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Rep. Steve King speaking

Rep. King, Racism Can’t be Statesmanship

Iowa State Rep. Steve King deserves a big thank you from the American people. His recent tweets and statements have brought the racist beliefs of parts of the GOP and …

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President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon’s coup in the making

We’re not even two weeks into the Trump presidency. Has your head exploded yet? If so, you’re right where Donald Trump and our shadow ruler, Steve Bannon, want you to …

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President-elect Donald Trump is bringing his post-election tour of gratitude to Hershey tonight, returning to the Giant Center six weeks after he was there for a last-minute push to win over Pennsylvania voters before Election Day.

Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Politics of Memory

In The Captive Mind, Czeslaw Milosz tells a story about a man who ventures out in the immediate aftermath of the fall of a regime. Papers full of state secrets lie …

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Donald Trump raising a fist next to an American flag

Trump is following the authoritarian playbook

n less than a week, America will embark on a new political experience: rule by an authoritarian President. Donald Trump won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by nearly …

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Milo Yiannopoulos

How Trump made hatred profitable for Milo Yiannopoulos

“America’s favorite mischievous gay conservative,” is how publisher Simon & Schuster bills its newest high-profile author, Milo Yiannopoulos. The news that the Breitbart senior editor had received a reported $250,000 …

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How to deal with Trump’s tweets

It sounds like something out of a political thriller. A union leader calls out a politician for lying about the number of jobs he is saving with a deal. The …

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Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

Why Steve Bannon’s white nationalism should scare America

Anyone who is surprised at the appointment of right-wing guru Steve Bannon as the Donald Trump administration’s chief strategist and counselor has been living in an alternate universe, the universe …

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Newt Gingrich faced off with Fox News host Megyn Kelly

Dear Professor Gingrich: Sign up for America’s Changing 101

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House and former professor of history, showed a lack of leadership and a dated knowledge of current American realities in his now-viral exchange with …

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Donald Trump 2016 RNC speech

Donald Trump’s rigged election is GOP’s latest headache

It might seem as though Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is moving further away from the party that nominated him. Since he declared himself “unshackled” he’s escalated his maverick rhetoric, …

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking

Clinton’s straight talk on Trump and alt-right

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton came into her own Thursday in Reno. She spoke with righteous anger, painting her rival Donald Trump as a hate-monger beholden to white nationalist causes. …

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat Portrait

Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s essays and op-eds translate her vast knowledge of the logic of power and the authoritarian playbook into analyses of the operation and endgame of the global right today, including in Donald Trump’s America. Her writings on hate speech, leader body politics, and the power of symbols reveal how propaganda works and remind us of power of images to shape opinion and feeling. Her op-ed on photographs of the Trump-Putin summit was one of CNN’s “Top 10” for 2018, and her 2017 New Yorker essay on the persistence of Fascist monuments in Italy sparked an ongoing international debate on the legacy and memory of Mussolini’s regime.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat Portrait

Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s essays and op-eds translate her vast knowledge of the logic of power and the authoritarian playbook into analyses of the operation and endgame of the global right today, including in Donald Trump’s America. Her writings on hate speech, leader body politics, and the power of symbols reveal how propaganda works and remind us of power of images to shape opinion and feeling. Her op-ed on photographs of the Trump-Putin summit was one of CNN’s “Top 10” for 2018, and her 2017 New Yorker essay on the persistence of Fascist monuments in Italy sparked an ongoing international debate on the legacy and memory of Mussolini’s regime.

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