In words commonly, if erroneously, attributed to American novelist and prominent 1930s socialist Sinclair Lewis, we are told that ‘When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross’. Though no serious person would attempt to equate the current Trump administration with the goose-stepping fascism of Sinclair Lewis’s era, the aforementioned quote makes the salient point that cultural, historical and national specificities dictate what fascism looks, sounds and operates like in a particular country in any given period. On the scale of fascist tendencies, we live in a worrying time wherein authoritarian and ethno-nationalist…
Source: In These Times by Branko Marcetic For the past three decades, the Democratic Party has been living with a debilitating trauma that’s left it a shell of what it once was. But if Tuesday night’s debate is any indication, the Democrats may finally be moving into the home stretch of a long, painful recovery. Rather than sticking to the longtime script of Democrats pandering to the center, the two highest polling candidates on the stage—Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—articulated a clear-eyed left-wing vision of the direction the party should take. Sanders railed against the “ruling class” while advocating enshrining…
‘A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.’
We need to stop hoping that our systems will right themselves. We need to actually take the reins of government and fix our institutions.
For most Americans today, how can you be thankful when you are poor or sick in a society without social justice?
Faced with a choice between hard truths and easy lies, politicians will discover that war is among the few options for political survival.
Unless the elites that rule our lives learn the lessons, there will be many more Brexits, and Trumps in the future, says Glenn Greenwald.
For two years, Woody Guthrie was a tenant of the racist landlord Fred Trump, father of Donald, against whom he wrote blistering broadsides like “I Ain’t Got No Home”.