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Authoritarianism expert tears into Trump in new diatribe: ‘We have a Russian asset in the White House’
“The only anecdote is to get information out there,” Kendzior implored, urging her listeners to get more involved and to not simply wait for Mueller’s report to fix what she claims is a far bigger issue of corruption within the United States government.
50 minutes ago by corrales
Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality
The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay.
religion  authoritarianism  stfrancis 
11 hours ago by corrales
Shutting down the government is a classic, time-honored authoritarian technique. If this shutdown reminds you a little bit of a Reichstag Fire, that’s because it more or less is one, in a way. It’s not just that an authoritarian and his mafia, essentially, are holding the country ransom over a stupid wall, which can literally be climbed over with a ladder. It’s that this act of shutting down the government is what authoritarians do, aspire to do, need to do. It is how they turn societies into their personal possessions, to plunder and ruin and destroy.
20 hours ago by corrales
Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state
SenseNets, NetPosa
(also note that nobody is immune from leaving mongo instances public)
china  surveillance  authoritarianism  2019  article 
yesterday by mechazoidal
Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality
Trump, after being elected, also said he was “fine” with same-sex marriage. But since he took office, his administration has scaled back some workplace protections for gay people and has argued in court that a federal anti-discrimination law doesn’t protect gay employees. He has also announced a ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military, which the Supreme Court last month said could be implemented even as lower-court challenges play out.
yesterday by corrales
Scientific totalism
Argues that science asserts that it is the only authority for explaining the world; self-referentially it discredits anything that isn't "scientific"
science  totalism  authoritarianism  history  church  renaissance  pointofview  astrology  spirituality  proof 
2 days ago by csrollyson
Adorno in America — Crooked Timber
In an afterward to The Authoritarian Personality that was never published, Adorno wrote of Myrdal:

> The gist of Aptheker’s argument is that the Negro problem is [in Myrdal] abstracted from its socio-economic conditions, and as soon as it is treated as being essentially of a psychological nature, its edge is taken away.

The Aptheker in question, of course, is Herbert Aptheker, the Marxist historian of slave revolts. That Adorno would find a sympathetic critic in Aptheker suggests not only how resolute he was in his effort to meld economics and psychology (“the concept that there is economy on the one hand, and individuals upon whom it works on the other, has to be overcome”) but also the connection he saw in the question of anti-Semitism and European fascism, on the one hand, and racism and American authoritarianism on the other. That connection has recently been taken up quite a bit in histories of the Nazis (most notably in the work of James Q. Whitman), but Oberle reveals a whole discourse in the 1940s that was very much concerned with the same problem. A discourse that got shut down during the Cold War, when the attention of the American state shifted from fighting fascism to fighting communism.

But while that discourse was live, it insisted, as Adorno did, not on sequestering the psychological, the way so many contemporary accounts of racism do, but on mixing the material and the psychological.

As Oberle shows, that discourse from the 1940s now reads almost like the lost tractates of an ancient civilization. And yet, as Oberle also shows, it still speaks to us, calling out what we have yet to learn. As Ralph Ellison put it in an unpublished review of An American Dilemma from 1941:

> In our culture the problem of the irrational, that blind spot in our knowledge of society where Marx cries out for Freud and Freud for Marx, but where approaching, both grow wary and shout insults lest they actually meet, has taken the form of the Negro problem.

So it remains today, where discussions that attempt to relate the question of race to the organization of capitalism are dismissed and reduced to the mocking rubric of “economic anxiety.”
psychology  marxism  adorno  authoritarianism 
3 days ago by jfbeatty
Maria Ressa, one of the Philippines' most high-profile journalists and a vocal critic of Duterte, served with an ​arrest warrant in the ​Philippines.
Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with “cyber libel” charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees.
authoritarianism  fourthEstate 
6 days ago by joeybaker
Google is now censoring results in Russia, critics accuse Google of pushing state censorship
The search giant deleted about 70 percent of the blacklisted sites, according to a local newspaper in Russia.
censorship  authoritarianism 
9 days ago by joeybaker
Macron slides into authoritarian territory with new “anti-thug” law
Dubbed the “loi anti-casseur”, or “anti-thug law”, the text aims “to reinforce and guarantee law enforcement during protests”.

“Concealing one’s face without a legitimate motive” will, under the anti-thug law, be sanctioned by one year in prison and €15,000 in fines, he said. Anyone arrested will have to prove they had a good reason to be masked. The law also provides that “thugs” who break things will have to pay for them – even if they have not been obliged by a court to do so.

So let’s recap: any protester attending a march would, under this new law, be considered a potential suspect. Covering one’s face at a march (even as protection against tear gas) could result in a prison sentence. Breaking a window or a road sign could result in blacklisting on a list for wanted criminals. And representatives of the French executive branch will have the power to remove a citizen’s right to free assembly for a month, without any prior court decision.
france  politics  authoritarianism  police  law 
10 days ago by juliusbeezer

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