The People vs. Donald J. Trump
Extensive opinion piece comes at a kairotic moment.

> The People vs. Donald J. Trump
> He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?
kairos  politics  trump  rhetoric 
11 days ago
On Burnett, The Radical Impossibility of Teaching
We’re selling bottled sugar water based on our sense of the needs of others. The grounding of teaching - much less Education - is rife with contractions we ignore. Going digital doesn’t change this but can offer a new ground for pedagogy. Maybe.
learning  digital_pedagogy  teaching 
14 days ago
The perennial 'The Five-Paragraph Essay Must Die' puffery
Slashdot discussions are usually pretty good, sharp, insightful. This one is the equivalent of themewriting. Uninformed, over-determined, mindless recitation of received ideas, with all options removed from the world of discussion. Posturing and posing - the trope themewriting - passing for consideration. Just as teaching the theme passes for teaching.

Read [The Plural “I” by William Coles](https://www.amazon.com/Plural-After-Jr-William-Coles/dp/0867092173/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545757840&sr=8-1&keywords=The+plural+I ) for a considered critique of the deceit of the 5 para theme and an alternative curriculum. Out of print, so reprints are inexpensive. Or try a library. Or Scribd.
teaching  nonteaching  curriculum  themewriting  rhetoric 
22 days ago
Research on speech enables secrecy
An article interesting both in methodology of Q, and in the implicit use of results: to manage administrative secrecy.
research  rhetoric  Q  bad_management 
28 days ago
Serving at Cross’s Purposes. WI unit system rewards the suck ups.
As in Wisconsin,so MnSCU. Quid pro quo has become systematized.

> Why am I not surprised? Because as anyone who has been paying attention knows, the chancellors have been carrying water for UW System President Ray Cross and the Regents for several years now. These outsized raises are financial rewards for their not having opposed or obstructed a single top-down edict from Cross and the Regents–for their having carried out his orders like good soldiers or middle managers are expected to do.

> Put differently, what both the raises and the punishment reveal is that these raises are payoffs, ex post facto bribes, or quid pro quo rewards for UW System chancellors having accepted without objection the destruction of tenure and shared governance; repeated massive budget cuts; unfunded tuition freezes; and the break-up and distribution of the UW Colleges and Extension to the four-year, comprehensive, and doctoral campuses, aka the UW System merger.

Looks like students need to go further afield to find an ethical university.
ethics  politics  mnscu  business 
4 weeks ago
John Kelly resignation: a legacy of failure - Vox
We forget how miserable he was at the border, about DACA.
trump  politics  ideology 
5 weeks ago
“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in
The kind of meetings we need to see more of: calling BS and distraction, calling for accountability.
politics  facebook  privacy 
7 weeks ago
Grammalepsy - Essays on Digital Language Art

> Collecting and recontextualizing writings from the last twenty years of John Cayley’s research-based practice of electronic literature, Grammalepsy introduces a theory of aesthetic linguistic practice developed specifically for the making and critical appreciation of language art in digital media. As he examines the cultural shift away from traditional print literature and the changes in our culture of reading, Cayley coins the term “grammalepsy” to inform those processes by which we make, understand, and appreciate language.
7 weeks ago
Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work
Just in time for T’giving, the truth emerges. Or common sense pokes its tired head out of its burrow.

> This autumn, rather than taking a huge leap forward into professional business computing, as many had hoped, the iPad retreated into its boutique, graphics niche. It's more expensive than ever, and more focused on those creatives. And as if to remind us that such fragile things of beauty are not for the white or blue-collar masses, it's more fragile than ever too.

> The problem with the iPad's direction is everything it excels at is not needed for me, nor for any other productivity software-using worker. I really don't need such an extraordinary, lavish 2388x1668 ProMotion TrueTone display. I don't need the expensive array of sensors required for Face ID – give me a thumb scanner.
satire  ipad  apple  hype 
7 weeks ago
Opinion | Trump Stands Up for Saudi Arabian Values - The New York Times
Enough said.

> President Trump confirmed the harshest caricatures drawn by America’s most cynical critics on Tuesday when he portrayed its central objectives in the world as panting after money and narrow self-interest.

> In simplistic and often inaccurate terms, the statement reflected Mr. Trump’s view that all relationships are transactional, and that moral or human rights considerations must be sacrificed to a primitive understanding of American national interests — or as he put it, “America first!” “We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,” the president declared. “In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
8 weeks ago
This Is All Donald Trump Has Left
A view from one step back. Trump’s in it for the lulz. We’re in it for the duration.

> The culture has been inching further and further into Trump’s gilded funhouse for years now, and you surely do not need me to tell you that it fucking sucks in there. But we are, by now, all the way in. Trump is nearly as ubiquitous in the culture as he has always believed he should be; the one deeply held belief that has been evident throughout his whole faithless disgrace of a life is people should be talking about Donald Trump more, on television, and he has just about seen that part through. All Trump wants, all he has ever wanted, is to be able to keep doing and taking and saying whatever he wants whenever he wants. He ran for president for this reason and this reason only
rhetoric  politics  trump  culture 
9 weeks ago
Trump has turned a corner to explicitly endorsing violence against his political foes.
> Throughout the past two years, I’ve been struck by the Trump administration’s take on the Bill of Rights—that it means one thing for friends of the president, and something else altogether for his enemies. But what is emerging is not just a breakdown in the ideas of freedom and rights in America: It’s a further pernicious claim that exercising your rights could be met with violence from those in power.
politics  rhetoric  trump 
10 weeks ago
Trump Isn’t Inciting Violence By Mistake. He Just Told Us.
He’s starting to use the military to enforce his politics against his citizens.

> Trump’s people are strong and good, and his opponents weak and bad, a classically fascist ethos.
politics  fascism  trump  fascist_rhetoric  rhetoric 
10 weeks ago
B. F. Skinner: The Most Important Theorist of the 21st Century
Audrey guides a re-visit to PSY 2100: Behaviorism (aka Rat Lab) c 1977. Thorndyke, Dewey, Skinner, and Walden 2. Classical SR and the learning curve. Meanwhile, Englebart and PARC Xerox are in the background. I trashed my undergrad notes after finishing my Master’s. My lessons learned.

> I would argue, in total seriousness, that one of the places that Skinnerism thrives today is in computing technologies, particularly in “social” technologies. This, despite the field’s insistence that its development is a result, in part, of the cognitive turn that supposedly displaced behaviorism.

Add to this the LMS, education design, the modern nation state. Cog science never replaced the Skinner box.
education  behaviorism  history  design 
12 weeks ago
Is Fraud Part of the Trump Organization’s Business Model?
What does it profit a country to bring out a real estate con? Not much. But Trump makes a strong argument for better regulation.

> It is becoming increasingly clear that, in the language of business schools, the Trump Organization’s core competency is in profiting from misrepresentation and deceit and, potentially, fraud.

As in real estate, so in politics.
fraud  trump  corruption 
october 2018
Stormy Daniels, Trump, & the Lessons of Monica Lewinsky in an Age of Cruelty - The Atlantic
> The American president, once again, mocked. And the American public, once again, let him.

Who’s in the sadder state? Trump being petty and cruel, or us for letting him be.

> A woman, punished for being too sexual. A woman, mocked for her appearance. A woman, Horsefaced. What my colleague Adam Serwer observed about Trumpism was true, in its way, for a country that looked upon that woman, Miss Lewinsky, and found not tragedy, but comedy: The cruelty, then as now, was the point.
rhetoric  trump  insult 
october 2018
Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization
A starting point to theorizing D2L and LMS. A double market for the LMS: The students, and the faculty, ed designers, and adjuncts who are more or less required to use a sanctioned LMS. The data gathering depends on social indifference.

