Category Archives: Class

Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 3, Corporatist Economic Policy

  In the first post of this series, I defined fascism as: a political system distinguished by an emphasis on patriarchal, rural values; corporatist economic policy; extreme nationalism and patriotism, often involving extreme xenophobia and/or racism; and militant authoritarianism in … Continue reading

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Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 1, Introduction and Defining Fascism

  Of the world’s many great civilizations throughout history, few have generated the same amount of fascination as China. Among the reasons for Sinophilia are a history spanning over four thousand years, a rich culture and literary tradition, and a … Continue reading

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Why the Illiberal Left Lost the Culture War

Over the past few years, a new strain of left-wing politics has become increasingly influential in American society, particularly among younger millennials. Though clearly a product of the left, it can hardly be considered “liberal” in the traditional sense of … Continue reading

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A Boost for Bernie from #BlackLivesMatter?

On Saturday afternoon, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was interrupted at a rally in Seattle by a group of black women. The women took the stage from Senator Sanders and proceeded to accuse him of not … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Miliband? : How Scotland’s “No” Vote Strengthened Labour

Message to my readers:  I have recently started writing for Newscult.com, an up-and-coming e-zine, and am no longer in a position to write original material for The Disaffected American, which will from now on serve as an aggregator of my … Continue reading

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Sorry Folks, America Was Never a Democracy!

In recent years, many Americans have become increasingly concerned about the end of democracy in the United States.  A recent study conducted by political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page that has gone viral has generated mass attention by … Continue reading

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The Pragmatic Pontiff: The Realpolitik of Pope Francis

Since his election to the papacy a year ago,  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, better known by his papal name, Francis, has become both a popular and controversial figure among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  His liberal rhetoric attitudes on many aspects of … Continue reading

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Jihad vs. McWorld in New York: A Reflection on the Bloomberg-de Blasio Disparity

In 1992, political scientist Benjamin Barber proposed a theory in the Atlantic Monthly.  According to this theory, the forces of globalization and corporate influence, that have become influential worldwide, created tensions with the traditional cultures and values in parts of … Continue reading

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Bo Xilai: Good PR, Bad Politics

Since his downfall as a major figure in the Communist Party of China and his subsequent trial on charges of bribery, abuse of power, and corruption, democracy and reform activists, both Chinese and non-Chinese, have come to the defense of … Continue reading

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How the Democrats and Republicans Dupe Their Bases

For those of you who read my blog, you have probably figured out by now that I feel that the Democratic and Republican Parties are, to put it politely, pieces of garbage. Despite the different rhetoric that politicians and pundits … Continue reading

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