authoritarianism

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Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

By Henry A. Giroux
Truthdig
April 22, 2017

It is impossible to imagine the damage Trump and his white nationalists, economic fundamentalists, and white supremacists friends will do to civil liberties, the social contract, the planet, and life itself in the next few years.

Rather than address climate change, the threat of nuclear war, galloping inequality, the elimination of public goods, Trump and his vicious acolytes have accelerated the threats faced by these growing dangers. Moreover, the authoritarian steam roller just keeps bulldozing through every social protection and policy put in place, however insufficient, in the last few years in order to benefit the poor, vulnerable, and the environment.

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How World War II scientists invented a data-driven approach to fighting fascism

by Annalee Newitz
Ars Technica
6/3/2016

If you've ever taken a personality test, it was probably in a lifestyle magazine ("What kind of adventurer are you? Take this quiz to find out!") or maybe at the behest of a friend who's a Meyers-Briggs believer. But these fluffy diversions have a serious, often dark history. In fact, one of the earliest personality tests was developed during World War II to determine who might become an authoritarian and join the Nazi movement.

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