Tag: Republican Party

The Dangers Of Right-Wing Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

From President Trump himself to conservative commentators on Fox News, conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are putting lives at risk. At first, it seems hard to believe that reactions to the now worldwide coronavirus pandemic would divide American political leaders and ordinary citizens along ideological lines. But, in fact, it has. It began with President Trump’s initial take that the… Continue reading “The Dangers Of Right-Wing Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories”

GOP Is Similar To US Communist Party In The Early 20th Century

From their suppression of dissenting voices, use of propaganda, and capitulation to Russia, the GOP is behaving like US Communists in the 1930s and 1940s.   In a recent issue of The New Yorker, the Harvard University historian, Jill Lepore, challenges the mood of pessimism that has overcome many thoughtful individuals about the direction of… Continue reading “GOP Is Similar To US Communist Party In The Early 20th Century”

How The Radical Right Took American Politics Hostage

Through fear-mongering, conspiracy theories, and voter suppression tactics, the far-right has poisoned America’s political discourse in pursuit of power. Writing an op-ed column “Why Republicans Play Dirty” in The New York Times, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt describe recent efforts by Republican executives and legislators – at both the state and federal levels – to subvert the… Continue reading “How The Radical Right Took American Politics Hostage”

How Republicans Engineered Minority Rule

Through racial grievance politics and voter suppression tactics, the GOP has clung to power by cultivating a fearful minority of white voters. The dominance of white voters in American elections is under threat. Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and those of Native American descent now represent a growing and active part of America’s electorate. If the demographic… Continue reading “How Republicans Engineered Minority Rule”

From The Plantation To The Caravan: America’s History Of White Nationalism

The false anxiety that whiteness is under siege fueled the rise of Trump, but it isn’t new. You can trace white supremacist culture throughout American history. In the context of contemporary politics in America and the rise of the radical right, whiteness feels like it is having its moment in the sun. The election of… Continue reading “From The Plantation To The Caravan: America’s History Of White Nationalism”