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The Trump Reality Show

Today’s episode: Scaramucci (the “Mooch”) turns on Trump after Trump attacked him on Twitter. Yesterday’s episode: Trump pushing conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death. Timothy Snyder explains why we are caught up in the constant drama of a Reality T.V. President. Read more…


Responding to Nikki Haley

First Trump tweeted this: Then Nikki Haley tweeted this: That’s telling him off, Nikki! I mean, you really let him know how wrong he is! (sarcasm) [View my response as a Twitter thread] Actually, Nikki, attacking Baltimore and others is Read more…


Sadopopulism, again.

[For new subscribers who’ve never heard the term] Sen. Paul tried to stop funding for 911 First Responders. The EPA won’t ban a pesticide associated with health problems in children. They do this while offering tax cuts for the rich Read more…


Victimization & Sadopopulism

The equation is: Victimization (my post from two days ago) + Sadopopulism = cruelty This is how we get to the kind of cruelty we see at the border.  Yale professor explains how such cruelty is possible. We start with Read more…


Orchestrated Chaos

The events Wednesday and Thursday—beginning with Trump storming out of a meeting, and culminating with Trump tweeting a doctored video of Pelosi—went beyond the usual level of bizarre.  But don’t be fooled. There’s a method underlying what appears to be Read more…


A Tool Can’t Collude

NBC News is reporting that some on the Mueller team say his findings paint a picture of a campaign whose members were manipulated by a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation. This is exactly what Professor Timothy Snyder has been saying all along. Read more…


Repairing the Damage

[View here as a Twitter thread] People ask “is it too late to save our Democracy?” 1/ No, of course it’s not too late. The damage can be repaired. But it won’t be easy. Some of the panic is centered Read more…


Governing by Crisis, Spectacle — and SadoPopulism

[View as a Twitter thread] “Rather than governing, the leader produces crisis and spectacle.” (quotation from Ilyin, the Russian philosopher whose ideas inspire and guide Putin.) Information in this thread is from: 2/ Ilyin was a Russian nobleman who went Read more…


How to beat authoritarianism

[View here as a Twitter thread] @champasoft asks how we can repair in 2020 with Trump stacking the courts. I hear despair in that question. Despair comes partly from not understanding our history and thus thinking: “This never happened before!” and Read more…


Trump is doing it on purpose

[View here as a Twitter thread.]   I wrote about sadopopulism earlier this week. Kay asked “Do you think Trump is purposefully doing this? Or it is it instinctual?” Answer: I think both. 1/ Yale professor and author of How Fascism Read more…