Category Archives: Society

The Thanksgiving Gremlins

Halloween wreathIn her book Daring Greatly, self-help guru Brené Brown talks about gremlins as being the voices in our heads that tell us we must do this, we must behave so, we should have done that, etc. The gremlins are the critics–our parents, society, or our own (unrealistic) expectations for ourselves. The idea is to identify those gremlins and then basically tell them to shut up. There’s a little more to it than that, but that’ll do for the purpose of this post. Continue reading

The Zwarte Piet Debacle From the Outside, Again

zwarte clownOkay, it’s the end of November and that means that Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is arriving in the Netherlands, with his helpers, who have traditionally been all called Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). The Zwarte Pieten are traditionally white people with blackface. People of color in the Netherlands have gradually become vocal about not liking that and the Dutch reaction is incredibly embarrassing to me. Continue reading

The November 4 Demonstration

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The Big No-No: An Outsider on American Fascism, where it resides under the title:

“Talking Fascism With Militia and Homeless at Fake Anti-Trump Demonstration”

Fascism in America 2: Exceptionalism

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“American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerously Naive Form of Nationalism”

From Nationalism to Patriotism, Again

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“Charlottesville: From Patriotism to Nationalism to Malignant Nationalism”

From Nationalism to Patriotism: A Girl Can Dream

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“Recognizing Fascism: Introducing History Education in Post-Trump America”

 

Whenever You’re Ready

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The Big No-No: An Outsider on American Fascism, where it resides under the title:

“American Re-education: America After Trump”.