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Not one of us?

For those feeling nostalgic about the McCarthy witch hunts some decades ago in the United States, here’s something to bring it all up to date: a conservative pressure group, Turning Point USA, has… 173 more words

Higher Education

Generation Anxious

In the shorthand of age demographics, I am marginally a Baby Boomer. I think there were earlier tag-names (Jazz Baby, for example) but the Boomer generation began a spate of efforts to define millions of people randomly born within a few years of one another by some generational attribute that caught on with media. 660 more words

Philosophy

How to Spot a Communist Using Literary Criticism: A 1955 Manual from the U.S. Military

Source: Open Culture

While a preference for long sentences is common to most Communist writing, a distinct vocabulary provides the more easily recognized feature of the “Communist language.” Even a superficial reading of an article written by a Communist or a conversation with one will probably reveal the use of some of the following expressions: integrative thinking, vanguard, comrade, hootenanny, chauvinism, book-burning, syncretistic faith, bourgeois-nationalism, jingoism, colonialism, hooliganism, ruling class, progressive, demagogy, dialectical, witch-hunt, reactionary, exploitation, oppressive, materialist. 35 more words

As Trump Builds His Authoritarian Presidency, Echoes of 1930s Germany and 1950s McCarthyism Abound

When Richard Spencer, a leading alt-right white power ideologue finished his speech at Saturday’s day-long “Become Who We Are” summit at Washington’s Ronald Reagan Building, someone… 1,220 more words

Historical Revisionism

What's the difference between a nurse and an 'extremist'? Depends what you wear on your head

Britain’s under-resourced healthcare workers are under siege. So it’s no wonder they resort to strike action or protests to demand more funding, despite the risk of blacklisting or other sanctions. 86 more words

Intelligence

Good Night and Good Luck

The film, Good Night and Good Luck, was not my favorite. Although it was made out to be interesting with George Clooney and Robert Downey Jr. 782 more words

Lessons from the Past

Watching the unfolding of the so-called ‘alt-right’ tendency across the globe during the decade since the 2008 Crash, can seem scary. First, let us call a spade a bloody shovel, as those of us from England’s north-east would do: this tendency is a form of fascism re-designed and adapted in an opportunistic manner for the present day. 250 more words

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