The Anderson Files

Social solidarity or culture war

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We are supposed to be in the middle of a “culture war” but it is really a conflict about how we define...

What did Kevin McCarthy know and when did he know it?

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It’s too early to know the impact of Trump’s second impeachment trial. Many millions watched it on TV, but the size of...

Can democracy survive if political violence is normalized?

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When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the Georgia GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, she declined to offer any...

Ignored warnings of a premature DHS anti-fascist

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In 1936, a fascist general named Francisco Franco staged an uprising against a democratically elected progressive government in Spain. Mussolini’s Italy and...

The for-profit barbarity of mercenary Erik Prince

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Donald Trump violated the U.S. government’s “obligations under international law” when he pardoned American mercenaries Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and...

Biden and the working class

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“Democrats don’t know how to talk... the Democratic Party as a constellation is a victim of its own high-mindedness, its own sense...

After defeat, far right contemplates insurrection

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Back in August, I was startled to read a lengthy New York Times article — “Body Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right...

Fight the virus or just give up

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Many months ago, public health experts predicted that we would likely have a dark coronavirus winter. Now cases are skyrocketing, the death...

Despairing Johnstown workers and the election

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Anxiety, dread, fear. Almost 70% of Americans said the presidential election is a substantial source of stress, according to the American Psychological...

Democracy or unfettered capitalism?

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The constant chaos promoted by Trump is exhausting. But that’s the point. It is designed to create so much confusion and anxiety...

Free market fundamentalism and COVID-19

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The world turns upside down a couple times a day. As I write this, President Trump has caught COVID-19 and is benefiting...

Pandemic profiteering

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More than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than 32 million have lost their jobs. During the first quarter of...