read More
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American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerously Naive Form of Nationalism

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 ... Read More
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What is Fascism and What Does American Fascism Look Like?

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 ... Read More
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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.  ... Read More
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Last Chance to Prevent Fascism in America: The Electoral College

Wake up, America! This is not alarmism -- the Electoral College is your last shot at preventing fascism in America ... Read More
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The First Days After Donald Trump Wins the 2016 Presidential Election

Trump wins the 2016 presidential election. He is now the president-elect. Five days later I'm still reeling ... Read More
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Trump is the Republican Candidate: It’s a Bit Late to Face American Fascism

American fascism has led to this: Trump is the Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election. He shows all the signs of a wannabe fascist leader. Have we passed the point of no return?  ... Read More
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Under a President Trump, Would Democracy Survive or Would Fascism Win?

(02-03-2016, updated 07-14-2018)  The pundits are worried Trump might not leave peacefully if he loses in 2020. Time to repost this, in the spirit of I Told You So: What if Trump became president? Is America's democracy at risk? Would the American political system hold? Trump came in second in the Iowa caucus. Many pundits predict that this is the beginning of the end for Trump, but who knows. This is just the Iowa caucus; there's a lot more to come ... Read More
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Was 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 ... Read More
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Reese Witherspoon v. Police: America Is a Police State and Nobody Minds

Last week Reese Witherspoon's husband was arrested for driving drunk. But Reese was arrested, too. Why? She got out of the car! Reese v. the police -- guess who won? America is a police state and nobody seems to notice, or mind ... Read More