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It started with reading responses to my Trump stories. It ended up in a wonderland of hate, self-entitlement, and racism.

“Why did I read this?” That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for the better part of the last four hours as I delved into a yet-unbeknownst-to-me part of Medium: the world of pro-Trump writers.

It started with reading the responses to a recently published piece about Trump’s “Office of the former president.” Some are supportive; others include constructive criticism; most, however, try to show me how wrong and stupid I am.

As Daisybeagle writes, I am “blind to reality” and a “disgrace and disappointment” for my parents, who have to see my “education wasted on such drivel.”


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Dominion and Smartmatic defamation suits may shape the future of America, for better or worse.

Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, has now officially joined the ranks of those sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems. Along with Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, Lindell was Dominion’s most prominent accuser, claiming the election-technology company had conspired with Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong Un to overturn the November election results.

One of the most improbable fascists to have emerged from the Trump era, Lindell’s apparent insanity has no equal but his evident zeal. He found himself involved in the highest rungs of government, close to Trump at every significant turn. …


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What the current stock and crypto investment frenzies tell us about our societies and their inequalities.

Gamestop, weed stocks, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies: a trading frenzy driven by small retail investors has taken hold of the world in early 2021. People who had never bought stock see their friends and acquaintances become overnight millionaires and want to join in on the action. Some will become rich; many will make a decent profit; more will lose all their savings.

Reading the discussions on online forums like r/WallStreetBets or r/Cryptocurrency paints a frightening picture. People are flocking to highly volatile assets in the hopes that it will make them rich fast and easy. Some complain that their investments don’t…


A scandal ignited a wave of testimonies, bringing the topic of incest to the centre of the stage. In a country where 10% of the population is a victim, speech liberation is essential

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There is one universal taboo: incest. Studying the fundamental structures of human societies, Claude Lévi-Strauss, the distinguished anthropologist, posited that its prohibition was the foundation of civilisation itself. Forbidding incest legally or culturally, he argued, takes us from a state of nature to one of culture. How then can we interpret the recent revelations that have shaken France to its moral core? How can a country so proud of its enlightenment be so obscurantist when it comes to the basest crime?

In her book La Familia Grande, published in January 2021, Camille Kouchner accuses her step-father, a prominent professor and…


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But somehow still aren’t.

We call ourselves “civilised,” yet we are nothing but. Day after day, the neverending news cycle reminds us of our societies' failings, the governments that lead them, and the people who comprise them. However intelligent and cultured we may think we are, we cling to preconceived notions that prevent us from moving forward.

Conservatism has no place in today’s society; progress is what we must all strive for to overcome the challenges that lay ahead. We have treated our fellow humans, our planet and its flora and fauna for centuries, as disposable stores of work, energy, food, and tradable value.


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Companies don’t know what to do with their cash — far from rewarding employees, they seek high-return, high-risk investment.

There are two ways to look at Tesla’s $1.5B investment in Bitcoin. The first adopts an optimistic, futuristic stance and sees it as the most noteworthy crypto news to date, ushering in an era of legitimacy and mainstream adoption. The second understands it from a human standpoint and sees it as an insult to thousands of employees (millions in the years ahead).

Tesla and its founder, Elon Musk, are known for their exuberant antics and their “outside-the-box” thinking. The electric vehicle company consistently sits at the top of “most desirable workplace” rankings; the brand stands for innovation, ecology, and modernism…


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Pushing forward his Big Lie and “great other” narratives, Trump is sending a clear message to his supporters: the fight continues.

We knew it would happen, yet we all nurtured a fool’s hope that, somehow, 17 Republican senators would find their spines and vote to convict Donald Trump of the crime he committed. Our better nature is to wish for the best, but we must always prepare for the worst, mainly when the GOP is in charge of the outcome. And the very worst just happened: Donald Trump has been acquitted. Again.

His family and sycophants are already parading, claiming that “#MAGA is ascending again” and celebrating the news as if it were a Superbowl victory. Ignoring a 57–43 vote to…


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How do you defeat a self-serving, anti-intellectual, nihilistic authoritarian?

Trump is gone, but through his “Office of the former president” and his goons in Congress, his shadow lingers over American politics. His rhetoric and neo-fascism will continue to threaten democracy for years to come. Many of the commenters on my Trump articles tell me to move on and stop talking about the man, but unless we understand what went wrong and why, Trumpism will continue to tighten its grip on American politics until, someday, a smarter, deadlier incarnation of it appears, takes power and the nukes that go with it.

Right now, humanity faces existential challenges, one of which…

Nicolas Carteron

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