In case of authoritarian takeover, break glass

Reasonable people can differ on whether it is now possible to stop the authoritarian takeover of the U.S. government. If you still have hope, I support your work and optimism and don’t want to change your mind. (I personally wrote the first draft of this post while attending a protest of the upcoming Senate voteContinue reading “In case of authoritarian takeover, break glass”

Why climate change and the decline of democracy are happening at the same time

A lot is going wrong at the same time right now: the U.S. is descending into kleptocracy at best (fascism at worst), the U.K. is self-destructing, and the climate change is accelerating. Over the last few years, I’ve often wondered, “Why are so many bad things happening at the same time? Is it just coincidence?”Continue reading “Why climate change and the decline of democracy are happening at the same time”

Yesterday’s joke protest sign just became today’s reality

Tomorrow I’m going to a protest against the forcible separation of immigrant children from their families. When I started thinking about what sign to make, I remembered┬ámy sign for the first Women’s March protest, the day after Trump took office in January 2017. It said: “Trump hates kids and puppies… for real!!!” While I expectedContinue reading “Yesterday’s joke protest sign just became today’s reality”

What white supremacists don’t want you to know: the Paradox of Tolerance

White supremacists are really, really hoping that you don’t keep reading this article. They don’t want you to learn about the Paradox of Tolerance, because then they’d lose a powerful weapon in their fight to make society more racist. Ready to make a white supremacist mad? Fortunately for us, the Paradox of Tolerance is easyContinue reading “What white supremacists don’t want you to know: the Paradox of Tolerance”

Update on signs of fascism in the U.S.

I took a vacation from updating my signs of fascism spreadsheet and now I’m back with a big picture update. Short version: Trump seems to be failing at one of the most basic requirements of fascism, which is winning popular support and suppressing public dissent. Trump was sworn in yesterday with the lowest approval ratingsContinue reading “Update on signs of fascism in the U.S.”

One way to resist Trump: become an Ally Skills Workshop teacher

We have a problem in the U.S.: 63 million people who voted for Trump, either despite or because of his record of advocating and practicing racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, transphobia, religious hatred, and other cruel and backward beliefs. This election made it clear how important it is for people of good will to learn theContinue reading “One way to resist Trump: become an Ally Skills Workshop teacher”

Fighting American fascism depends on understanding American anti-Black racism

Like many people, I slept badly on the night after the 2016 U.S. election. One nightmare in particular is burned into my memory: I dreamed that Rudy Giuliani, dressed in a Nazi uniform, was smiling gleefully as he explained to me that he was going to kill me with chlorine gas. Then I felt theContinue reading “Fighting American fascism depends on understanding American anti-Black racism”

Why tech worker resistance is crucial to preventing large-scale human rights abuses in the U.S.

Today I signed the “Never Again” pledge along with hundreds of other tech workers. We pledged to take a variety of concrete actions to stop the U.S. government from using databases to target people for human rights abuses. One of those actions is “We refuse to participate in the creation of databases of identifying informationContinue reading “Why tech worker resistance is crucial to preventing large-scale human rights abuses in the U.S.”