Trump’s American fascism was the stuff of 20th century fiction

Is Donald Trump fulfilling numerous prophecies of the rise of American fascism that were published in the first half of the 20th century? It certainly seems to be happening. Even if it isn’t, those predictions are worth paying attention to.

This Trump mess that America made

A week after Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president and my feeds have been inundated with efforts to understand how this could have happened. Whatever the primary contributors, America made a mess and we all have to deal with it.

Confusing Trump supporters with big words

It seems that Trump supporters may be easily confused by big words, according to Andy Borowitz writing for the New Yorker.

Silence, indifference and incitement to violence

As Jessica Hagy pointed out, there is a strong link between silence, indifference and incitement to violence. The dangers of silence and indifference are as apparent today as they have been in the past. The question is: will we behave differently this time?

In South Africa, “political objectives outweigh law”

John Robbie had a very interesting interview with political analyst Mzoxolo Mpolase that highlighted a growing trend in the ANC: this notion that politics and political objectives should trump the law: It echoes a tweet I shared this morning and on which I commented that the ANC seems to be yearning for the days of […]

The right to assemble and protest, selectively applied

Yesterday the Democratic Alliance was forced to abandon its (misguided) march on ANC headquarters because ANC supporters seemed to view it as an assault on their territory and the police had something other than upholding DA supporters’ rights to protest and assemble guiding their actions. This isn’t the first time this has happened and won’t […]

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