Fascism Is On The Rise In America: Is It A Real Threat This Time?

by Tony Wyman There’s never been a time in human history where fascism took hold in a nation unless there existed in the population a strong sense of injustice, social or ethnic tension, or anxiety over a declining or stagnant economy. Never has fascism found purchase in a nation experiencing times when the economy was sound, when plentiful jobs were providing workers with growing paychecks, when the people were united by shared values and a belief that the nation’s governing system worked equally for all, regardless of class, politics, race…

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Confederate Statues: Monuments to Heroes or Memorials to a Failed Past?

Confederate_statue_at_Williamson_County,_TX,_Courthouse

By Tony Wyman   Confederate Statues, Monuments, Memorials Arthur Danto, the American art critic and philosopher, once defined the difference between a “monument” and a “memorial,” this way, “We erect monuments so that we shall always remember, and build memorials so that we shall never forget.” Monuments, he said, “commemorate the memorable and embody the myths of beginnings. Memorials ritualize remembrance and mark the reality of ends.” So, what are the roughly 700 Confederate Civil War statues erected around the country?  Are they monuments embodying the “myths of beginnings,” or…

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The Alt-Right Is Threatening Southern Heritage

a white supremacist / white nationalist member of the "Aryan Guard" holds a "White Pride" flag with black background and white lettering and logo

by Tony Wyman The people of the South are a patriotic and proud folk, as passionate in the defense of their heritage as they are in defense of the United States.   They have good reason to be proud of their heritage. The South has produced some of the greatest Americans in history. George Washington, the nation’s first and perhaps greatest president, was born in the southern state of Virginia. He not only led a rag tag army of poorly-supplied, poorly-trained troops against the greatest army in the world at the…

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Nothing Good Comes From Trading Patriotism For Nationalism – “Alt-Right” Is Wrong On Every Level

by Oletta Branstiter The Shocking Reality of Nationalism No one should be surprised at the mayhem that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday. Shocked? Yes. Horrified? Yes. Disgusted? Yes. After the eight years of racial tension and provocation by the Obama administration, Americans without a firm moral compass, historical perspective, and Constitutional understanding chose to endorse a man who campaigned on the premise of vengeful Nationalism. Donald Trump never represented Patriotism. As a demagogue, he used powerful populism to whip up the reactionary emotions of his followers to accept a type…

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The Re-emergence of Hate Crimes When Political Incorrectness has Gone Amok

By Dani Graham Three people were murdered and one injured recently in two separate incidents in which hate seemed to be the motivation. These senseless deaths can be attributed to the recent rise in racism and bigotry. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, a University of Maryland student, Richard Collins III, was stabbed to death because of the color of his skin. The alleged killer, Sean Christopher Urbanski, belonged to the Facebook group, “Alt-Reich: Nation”, which openly spread hate and promoted violence toward all minorities, especially the black community. Collins had…

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