> ‘Big data,’ I argue, is not a technology or an inevitable technology effect. It is not an autonomous process, as Schmidt and others would have us think. It originates in the social, and it is there that we must find it and know it. In this article I explore the proposition that ‘big data’ is above all the foundational component in a deeply intentional and highly consequential new logic of accumulation that I call surveil- lance capitalism. This new form of information capitalism aims to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control.
education  BigData  capitalism 
october 2018
Winter is coming: prospects for the American press under Trump - PressThink
Jay Rosen on Fear and Loathing. A solid attempt to re-define the discussion and the terms of discussion. This is what's needed - a more insightful and theory-driven press. Whether we can get there is still (11 Oct 2018) open.
journalism  trump  rhetoric 
october 2018
Donald Trump is unlikely to forgive the laughter of the UN | The Guardian
So many commentaries on the UN speech.

> The lead writer of the speech was reportedly Stephen Miller, now the primary bridge between the White House and the American far right. It showed. The address was a manifesto for nativism.
rhetoric  trump  politics  globalcapitalism 
september 2018
A Short History of CRAAP
Mike nails the central weaknesses in formula procedures.

> So let’s keep that in mind as we consider what to do in the future: contrary to public belief we did teach students online information literacy. It’s just that we taught them methodologies that were developed to decide whether to purchase reference sets for libraries.

Add this: the acronym was created to *teach* how to consider sources; it provides something to practice with, not to use in practice. All such acronyms are training wheels. One an acronym is learned, it should be set aside and insight gained from practice used, not the acronym.
teaching  nonteaching  digital_literacy 
september 2018
Anonymous Trump White House Official Pens New York Times Op-Ed Claiming to Resist Him
I see your raise and call.

> what you're confronting now is the end result of 40 years of conservative politics and all the government-is-the-problem malfeasance you've been imbibing since you were wingnuts in swaddling.
culturejamming  trump  politics 
september 2018
Wark - The Sublime Language of My Century
On the ontology of capitalism after commodification. A thought experiment.

> Quite simply, we have run out of world to commodify. And now commodification can only cannibalize its own means of existence, both natural and social. Its like that silent film where the train runs out of firewood, so the carriages themselves have to be hacked to pieces and fed to the fire to keep it moving, until nothing but the bare bogies are left.

> Could there be a way to write after Marx that isn’t based on conservative habits of mastery and interpretation, but which are based instead on experimentation and détournement?

> The thought experiment that might result is quite simple. What if it was like this: There really is something qualitatively distinct about the forces of production that produce and instrumentalize and control information. This is because information really does turn out to have strange ontological properties. Making information a force of production produces something of a conundrum within the commodity form. Information wants to be free but is everywhere in chains. It isn’t scarce, and the whole premise of the commodity is its scarcity.
commodification  hacking  IP  capitalism  detournment 
august 2018
Why Trump Supporters Don’t Care About Cohen’s Admission - The Atlantic
When white supremacy is there, right under our nose and we don’t sense it.

> for Trump and many of his supporters, corruption means less the violation of law than the violation of established hierarchies,
politics  fascist_rhetoric  polemic  trump 
august 2018
I read six sycophantic pro-Trump books — and then I read Omarosa

> None of these books is especially memorable or useful on its own. As a genre, however, and a reflection of their subject, they are instructive. These books scarcely attempt to persuade; like Trump, they focus on the already converted. Pirro dismisses Trump’s critics with catchphrases rather than arguments. “Not on my watch,” she declares, as if that meant something. “Give me a break.” “Drives me nuts.” “I don’t think so.” And my favorite: “Don’t get me started on those wackadoos.”
trump  politics 
august 2018
Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)
Fair use by education is being reconsidered in the EU. This also means that CC needs to make inroads.

> It will also mean that every website – even school websites – will have to make sure that they only post images that they have permission to post. And pretty much everyone is going to have to reeducate themselves about what is and is not allowable online.

> It going to be messy, yet the decision also represents a gradual clawing back of previous norms in the internet era. It never made sense that people should be able to take other people's hard work – whether that's music, or video, or articles, or photographs – and do whatever they want with it just because it was possible to do so quickly and easily.
publishing  EU  copyright 
august 2018
Koch Network Pushes Back on Trump's Washington | Time
Read the disclosure first, then the apologia for Koch and co.

> Disclosure: Time Inc., TIME’s parent company, was acquired by Meredith Corp. in a deal partially financed by Koch Equity Development, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc.
rhetoric  apologia  politics 
july 2018
Donald Trump is taking US down the path to tyranny (opinion) - CNN
Closer and closer.

