Godwin’s Law: Crying Wolf When There’s a Wolf

Trump, Hitler, Nazi Germany, and Godwin's Law

Godwin’s law is an Internet “meme” that recognizes a recurring phenomenon of online argumentation: as discussions get lengthier and more passionate,  a debater will eventually compare someone or something to Hitler. Godwin’s Law provides that when such a comparison is made, the guilty person has effectively forfeited the argument. Godwin’s Law is recognition that name-calling is not productive debate. An accusation […]

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Trump Anti-Immigrant VOICE Initiative Has Nazi Roots

Trump proposes VOICE - program with Nazi roots

During his first speech before a joint session of Congress last night, Donald Trump brought up an initiative that has overt ties to Nazi Germany. Called VOICE (Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement), the initiative would publicize crimes committed by immigrants within the borders of the United States. Addressing those gathered, Trump rationalized his new police force explaining, “We are providing a voice to those who have […]

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The Trump Cabal–God Help Us All

Donald Trump

Yesterday, facing massive opposition, Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary withdrew. But that was a minor victory; most of his ill-equipped nominees have been confirmed. The most accurate one-liner about  the sorry lot that Donald Trump has assembled to run–or destroy– some of the nation’s most important agencies was by a Facebook poster who said he’d seen better cabinets at IKEA. […]

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Telling It Like It Is: Trump & White Male Privilege

Donald Trump's KKK problem

Today, unfathomable as it is, Donald Trump will become President of the United States. How could this happen? Granted, Trump lost the popular vote overwhelmingly, but despite being manifestly unfit for the office, he mustered enough support from millions of Americans to win the Electoral College. The Chattering Classes have offered a number of explanations, almost all of them centering […]

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Trump Compares U.S. to Nazi Germany After Intelligence Leak

Trump Compares US to Nazi Germany After Intelligence Leak

After CNN published a breaking news story yesterday detailing a two page synopsis of a set of intelligence memos being taken more seriously by the intelligence community, Buzzfeed took the unusual step of publishing those memos for the public to review. The memos had been circulating around the mainstream political and media community since well before the election but because of the difficulty […]

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“Alt-Right” Hero Milo Yiannopoulos Offered Book Deal

Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos – Breitbart editor and defacto spokesperson for the so-called “Alt-right” (composed mostly of racists and neo-Nazis) via his work with Breitbart – just struck a deal with Simon & Schuster subsidiary Threshold Editions for a $250,000 autobiographical book. Best known for his ban from Twitter for inciting racial harassment against actress Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos believes his brand of hate speech is not […]

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Democracy: When American Exceptionalism Isn’t Enough

American Exceptionalism - are we truly exceptional? Is Democracy safe?

A recent research report from Journalists’ Resources examined whether regulations intended to protect the environment cost jobs. The belief that such regulatory activity has a negative effect on employment has been an article of faith among conservative Republicans, yet research on the issue fails to confirm that faith– there is little evidence that environmental regulations substantially impact overall employment figures. I thought […]

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Appointments & Allies: Trump is NOT an LGBTQ Ally

Appointments and Allies - Donald Trump is not an LGBTQ Ally

While President Elect Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, recent actions and appointments demonstrate he has nothing but ill intentions for LGBTQ people. We touched on this briefly in our rundown of his announced appointments, but the bigger picture deserves a more in depth view. As of the writing of this article, literally […]

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Steve Bannon: “Genetic Superiority” & Voting Rights Restrictions

Steve Bannon and the Alt-Right

Recent reporting by the New York Times adds credence to the case against Stephen Bannon’s appointment to Donald Trump’s administration. Though we’ve covered his anti-Semitic and racist ties through Brietbart and his proud, admitted promotion of the so-called “Alt-right” movement, new interviews have emerged linking the embattled appointee to such concepts as “genetic superiority” (a concept Trump has personally espoused […]

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The Unraveling Begins: The Spike in Hate Crimes

hate crime hate crimes

Swastikas on churches. Threatening graffiti in minority neighborhoods. Racist posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Klan and the American Nazi Party celebrating Trump’s “win for the Whites.” These are very scary times. Ed Brayton notes that Raw Story is keeping a list of all of the bigoted, criminal and violent attacks on gays, blacks, Muslims, women, Latinos in others since […]

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