Right-Wing Extremism is the Most Dangerous Threat to American Democracy

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” – Pastor Martin Niemoller, Holocaust survivor (1955) On October 27th, 11 people were murdered and six were injured in the…

Governmental Censorship in the Age of Trump

In 1951, William F. Buckley, Jr. published a book entitled: “God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of ‘Academic Freedom.’”  This work is the first instance of the all too familiar argument that conservative speech is censored on college campuses.  During the 1950s – when capitalism was at its peak, and the social movements of the 1960s had yet to kick off – this accusation was easily dismissed by the American public.  It wasn’t until the late 1970s that Buckley’s persecution complex gained traction in mainstream conservatism. Since then, conservative…

White Radicalization in the Aftermath of Charlottesville

For most Americans, the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th, 2017 was horrifying.  Just a few years ago, many would have thought that something like this was impossible: indeed, the idea of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis garnering enough support to march on the University of Virginia, freely and unafraid, in 2017 is disturbing.  Fewer still would have predicted that the rally—which resulted in three deaths and at least 34 injuries—would be actively defended by our president, Donald Trump. Needless to say, the power of white nationalists—both on the…