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Author: Robert Reich

Defined by its delusions: How the Republican Party became the greatest danger to American Democracy

The greatest danger to American democracy right now is not coming from Russia, China, or North Korea. It is coming from the Republican Party. Only 25 percent of voters self-identify as Republican, the GOP’s worst showing against Democrats since 2012 and sharply down since last November. But those who remain in the Party are far angrier, more ideological, more truth-denying, and more racist than Republicans who preceded them. And so are the lawmakers who represent them. Today’s Republican Party increasingly is defined not by its shared beliefs but by its shared delusions. On May 28, 54 U.S. senators voted...

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The politics of bigotry: Why Republicans still fabricate conflicts without proof in order to stoke fear

There is no ‘surge’ of migrants at the border and there is no huge voter fraud problem, there is only an attack from the Republican hard-right. Republicans are outraged – outraged! – at the surge of migrants at the southern border. The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, declared it a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.” The Arizona congressman Andy Biggs claimed, “we go through some periods where we have these surges, but right now is probably the most dramatic that I’ve seen at the border in my lifetime.” Donald Trump demands the Biden...

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From GOP to POT: The Party of Trump officially supplanted Republicans to become a political cult

Donald Trump formally anointed himself head of the Republican Party at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28. The Grand Old Party, founded in 1854 in Ripon, Wisconsin, is now dead. What is left is a dwindling number of elected officials who have stood up to Trump but are now being purged. Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s popularity has dropped 29 points among Kentucky Republicans since he broke with Trump. In its place is the Trump Party, whose major goal is to advance Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Its agenda is...

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Out of the Ashes of Trump: President Biden sets course to finally heal the economic poison of Reaganism

While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which expands health care and unemployment benefits, and contains one of the most ambitious efforts to reduce child poverty since the New Deal. Right behind it is President Biden’s plan for infrastructure and jobs. The juxtaposition of Trump’s impeachment trial and President Biden’s ambitious plans is no coincidence. Trump left Republicans badly fractured and on the defensive. The Republican...

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The Texas Freeze: How the rich use an ideology of Wild West individualism to exploit the working class

Texas has long represented a wild west individualism that elevates personal freedom – like the freedom to freeze – above all else. The state’s prevailing social Darwinism was expressed most succinctly by the mayor of Colorado City, who accused his constituents – trapped in near sub-zero temperatures and complaining about lack of heat, electricity and drinkable water – of being the “lazy” products of a “socialist government,” adding “I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!” and predicting “only the strong will survive and the weak will perish”. Texas has the third-highest number of billionaires in...

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Guardians of the Greed: Wall Street’s newfound concern about democracy is only motivated by profits

The sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government, CEOs and their army of lobbyists. Notwithstanding Biden’s ambitious agenda, dozens of giant corporations have said they will not donate to the 147 members of Congress who objected to the certification of Biden electors on the basis of Trump’s lies about widespread fraud, which rules out most Republicans on the Hill. After locking down Trump’s account, social media giants like Twitter and Facebook are policing against instigators of violence and hate, which hobbles Republican lawmakers trying to appeal to...

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