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Strongmen

Charles Kaiser The Guardian
Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a superb examination of how close the US came to fascism – and how it has propped it up before.

Global Left Midweek - January 13, 2021

Portside
Fascism, fascization, and antifascism 2021. Reports and analyses, with urgent words from Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad and Alain Badiou.

Is Trump Planning a Coup d’État?

Sasha Abramsky The Nation
Many observers—including Republicans—worry that he is. They’re organizing now to stop him. Given the administration’s record of embracing “numerous corrupt and authoritarian practices,” huge numbers of Americans must be ready to take to the streets

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Erich Fromm’s Marxist Sociology Forty Years Later

Kieran Durkin Marxist Sociology Blog
Fromm was famous for this critique of consumer capitalism as well as for his penetrating studies of authoritarianism. He was a significantly influential figure on U.S. radical thought during the second half of the 20th Century.

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Authoritarian Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices, Contestations

Lars Cornelissen Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book of case studies of countries across the global North and South examines neoliberalism's impact on legal, corporate, and public governance, and looks at how those ways of governing pose a challenge to democracy.

Beating Trump: Absolutely Essential, Also Not Enough

Max Elbaum Organizing Upgrade
student demonstrators Ousting Trump from the White House is not sufficient to address the deep-going crises that today threaten the rights and well-being of people in the U.S., the very lives of millions across the globe, and the natural environment...

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Why His Dark Material Is the Fantasy Epic For Our Times

David Jesudason BBC
After a flop film, Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels have now been made into a BBC/HBO TV series – and its fairytale story could not be more relevant to 2019, writes David Jesudason.
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