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Fascism in America 4: Symbols and Rituals

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In the previous posts in this series I circled around fascism, addressing elements of American society that are at least nationalist, but the line between nationalism and fascism is blurry, and now we’re getting there. Continue reading

From Nationalism to Patriotism, Again

pledge of allegianceSince today’s writing prompt is “Educate“, I’m going to cheat and shamelessly repost my one but last post, so it gets more readers. Here goes:

I’ve always felt that America was primed for a fascist takeover. In fact, to some outsiders America already lives with “a very quiet kind of fascism“. Continue reading

Sinterklaas: The Zwarte Piet Issue from the Outside

zwarte clownSeveral people have pointed out–in a somewhat accusatory tone–that I’m looking at the issue of Zwarte Piet being racist from the outside. To a large degree it’s true. But first let me point out to what degree it’s not. Continue reading

I Pledge Allegiance — No, This Is Not the Same Post

image from ugo.com

image from ugo.com

Two days after my last post, the daily prompt is “I Pledge Allegiance“. Very funny. The question for the prompt is, “Are you patriotic, and what does patriotism mean to you”.

Well, let me tell you…

I Pledge Allegiance to . . .

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image from sodahead.com

Ipledgeafallegiance just changed the lyrics to the song “God Bless America”. Which reminded me that I once wrote my own version of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was not too long after 9-11 and my three-year-old daughter’s Montessori teacher decided to start each school day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Yes, you read correctly…

The Netherlands in WWII : Lessons Learned

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This is the eleventh post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.

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