fascism’s continuity of operations

After Charlottesville, everyone intellectually honest had to admit that Trump is hella racist for trying to blame what happened on “both sides.” He was in the news again recently for doubling down on it: President Trump thrust himself back into the racial storms of Charlottesville on Thursday, repeating his charge that those who resisted the…

psa: you’re allowed to have an id

I’ve joked before that the difference between my coworkers and me is that I’m into taijiquan and they’re into MMA. What made me think of this was a recent article about fighting and masculinity in The Guardian. It opens with a story about walking away when challenged to a fight: About a year ago, I…

laughing while the republicans get ready to kill you

We need more of these awakenings: In September 2015, two months after Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, I asked in these pages if he could accurately be described as a fascist. I decided against the designation. The true fascist states, I concluded—Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile—“suffered weakness in their institutions that are just about…

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