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Author: Robert Reich

Two versions of America: Efforts to reverse Roe v. Wade proves a second Civil War is already underway

The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision to reverse Roe v. Wade does not ban abortions, it leaves the issue to the states. As a result, it will put another large brick in the growing wall separating Blue and Red America. The second American civil war is already occurring, but it is less of a war than a kind of benign separation analogous to unhappily married people who do not want to go through the trauma of a formal divorce. One America is largely urban, racially and ethnically diverse, and young. The other is largely rural or exurban, White and older....

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Oligarchic economics joined with racist nationalism marks the ultimate failure of progressive politics

The United States presents itself as the beacon of democracy in contrast to the autocracies of China and Russia. Yet American democracy is in danger of succumbing to the same sort of oligarchic economics and racist nationalism that thrive in both these powers. After all, it was not long ago that Donald Trump, who openly admired Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, encouraged racist nationalism in America while delivering much of the U.S. government into the hands of America’s super-rich. Now state-level Republicans are busily suppressing votes of people of color and paving the way for a possible anti-democratic coup,...

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The thinnest of silver linings: How Putin became responsible for beginning a new era in Washington

I am going to go out on a limb and suggest something that would have seemed utter nonsense as late as a month ago: I’m seeing the stirrings in Washington of a new era of … I am not sure what to call it. “Unity” is way too strong. “Bipartisanship” is premature. “De-partisanship” is too clunky. But something new seems to be happening, and Vladimir Putin is responsible. Don’t get me wrong. Democrats and Republicans won’t join hands and sing Kumbaya anytime soon. Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy will continue to ambush Democrats every chance they get. Expect bitter...

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Republican Role Model: Why Trump followers are inspired to emulate Putin’s brutal ideology in America

In a speech delivered on March 25 from his office in the Kremlin, Putin criticized the West’s “cancel culture.” He charged that it was “canceling” Russia, “an entire thousand-year-old country, our people.” It was the third time in recent months Putin has blasted the so-called “cancel culture.” Which is exactly what Trump, Tucker Carlson, and the Republican party have blasted for several years. “The goal of cancel culture is to make decent Americans live in fear of being fired, expelled, shamed, humiliated and driven from society as we know it,” Trump said as he accepted his party’s nomination at...

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Wrong about the future: How unsetting events at home and abroad have upended hope for tomorrow

Nationalism is disappearing, democracy is inevitable, and nuclear war cannot happen. Then came the invasion of Ukraine and all those certainties were proven wrong. I used to believe several things about the 21st century that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Donald Trump’s election in 2016 have shown me are false. I assumed: Nationalism is disappearing. I expected globalization would blur borders, create economic interdependence among nations and regions and extend a modern consumer and artistic culture worldwide. I was wrong. Both Putin and Trump have exploited xenophobic nationalism to build their power. Putin’s aggression has also ignited an...

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What makes the new Cold War more dangerous is that Putin’s authoritarian has rooted itself in America

The world is frighteningly locked in a battle to the death between democracy and authoritarianism. When Vladimir Putin issued a new threat to the West, telling his defense minister and his top military commander to place Russia’s nuclear forces on alert, it officially ushered in a new Cold War. The biggest difference between the old Cold War and the new one is that authoritarian neo-fascism is no longer just an external threat to America and Europe. A version of it is also growing inside western Europe and the United States. It has even taken over one of America’s major...

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