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Democracy in Crisis

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Democracy in Crisis: Fire and ‘Fire and Fury’

Steve Bannon is the antihero of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s ribald and riveting account of the early days of the Trump regime. Even if you read the bestseller with...

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Democracy in Crisis: James O’Keefe and Project Veritas have no claim to the word ‘truth’

Project Veritas, the creepo undercover right-wing sting team run by James O’Keefe, spent months trying to fool The Washington Post into printing false accusations against theocrat and alleged pedophile Roy...

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Democracy in Crisis: Protestors arrested on Trump’s Inauguration Day are facing felony charges

The J20 caseis the first mass trial, beginning this week. Most of the defendants were arrested on Inauguration Day, after a protest (which the government has called a riot) resulted...

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Democracy in Crisis: In the struggle to reclaim the U.S. from Trump, impeachment is an unlikely solution

What a year it has been since the dark night when the Democrats lost to Trump. And now, still lacking a serious vision, the Democrats will use the promise of...

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Democracy in Crisis: Trump’s flirtations with racism are making the alt-right more palatable

In the same way that Breitbart launders the extremist views of the Daily Stormer, the Trump administration is acting as a bridge to legitimize Nazi and Confederacy sympathizers.

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Democracy in Crisis: What ‘War and Peace,’ umbrellas and anti-fascists tell us about the way we understand the world

Last week, a few moments before Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, chair and co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee respectively, came out to present an update on their investigation...

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Politics, guns and terror in Las Vegas

In this week's episode cohosts Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg talk about right-wing politics, country music, guns and the terror in Las Vegas.

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Democracy in Crisis: Alabama’s special election and Trump’s attack on Kaepernick point to an even more racist Republican future

Last week, the populist theocratic authoritarian former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore beat Luther Strange in a special election to fulfil the rest of Jeff Sessions’ term in the Senate....

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Democracy in Crisis: How Pepe-posting meme warriors responded to real violence from the alt-right

For the internet's Trump-endorsing shitposters, it seems that the big problem with the Nazis is that they aren’t ironic enough in their hatred.

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Tariq Touré on sports and the national anthem

In this week’s episode, Brandon Soderberg talks with poet and activist Tariq Touré about his poem "For the Love of the Game."

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Reporter Alec MacGillis on Jared Kushner, Ben Carson and Mitch McConnell

This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis about Jared Kushner’s rental properties, Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the machinations of Mitch...

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Democracy in Crisis: The Juggalos March on Washington eclipses pro-Trump ‘Mother of All Rallies’

The political heat of 2017 has finally boiled all the political chants down to their essence. “Fuck that shit!” More than a thousand juggalos -- fans of the horror-art rap...

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Dale Beran on 4chan, the alt-right and the rise of Donald Trump

This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Dale Beran about 4chan, the alt-right and the rise of Donald Trump. Earlier this year, Beran wrote an article about the growth of...

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Democracy in Crisis: Fearing deportation, Haitians flee the U.S. for Canada

Francois LeFranc, 45, lingers over breakfast in the dining room of the NAV Centre, an Ontario hotel and conference center on the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dressed in...