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False Community Consciousness and Local Radio  4/1/2017  (70)

Politicians Can Use Nostalgia to Manipulate the Minds and Hearts of People  3/31/2017  (65)

Two Forms of Governance: Big Corporations Want to Snoop about Your Internet Behavior  3/27/2017  (74)

Obamacare is Not Imploding, Can Be Improved  3/24/2017  (88)

The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency  3/24/2017  (87)

An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism  3/21/2017  (90)

Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump  3/21/2017  (99)

Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself  3/18/2017  (105)

Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans  3/18/2017  (100)

Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People  3/17/2017  (110)

Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election  3/16/2017  (101)

Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime  3/13/2017  (137)

White People are Hurting Themselves  3/11/2017  (132)

Basic Civics Lesson for Libertarians  3/8/2017  (141)

Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim  3/8/2017  (204)

Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos  2/28/2017  (220)

Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square  2/21/2017  (455)

Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad  2/20/2017  (202)

To Dominate Politics, Business Needs Religious Extremism  2/13/2017  (220)

No Vision or Leadership from National Council of Churches  2/9/2017  (245)

Post-Factual Politics  2/8/2017  (223)

Trump May Want a Terrorist Attack  2/7/2017  (239)

For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom  2/6/2017  (205)

Where Are the Reverends in Justice Movements?  2/3/2017  (273)

Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism  1/30/2017  (296)

Cry for Our Country: Spontaneous Demonstrations across America  1/28/2017  (269)

Truth in the Trump Era  1/23/2017  (295)

"We Will Not Go Away, Welcome to Your First Day"  1/21/2017  (310)

Violence, Racism, Authoritarianism Characterize Trump's Inaugural Speech  1/21/2017  (360)

First Things Doesn't Like that Trump Surrounds Himself with Prosperity Gospelers, Snake Oil Salesmen  1/17/2017  (354)

Newt Gingrich Gets Trump Wrong: Why Southerners Hate the Federal Government  12/27/2016  (323)

From Peace on Earth to an Election Based on Violence  12/23/2016  (338)

Bill O'Reilly Admits the Truth: For Republicans Elections are All about Race  12/23/2016  (396)

No Mandate for Trump, Says Jeff Merkley  12/22/2016  (349)

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Gore Vidal on Ayn Rand: God is "I"  12/14/2016  (312)

Russian Atheistic Ideas Now Dominate the American Political System  12/14/2016  (273)

Trump Over Performed the Most in Counties with the Highest Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality Rates  12/9/2016  (294)

Back to the Catacombs for the Real Church  12/8/2016  (336)

A Prayer for Standing Rock  11/12/2016  (307)

Trump Will Be Impeached within a Year  11/11/2016  (345)

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An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement Begins with Protesters in Streets Nationwide  11/10/2016  (321)

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Evangelicals Elect a Racist Pervert as President  11/9/2016  (372)

Very Serious National Decline  11/9/2016  (330)

The Silly Controversy about Hillary's Emails  11/7/2016  (338)

Trump Offers to Rescue Lower Income White People in a Secular Rapture  11/2/2016  (312)

The Crisis of Conservative Intellectuals  11/1/2016  (353)

James Comey Should Resign or Be Fired  10/30/2016  (342)

Traveling Luther's Life 500 Years Later  10/24/2016  (370)

The Death of Tom Hayden  10/24/2016  (363)

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Understanding the Context for Preaching  7/16/2016  (481)

Journalists Must Treat Trump Differently  7/15/2016  (466)

Reading Grace in History through a Black Lens  6/26/2016  (473)

A Dark Day for the UK  6/24/2016  (486)

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Has Got to Go to Unite Democrats Against the Racist, Trump  5/27/2016  (551)

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A Corrupt Form of Christianity is Destroying the Republican Party  4/5/2016  (626)

President Obama: 'We are Easter People'  3/31/2016  (589)

Evangelicals are Not Voting Trump, Jacksonians Are  3/31/2016  (575)

The Modern War on Drugs Began as Nixon's Racist Assault on Black People  3/24/2016  (587)

