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Unpopular Front delves into the dynamics of American politics, societal decay, and the influence of fascism, conspiracy theories, and antisemitism. It critiques the far-right's evolution, the role of social media, and the impact of ideology on personal relationships, using current events and historical analysis to argue against extremist narratives.

American Politics Societal Decay Fascism and Extremism Conspiracy Theories Antisemitism Social Media and Censorship Ideology and Personal Relationships Right-wing Intellectual Circles Christian Nationalism Citizenship and Political Identity War and Reality Manipulation Judiciary and Wealthy Elites

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65 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. Alexei Navalny showed extraordinary courage and heroism in the face of danger and oppression.
  2. Navalny's refusal to accept the regime's paths of exile or a lifetime of resentment made him a hero.
  3. Navalny's ordinary appearance and demeanor offered a relatable figure standing up against a corrupt regime.
50 implied HN points β€’ 01 Mar 24
  1. Some right-wing supporters are advocating for a form of leadership that consolidates power and enforces ideology through the presidency, exceeding traditional boundaries.
  2. This approach outlined by some conservatives involves expanding executive power over the other branches of government, reducing checks and balances.
  3. Despite the desire for a more authoritarian leadership style, the success of such power grabs remains uncertain and potentially farcical.
116 implied HN points β€’ 06 Jan 24
  1. The events of January 6, 2021 were significant in American history and revealed Trumpism's fascist tendencies.
  2. The question of January 6 raises debates on democracy, legitimacy, and the future of the United States.
  3. Despite the failure of the events on January 6, they exposed a dangerous desire to subvert democratic norms and institutions.
73 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jan 24
  1. The right-wing 'war on woke' is fueled by a radical goal to dismantle Civil Rights infrastructure and reimpose segregation.
  2. Corporate America's embrace of DEI efforts may waver as business interests and political landscapes shift.
  3. A potential second Trump administration could lead to a significant assault on Civil Rights enforcement and regulation.
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23 implied HN points β€’ 10 Mar 24
  1. The newsletter featured content related to the author's family history and brief updates due to an upcoming project deadline.
  2. There's mention of interviews the author did about a book, alongside links to those interviews for readers to check out.
  3. The post explores a group called Society for American Civic Renewal, revealing its vision and prominent members' profiles, which is discussed in detail.
33 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. Tucker Carlson's interview with Putin revealed a mix of propaganda and lack of a clear narrative for the war in Ukraine, showing the fragility of Russia's post-Soviet political project.
  2. Putin's discourse reflects a fixation on 'special services' and a belief in Western encroachment, connecting to fears rooted in past political upheavals in the region.
  3. The war in Ukraine is seen as a way for the Russian ruling class to consolidate power domestically amidst growing opposition, tying foreign policy to regime stability.
23 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. The situation in Ukraine appears grim and challenging, with both sides facing real material difficulties in the war.
  2. The rise of authoritarian politics is not solely caused by economic immiseration, but also by the breakdown of the previous social order and leadership crisis.
  3. Local conditions and history play a significant role in the rise of far-right movements in different countries, with unique factors shaping each situation.
24 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. Taylor Swift's political stance surprises many as she appears to be more liberal rather than culturally conservative.
  2. Swift's response to idolization of her whiteness is straightforward: 'There's literally nothing worse than white supremacy.'
  3. Kanye West, once seen as Swift's rival, is highlighted for his Nazi sympathies, showing a bizarre twist in perceptions.
15 implied HN points β€’ 25 Feb 24
  1. The author mentions a new book available for pre-order and promises more self-promotion about it in upcoming posts.
  2. There is a discussion about the historical figure Martin Buber and his views on Zionism, emphasizing his vision of a binational state for Jews and Arabs.
  3. The post is intended for paid subscribers only, indicating exclusive content for those who have subscribed.
15 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. The post highlights coverage of the Israeli occupation of West Bank by fellow Substacker, Jasper Diamond Nathaniel, shedding light on the severity of the situation there.
  2. Readers are encouraged to explore firsthand accounts shared by Jasper Diamond Nathaniel about Israel's brutality in the West Bank on his Substack, 'Infinite Jaz'.
  3. The feature is exclusively for paid subscribers, emphasizing the value of in-depth, insightful content accessible through subscription.
150 implied HN points β€’ 22 May 23
  1. The author got permanently banned from Twitter without clarity on the reason.
  2. The ban may have resulted from a misunderstood thread of tweets about guns and violence.
  3. While the ban impacts the author's reach, it also provides a break from Twitter's negative aspects.
10 implied HN points β€’ 03 Mar 24
  1. The author shares updates on their upcoming book and recent podcast appearance, urging readers to pre-order the book or support independent bookstores.
  2. The author reflects on the work and characteristics of English essayist William Hazlitt, highlighting his views on the French Revolution and his influence on art criticism.
  3. The post is tailored for paid subscribers, providing them with exclusive content and inviting new subscribers to join for access to such insights.
21 implied HN points β€’ 11 Jan 24
  1. Investigative journalism uncovered a far-right party in Germany discussing a secret deportation plan with extreme right activists, including deporting citizens.
  2. The far-right Alternative fΓΌr Deutschland party in Germany hit a record high in polling at 23 percent.
  3. This post is a regular feature for paid subscribers where the writer shares what they have been reading and watching recently.
61 implied HN points β€’ 29 Jun 23
  1. Internal conflict within the conservative movement is evident, such as between DeSantis and Trump supporters.
  2. Extreme right views find a platform for respectability in outlets like Chronicles and their writers.
  3. Fascist ideologies are subtly present in various names and groups within the contemporary Right.
70 implied HN points β€’ 27 Mar 23
  1. The Jock/Creep Theory of Fascism categorizes Italian Fascism as 'Jock-Douche' and German Nazism as 'Creep-Loser'.
  2. These ideal-types reflect different affective dimensions of the fascist self, with one embodying physical domination and the other being reflective and resentful.
  3. The theory can be applied to contemporary contexts, such as the paradoxical unity of jock-bullies and online incels in the American right.
58 implied HN points β€’ 27 Jun 23
  1. The Republican party is conducting a sustained attack on the citizenship rights of certain Americans.
  2. There is a historical struggle over the concept of citizenship and who gets to be considered a citizen in America.
  3. The erosion of birthright citizenship is a real concern and has significant implications for the political landscape.
60 implied HN points β€’ 14 May 23
  1. The author reflects on the process of restoring German citizenship and the emotional journey it took them on.
  2. Learning about a relative who was killed in Auschwitz led to a deeper connection with family history and an appreciation for the importance of antifascist politics.
  3. Becoming a citizen of the European Union symbolizes a rejection of Nazi laws, a reconnection with European roots, and a commitment to the cosmopolitan project of the EU.
59 implied HN points β€’ 21 Mar 23
  1. The invasion of Iraq lacked a simple, justifiable reason based on reality.
  2. The war in Iraq was not a tragedy but a result of manipulation and falsehoods.
  3. The lesson learned from the Iraq War is the susceptibility of an entire nation to losing touch with reality and the potential risks of fascism.
59 implied HN points β€’ 10 Apr 23
  1. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas received lavish gifts from billionaire Harlan Crow, revealing unusual taste in decor
  2. Collecting sculptures of dictators and Nazi memorabilia indicates a creepy fascination with power and domination
  3. Conservatives publicly defending Crow show a strong loyalty to their business patrons, highlighting the close ties between right-wing politics and wealthy elites