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A year old article, yes, but it remains relevant, and will likely be evergreen for some time to come.

Punching Nazis won't work. Derek Black only came around after the long, patient, painful, and risky effort of a brave few students to slowly work away at the foundation of his prejudice until he was open to the facts that undermined his entire worldview. That isn't easy, and there are some for whom it won't work.

This also isn't an American problem. Brexit was about immigration. France's runner up in their election was a White Nationalist. Germany elected a few White Nationalists to their Parliament for the first time in about 80 years. This resentment never went away, it merely waned for a while.

With White Nationalists and full Nazis freely marching or streets again, it makes sense that people are again on high alert: we should be. And while we may have gone to war with a Nazi state in WWII, it's important to remember that they had a state to declare war on then.

They don't right now, and thus the strategies we need to use to stop that from happening need to be different.

We need to identify the most radical, help push them back to the fringes. We need to stop creating situations where less radical (though also wrong) people find it necessary to support the worst, because they perceive the distance between themselves and the Nazis smaller than with the rest of us.

And yes, the onus on this is on us. We can't rise to the baited violence. We have to reach out with an open hand instead of a closed fist. We have to lay bare their atrocities. Their wrongness. We must be better.

It won't be easy, but it was prematurely declaring success battling these sorts of ideologies that allowed us to ignore their rise in the first place.

Their ideology is also simplistic and visceral. It's easier for them to win, because they want to make losers. They want to take. Those of us who believe that we are stronger together, that the game isn't zero sum, and that the problems we face have equitable solutions have a much harder set of victory conditions, because nuance is hard.

But we can do it. We can overcome Trump. We can overcome hate. We can win. But our game is the long game, and we can't get frustrated and try to play theirs.
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Since the Alabama Senate race appears to include an actual secessionist, and we still have people marching in the street, waving the Confederate Battle Flag, it's good to get a reminder abut the many things almost everyone gets wrong about the historical context of The Civil War.
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Everything Trump says about his Tax Plan is false.

The gains it will produce for the average American are miniscule. The gains it will produce for Billionaires are enormous.

Because this plan does not address the inherent unfairness in the way our tax code hands out deductions. There will be no growth to make up for this, because the top one-tenth of one-percent already have more money than they could spend over a thousand lifetimes, and physically lack the time to invest it in any real growth, let alone the motivation.

And even if there was economic growth, those gains would continue to be isolated to those who need it the least.
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Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore's principal backer believes that the South should secede again. How much you want to bet he'd advocate removal of language equivalent to the 13th Amendment from his vision of a New Confederate Constitution?

Roy Moore is a dangerous lunatic being financially backed by even more dangerous lunatics. And the GOP allows him to bear their standard, making them culpable for all of this. Sadly, I question whether the voters in Alabama will think of much beyond that R next to Moore's name on the ballot in November.
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Turns out there is something dumber than AA that courts are forcing upon addicts, and it's basically indentured servitude.

Legal, due to the 13th Amendment basically having a waiver for any convicted criminal, but deeply immoral, of just about what I expect from American Christofascists.
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The lip service so many give to supporting our troops is laid bare in the way Trump supporters follow their draft dodging demagogue in mocking Senator McCain for his choice to vote No on a bill that the CBO said would hurt Americans more than the status quo, a bill that was crafted far more secretly than the ACA, who's process has been so harshly criticized for over half a decade.

McCain has a voting record that many are justified in being critical of. However, he has always been a Patriot. A man who sacrificed for his Nation, and who continued to serve his entire life. To mock him in the way that Trump, that cowardly clown is want to do is offensive in and of itself, but for so many who pride themselves in their supposed patriotism to join in, is simply unconscionable.

I try so hard to understand the Trump voter, to give them the benefit of the doubt and to assume they were acting rationally, but I just can't understand why anyone would vote for a known liar, a terrible leader, a constant litigatee, abd a lousy business man. Yes, his opponent was unpopular and widely believed to be criminal, but Trump has actually committed crimes, that are proven (though his fraud and discrimination doesn't generally land people in jail), instead of just hypothetical. A vote for Trump is so completely inexplicable I will never understand.
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Concentrated Wealth doesn't lead to More Spending, Growth

It never has, but we've got a substantial amount of the country that has been convinced it does by people who care only about maintaining their power. Even if your believe that Government should spend less, and thus should have less tax revenue overall, surely the source of that revenue clearly can do with some adjusting.

Is it redistribution? A little, but we can redistribute a little of this wealth, an amount the top one-tenth of one percent will barely notice, and dramatically improve our economic velocity in a way that lifts us all.
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I can completely understand how the Juggalo Community could come to the attention of the FBI and some anti-gang task forces. They absolutely use the language of gangs to describe themselves (they call themselves "family", talk a lot about carrying hatchets and violence), but as weird as this fandom is, they simply don't look like a gang once you look below this surface stuff.

The coverage of this March on Washington has all been incredibly positive, which is incredibly rare when talking about Juggalos, because most people have no idea what to make of this sub-culture.
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I knew this Catalonia Independence thing was going to be aggressively opposed by Madrid, but this is not what I thought that it would look like.
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Good coverage of the legitimate problems with moving American's to Single Payer Healthcare, and how Bernie's rhetoric simply pretends they aren't problems.

Our employer-based Healthcare system is really pretty awful, but people don't like change, especially to their own health insurance.
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