> The Nazi henchman Hermann Göring explained in Nuremberg prison how easy it is to mobilize the public to war: "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
politics  fascism  trump 
july 2018
Clarification by misnegation
I wouldn’t want to not overlook this.
negation  trump  politics  linguistics  rhetoric 
july 2018
America must deal with Donald Trump, the first rogue president | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian
The view from outside is clearer.

> The real Trump problem is not transatlantic. It is America’s to deal with. By now, Europeans have mostly rumbled him. But far too many Americans still don’t get it. Having long proclaimed the superiority of the US governance model, it transpires Congress is unable or unwilling to hold him in check. The unbalanced supreme court, soon to embrace another arch-conservative, is no defence against White House abuse of executive orders, and parti pris American media cannot be relied upon to tell truth to power. Rogue Trump is a crisis made in America. America is where it must be fixed. The world is watching, with diminishing sympathy.
politics  trump 
july 2018
A reply to Kathleen Fitzpatrick's Why Not Blog?
An update on syndication gone cross-domain and cross-media.
doOO  scholarship3.0  wiki  socialpractices  blog 
july 2018
A domain of one’s own is more important than ever. Get one. Start a blog, start a wiki, join the community.
july 2018
Trump appointee guts UN document on racism, says leaders don't have duty to condemn hate speech - CNNPolitics
The problem when a fascist faces language.

"Not being able to support this kind of language is indicative of an administration that has to defend a President who has said that Mexicans are rapists, white nationalists are 'fine people,' and that Muslims shouldn't be allowed to travel to America," Berschinksi said.
trump  rhetoric  fascism 
june 2018
Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow
It takes an outside view to see clearly.

> Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.
trump  fascism 
june 2018
Trump’s Genius Is His Entertaining Idiocy | The Nation
> Trump’s genius for distraction, self-pity, and entertaining idiocy succeeds not only in normalizing his psychopathic behavior and malevolent prejudices but also in hiding the fact that institutions that protect our freedom and democratic rights are teetering beneath a ferocious assault. We fiddle; they burn.
trump  fascism 
june 2018
Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show
Resist. Live in truth.

> We live in a lie now, perpetrated from the very top, enhanced by relentless propaganda, and designed to shore up what is a cult. It is growing in strength. It is precisely now that we must manage at every moment to dispel it. And then to vote, en masse, for its extinction.
rhetoric  resistance  fascism  trump 
june 2018
Trump’s bizarre understanding of Capitalization is surprisingly Strategic - The Washington Post
Set aside the idea that it had to do with monetary capitalization.

> Initial capitals make words and ideas seem Really Important. They are to meaning-making what flag pins are to patriotism and gold-plating is to value — cheap signals of depth and quality that are somehow taken seriously by enormous numbers of people. (How seriously? There’s not one but two PolitiFact articles dedicated to discussions of Obama’s pin philosophy.) This capitalization technique is common in get-rich-quick and quack medicine books desperate to sell readers on the Truth of their claims.
rhetoric  linguistics  trump  capitalization 
may 2018
Trump Only Has One Scandal - The Atlantic
Slouching towards Bethlehem. The act of fascism gives way to grounds of fascism.

> There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates, who are using their official power for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people, and their attempts to shield that corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, or legal accountability.
trump  corruption  rhetoric 
may 2018
Trump Demands an Official Investigation of Obama White House - The Atlantic
Trump found a loophole. Now he needs to find a few corrupt friends will to drive through it for him. But the story is in the interpretation of the tweet: - how the doj interprets “look into.”

> This is a nakedly corrupt attempt on the part of the president to discredit and derail an investigation of himself at the expense of a human intelligence source to whose protection the FBI and DOJ are committed. My colleague at Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic, and I fleshed out the history of this saga and warned, “Don’t underestimate this episode. It will have a long tail and big consequences—all of them terrible.”