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Who Should be President? Strict Father or Nurturing Parent  3/3/2016  (623)

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Privatization of Public Land is a Bad Idea  1/22/2016  (680)

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Leading Republican Candidate Donald Trump: How Stupid are the People of Iowa?  11/13/2015  (687)

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First Things has become Relevant to Only One Region of the Country: the South  11/2/2015  (733)

Tell Ben Carson to Give Up His Presidential Campaign  10/27/2015  (727)

Corporate-Funded Think Tanks have Created an Angry, Destructive Politics  10/24/2015  (678)

Protestants Need a Pope  9/30/2015  (752)

R.R. Reno at First Things is Disappointed by Pope Francis  9/25/2015  (815)

Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car  8/15/2015  (870)

Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation  8/12/2015  (810)

Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe  7/21/2015  (977)

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Historic Day: Gay Marriage Affirmed by Supreme Court in All 50 States  6/26/2015  (811)

Gun Manufacturers Cannot Be Christian says Pope Francis  6/22/2015  (890)

Pope Francis Teaches Us about Climate Change and the Moral Imperative to Act  6/20/2015  (919)

Cornel West Wows a Conservative University Audience  5/4/2015  (1112)

Police Violence in Baltimore  4/29/2015  (1129)

Bonhoeffer's Vision: An Outcast Church on the Margins of Society  4/25/2015  (977)

The Debate Over Cornel West  4/21/2015  (1007)

Nebraska Doesn't Believe in the Free Market for Its Electricity  3/29/2015  (1068)

The New Political Mission of the Historic Protestant Church  3/16/2015  (1062)

When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means  3/1/2015  (1089)

Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst Don't Know the Difference between Sunni and Shia Islam  2/28/2015  (1738)

The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes  2/18/2015  (1519)

Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized  2/16/2015  (1040)

Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself  2/4/2015  (1090)

Oxfam Report: How the Wealthy Get Their Money by Not Working or Paying Taxes  1/26/2015  (1066)

John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran  1/21/2015  (1079)

Martin Luther on Charlie Hebdo: Sick Secularism and Billy Graham  1/14/2015  (3086)

Whose Speech is Actually Free?  1/14/2015  (1139)

Historic Protestant Speech is Not Free in America Today  1/14/2015  (1301)

Wall Street has Bought Itself a Congress  12/15/2014  (1114)

Democrats Move to Encourage an Elizabeth Warren Candidancy  12/10/2014  (1130)

Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst  10/27/2014  (2495)

Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology  10/21/2014  (1358)

Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy  10/10/2014  (1331)

Stop the Oil Train Bombs  10/2/2014  (1322)

The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things  9/19/2014  (1332)

Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri  8/15/2014  (1341)

Reagan's View of History Still Prevails  8/15/2014  (1296)

Nick Hanauer: Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, the Pitchforks are Coming  8/13/2014  (1327)

Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols  8/12/2014  (1442)

Listen to Rabbi Henry Siegman on Gaza: Killing Innocents  8/1/2014  (1274)

The Lost Iraq War  7/30/2014  (1266)

It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State   7/24/2014  (1227)

Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor  7/23/2014  (1698)

There is No Religious Left  7/22/2014  (1237)

Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background  7/18/2014  (1188)

Teachers Turn Against Obama  7/12/2014  (1393)

The Trouble With Brain Science  7/12/2014  (1288)

The Roman Catholic Supreme Court Decides What is 'Sincere' Religious Belief   7/1/2014  (1345)

Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism  7/1/2014  (1358)

Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go  6/30/2014  (1282)

Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives  4/25/2014  (1366)

Coal Train Crisis Abates   4/16/2014  (1406)

Gay Marriage Ban Ending in England and Wales on Saturday  3/29/2014  (1407)

Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes  3/28/2014  (1409)

A False Gospel: Corporate Christianity  3/27/2014  (1388)

Koch Brothers are Creating Their Own Political Party  1/26/2014  (1537)

Social Justice in New York City  1/1/2014  (1543)

