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Defining authoritarianism in the wake of a coup

As embarrassing and infuriating as the storm on the Capitol was, it didn’t exist in a vacuum and it wasn’t spontaneous. “News” outlets like Fox and Breitbart stroked the flames of January 6th’s terror attack under the guise of stopping an oppressive government. The problem with this messaging isn’t that it downplays the risks of authoritarianism, but that it doesn’t know what authoritarianism really looks like. To mitigate that, here are three sources of media to better acquaint yourself with the concept

Best down-ballot initiatives of the 2020 election

While expunging a fascist leader to install a painful return to the status quo will have a huge effect on art in the country, I’d instead like to focus on a number of successful ballot measures that have the potential to significantly change the culture around us

Performative Wokeness on the rise

With any struggle against an oppressive system, when a movement becomes so loud that it can no longer be ignored, the institution in power will try to pacify the protesters with symbolic concessions rather than real change

A statue of racism is a statue worth tearing down

Protests continue around the world against racism and, in particular, police brutality there has been a new avenue of rebellion: tearing down statues. The first wave to come down focused on notable idiot explorer, slave driver, genocider, and man who never set foot on United States soil nor figured out he wasn’t actually in India: Christopher Columbus.

Without Arts and Humanities, a college is no longer a place of higher learning

Undergraduate students hear “what are you going to do with that degree” and the answer I always had was “whatever I want.” Because while a business degree ensures you can get any lower-tier job you want at a franchise somewhere, humanities degrees teach you much more valuable skills

Your handy dandy guide to arguing about climate change

We are experiencing a slow-moving extinction-level event that gathers speed every year, and while people all over the world are dedicating their lives to this cause, the deadline to turn the ship around is ever creeping closer. Whether you call it “global warming,” “climate change,” or anything else, this is an emergency on a global scale, which everyone seems to recognize outside of the most powerful country in the world