Nicole Hemmer on Alex Jones and the Right-Wing Media Machine
Will Alex Jones's expensive defeat in court slow down the spread of conspiratorialism in right-wing media?
SOURCE: New Statesman
Orban's American Apologists
by John Ganz
Why is the leader of a small and politically insignificant European nation suddenly a celebrated hero for the American right? Orban's brand of nationalism represents a test of how far ethnonationalists can go in public.
SOURCE: I Used to Be Disgusted, Now I Try to Be Amused (Substack)
CPAC's Orban Fandom in Historical Context
by Jason Tebbe
Orbanism resonates with today's American right because it explicitly rejects liberalism, involves the masses in politics while rigging the system for favorable outcomes, and gets its power from resentment of marginalized “outsiders," galvanizing a group feeling its demographic and cultural position decline.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Milbank: January 6 Roots Begin with Gingrich, Not Trump
While relatively little of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" became law, the House Speaker who rose to power in 1994 set the tone for the Republican Party's rigid partisanship and demonization of the opposition, a stance that justifies antidemocratic steps to keep power.
SOURCE: Washington Post
How Charlie Kirk's "America First" School Chain Plan Collapsed
An Arizona company thought it could rake in $40 million a year in revenues by operating schools promoted by the conservative agitator, but withdrew as experts warned of ideological influence and the possibility the venture was a cash-in on a hot culture war issue.
SOURCE: The Bulwark
Is the Right Wing Fringe Moving Beyond Trump?
by Thomas Lecaque
"The most difficult part of riding a tiger, as the saying goes, is dismounting—and Donald Trump is riding a tiger of conspiracy-theorizing, apocalypse-chasing, murderous wackos."
SOURCE: Know Your Enemy Podcast
John Ganz and Lauren Stokes on the American Right's Hungary Hearts
Historian Lauren Stokes helps to explain the American right's embrace of Viktor Orban and the right-wing regime in Hungary.
SOURCE: New York Magazine
Right-Wing Trolling Didn't Start with Trump
by Rick Perlstein
"Owning the libs" through stunts and irony didn't start with Trump. Since World War II, getting under liberals' skin has mattered as much as policy and ideology, argues the historian of the conservative movement.
SOURCE: New York Times
Rush Limbaugh, Talk Radio’s Conservative Provocateur, Dies at 70
The conservative talk radio host and de facto head of the Republican Party died on February 17 after a long career of airing right-wing grievances and attacking liberals, feminists, environmentalists, Democrats, and Black political leaders.
SOURCE: The Way of Improvement Leads Home
When False Allegations from Court Evangelical Charlie Kirk Resulted in Death Threats to a Harvard Professor
by John Fea
When right-wing outrage merchants charge professors with thought crimes, is it ethical for the media to amplify those charges without investigation? Tucker Carlson says "sure."
Japan's Prime Minister is a Far-Right Nationalist
by Tessa Morris-Suzuki
Is it possible that the best way to win future wars is to avoid them altogether? As simple as that question is, you will rarely hear it asked in the halls of power in Washington.
Reclaiming Compassionate Conservatism
by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Toynbee Hall, a self-sustaining London community spearheaded by the Salvation Army, in 1902. Credit: Wiki Commons.Defeat, like death, concentrates the mind wonderfully. It also liberates the mind. People venture to think the unthinkable, or at least, the impermissible. A new generation of conservatives may be moved to reconsider some ideas that have fallen into disuse or even disrepute. Compassion is one such idea.
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- Amitai Etzioni, Theorist of Communitarianism, Dies at 94
- Kagan, Sotomayor Join SCOTUS Cons in Sticking it to Unions
- New Evidence: Rehnquist Pretty Much OK with Plessy v. Ferguson
- Ohio Unions Link Academic Freedom and the Freedom to Strike
- First Round of Obama Administration Oral Histories Focus on Political Fault Lines and Policy Tradeoffs
- The Tulsa Race Massacre was an Attack on Black People; Rebuilding Policies were an Attack on Black Wealth
- British Universities are Researching Ties to Slavery. Conservative Alumni Say "Enough"
- Martha Hodes Reconstructs Her Memory of a 1970 Hijacking
- Jeremi Suri: Texas Higher Ed Conflict "Doesn't Have to Be This Way"