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Slouching Towards Fascism?

They’re at it again. This time the target is Italy, the homeland of the dread “F word.” The award for most outrageous headline may go to Quartz, which called the recent elections in Italy the endgame of Steve Bannon’s “‘ultimate dream.’” Why, you may ask? Because, like in 2016, the populists won the day. Some history is needed first. Like other Mediterranean nations in Europe, Italy has long been considered something of an albatross around the necks of German, British, and Scandinavian taxpayer

Zero Day For South Africa

Until this week, “zero day” or Day Zero in South Africa denoted the day when Cape Town, the second largest metropolitan area in the country, would run out of water. That particular day is now projected for November. At that point, all of the rationing in the world will not help the thirsty, hot, and stinky residents of the Cape of Good Hope. All commentators agree that Cape Town’s troubles are solely due to malfeasance on the part of the South African government. South Africa is one of the most

A Wail and Gnashing of Teeth

Conservative, Inc. has lost again. Thank God. This time around the defeat has come from the right—the European right. Shudder the thought, my Starbucks-drinking conservative consumers in faux blue collars! America’s chattering RHINOs were up in arms all this week over the fact that Marion Marechal-Le Pen got an invite to CPAC. In case you are new to American acronyms, CPAC stands for “Conservative Political Action Conference.” It is the annual event where “movement conservatives” latch on to pop

Peaceful Islam Exists (Just Somewhere Else)

Modern man worships science more than he worships God. This, however, does not stop the modern man from believing in magic, albeit a magic devoid of anything greater than blind hope. Take for instance the obedience to democracy. For the neoconservative, democracy is the great pill that every nation most swallow, even if such a prescription comes from a doctor bearing an M-16. For the social democrat, democracy is the great leveler of all hierarchies and “systems,” especially if those systems are

Giving the Greens the Blues

Nobody was surprised. In fact, one of my favorite authors even made a Twitter poll about the matter before the final whistle blew. Philadelphia’s fans went into riot mode when their Eagles defeated the New England Patriots last night. The final score of the Super Bowl was 41 to 33. The citizens of Philadelphia responded by producing far more impressive numbers: over ten thousand sports ball enthusiasts took to the streets and caused possibly over a million dollars in damages. Despite the fact t

Let’s Scare the Oligarchs to Death

“With the rebellion of 1934, the Left lost every shred of moral authority to condemn the rebellion of 1936.” --Salvador de Madariaga “Let us not deceive ourselves, a country can live under a monarchy or a republic, with a parliamentary or a presidential system, under communism or fascism. But it cannot live in anarchy.” —Gil Robles These two men, representing the left and right, both agreed on the same principle: the Second Spanish Republic was a nightmare that deserved to be redone or gutted

The Great British Mistake

The editors of Thermidor are not known to be big fans of the “Eternal Anglo.” It is easy to see their point—Great Britain, as the preeminent liberal superstate of the 19th century, did more to export capitalism, democracy, and other modernist cancers than any other state. In many ways, the United States picked up Britain’s international “burden” in 1945, and thus we have an Americanized, neoliberal world. However, despite this history, there is much to celebrate about the Anglo--his culture, hi

Sweden is a Blast

There is no reason to rehash talk about ABBA, Volvo, or sunbathing nude blonds. Sweden isn’t Sweden anymore, and the reason is because of immigration. This is cold coffee insofar as the right-wing media is concerned. Similarly, most consumers of reactionary or conservative content know that Sweden’s rape statistics are among the highest in the developed world. Yes, it is true that Sweden’s extremely liberal definitions of “rape,” a consequence of decades of feminist, social democratic programmi