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Study/Action Group: Authoritarianism and Right-wing Nationalism
Sat April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
An armed insurrection in Washington on January 6 threatened our democracy, with open encouragement from Donald Trump. While Trump was defeated in November due to his bungling of the COVID pandemic and his general incompetence, he assaulted the rule of law, whipping up his reactionary, racist base with ever more explicit threats and falsehoods.
Trump was defeated, but a portion of the electorate is refusing to accept his defeat. Is the United States threatened by fascism and right-wing nationalism, and if so what should the peace and progressive movement do to answer the threat? What are the international dimensions of the situation and what historical precedents are applicable?
The Authoritarianism and Right-wing Nationalism Study/Action Group, initiated by Massachusetts Peace Action, invites you to join our group. We meet on Zoom on the second Saturday of each month to study and discuss authoritarianism and the US far right and how progressives should deal with these issues. Register to attend.
At our next meeting on April 10, we will discuss sociologist Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Hochschild made 10 trips to southwestern Louisiana from 2011 to 2016 to delve into her “keen interest in how life feels to people on the right — that is, in the emotion that underlies politics. To understand their emotions,” she writes, “I had to imagine myself in their shoes.” She interviewed some 60 people, including 40 professed tea party supporters, visiting their homes, communities and workplaces.
Sat May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT