Could This Be a Tipping Point?

We may be at a crucial crossroads in the nation’s history — either this new ascendant far right is going to grow larger and possibly spark major violence all over the place, or the broader society is going to rise up and force it back under a rock. Read more

Trump and Kaepernick: A Tale of Two Reactions

Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists specifically or to blame them for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. I think we should contrast that with his reaction to Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem. (more…) Read more

Condemnation is Not Enough When You Share an Agenda

While it’s nice to see so many Republicans drawing a contrast with Trump’s refusal to explicitly call out white supremacists, I would suggest that some soul-searching is in order. Because many of those very same people still support a whole raft of policies that those same white supremacists cheer wildly for. (more…) Read more

The History of ‘Blood and Soil’

At the Friday night tiki torch march of the fascists at the University of Virginia, one of the things they were chanting was “blood and soil.” I assumed they were merely making a reference to spilling blood, but turns out this was a common Nazi slogan in the 1920s. (more…) Read more

The ‘We Should Just Ignore Them’ Argument

One of the arguments I’ve seen many times over the last 72 hours goes something like this: The white supremacists are just a small, pathetic group on the fringe and we should ignore them, not give them the attention they want. Chris Cillizza of CNN offered his version: (more…) Read more

Roy Moore: ‘Maybe Putin is Right’

Christian fascist and disgraced former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is finding common cause with Russian fascist Vladimir Putin. When told that his positions on things like same-sex marriage are the same as Putin’s, he welcomed that comparison. (more…) Read more

The White Supremacists Heard What Trump Didn’t Say

After several hours of violence on Saturday, Trump finally stepped to the microphone to make a pathetically weak gesture in the vicinity of a statement condemning it, couched in the false equivalence of “both sides do it.” Josh Levin has it about right: (more…) Read more

Alex Jones: Fascist Protest in Virginia a False Flag

I’m disappointed in Alex Jones. It took more than four hours for him to declare that the fascist, white supremacist riot in Virginia was a false flag operation that would lead to the declaration of martial law. He’s slipping in his old age, I’m afraid. Or maybe he just ate a bowl of chili or something. (more…) Read more

Richard Hofstadter Explains Trump and the Populist Right

If you want to understand our current situation, from the Tea Party to the rise of Trump and the mainstreaming of the far-right populist and nationalist fringe, including the KKK and neo-Nazis, I cannot stress enough the importance of reading historian Richard Hofstadter. (more…) Read more

Trump and Huckabee Respond to the Fascist Rally

After several hours, Donald Trump stepped to the microphone at his golf resort in New Jersey, intending to dishonestly toot his own horn and claim achievements that don’t exist, but he was forced to say something about the fascist violence in Virginia. His lame statement: (more…) Read more