Tolerance, the Extreme Right, and Karl Popper’s ‘Open Society and its Enemies’

There’s a particularly wet argument permeating the internet right now; that counter-protesting against fascism is a betrayal of the tolerance and virtue that the left should aim to embody. It’s easy to see why some people might fall for this easy assumption; after all the President of the United States unequivocally blamed ‘violence on all sides’ for the debacle in Charlottesville.

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On This Day – The Reichstag Fire, 27 February 1933

It’s a real change of pace today- I don’t often do On This Day posts, but this one really stood out to me. Not least because it’s one of those fact-and-dates that is clinging on from my GCSE days (the exam flashbacks are looming), but because it’s startling relevant now.

The burning of the Reichstag building is a real history-mystery with dubious blame and potential cover-ups. It was a fundamental rung on Hitler’s ladder to power, and another part of the story of anti-communism in the 1930s. Today I’m going to briefly outline the event and talk about it from a modern perspective, what with the rise of fascism being a frequently trending topic on twitter. Let me know what you think about this new format, and if you like the slightly more narrative structure.

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Bare Facts: Betsy DeVos, Free Market Education & LGBTQ safety

In this Bare Facts I’m going to take a quick look at the role of Education Secretary in the US, and at the newly but controversially elected Betsy DeVos. This will include looking at her past experience, the policies she is likely to put forward, and her links to anti-LGBTQ groups and gay conversion therapy. You can find the last Bare Facts Post (Executive Orders, the Trump Muslim Ban and Refugees in America) here.

‘Bare Facts’ are a stripped back look at what is going on in politics and current affairs, with the intention of providing facts which could be useful for you in your own day-to-day debates and defense. It’s always good to know exactly what you’re talking about.

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New Directions

Welcome to two brand new series of blog posts- ‘Bare Facts’ and ‘Reviews for the Revolution.’

‘Bare Facts’ are a stripped back look at what is going on in politics and current affairs, with the intention of providing facts and objective truths. Hopefully it will be a useful basis for editorial blog posts in the future, but I hope that they will also be useful for you in your own day-to-day debates and defence. It’s always good to know exactly what you’re talking about.

‘Reviews for the Revolution’ are book reviews and analyses of political or politicised texts which I believe to be helpful or insightful to current political situations.
In times like these I find myself increasingly looking for new guiding lights and old words of comfort and inspiration.

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