Democracy in Crisis


Nessa Kessinger

Trump’s flirtation with racism and white nationalist groups is not new. But the precise mechanisms by which the administration and ally media outlets like Breitbart act as bridges to normalize hate groups is becoming increasingly clear. more

Oct 16, 2017 1:58 PM Democracy in Crisis

It seems like everyone is lost in some form of magical thinking at the moment, digging deep into their favored minutiae and ignoring everything else. more

Oct 9, 2017 4:59 AM Democracy in Crisis


Anson Stevens-Bollen

If there is a single Trumpian ideology becoming clear after a chaotic nine months in office, it is white supremacy. And there is no way that will not color an election in the Deep South. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:54 PM Democracy in Crisis

To go along with their new half-ironic religion, they created a purely digital (and imaginary) country called Kekistan and after the election they made Trump their God-Emperor. And they started getting flags made. more

Sep 25, 2017 4:36 PM Democracy in Crisis

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J.M. Giordano

At one point, the Juggalos chanted “one of us! one of us!”—a reference to the 1932 film "Freaks." The Juggalos, antifa, and the militia are all freaks. All three groups are hated and feared by the average Americans. more

Sep 18, 2017 5:01 AM Democracy in Crisis

When Sheriff Joe Arpaio “jokes” that his tent city is a “concentration camp,” we should take note. When he raids the homes of journalists, we should be on guard. When the president pardons him, this is a signal. more

Sep 4, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis


Anson Stevens-Bollen

The election should have shown us clearly that the center cannot hold. The majority lost and we elected an authoritarian entirely uninterested in compromise. more

Aug 28, 2017 3:03 PM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments


Baynard Woods

White supremacy is a white problem. Even if its grosser displays disgust us, we still benefit from it. more

Aug 22, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments


Baynard Woods

When that gray car slammed into those people, it shattered a part of America, or at least the illusion of it. I don’t know what that means yet, because it shattered something in me, too. more

Aug 14, 2017 11:21 AM Democracy in Crisis

Although President Trump’s “please don’t be too nice” comment grabbed all the attention from a July 28 speech, he also applauded the use of military weaponry by police departments. more

Aug 7, 2017 6:00 AM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Trump was right when he said the system was broken; he is proof of that. He is the culmination of our normal. By saying that the Trump regime is not normal, you give power to his followers who voted for him for exactly that reason. It validates them. more

Jul 31, 2017 1:09 PM Democracy in Crisis


Baynard Woods

Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin tells activists “Don’t stop long enough to get depressed. Don’t stop long enough to think you need self care.” more

Jul 24, 2017 11:40 AM Democracy in Crisis

No one disputes the fact that property was damaged that day or that police officers were injured. But the government contends that wearing black in the vicinity of a black bloc action is evidence of criminal conspiracy. more

Jul 17, 2017 3:03 PM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Jim DeMint calls the Convention of States the next stage of the Tea Party, which wanted to limit federal power. It makes ideological sense for him. But the crazy thing is that it might actually be possible. more

Jul 10, 2017 11:20 AM Democracy in Crisis


Baynard Woods

“We’re out here to send a clear message to the Senate that we will not tolerate them writing a bill that is not inclusive of all Americans,” Nasr said. “If they’re not working for the American people, then we will be out here werkin’.” more

Jul 3, 2017 1:23 PM Democracy in Crisis


Baynard Woods

The media’s adoration of Trump didn’t begin with this campaign. We loved the Trump show. But now the lovers — the press and the president — are quarreling. more

Jun 26, 2017 2:54 PM Democracy in Crisis


Anson Stevens Bollen

A black bloc action is newsworthy. And yet, according to the indictment, Aaron Cantú is being charged for merely moving in proximity to the group he was covering. more

Jun 19, 2017 12:26 PM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Much of the bureau’s history is shameful. In 2015, Comey said he required agents to study the Bureau’s Martin Luther King Jr. files and other instances of injustice, “to insure that we remember our mistakes and that we learn from them.” more

Jun 12, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments

As the Vietnam War escalated in 1967, Ed Sanders and his band The Fugs performed an exorcism of the Pentagon. Fifty years later, Sanders performs “Exorcism of the White House” at the Lincoln Memorial. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments

There are differences between Andrew Jackson and Hitler and Trump. Two of the three are guilty of genocide. But neither Jackson nor Hitler actually had the capacity — in the form of nuclear weapons — to destroy the entire world. Trump does. more

May 29, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis