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Thank you.

I must say that the current version of "conservatism" practiced in the U.S. may not have been the actual goal, but it is the inevitable end result. Since the very definition of the term is about protection of traditional values and resistance to change, a fascist blowback to progress has to come out. In America, the conservatives fear change, progress, opportunity for minorities, and mostly that their power and status is threatened. The poor that claim to be conservative are signing their death warrants to be able to improve their lot in life. They are insuring the wealthy and powerful can keep them in their place.

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As Rachel Kleinfeld's book, A Savage Order: How the world's deadliest countries can forge a path to security, shows the paths to peace and stability are various. There is no doubt that Russia is a country seething with unrest. Perhaps an assassin's bullet can show the way? It remains to be seen.

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Exceptionally crafted piece Ruth! The fall of Putin will likely bring about another strongman, sadly!

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I pray that they don’t kill Navalny’s wife !

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I'm grateful for this and for scenes of Navalny's mother asking for his body making it out as well as stories about the delay around the body being held for two weeks while the government determines cause of death making news. And Yulia's stepping in to the limelight. I'm also grateful for Jon Stewart's roasting analysis of faux journalist Tucker Carlsson given your comments about Putin roasting/belittling Carlsson. Reminders that real journalism and analysis matter.

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Thank you. I would amend the thieving little man quote in regards the 2024 campaign “Thieving little orange man in his bunker.”

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#TLMIHB Beautiful and inspiring! =]

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Dear Ruth, another insightful article. I did a short interview on Navalny's death that broadens the conversation. Might be useful for your readers. The interview focuses on Navalny's death and the attack on journalists all over the globe by the forces of oppression. The interview begins at 3:55 minutes into the segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq9Dygxqn20

Best, Henry

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The best way to honor Navalny and his work exposing Putin's Kleptocracy. This means giving Putin's $300+Billion frozen/sanctioned funds to Ukraine. Throw in a couple of the Oligarch's yachts too!

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This was very moving professor. I wonder what kind of world we are moving towards when the innocent are persecuted at home and abroad. Will our children’s future be filled with conflict? The dystopia featured in so many films like Blade Runner or Judge Dredd?

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Dear Ruth, this article makes clear how much history matters not only in learning the lessons of resistance, but also the mechanisms of repression. There is one issue in your piece that is implied throughout the article and that is the scourge of silence in the face of oppression. I thought you might find my latest article on how silence is dangerous in the current age of fascism. https://truthout.org/articles/silence-is-dangerous-in-the-current-age-of-rising-fascism-in-the-us/

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Feb 21·edited Feb 21

Many years ago, the sociologist C. Wright Mills warned about a group of powerful leaders behind the scenes in America. He called them "The Power Elite" and had a book by the same name. He recognized the move toward oligarchy here. This group was authoritarian in nature and hated FDR, JFK and RFK. They tried to oust FDR via a fascist coup that never happened but was well planned. They prefer fascism because its economic system (cartel) reflects their authoritarian political beliefs. They want authoritarian economics and politics. This group will not rest until they establish their dictatorship here. It's no accident that Tim Mellon (of the Mellon dynasty) has gven millions to the Trump effort and other authoritarian candidates. Extreme wealth is a destroyer of democracy. The challenge of the power elite is to convince the electorate of the righteousness of their agenda. And they have accomplished quite a lot of this with propaganda from tRump. MAGA has bought this anti-democracy stance and segregated themselves into a tribe of fools. They like Putin because he's one of them.

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great post, as usual, Ruth - Thank you. wonder what the overlap is between charisma and psychopathology - too many are vulnerable to be sucker-punched by fascists such as Alexander Dugin, https://bbcrussian.substack.com/p/are-dugins-ideas-shared-by-kremlin.

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Inspiring and beautifully written. The rise of fascism and right wing zealotry is disturbing to put it mildly. Just today I saw three disturbing articles.

The first, by Jessica Valente describes a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that enshrines personhood to fertilized eggs. She explains there is far more on the line than the future of IVF treatments.

https://open.substack.com/pub/jessica/p/alabamas-fetal-personhood-ruling?r=cntu&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post

We are already seeing outlines of the repression of women and reproductive rights in such outposts as Texas and Idaho that would surely spread nationwide if a MAGA candidate, Trump or otherwise becomes president.

Then there was this in the Washington Post about Trump’s plans for concentration camps and mass deportation of immigrants, no doubt the first targets:

https://open.substack.com/pub/jessica/p/alabamas-fetal-personhood-ruling?r=cntu&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post

And then this killing of a Putin critic in Spain https://wapo.st/3I6MaHx

To honor Navalny’s memory and save our behinds, we have to do everything we can to ensure a Democrat wins the upcoming presidential election.

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Nemtsov and Navalny are true profiles in courage. They are inspirations to not only Russians but for all of us.

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With Putin and Trump I have the image of Saddam Hussein (Iraq) and Muammar Muhammad Gaddafi (Libya) when they neared and met their fate. They both showed how small and irrelevant they were as their people held them accountable. I was a graduate student at Syracuse University when PanAm Fl 103 exploded, with 35 students from SU and others from Central NY, Long Island and around the country over Lockerbie Scotland. I was at SU when Tiananmen Square unfolded, as graduate students from Beijing came in and out of my apartment with anxiety and worry about their families back home and China’s future. Both events occurred decades ago and yet China continues to be run by a brutal authoritarian as are Libya and Iraq. My worry is that so few have the context of history, especially the pro-Putin party in Congress. My prayer is that our electorate and judiciary hold for 2024 so we can continue to be a ‘beacon of light’ for Democracy around the world and focus on repairing the damage done by authoritarian leaders in our country. I have no shame in looking forward to the day that the man with the golden sneakers completes his ensemble with an orange jumpsuit.

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