God is a God of Freedom: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology  12/21/2013  (1545)

America, America, the Country that Kills Its Prophets  11/23/2013  (1718)

Thinking about a New Protestantism  11/21/2013  (1573)

Hysterical Anti-Communism: Billy Graham Urged the Killing of a Million Vietnamese  11/21/2013  (2375)

The Next President will be a Woman and a Methodist, but not Hillary  11/11/2013  (1580)

Regular Republicans are Beginning to Reject Their Leaders  11/11/2013  (1545)

Pastors: Help Your People Understand Obamacare  11/6/2013  (1616)

Mothers and Grandmothers on Abortion  11/5/2013  (1693)

Why Obamacare is a Political Con Job  10/30/2013  (1753)

Very Disturbing Governance by Media Manipulation  10/4/2013  (1816)

A Reformation Pope  10/2/2013  (1684)

When the Big Money Mafia Rule  10/1/2013  (1737)

Obama Wins Shutdown Battle  10/1/2013  (1880)

Samantha Power: Protection of the Innocent  9/11/2013  (1867)

Pope Francis to Meet with Gustavo Gutierrez, Founder of Liberation Theology  9/11/2013  (1832)

Apocalypse: Life Beyond Empire and Environmental Destruction  9/9/2013  (1721)

Joining Obama Against Himself?  9/5/2013  (1841)

Arab Spring: Transfer of Power in Syria  9/4/2013  (1799)

Religious Conflict in the History of Syria  9/3/2013  (1780)

Hunger Games: The Divide and Conquer Marketing Strategy of Fox News  8/7/2013  (1998)

The Terrible Mendacity of Stanley Kurtz  8/5/2013  (2286)

Obama Speaks on Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case  7/19/2013  (1796)

Summer Heat: Elders Called to Engage in Civil Disobedience  7/18/2013  (1862)

Business Predators Must Be Forced to Stop Their Damaging Behavior  5/26/2013  (2025)

Pastors Create Public Consciousness  5/26/2013  (1920)

Kathyrn Tanner: The Social Trinity and Politics  5/26/2013  (2007)

Obama Failed to Appoint Competent IRS Leaders  5/22/2013  (2081)

Occupy Theology: Obama has Broken the Hearts of the Young  5/20/2013  (1827)

Corporate Conspiracy Theories in Pastoral Consciousness  5/17/2013  (2010)

The Gosnell Verdict and Abortion Politics  5/16/2013  (2274)

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The NRA: Southern Political Terrorism  5/14/2013  (1933)

Public Violence  4/17/2013  (1792)

A Teacher is Raised  4/8/2013  (1840)

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Health Care Hogs Drive Up Costs  3/27/2013  (1811)

Manufactured Landscapes  3/23/2013  (1885)

About Death Camp Thinking  3/22/2013  (1856)

Marriage Equality Goes Mainstream  3/21/2013  (1910)

Hope for the New Pope  3/14/2013  (1969)

The End of a Catholic Moment  3/12/2013  (1936)

Wealth Inequality is Much Worse than Most People Believe   3/11/2013  (1963)

The Government is Making Us Old  3/11/2013  (2156)

Fairness Now Means to Tax the Rich More  12/10/2012  (2008)

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:THE NEW JIM CROW  11/14/2012  (2115)

A Victory for Life  11/7/2012  (1862)

Romney is Not a Christian  11/5/2012  (2106)

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A Way of Speaking that Wins Elections  9/6/2012  (1959)

Compared to Other Nations, America is Under-Taxed and More Unequal  8/31/2012  (1983)

Obedience, Not Liberty, is Highest Value for Real Conservatives  8/28/2012  (2049)

Romney Degrades Himself with Welfare Ad  8/28/2012  (2013)

Prosperity Economics: Building an Economy for All  8/3/2012  (2098)

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The Trees are Falling  7/14/2012  (2179)

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Today is My Last Day at Goldman Sachs  3/14/2012  (2155)

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Catholic Bishops Want Freedom to Oppress Women  2/8/2012  (2591)

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God Demands Justice  11/17/2011  (2118)

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Wall Street Occupation Protest - Live Video  9/26/2011  (2218)

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Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim

A couple summers ago we were invited to watch the July 4th fireworks from the top of a large old tugboat on the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon, where we live. Coming along with us was the son of our friends who had a doctorate in political science and was finishing up teaching in Toronto, Canada, before taking a new assignment at Oxford in England. So here was my chance to talk with a bright young intellectual about the issues of the day. Sitting next to one another we were so engaged in conversation that all of a sudden it was announced that the fireworks were over. We missed them.

