Category Archives: Authoritarianism

The Logic of Brute Force

Erik Cameron, a Chicago resident, describes how he was treated by the Chicago PD on his way home from work (boldface mine): A number of Chicago police officers came around the corner from Rush Street running, weapons drawn. They were … Continue reading

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Myths, Palinist Trumpismo, and the Breakdown of ‘Suburban’ Culture(s)

Again, it’s worth noting that the authoritarian impulse is not something Donald Trump spun out of whole cloth (boldface added): While people have described Palin as engaging in identity politics, that sells identity politics short. Palin along with the proto-movement … Continue reading

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A Dump Trump

Observed at the corner of R and 13th Streets NW, Logan Circle, D.C.:

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Cowards With Guns Watch: Fanatics Once Again Attempt to Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence

“Hi, we’re just here to share our opinion. Non-violently of course. And it’s not fascism when we do it, bitches!” (from https://www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction) While we’ve discussed cowards with guns who attempt to intimidate political opponents before, let’s review this blog’s view … Continue reading

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The Growing Recognition of the Palinist Impulse

A few years back I wrote this about Sarah Palin’s policy incoherence (boldface added): Palin along with the proto-movement surrounding her–Palinism–practices what could be call ‘politics of the blood.’ It’s derived from Giovanni Gentile’s description of fascism: “We think with … Continue reading

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The Newest Conservative Insanity: U.N. Resolution 7277

Having been one of the first people to describe the conservative fear of Invisible Light Bulb Vigilantes, we now bring you the new hysteria: ‘U.N. Resolution 7277.’ I put it in scare quotes because it’s not a U.N. resolution; 7277 … Continue reading

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It’s Not Fascism When They Do It

So is Anthony Weiner’s, erm, gravitas still a thing? Because that, unlike armed vigilante groups, is really important. But I digress. A couple of days ago, I wrote about the authoritarian streak within the conservative movement and gingerly stepped around … Continue reading

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