Politics of Hate category archive
At Psychology Today Blogs, Mike Wood explores how “social” media propagate misinformation and lies. A snippet:
This ecosystem consists of a variety of people and organisations that cultivate large followings on social media. Through sharing and cross-promotion, they amplify and spread bits of information that fit their particular worldview without fact-checking or basic due diligence. The actors that engage in this kind of practice create a massive, decentralized web of misinformation, one that traditional sources of news are hard-pressed to counteract.
David interviews Professor Pete Simi about Simi’s research into white supremacists.
Virginia Tech Professor Rebecca Hester suggests that, despite the (used-to-be) soaring Dow Jones average, we are not “better off” (emphasis added):
Despite claims to increased economic and national security, I do not feel personally, economically, politically, or socially more secure. In fact, I feel much less secure in a country where racist robo-calls, hate crimes, vitriolic political speech, and medical and moral bankruptcy have become normal. I also feel less secure in a country where military forces are being summoned to “defend our nation” against a group of exhausted, ill, and extremely vulnerable people, including no small number of elderly, women, and children. Knowing that their human rights and their right to seek asylum are being challenged by my country does not make me feel better about being an American nor does it make me feel more secure that my own rights will be respected, if it comes to that.
The SPLC reports that the “militias” (most emphatically not the well-regulated kind) that have gathered at the border seem willing to believe anything. A snippet:
In the process, the militias have gorged on an array of hoaxes and conspiracy theories floated by conservative media, anti-immigrant groups and President Donald Trump himself, who released an ad about the caravan before the midterms that was deemed so racist that Fox News and other news channels pulled it off the air. The fantasies the militias have embraced smear the caravan as an invading army rather than a group of a few thousand desperate people fleeing poverty and violence. The militias see themselves as duty bound to stop the caravan, even if that means a shooting war breaks out.
At the same time, however, the militia movement has been afflicted by infighting and backstabbing over the caravan and their response to it. In their frenzy, they’ve told reporters that they are prepared to bring hundreds, even thousands, of armed men and women to the border to form a united front. But behind the scenes, these irregular armies are made up of unreliable individuals. Leaders have insulted other leaders. Groups have broken alliances with other groups. And self-described commanders have resigned their positions in the militias they run.
Thom and his guest discuss whether Donald Trump is suggesting war crimes.
Tony Norman suggests that Donald Trump has ethno-misoginistic impulses.
Methinks he has a point.
Despite any ancillary circumstances, Tony Norman can’t find it in him to regret the firing of Jeff Sessions. A snippet:
Even as Mr. Trump regularly berated him on Twitter as “weak,” Mr. Sessions used his knowledge of the arcane ways of Washington to effectively undermine every reasonable expectation of justice on every level. Like a beaten dog that never tires of licking the hand of its abusive master, Mr. Sessions was always eager to please the president with some nefarious act of cruelty after disappointing him in the one matter that meant the most to him.
The abbreviated version of the sins of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as attorney general reads like a reverse polaroid of American values.
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