> The idea that the president doesn’t interfere in law-enforcement investigative matters is one of our deep normative expectations of the modern presidency. But it is not a matter of law. ... The only real restraint on the president—other than his own conscience and political pressures—in dipping down into the FBI and Justice Department and directing investigations for his own personal purposes is the willingness of senior law-enforcement officials to carry out improper orders.
trump  rhetoric  hermaneutics 
may 2018
Rebecca Solnit: The Coup Has Already Happened | Literary Hub
Anxiety arrives.

> After the coup, everything seems crazy, the news is overwhelming, and some try to cope by withdrawing or pretending that things are normal. Others are overwhelmed and distraught. I’m afflicted by a kind of hypervigilance of the news, a daily obsession to watch what’s going on that is partly a quest for sense in what seems so senseless. At least I’ve been able to find the patterns and understand who the key players are, but to see the logic behind the chaos brings you face to face with how deep the trouble is.

> We still have an enormous capacity to resist the administration, not least by mass civil disobedience and other forms of noncooperation. Sweeping the November elections wouldn’t hurt either, if that results in candidates we hold accountable afterward. Or both. I don’t know if there’s a point at which it will be too late, though every week more regulations, administrators, and norms crash and burn—but we are long past the point at which it is too soon.
may 2018
There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick • The Register
The middle-aged Register speaks to the medicare-aged retiring. There's more time to stay further in front of the curve when you're old.

> The kids of my day bantered in rhyming slang and Nadsat; these days they speak StartUp and DipShit.

> Age has nothing to do with the definition of culture.

> In fact, the whole age thing is overrated if you ask me. All my neighbours are long retired but they are completely up to date on modern culture, from AI in healthcare to Facebook’s naughtiness. OK, admittedly one of them thought Stormy Daniels was a rapping conjurer but that’s what you get when you strike up conversation in the automated till queue at Waitrose.

> It’s simply because most people are thick. I realise now that I’m not an old geezer worried that modern culture has left him behind. I’m just a snob. Phew! I can live with that.
april 2018
Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly
> "We need to stand up, speak out, and call out when government is being used as a tool to attack the conditions that make it possible for news to serve as a check on power," said Rosenworcel. "We cannot allow the cry of fake news to extinguish our inquiry into hard subjects, diminish our willingness to seek truth, or temper our support for the First Amendment."
fcc  freespeech 
april 2018
RSS is undead
Reasons to love RSS: no branding, no user analytics, no ads, user rather than provider curation. Content.
socialpractices  reading  marketing  rss 
april 2018
The Final Surrender of Anti-Trump Conservatism
“An authoritarian can be a Republican in good standing.” Not really a novel conclusion. But conservative support for Trump has revealed the anti-democratic ideology at its core.
authoritarianism  politics  trump 
march 2018
The Fall of the TV Family in Trump's America | WIRED
The TV family sitcom never was a forum for debate. The Beaver never sat dow with Wally and had it out. Rosanne has was a Snidely Whiplash melodrama.

> rushed through on the way to the next joke
march 2018
25 Years of EdTech – 2000: Learning objects
LO couldn't die fast enough. Locally, they were pushed top down by admins looking for standardization. Pedagogically, the problem was decontextualization that drained them of worth outside of training.
open_learning  learningobjects 
march 2018
25 years of EdTech – 1998: Wikis
Martin Weller reminds us that wikis didn’t take off in education - but not without effort from a lot of us. Effort that went on from 2003 here: http://erhetoric.org/WeblogsAndWikis . Why would wiki fail? Wikis are easy to work on, but wiki-writing is hard. It doesn’t have to be hard, but the dominant rhetoric pushes against the provisional, speculative, slowly-evolving-over-time, communal work that wikis support.
wikis  edtech  #en3177 
march 2018
Project 1: Andy Campbell’s “The Flat” | Digital Fiction
Close reading and analysis of The Flat digilit. Discovers aporia / epiphany dialectic and uses that to inform the reading. Time waits for no-
#en3177  digitallierature 
february 2018
David Gergen: President Trump's attacks on media pose 'growing' threat to America - Feb. 18, 2018
> "This is what splits a country apart," he added. "In many other countries, it's been the beginnings of an authoritarian rule. And that's the larger threat hanging over us now...I find that the threat is growing."

