Tag Archives: Fascism

Is Hungary a Vision of America’s Future?

Alan Zendell, August 3, 2021 The idea is not original with me. I witnessed an important event that supports it, but I am grateful to Boston College historian Heather Richardson for bringing it to light today in her newsletter, Letters … Continue reading

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America at a Critical Turning Point

Alan Zendell, July 30, 2021 Political processes and the evolution of nations occur at a snail’s pace. Like observing a receding glacier, we only realize how significantly things have changed when we look back and compare today’s reality with that … Continue reading

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Saving Our Democracy

Alan Zendell, May 9, 2021 Sometimes, it’s necessary to get out of the weeds and adjust our perspective. Context is everything. That’s truer for the current struggle for control of the Republican Party than anything else happening in America. Suppressing … Continue reading

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A Party At War with Itself

Alan Zendell, February 15, 2021 In his new book, A History of What Comes Next, Silvain Neuvel describes the unfortunate circumstances in which the German population, specifically, it’s surviving men, found itself in 1946: The Germans are in shock, stunned, … Continue reading

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The Strength of the American Republic

Alan Zendell, December 9, 2020 For sixty years, when December 7th rolled around, Americans shared remembrances of what was referred to as the most heinous act ever committed against the United States on Pearl Harbor Day. The tributes waned in … Continue reading

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The Loss of Objective Truth

Alan Zendell, November 20, 2020 If you’re old enough to have read 1984 in high school (well before 1984 actually arrived) you probably remember how chillingly reasonable it sounded. Writing in the years immediately after World War 2, George Orwell … Continue reading

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The Painful Demise of a Would-Be Autocrat

Alan Zendell, November 14, 2020 He began as merely an annoying gadfly. With an ego large enough to fill a stadium, he believed the world was hanging on his opinions. He flouted social norms, bragged about his alleged prowess with … Continue reading

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The Final Act of an Overlong Drama

Alan Zendell, November 2, 2020 The only thing our sharply divided country seems to agree on is that tomorrow’s election is the most crucial one in our lifetimes. When you hear a ninety-year-old say that, it means it’s more critical … Continue reading

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The Slow Death of Democracy – Part One

Alan Zendell, June 10, 2020 There are many ways to know a thing. We start with facts to gain a cognitive understanding. We research context and solicit other people’s views to make sense of it. When possible, we observe it … Continue reading

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Can It Happen Here?

Alan Zendell, February 26, 2018 One of the nearly continuous lessons I learned growing up in post-World War Two New York, was that America was the strongest and most virtuous country on Earth. The idea that America was where the … Continue reading

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