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political history


  • Is Bernie the New George McGovern?

    by Michel A. Genovese

    One can see close parallels between the 1972 presidential contest and that of 2020. Those parallels do not bode well for Bernie Sanders or the Democrats. 



  • It’s 1856 All Over Again

    by Steve Inskeep

    Immigration. Race. Demographic change. Political demagogy. That year’s presidential race had it all. What can it tell us about 2020?


  • A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism

    by Lawrence Wittner

    In the last decade or so, enormous headway has been made by movements and parties following the old fascist playbook, with rightwing demagogues trumpeting its key elements of virulent nationalism, racial and religious intolerance, and militarism.