> "We think our democracy can survive anything, but these things happen slowly and then suddenly," Pfeiffer said.
trump  fascism  rhetoric 
february 2018
Top U.S. officials tell the world to ignore Trump’s tweets - The Washington Post
Dateline Munich + foreign policy + trump means pay attention.

> One diplomat, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid provoking Trump, asked whether policymakers like McMaster who adhere largely to traditional U.S. foreign policy positions were falling into the same trap as Germany’s elite during Hitler’s rise, when they continued to serve in government in the name of protecting their nation.
trump  politics  fascism 
february 2018
Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It
A. Checklists are always a sign of non-education. B. Engagement is required. C. Heuristics and material practice count.
fakenews  openeducation  mooc  #en3177  education  infoliteracy 
february 2018
Donald Trump's Words Are Reshaping American Politics - The Atlantic
> Politics is downstream from persuasion, and law is downstream from language. Trump has failed to perform the role of a diligent executive, reserving much of his day for television, personal calls, and cultural encyclicals on Twitter.
trump  politics  rhetoric 
february 2018
Fake news has a long history. Beware the state being keeper of ‘the truth’ | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
The fear isn’t Trump’s proclamation but the government’s endorsement. I blame the coffee houses.
history  socialmedia  freespeech 
february 2018
Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers • The Register
My nostalgia. When singles fought back at prog rock, and we taped the whole thing. In low fi. C30 C60 C90.
february 2018
What is Psychogeography? — Steemit
> "Psychogeography is the study of the effects of geographical settings, consciously managed or not, acting directly on the mood and behaviour of the individual”.

> Détournment is a dialectical tool. It is an "insurrectional style" by which a past form is used to show its own inherent untruth-- an untruth masked by ideology. It can be applied to billboards, written texts, films, cartoons, blog posts, etc., as well as to city spaces.
psychogeography  dialectic 
february 2018
From a cartographer

>- diverse activities that raise awareness of the natural and cultural environment around you
- attentive to senses and emotions as they relate to place and environment
serious fun
- often political and critical of the status quo

With examples of mapping emotions.
psychogeography  derive 
february 2018
With a turn towards the revolutionary. China
> Psychogeography is the effect of place upon the psyche and the importance of the psyche within the landscape. The term was first discussed in the early 1950s by Guy Debord of the Situationist International, who attributed its coining to “an illiterate Kabyle.” The concept itself is simple, ancient, and foundational to an animist view of the world.
psychogeography  dialectic 
february 2018
The truth about Donald Trump's jokes - CNNPolitics
Calling it a joke makes Sanders and the other functionaries complicit. Just following orders. But it’s an attempt at making us all complicit. The language of dictators.

> More importantly, though, is the rhetorical usefulness of playing off a smiling accusation -- of treason, a capital offense -- as a gag. To start, it immediately diminishes those who find it upsetting. Implicit in Sanders' defense is a taunt: What's wrong, can't take a joke? It's a conversation ender, and for Trump, one he used successfully on his way to the White House and in his first year in the job.
february 2018
Trump's Dangerous Treason Accusation Against Democrats - The Atlantic
Call the opposition treasonous. Then add a military parade. What do you have?

> But (and this is important), there’s no reason a federal employee can’t criticize a sitting president.

This isn't a Sun King. This is not a joke. It's 1939.
rhetoric  trump 
february 2018
Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name - The Atlantic
Naming matters. Action n comes of naming.

> Or it is time to call this era flat-out a return to fascism.

> For him that is not “populism” (or the U.S. version, “economic anxiety,”) nor garden-variety corruption nor even longer-term democratic distress. Instead it is the reawakening of the force that began destroying Europe a century ago, outright fascism:

The term populism, being the preferred description for a modern-day revolt of the masses, will not provide any meaningful understanding concerning that phenomenon … The use of the term populist is only one more way to cultivate the denial that the ghost of fascism is haunting our societies again and to deny the fact that liberal democracies have turned into their opposite: mass democracies deprived of the spirit of democracy.
trump  politics  rhetoric  categorization  naming 
february 2018
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