Weekly Roundup: Legitimate Fascist Discourse

Brad and Dan begin by discussing the RNC calling J6 “legitimate political discourse.” While it may seem like a blip in a busy news cycle, Dan relates it to the pearl clutching Republicans did about civility and bi-partisanship early in the Biden presidency, while Brad argues that the history books will reveal it as evidence leading to the GOP’s development into full-blown fascism. This segment ends with a comparison of this language with the once-upon-a-time concern about Hillary Clinton’s emails.

In the second segment Brad takes a semi-deep dive into Putin’s assault on Ukraine and how it traces all the way back to the Cold War. There are clues in Putin’s worldview as to why so many American Christian nationalists are enamored with him–the binary thinking, the strongman masculinity, and the nostalgia for a lost world.

The final segment is a brief exploration of the trucker convoy protests in Canada and their wider implications for the political moment.

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