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Reading: Historians Analyze the Danger of Trump | nymag.com

From Historians Analyze the Danger of Trump | nymag.com

Cold comfort. But history can offer little else.

Zilblatt said he once laughed off comparisons of the U.S. to the Weimar Republic, noting Germany in the early 1930s “had a major economic crisis and the trauma of millions of people dead in World War I.” However, while it’s not exactly the same, Zilblatt said Americans are nevertheless “suffering economically and from the trauma of death and being isolated” amid a recession and a pandemic that has left over 200,000 dead barely a month before Election Day.

Obviously, neither Hitler nor fascism is coming around the corner in the United States. But, the fact that such a comparison can even be considered by a serious political scientist with a straight face shows how far things have degenerated.

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Reading: Is this a racist image, or is there a more complex account?

From Is this a racist image, or is there a more complex account?

How to read an image: historical foundations of some artistic conventions.

The Star worn by a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) at first sight shows a white man crushing the head of a Black man. Except those aren’t men at all, but have bright green wings. In fact, the standing figure is the Archangel Saint Michael, and the head he is crushing is that of Satan.

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Reading: The fall of Colston’s statue: ‘It didn’t take long – about four tugs of the ropes’

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Rees said on Monday that Colston’s vexed legacy would be noted instead by placing his statue in a museum, along with some of the banners and signs left behind by those who tore it down. Meanwhile, with calls for similar monuments in Oxford, Cardiff, Derbyshire and London to face a reckoning of their own, the implications of the statue’s removal may spread far beyond Bristol itself.

What connects where I was born and raised with where my wife was born and raised? Teleology. Ha.

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