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Someone, Please Pinch Me.

Someone, Please Pinch Me. Earlier this week, Hurricane Dorian hovered over the northern Bahamas for more than twenty four hours, its 185 mile per hour winds pulverizing everything in its path. The rains were relentless, the storm surge higher than most buildings on the islands. Photos from the Bahamas are apocalyptic – mile on mile of twisted, splintered, wooden wreckage where homes once stood. Public buildings reduced to piles of concrete. Cars and boats atop each other like some hideous, broken, surreal jigsaw puzzle. Concrete foundation slabs all that remain of one building after the next after the next. Reporters…...

Trump’s Blood and Soil Politics Picks Up Steam

Trump’s Blood and Soil Politics Picks Up Steam. Over the past weeks, large numbers of desperately ill undocumented immigrants – many of them children – have received letters from the government informing them that the temporary protections that allowed them to stay in the country while they were receiving medical treatment were being withdrawn. If they didn’t leave the country voluntarily within 33 days they would be subject to arrest by ICE and potential deportation, and would also be unable to return to the country after being deported. Patients with such rare and deadly diseases as spinal cord compression, nerve…...

That Was The Week That Was

Back in the 1960s, there was a weekly political satire on British television, That Was The Week That Was (TW3), which succinctly skewered politicians through highlighting the absurdities of their actions and their words. Over the past few days, I couldn’t help but feel that we are living in a permanent TW3 parody. This was the week that the Trump administration rolled out a set of “public charge” rules that, by bureaucratic sleight of hand, rewrite more than a half century of American immigration law. Public charge definitions have been on the books since the late nineteenth century; but they…...

After El Paso, A Racist President Tries on a New Mask

In 1936, Hitler’s Germany hosted the Olympic Games. For months, progressives in Europe and the Americas had urged a boycott of the Games, to protest the Nazi regime’s horrifying anti-Semitism, and, more generally, its dictatorial, bloody, methods. The boycott movement had fizzled, but Hitler knew that, during those Games, the eyes of the world would be on his regime. How governments and peoples overseas would view Germany in the years ahead could, he felt, be shaped by the image presented during those two weeks. And so, the propaganda machine went to work. This is how the United States Holocaust Memorial…...

A Little About Me

I launched The Abramsky Report after more than two decades as a freelance newspaper and magazine journalist and columnist, and regular feature writer for The Nation magazine. 
 
My eight books include The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013; The House of Twenty Thousand Books, a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2015; and, most recently, Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.

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Sasha Abramsky is a treasure of American journalism. He follows the story wherever it leads, from border Samaritans to Chicago neuroscientists. His compassion and intelligence help to place the triumph of fear alongside its systematic causes in inequality and racism. It makes for compelling, urgent reading.
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Best selling author of 'The Value of Nothing'
Abramsky’s argument feels simultaneously complex and familiar: constant sensationalism via social media and selective journalism of the Fox News variety has overwhelmed rationality within society. “Our anxieties and terrors were being nurtured by people and institutions who stood to make a buck out of those fears,” he writes. “In the campaign for the US presidency in 2016, those fears were nurtured as never before.” This American tendency to make fundamental decisions “with worst-case-scenarios as a psychic backdrop” is creating a more oppressive society, particularly for the poor and people of color, while corporate or criminal interests may profit.
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