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What one of the greatest civilizations in history tells us about Donald Trump

Last week, in his first major piece since his blogging hiatus, Andrew Sullivan joined the frenzy of pundits trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Sullivan's completely straight-faced take is that the final days of the republic are upon us. “In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional …

Political Science

Talking Second Sight, Dark Tones, DC And Marvel With Creator David Hine

<i>By Olly MacNamee</i><p><b>Olly MacNamee:</b> You broke into comics as an artist, and quite often as an inker early on. Was art your main interest back then, or had …

Comics

UK author exposes the oft-forgotten horrors of a Nazi death camp for women

LONDON — Lying 50 miles north of Berlin, Ravensbrück was the only concentration camp the Nazis built with the sole intention to house female …

World History

Most Dangerous Year for Free Speech in U.S. History

by Bryan Fischer on 8 April, 2016<p>President Obama loses his bully pulpit and billy club on January 20, 1017. That means he has less than nine months …

Rights & Freedoms

The Drugs That Built a Super Soldier

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military plied its servicemen with speed, steroids, and painkillers to help them handle extended combat.<p>Some historians call Vietnam the “last modern war,” others the “first postmodern war.” Either way, it was irregular: Vietnam was not a conventional war with the …

Military

We are torturers and murderers: America’s first casualty of war is the Constitution

W dispensed with the Eighth Amendment; Obama with the Fifth and Fourteenth. Through it all, Congress has been MIA<p>Let’s face it: in times of war, the Constitution tends to take a beating. With the safety or survival of the nation said to be at risk, the basic law of the land -- otherwise considered …

Political Science

Jennifer Teege, granddaughter of Nazi war criminal, speaks in Vancouver

Jennifer Teege still isn't sure if it was coincidence or fate.<p>Teege, who was adopted at seven years of age after her mother had a brief affair with a …

Ralph Fiennes

The creeping fascism of American literature

Every few years, a public figure proposes repression and violence in the name of patriotism, and we go back to the dystopian novel <i>It Can’t Happen Here</i>. Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 book is currently being read in the context of Donald Trump’s presidential run, built on bare-faced xenophobia and an …

Political Science

Ursula K. Le Guin on Racism, Anarchy, and Hearing Her Characters Speak

<i>This interview originally appeared in Issue 14 of</i> Structo Magazine.<p>It’s not hard to see why Ursula K. Le Guin is best known for her early novels. In …

Literature

The curious dearth of Stalinist fiction

In Russian, the word <i>shlyopnut</i> means “to slap.” Yet as Paul Goldberg notes in his new novel, “The Yid,” it was also an affectionate term for an …