The federal government barely considers those who nearly overthrew it, in a fascist coup attempt, to have committed a minor crime, and is granting them impunity so that they may rally others to their side and try again.
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Post-Dictator, the GOP Holds Fascism Tight
As any student of history will tell you, universal fanaticism in fascist societies is always a staged illusion and is in any case not necessary for the triumph of this malevolent force.
The Leader and the Followers, Part 4: Crackpot Rationalists
It’s a strange system of moral values that a “religious” voter displays in embracing the former dictator, a man who comports himself every moment in a way that all the world’s great religions in every age have condemned.
The Winter of the Patriarch
We have an atmosphere of impunity for participants in a fascist putsch, many of whom were heavily armed, a sullen ex-dictator plotting an even worse comeback, a huge and widely supportive milieu for further violence, and a federal government divided against itself and apparently unwilling or unable to defend itself.
The Gift of Hope, the Gift of Fear
You must trust your intuition about dangerous situations, instead of drowning it out by assuring yourself everything is fine and you’re just being nervous.
A National Reckoning?
Nobody likes to admit they were wrong, and professional politicians face career-ending cries of betrayal and hypocrisy if they do.
T Minus 48 Hours: The Forbidden City
There are millions of American fascists who are willing to openly brag about their support for an armed uprising to a stranger over the phone.
The Eve of Battle?
Over the longer term, it is next to impossible to see how millions of Trump supporters will become disabused of their very own “stab-in-the-back legend.” Like millions of nationalistic Germans after that country lost World War I, they are embittered by defeat, which they falsely attribute to a secret conspiracy, and view the new national government as illegitimate.
The Making of a Cassandra
Being Cassandra: A Brief Memoir I have been living in stark terror of Donald Trump and the maelstrom of hatred he has unleashed for exactly five years and seven months. I can date the onset of this fear precisely to June 16, 2015, when his first presidential campaign caught fire with his demonization of Mexican immigrantsContinue reading “The Making of a Cassandra”
The Leader and His Followers, Part 3: The Professionals and Intellectuals
You do not need to be an educated person to recoil from the stench of politicized cruelty that is the essence of fascism.; nor are the educated immune to its appeal.