Plagiarized Endorsements for the June Primary

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By now, all registered voters should have received their California State and County Information Guide and Official Vote-By-Mail Ballots.  In retirement, I have decided to comb through these guides a little more carefully than before and to share some thoughts as to why I have made my choices.  I will suggest some candidates, but I … Continue reading Plagiarized Endorsements for the June Primary

The High Treason of the Global Right: A Story from Poland

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A friend from Poland sent me a recent statement from a conservative politician in Poland named Roman Giertych.  The statement alleges a conspiracy between Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the leading conservative party in Poland, the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, hereafter PiS).  The secret agreement would have rendered the … Continue reading The High Treason of the Global Right: A Story from Poland

Essential Fascism: A Response to Goodfellow

Sam G (I like the Lord of the Rings echo here!): You have always maintained an appropriate caution in drawing parallels between the fascism that emerged in interwar Europe and similar elements in the US political landscape of the present.  What emerged in the Nazi period, for example, drew from foundations deeply set in medieval … Continue reading Essential Fascism: A Response to Goodfellow

Why Fascism is Wrong for the Fascists

Fascism is not wrong simply because it carried out the Shoah.  Every other political ideology has empowered their adherents to perpetrate mass crimes against humanity.  The communists persecuted and often killed kulaks and ethnic minorities by the hundreds of thousands.  The western liberal tradition may have been the most effective killer of all, murdering and … Continue reading Why Fascism is Wrong for the Fascists