Trump’s comments about the Civil War are mocked when they should be discussed

Two populists: Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump

Summary: Liberals loudly condemned Trump's remarks about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War. They should have thought instead of talked. We can learn much from looking at our long struggle with slavery, obscured as it is by centuries of myth-making. Trump was correct. The role of Andrew Jackson provides a useful perspective on this, with lessons … Continue reading Trump’s comments about the Civil War are mocked when they should be discussed

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Fear the rise of political violence in America. We can still stop it.

Black Bloc in Milan

Summary: The common responses to the increasing political violence in America range from cheering (for "our side") to complacency. But the history of other republics, such as Rome and Weimar, show that political violence can spin out of control quickly, with ugly consequences. Our tolerance for it makes this possible. This is a follow-up to The … Continue reading Fear the rise of political violence in America. We can still stop it.

Godwin’s Law should force us to remember & fear our shared heritage with Nazi Germany

Godwin's Law

Summary: American discussions often end in references to Hitler or Nazis. That's usually seen as an oddity or fun fact, when in fact it warns us of deep aspects of American society that have roots in 1930s Germany -- and that still shape our future. We prefer amnesia to confronting this. Perhaps events in the next … Continue reading Godwin’s Law should force us to remember & fear our shared heritage with Nazi Germany