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political violence



  • The Dangerous “Patriotism” of the January 6 Insurrection

    by Ben Railton

    The participants in the attack on the Capitol a year ago reflected a "mythic patriotism" founded on the belief in an authentic, white, Christian nation under attack by enemies dangerous enough to justify any measures in opposition. 


  • A Year Later: Our Tattered and Fragile Democracy

    by James D. Zirin

    American political institutions face a crisis: can they defend themselves against a growing movement that will deploy violence to achieve its goals, or will January 6 become the new normal? 



  • America as a Tactical Gun Culture

    by Chad Kautzer

    "Vigilantism is fueled by an individualist notion of sovereignty more dangerous than any military-grade weaponry. It rejects the freedom of others as equal to one’s own and views any attempt to support such equality as tyranny."



  • Kathleen Belew on Her "Field Guide to White Supremacy"

    Belew discusses the impact of the Charlottesville civil lawsuit verdict, the ongoing prosecutions of Capitol rioters, and the ongoing problem of white supremacist, neo-Nazi and right-wing extremist organizations. 



  • It's not Just the Missionaries: Haiti had 782 Kidnappings This Year

    by Cécile Accilien

    "The kidnapping business is in fact supported by the convergence of interests of the political and business elite and the international community, while the interests of the vast majority of Haitians are obviously not taken into account."



  • Gun Culture is Priming Americans for Authoritarianism

    by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    American gun culture devalues human life, desensitizes us to the presence of deadly force in our daily lives, and underlines the message that our fellow citizens are dangerous enemies.



  • Searching for Descendants of Racist Terrorism

    Wilmington, North Carolina resident Tim Pinnick has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative and numerous volunteers to try to locate every living descendant of the victims of the white supremacist coup that overthrew the city's biracial government in 1898. 



  • Bouie: America Punishes Only a Certain Kind of Rebel

    by Jamelle Bouie

    Impunity for the leaders of the Confederacy enabled the bloody overthrow of Reconstruction and the reestablishment of white supremacy. The mistake must not be repeated for the January 6 riots. 


  • The Story of January 6 Will be Told

    by Julian Zelizer

    Republican obstructionism makes it likely that the full story of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the election certification will be told in popular culture.