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Making America Hate Again: What the Trump phenomenon teaches us about history and the future threat to American Democracy Paperback – October 25, 2016
About the Author
Elliot Cohen was raised in New York City. In the late 1970's and early 1980's he was active in the New York City SHAAD Alliance, an anti-nuclear group that helped prevent the opening of the Shoreham nuclear plant on Long Island. He also helped SHAAD organize to protest both the Indian Point nuclear plant and Wall Streets support of the nuclear industry. He participated in many energy related public hearings and became a "party" to the New York State Energy Master Planning Process. Elliot received his undergraduate degree at NYU and worked on Environmental Policy issues for New York City Council Member Ruth Messinger before graduating from law school and practicing law for seven years. In 1997 he moved to Berkeley California, where he helped organize a Northern California coalition to protest the launch of Cassini,, a spacecraft that was powered by a 72 ton plutonium battery. Elliot then served for ten years as Commissioner for the City of Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, which had jurisdiction over Berkeley's Nuclear Free Zone ordinance. After citizens rejected a City Council re-districting plan by petitioning for a voter referendum Elliot drafted another plan that was unanimously adopted in slightly modified form as Berkeley's 2002 re-districting plan. Today Elliot lives in New York, where enjoys following politics and writing. He also enjoys reading about politics, history, law, environment, socially responsible investing and gardening. He is the author of "Memories of Barbara George" and occasionally publishes on ElliotsReport.com
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As I write this, it is less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election. Some polls show Hillary Clinton as much as 12 points ahead of Donald Trump, while others show them much closer - but then, we all know how (in)accurate these polls can be. What truly alarms me - apart from the obvious fact that many people will think the results of the election a foregone conclusion and so will not bother to vote (dangerous, because it can throw the election the other way!) - is that while many Republicans have repudiated their party's choice for president, many others still support his policies of fear and hatred. As Secretary Clinton has said on numerous occasions, we are a nation born of and based upon diversity. We should embrace that, and support it as a true reflection of what we are and want to be - and what we should always be.
It may not be politically correct to point out that the "Trump phenomenon" has given rise to a fascist ideology of fear, hatred, violence, and repression - but it needs to be noted. Thank you, Mr. Cohen, for braving the vilification likely to come your way from certain circles, and for providing such a thorough and carefully thought out analysis.