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Friday, September 15, 2017

Like many of his colleagues, historian Peter Shulman has cautioned against the excessive use of Nazi comparisons in assessing our present-day political scene, arguing that those in search of historical antecedents should study our very own homegrown history of white supremacy instead. Recently, he was browsing around in a new database of Ku Klux Klan newspapers from the 1920s when he noticed how eerily similar the headlines in some of the regional and national Klan publications the database catalogs were to those that have run on Breitbart of late. Shulman saw echoes in "tone, temperament, sensibilities, fears, feigned outrage, and emotive language," he told me over email. The comparison works in other ways, too."

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"The Klan of the 1920s," Shulman pointed out, occupied a similar political position to today's Breitbart -- "on the fringes of mainstream politics but capable of driving issues in ways mainstream politicians had to respond to.

Can you tell which of these headlines are Breitbart and which are KKK? (We've removed the obvious chronological markers.)

Good luck!

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plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

(the more things change, the more they stay the same)

#1 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2017-09-15 03:05 AM | Reply

It wasn't easy in this piece to distinguish the difference between white nationalist racism and xenophobia wrapped in false religion and the flag nearly 100 years ago and today.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-15 10:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I couldn't tell the difference.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-09-15 02:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I couldn't either but I guessed based on wording where I could. Average...

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-15 08:35 PM | Reply

Who about this test? Compare the headlines in the CPUSA (Communist Party-USA) newspaper to Retort headlines.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-15 08:46 PM | Reply

Test Upsets Nazi Coddler!

Video at 11.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-15 08:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

You "progressives" will really love this website.

www.cpusa.org

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-15 08:49 PM | Reply

Even just mentioning the KKK sends him into Panic Deflection Mode, rofl!

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-15 08:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

What a stupid, ------ article.

lol

#5 | Posted by nullifidian

Almost as stupid as defending nazis and trump simply because you don't like hillary.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-15 09:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

--Almost as stupid as defending nazis

No one is defending nazis, goofball. They are a few hundred tattooed skin heads.

But wait! One of them is under your bed!

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-15 09:24 PM | Reply

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#11 | Posted by nullifidian

Don't act so naive. The ones that exposed themselves in Charlottesville alone are more than a few hundred.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-16 10:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

BTW - In the period this article is referring to KKK membership for this second reinvention of the Klan drew in 4-5 million members before its decline. LEARN from history.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-16 10:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

In WW2, did the USA ally with the Fascists or the Communists? I can't read.

#14 | Posted by hamburglar at 2017-09-16 01:36 PM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE
"In the period this article is referring to KKK membership for this second reinvention of the Klan drew in 4-5 million members before its decline."

Also, in this time period, an awful lot of statues were popping up all over the place...

#15 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-09-16 03:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The ideological overlap is obvious.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2017-09-16 03:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What a stupid, ------ article.
lol

#5 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

What a stupid, ------ poster.
lol

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-16 07:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 2

But wait! One of them is under your bed!

#11 | Posted by nullifidian

Only fair, since there's a radical islamic terrorist under yours

#18 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-09-16 09:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Is anyone surprised that deadbart and the klan are indistinguishable?

#19 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-09-16 10:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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