What is Right-Wing Populism?: Can More Madness Cure the Madness?

Right-wing Populism. Can More Madness Cure the Madness? by Montanus,  Rammer, Bohm, Bischoff, Stanley, and Berlet Oct 22, 2018  Neoliberal policy was always mad. But an even greater madness now appears with rightwing populism. Politics is mad because it writes off large parts of the population. Economic Darwinism has nested and established itself as market ideology int … Continue reading What is Right-Wing Populism?: Can More Madness Cure the Madness?

How Fascism Works: the Politics of Us and Them and its Normalization

(Editor's note: see our series on the Conservative Moral Hierarchy and notice how much overlap there is between what Stanley calls fascism and Lakoff calls the CMH. Also please see our Word of the Day Series The "F" Word: What is Fascism?) On Trump and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe Democracy Now! October 11, … Continue reading How Fascism Works: the Politics of Us and Them and its Normalization

What is Motivated Reasoning?

The Word of the Day is Motivated Reasoning. How Does It Work? by Dan Kahan Scholars and commentators have drawn attention to the contribution of “motivated cognition” to diverse political conflicts, including climate change and the birthplace of President Obama. I will offer a few points to help people assess such claims: 1. To begin, motivated cognition … Continue reading What is Motivated Reasoning?

What is the Monkeysphere?

One death is a tragedy. One million deaths is a statistic." -Kevin Federline What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You'll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere. "What the Hell is the … Continue reading What is the Monkeysphere?

What is Neoconservatism in a Nutshell?

Neoconservativism In A Nutshell by JIM LOBE https://youtu.be/6ekKvKm0UnA   I’ve been asked to give a kind of Neoconservatism 101 over the next 15 minutes or so, which is a big challenge for me. It took seven hours to get through the subject with the Institute for American Studies in Beijing 12 years ago when Chinese … Continue reading What is Neoconservatism in a Nutshell?

Is Trump an Existential Threat?

Today, we're going to ask the big question. The whole Taco Bell salad bowl value menu. It's what America wants to know and has from the beginning of this tragic comedy. Let's just go ahead and get it over with...   Does Donald Trump represent an existential threat?   Now, I don't need a weatherman … Continue reading Is Trump an Existential Threat?

The Reality-Based Community

"The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our … Continue reading The Reality-Based Community