Why Trump Now?

Historic and electoral strands that resulted in the Trump’s win

Trump in the White House: An Interview with Noam Chomsky, C.J. Polichroniou, Truthout  (excellent piece that ranges from climate change and voter psychology to “friendly Fascism” and more)

Fascism, 6-episode podcast from Slate on the history and origins of fascism

The 14 Characteristics of Fascism, Lawrence Britt, Spring, 2003

15 Warning Signs of Impending Trump Tyranny, Robert Reich

Authoritarianism and Post-Truth Politics, Jacob T. Levy, Niskanen Center

Why Trump Now? It’s the Empire, Stupid, Greg Grandin, The Nation (excellent piece about multiple economic and military strains throughout U.S. history that resulted in Trump, written in June, 2016)

Why Trump? and Understanding Trump, U.C. Berkeley Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics George Lakoff (see more links below)

How Donald Trump Became Conspiracy Theorist In Chief, Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

A Divided US: Sociologist Arlie Hochschild on the 2016 Presidential Election, Kristian Haug, Truthout

The Man Who Wrote What’s the Matter with Kansas Now Wonders What’s the Matter with Democrats, Janell Ross, Washington Post

Everything Mattered: Lessons from 2016’s Bizarre Presidential Election, David Roberts, Vox

Our Fate was Sealed Long Before November 8, and it’s not because the election is rigged Sarah Kendzior, The Correspondent

Donald Trump’s success reveals a frightening weakness in American democracy, Ezra Klein, Vox

Obamaism Sought Strength in Unity, Trumpism Finds Power Through Division, Ezra Klein, Vox

The System has Failed and a Con Artist has Won, Jonathan Chait, New York

74 Path to Putin, Trump Watchdog

If We Don’t Act Now, Fascism Will be at Our Doorstep, Stephen Rosenfeld, Moyers & Co.

Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy, Chauncey DeVega, Salon

American Fascism, in 1944 and Today, Henry Scott Wallace, New York Times


Who is trump?

For Donald Trump, Friends in Few Places, Alan Feuer, New York Times

‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias, Jonathan Mahler and Steve Eder

Donald Trump: 3 Decades, 4095 Lawsuits, USA Today

Language, Cognition and Voter Psychology

A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, And What the Majority Can Do, U.C. Berkeley Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics George Lakoff (extremely thorough piece about the relationships between messaging and politics)

More from George Lakoff

Five Reality TV Strategies Donald Trump Has Used Throughout His Campaign, Quartz

Trump understands what many miss: people don’t make decisions based on facts, Julia Belluz and Brian Resnick, Vox

Why don’t honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News?, Howell Raines, Washington Post

Social Movements and action

The Art of the Protest, Tina Rosenberg, New York Times

Advocacy Training Manuals from Organizing for America

How to Turn Protest Into Positive Change, Eric Liu, TEDEd

The Resistance to Trump is Rooted in the Bay Area, Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle

First 100 Days Resistance Agenda, Robert Reich

Reading Lists and Resources

Action Against Trump (multiple extensive reading lists for learning and teaching about the strains of history and culture that resulted in Trump’s rise and what to do about it)

Trump 101, Chronicle of Higher Education (excellent reading list about American political history, totalitarianism, white rage, anti-intellectualism, and more)

Trump Syllabus 2.0, Public Books (a more thorough, and needed, extension of the above, that explores Donald Trump’s rise as a product of the American lineage of racism, sexism, nativism, and imperialism.)

Pantsuit Nation Trump Resources (comprehensive site with resources and reading about many issues and news items)