Below is a list of the covert gang of folks trying to take down the US government — the anti-government oligarchs who think they run the place. By 2016 the Koch network of private political groups had a paid staff of 1600 people in 35 states — a payroll larger than that of the RNC… Continue reading Koch Wealth Cult
The Founders meant for the republic to be agile in philosophy — always changing to meet the new demands of the next generations. They meant for us to be self-governing, and empowered to create policy for problem-solving in new eras they themselves could not even conceive of. Thomas Jefferson wrote forewarningly of the Dead Hand… Continue reading The Founders were agile
We are rarely content with mere survival — we want naturally to be flourishing… most of us, anyway. A very vocal minority perennially aims to fuck it all up though, with disinformation and bullying and violence and domestic terrorism. Those power mad, money hungry, fame whoring moral prostitutes seek to keep us all surviving vs.… Continue reading Surviving vs. Flourishing
The right wing alleges that Antifa and Black Lives Matter are the “violent lefties” of yore — and though the kernel of truth is that leftist anarchists did have a reputation for violence a century ago, these days it’s the right whose militant fantasies routinely animate stochastic violence and planned aggressions of all sorts. Antifa… Continue reading Political violence? It’s on the right.
When using the Broken Record method, think K.I.S.S. for quick and dirty media strategy: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Then, repeat those short phrases or sentences frequently. Themes to Broken Record for 2022: Fairness vs. Hierarchy Equality vs. Supremacy People vs. Property Poor vs. Rich Democracy vs. Autocracy Diversity vs. Homogeneity Freedom vs. Totalitarianism Proteanism vs.… Continue reading Broken Record
One of two major parties in our American first-past-the-post voting system of dual-party reality, the Republican Party, has evolved into a full-throated authoritarian movement seeking to overthrow our democracy, The Constitution, and the rule of law in order to establish a fascist regime in the United States. It’s been a not-so-secret fever dream on the… Continue reading The GOP is 3 Cults in a Trenchcoat
Supremacy is the magical thinking that one’s ingroup is the only source of truth. It’s the ultimate conspiracy theory, and the apotheosis of a hierarchical worldview. Supremacist groups in America Christian nationalists Evangelicals white nationalists and neo-Nazis white power movement prosperity gospel free market ideologues plutocrats originalists libertarians conservatives White supremacy in particular is both… Continue reading What is supremacy?
A Dictionary of Cults, Mind Control, and the Language of Abuse Cultism has a long history here in the United States — but what is a cult, exactly? One could argue the Confederacy was a kind of cult, and the KKK after it. America gave rise to cult leaders Charles Manson, Jim Jones, David Koresh,… Continue reading What is a cult?
A dictionary of Christian nationalism terms, to be curated and added to over time: 10 Commandments acolytes affirmative action American exceptionalism apostles apostates baptism biblical values biblical worldview born-again Calvinism cheap grace “Christian journalism” Christian Reconstructionism City Upon a Hill clergy communion Conservative Resurgence — historical period in the late 1970s and early 80s that… Continue reading Christian Nationalism
Majority Leader Schumer is right to come around to the idea that the filibuster must be changed in order to pass voting rights and save our democratic republic from the forces of authoritarianism. The filibuster is an archaic rule that was at first only there by accident, then whittled into a sharp blade of minority… Continue reading Change the filibuster to save democracy
It may have seemed like the election of 2016 came out nowhere, and the January 6, 2021 attempted coup event was another deep gash to the fabric of assumption — but in reality, the authoritarian movement to dismantle America has been working diligently for a long time. Depending on how you count, the current war… Continue reading Koup Klux Klan: The authoritarian movement trying to take over America?
(notes / draft) Who were the early conservatives? Former fascists and Nazi sympathizers in the US. 1930s opposition to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal 3 main right-wing factions then: libertarians — right-wing economics faction led by Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, & Friedrich Hayek traditionalists — William F. Buckley, National Review (1955), Barry Goldwater anti-communists and… Continue reading Fascists became conservatives in the 1920s and 30s
It’s not just here at home in the US that fascism seems to have taken root in the population. There are many burgeoning nationalist movements resurrecting right-wing populism around the world, and as per many experts’ warnings, right-wing authoritarianism is on the rise around the globe. Many of the right-wing populist thatches that have sprung… Continue reading Right-Wing Authoritarianism
Disinformation Dictionary of Psychological Warfare The cat is well and truly out of the bag in terms of understanding how easily wide swaths of people can be misled into believing total falsehoods and even insane conspiracy theories that have no basis whatsoever in reality. In their passion for this self-righteous series of untruths, they can… Continue reading Disinformation
Buckle up, we’re in for a wild ride. Many of the serious scholars of political history and authoritarian regimes are sounding the alarm bells that, although it is a very very good thing we are getting rid of the Trump crime family soon, it is still a very very bad thing for America to have… Continue reading Hyper Partisanship: How to understand American politics today