Archive: Featured

Police Brutality

“How Did Journalists Become Hate Objects in America?”

CNN News, June 11, 2020

“Who are you essential to?” yelled a New York Police Department officer on June 2 as he confronted badged Associated Press (AP) videographer Robert Bumsted and AP photographer Maye-E Wong as they sought to report on a protest.

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“Now more than ever, Trump “needs to keep his followers in his alternate reality, or the whole thing falls apart.”

Washington Post, June 3, 2020

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“How do Trump’s behaviors continue authoritarian traditions?”

Slate Trumpcast, December 21, 2019

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“Even more than censoring, which is old-school, rulers like Trump — and Putin is the master at this — manipulate opinion by manipulating information.”

The Washington Post, February 15, 2020

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coronavirus in the world

COVID-19 Tempts Would-Be Authoritarians

Foreign Affairs, May 5, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic poses a stress test for societies – wrenching people out of ordinary routines and exposing them to death and dislocation, bringing forth acts of solidarity and courage as well as scapegoating.

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“Authoritarians like Trump don’t care about human life. They only care about power.”

Huffington Post, March 25, 2020

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“The idea of shooting migrants comes up in his rallies… Trump laughed it off.”

ABC News, January 9, 2020

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“This is how a cult of personality works. The leader will say something that everyone knows is wrong, and no one will correct him.”

The NY Times, December 20, 2019

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A Historical Lens on Trump’s Authoritarianism

December 21, 2019

Virginia Heffernan interviews Ruth about seeing Donald Trump through an authoritarian lens, a deeper look at mafia culture, and how Trumpism will one day fall.

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Donald Trump

In impeachment hearings, lessons on the erosion of American democracy

“Trump is creating an alternate reality in which facts are what he needs them to be.”

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