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5 Tips For Stretching Your Donation Dollars

5 Tips For Stretching Your Donation DollarsThere’s no shortage of media reports listing which groups are taking donations, often with scant guidance about what kinds of relief these organizations can offer.

For A Primer On How To Make Fun Of Nazis, Look To Charlie Chaplin

For A Primer On How To Make Fun Of Nazis, Look To Charlie ChaplinWhile many anti-fascists offered serious and potent arguments against Hitler, comedians like Charlie Chaplin responded to the mortal threat that the Nazis posed in a different way: They used humor to highlight the absurdity and hypocrisy of both the message and its notorious messenger.

Why Our Global ‘Age Of Rage’ Is Entering A New Phase

Why Our Global ‘Age Of Rage’ Is Entering A New PhaseProtesters have recently been out in force in Russia, Poland, Hungary, northern Morocco and Venezuela; sizeable democracy marches have mobilized to mark key moments in Hong Kong and Turkey

To Defeat Tyranny Today Look To The Past

tyrannyDemocracy is under assault. Vladimir Putin’s authoritarianism, ISIS terrorism, the nuclear threat from North Korea and Donald Trump’s populism are just a few examples of the forces challenging our societies.

If Democracy Is To Survive, Youth Must Stand Up And Defend It

If Democracy Is To Survive, Youth Must Stand Up And Defend According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist authoritarianism.

A Look Inside The Minds Of Trump’s True Believers

A Look Inside The Minds Of Trump’s True BelieversWhen Donald Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University this spring, he told the graduates that “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.”

How Mainstream Media Can Still Effect Social Change

How Mainstream Media Can Still Effect Social ChangeWhile there is much to critique about the news media in this age of “post-truth” within a landscape dominated by a handful of media conglomerates, we need the press to hold our leaders and institutions accountable. Locally, when the occasion calls for it, we should laud the press.

Why There Are Costs To Moral Outrage

Why There Are Costs To Moral OutrageMany Americans are morally outraged that U.S. President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating possible links between Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government.

Can We Predict Political Uprisings?

Can We Predict Political Uprisings?Forecasting political unrest is a challenging task, especially in this era of post-truth and opinion polls.

Why We Now Have Government By and For Donald Trump

Why We Now Have Government By and For Donald TrumpLast Monday, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment.

Is Venezuela On The Verge Of Dictatorship?

Some observers are calling the recent events in Venezuela a transition to blatant dictatorship.

Why The Renewed Obsession With Alternative Nazi Histories?

Nazis have taken over London – on screens at least. The BBC’s absorbing new series SS-GB, based on Len Deighton’s popular 1978 novel, imagines a world in which the Nazis have invaded and defeated Britain by 1941.

Is There Structural Racism On The Internet?

Is There Structural Racism On The Internet?The racial inequalities afflicting Americans and our society today are in many ways a result of the result of spatial segregation.

The UK Is In The Midst Of A National Nervous Breakdown

The UK Is In The Midst Of A National Nervous BreakdownWhat a mess. Just when you thought that the governing class could do no more to fail in their custodianship of Britain’s political settlement, it surprises us all. And let’s not forget the role of “the people” in creating the current impasse.