He was as interested in my own thoughts as I was of his. He asked me what I considered to be my most important concern in modern politics and I said the single word "trust". He seemed taken aback and not sure what I meant. I said that people were not trusting one another anymore, especially not politicians. They can no longer trust that a person will do what they say. And that makes everything uncertain. And the more fearful people are the more hesitant they will be to trust others. Basic trust in human relations is fundamental. Without it there is no relationship with others, no society, no social or political life together.

Donald Trump is now acting in ways that make it impossible to place any trust in him as president. He has lied again and again. Yesterday he tweeted that President Obama had released 122 Guantanamo Bay detainees who had gone back to the battlefield to kill Americans. The fact is that Obama had released only nine, the rest had been released by George W. Bush. And whether these detainees had gone back to the battlefield is not clear. You cannot explain this away. Trump doesn't care whether he is telling the truth or not. Or, he knows he is lying. Or, he is so psychological fixated on Obama that he thinks what he is saying is true. But any of these explanations are damning.

Imagine having a father or mother, or a boss, or a teacher, or a pastor, or any other person of authority, and you learn that you cannot rely on what that person says is the truth. In fact, you learn over time that most of what that person says is untrue. You will not be able to trust that person. It would be folly to allow yourself to believe anything the person said. That really changes your whole life. And that's what's going on now with Trump. He is making it impossible to trust anything he says and does as president. And this is terribly serious for the country as a whole.

Yale historian Timothy Snyder is the author of the book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. He talks about trust in this interview where he talks about his idea that "post-truth is pre-fascim." Notice when he uses the term trust related to the rule of law in the following quote:
Democracy only has substance if thereís the rule of law. That is, if people believe that the votes are going to be counted and they are counted. If they believe that thereís a judiciary out there that will make sense of things if thereís some challenge. If there isnít rule of law, people will be afraid to vote the way they want to vote. They'll vote for their own safety as opposed to their convictions. So the thing we call democracy depends on the rule of law. And the things we call the rule of law depends upon trust. Law functions 99 percent of the time automatically. It functions because we think itís out there. And that, in turn, depends on the sense of truth. So thereís a mechanism here. You can get right to heart of the matter if you can convince people that there is no truth. Which is why the stuff that we characterize as post-modern and might dismiss is actually really, really essential.

The second thing about 'post-truth is pre-fascism' is Iím trying to get peopleís attention, because that is actually how fascism works. Fascism says, disregard the evidence of your senses, disregard observation, embolden deeds that canít be proven, donít have faith in god but have faith in leaders, take part in collective myth of an organic national unity, and so forth. Fascism was precisely about setting the whole Enlightenment aside and then selling what sort of myths emerged. Now those [national] myths are pretty unpredictable, and contingent on different nations and different leaders and so on, but to just set facts aside is actually the fastest catalyst. So that part concerns me a lot.
I would like to emphasize here that we all depend on leaders and professionals in this modern world, a very complex, interdependent, mechanical world that binds us together in many different ways difficult to know and understand. If we cannot trust what these leaders say our lives will become chaos. It is no small thing that Donald Trump has installed a person as his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who is known to believe in breaking up administrative structures, in creating chaos and uncertainty so that people will have little sense of what is happening so they can be controlled.

There is a name for this. It is fascism. It is how Hitler took power. When people can't trust anyone they follow the leader even when the leader is irrational. Trump is acting so irrational today and will continue to do so and some continue to follow him, unthinkingly. He must be removed from office by whatever means necessary.

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