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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Anton B
    November 25, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

    Jack, I’m amazed this has been up a day or so with no comments. So I just want to say thank you for your much needed, clear headed and unhysterical reading of the Trump phenomenon.

    My first reaction was to share this on FB, Twitter etc but I’ve become increasingly wary of the ‘Echo Chamber’ effect of social media. Since Brexit and during the long presidential race I’ve ‘unfriended’ so many whose right-wing (not fascist but equally offensive to me) views, I felt, had no place on any list of ‘friends’ however meaningless that term has become.

    I agree it isn’t Trump or his supporters we should fear but what comes after them, given the innefectuality of the left’s response. The other day I found myself attempting to calm down a young person at work whose well intentioned but historically inaccurate comparison of Trump to Hitler and over-inflated descriptions of ‘mass racist attacks in the U.S.’ since Trump’s election made it sound like the SS were marching down Pensylvania avenue and the Labour camp cattle trucks were ready and revving up. I tried to explain that such comparisons were counter-productive and unhelpful but ended up sounding like I was defending or even supporting Trump so I gave up. Perhaps a little anti-fascist paranoia is a healthy response.

    We on the left must be careful not to ‘cry wolf’ too often. As a Jew whose great grandparents found shelter from oppression in the UK I will never underestimate the potential rise of fascism but I fear that overuse of the term has rendered it meaningless, opening the way for its spectre to reappear with a different name and a new uniform.

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  2. Chong Li
    December 2, 2016 @ 12:10 am

    Minor typo – I think you mean the Southern POVERTY Law Center.

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  3. Joe Crawford
    December 12, 2016 @ 10:24 pm

    Small correction, as the votes are still being counted by the relevant authorities, as of this moment Trump has earned more votes than Mitt Romney (Wikipedia says Romney got 60,933,504). The David Wasserman total is presently at 62,913,088 for Trump.

    It would be a tasty factlet to throw at the PE if it were true though.

    Thank you for your writing.

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