The Anderson Files

A familiar path to fascism

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Donald Trump is the first major party presidential nominee to provoke widespread discussion about whether he is a fascist. It is a question raised...

The untold story of Mexico’s COVID-19 strikes

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Let me introduce you to Susana Prieto, a hero of the pandemic you haven’t heard about. She is a longtime Mexican labor...

The Bernie revolution rolls on

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In a volatile and anxious time when people’s lives are being upended, cautious middle-of-the-roaders fail to inspire while those who propose big alternative visions...

‘Socialism’ is no longer a dirty word

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t expect to become a “Democratic giant slayer” as the New York Times would call her. The 28-year-old bartender and waitress from...

YIMBYs and housing justice

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If you spend more than 30% of your income on housing, the federal government says you are “cost-burdened.” You are paying too...

Laugh, don’t fight

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On April 15, a distinctly disturbing event took place in Berkeley, California. Several hundred proto-fascists gathered in a downtown park. They were armed and...

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...

How U.S. rightwingers learned to love Putin

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Millions of Republicans either support or don’t give a damn about Russian interference in the midterm elections this year. According to a Yahoo Finance/SurveyMonkey poll...

Follow Trump’s money

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Almost certainly, we are in the middle of the biggest political scandal in American history. After Trump’s obsequious performance in Helsinki, it feels like...

Disturbing questions about Jan. 6 insurrection and law enforcement

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A Republican congressman has described the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill insurrection as a “normal tourist visit.” During the opening hearing of the...

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...

Self-deception and hidden agendas during the pandemic

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The pandemic is challenging governments around the world. However, the Trump administration’s response stands out as monumentally incompetent and corrupt. There was...