Dispatches From the Culture Wars - February 2, 2021
- The F Word
- Emotions on Strike
- Republican Unity = Confederacy + Theocracy
- Xenophobe Conspiracy in Party Politics
- How Neoliberalism Breeds Individualism
- When Antisemites Raise the Israeli Flag
- “QAnon Destroyed My Life”
- The Pandemic and Friendship
- The Hero Cop of J6
While historians may agree that all fascisms are authoritarian and nationalist, few claim that all forms of authoritarianism and nationalism are fascist.
Burnout is not a problem we can individually solve. It is a symptom of a world set up to exhaust us to the point where we cannot resist.
White Christian nationalism and the “Lost Cause” myth used to exist in opposition to each other. But now they’re a singular danger to our democracy.
By Zachery Karabell
Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie — as are their entanglement with nativist politics. The American Party, the “Know Nothings,” may not have seized the White House in the mid-19th century, but it mirrored today’s Republican Party.
By Grace Blakeley
The U.S. white nationalist movement’s admiration for the Jewish state’s supremacist values fits comfortably with its deep antisemitism.
By Eva Andersen, Zach Sommers, Hollie Schlesselman, Stephanie Angleson and Sarah Beckman
We Are Iowa
QAnon had told followers that Biden would be arrested on live TV and Trump would reveal himself as president and declare martial law. When that didn’t happen, many broke apart from the conspiracy, but those who remained grew in their intensity.
By Amanda Mull
The pandemic has evaporated entire categories of friendship, and by doing so, depleted the joys that make up a human life—and buoy human health. But in the coming months, as we begin to add people back into our lives, we’ll now know what it’s like to be without them.
By Holly Honderich
A US Capitol police officer, Eugene Goodman, is being called a hero for singlehandedly steering a mob away from the Senate chambers during the deadly riots.