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Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the far right, Tea Party movement conservatives and Republican activists found common ground. Figures such as Stephen Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones, once rightly dismissed as cranks, now haunt the reports of mainstream journalism. Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. In his latest book, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, Neiwert provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism, the violence of which in the last decade has surpassed anything inspired by Islamist or other ideologies in the United States. David Neiwert joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his years of reportage, including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right.

Also in the program, new music from Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter, Ellis May. About her song, Father she says this, “Father is the most personal work I have done. It’s about loss. It’s about carrying on. It’s about acceptance, and about how accepting things will move you forward, and get you through hard times and push you onto your own path.” Listen carefully and make sure you let us know what you think. Write to normanb@lifeelsewhere.co

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Before you tune in this evening, for the spectacle that will be the GOP debate, in of all places, Las Vegas, we invite you to revisit our post and listen to Norman B’s interview with Steve Brodner, from August of this year.

A Caricature For President.

There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” With that venerable adage in mind, let’s reflect for a moment on the unequivocal fact that the moment Barack Obama was elected President, the loyal opposition wasted no time in feverishly going to work to denounce his every utterance, move or even the teeny tiniest bat-of-his-eye-lids. With their non-stop scramble to deride, ridicule and berate the President, they also comfortably succumbed to tolerating and enabling childish name-calling and crude, unseemly rhetoric. This uncouth behavior not only gained momentum, it became de rigueur.  So much so, that when the crown prince of bloviating, taunted the world with yet another crazy notion of running for President, the other clown car characters felt empowered to up the anti with wacko pronouncements. Unfortunately for them, The Donald continued on with his jest.  All of the wacko-doodle pronouncements from Cruz, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio, Christie, Santorum, Walker etc, paled as Mr. Trump blurted out one over-the-top looney quote after another. It has been like the class clown on the school bus deliberately and proudly letting out a fart. Everyone knows he did it, including the teachers, yet no one knows how to handle it.

While the GOP contenders flap their arms, squawk meaningless drivel, the Democrats gloat and cable news goes giddy. One talented group see the whole spectacle as a dream come true – Illustrators! Mr. Trump is the ultimate caricature, says esteemed satirical illustrator and caricaturist, Steve Brodner. To help us understand why political illustration has become so popular recently, and the fascination  with caricatures of TrumpBrodner will join the next edition of Life ElsewhereSteve has been putting pen to paper for a long time to craft memorable political caricatures, he is a master of the editorial idiom his work has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in the United States, such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Playboy, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Atlantic. Make sure you do not miss Steve Brodner and his thought-provoking opinions, including why racism refashioned political illustration, during Obama’s term.

The graphics above are just a few of the images of Donald Trump we have collated from the internet. We do not own any of these images and will remove any immediately if requested.

Click here to hear Steve Brodner talk about A Caricature For President.

Steve Brodner assures us he will be tuning in for the GOP debate and paying careful attention, not only for inspiration for his next brilliant Mr. Trump caricature but also for his commentary on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.