"Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times."
––Gustave Flaubert

Brazil culture secretary fired after echoing words of Nazi Goebbels
Sam Cowie, © The Guardian
January 17, 2020

Brazil’s culture secretary, Roberto Alvim has been fired after he appeared to paraphrase the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in an online video to promote a national arts prize.

“Brazilian art in the next decade will be heroic and national,” said Alvim, to the music from Wagner’s Lohengrin, said to be Hitler’s favourite opera, with a portrait of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, and a Brazilian flag in the background.

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"Slander is an admission that you don't have anything else worthwhile to say. It is a clear indication of both your personal emotional bankruptcy and the paucity of whatever arguments you are advancing. "
––Rebecca Hamilton

Republicans Are About to Show Just How Low They’ll Go to Save Trump
By Elie Mystal, © The Nation
January 17, 2020

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has, once again, revealed herself to be a devastating wartime tactician. She has put the country in the best possible position to see Donald J. Trump, criminal president of the United States, brought to justice. She has done this over the doubts of some progressive commentators (myself included), the squeamishness of moderates in her own party, and over the objection of Trump’s Republican Party.

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"I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them."
––Adlai Stevenson

Trump Escalates Authoritarian Tone in Milwaukee Rally
by Roger Bybee, © The Progressive
January 15, 2020

At Tuesday night’s campaign rally in Milwaukee, President Donald Trump spewed out false data and feral attacks on Democrats, dissenters, and immigrants that carried strongly authoritarian overtones. Trump, addressing a packed house of more than 12,000 people at a downtown arena, lashed out ferociously at his recent impeachment by the House, calling it the “greatest hoax” ever perpetrated. He cast the Democrats as a malicious, disloyal force with sinister and destructive plans for the nation.

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"To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness."
––Edgar Allan Poe

Trump isn’t getting a political bump from killing Iran’s Soleimani, and it’s his own fault
John J. Pitney Jr., © USA Today
January 15, 2020

President Donald Trump has sought political profit from targeted killing. His reelection campaign has run hundreds of social media ads praising the attack on Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. In October, after he announced the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the campaign quickly produced a video that bragged about “obliterating ISIS.”

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