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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a “Trusted Author,” he is a Senior Editor, Politics, for The Greanville Post; a Contributor for American Politics to The Planetary Movement; a contributor to the “Writing for Godot” section of Reader Supported News; and a contributor to From The G-Man. Furthermore, he is an occasional contributor to BuzzFlash Commentary Headlines and The Harder Stuff. He is also a triathlete (34 seasons, 250 multi-sport races). Dr. Jonas’ latest book is Ending the ‘Drug War’; Solving the Drug Problem: The Public Health Approach, Brewster, NY: Punto Press Publishing, (Brewster, NY, 2016, available on Kindle from Amazon, and also in hardcover from Amazon). His most recent book on US politics is The 15% Solution: How the Republican Religious Right Took Control of the U.S., 1981-2022: A Futuristic Novel (Trepper & Katz Impact Books, Punto Press Publishing, 2013, Brewster, NY), and available on Amazon. The book is currently being serialized on OpEdNews.

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US Capitol 1814c., From WikimediaPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 5, 2021
"Bipartisan Commissions:" 9-11 and the Capitol Riot This is talk of creating a "bi-artisan commission" to investigate the 1/6/21 storming of the Capitol, along the lines of the "bi-partisan" commission that investigated the 9/11 tragedy. There are two problems with this analogy. A) many criticisms of the work of the 9/11 Commission have arisen. B) Any investigation of the riot could not, given that it occurred in support of Trump (e.g., see Trump-flags) possibly be bi-partisan.
Says it all.  And the Basque have their own language too.  (As does Catalonia.), From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 21, 2021
On Secession (by the democratic states) Secession has been proposed by some authorities in some of the states from whence significant support for the concept of the "Stolen Election" and the subsequent Trumpsurrection(C) came. This columns argues that it might be just a great idea if the states devoted to the concept of democracy, which happen for the most part to be located on the two coasts, themselves seceded.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 15, 2021
Trump Wins (a fabrication, this time around) This column is a fictional account of a) the possibility that the Trump-Coup-via-Insurrection attempt would have been successful, and b) one scenario that might have played out if it had been. It's not fun, folks. And anyone who has a think that a) fascism in a Trump-21st century form is not a possibility in the US, b) has another think coming. In this column, I was waiting to see if I could make it to Canada. I hope I did.
President Trump and Prime Minister Abe Golfing. Well, they are now both gone., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2021
A Retro. Series, Trump and Fascism, 2011-2020, (lastly) Part Six: "What a Trump Win Might Look Like" This is the sixth (and last) part in my current "Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series," originally published on Buzzflash.com. The first part ran about three weeks ago, the second part about ten days ago, the third part three days ago, the fourth part two days ago, and the fifth part yesterday. As we get deeper into the 2nd Impeachment Trial this is the last part in this series,from the perspectives of 2019 and 2020.
Paul von Hindenburg.  He put Hitler in power.  But he did have a nice mustache., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2021
"Trumpite Fascism: How the Nation Might Get There, with Some Lessons from Nazi Germany," Part 5 of a Retro. Series This is the fifth part in my "Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series," originally published on Buzzflash.com. The first part ran about three weeks ago, the second part about ten days ago, the third part two days ago, and the fourth part yesterday. Going into the beginning of the Impeachment Trial here's the fifth part (originally published in 2019).
The infamous Miklos Horthy bust, Liberty Square (Szabadsa'g te'r), Budapest. He was the first national ruler in history who could have been considered, by definition, .fascist.., From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2021
A Retrospective Series, Trump and Fascism, 2011-2020, Part Four: "Trump: Turning the Corner Towards Fascism" This is the 4th Part in my "Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series," originally published on Buzzflash.com. The first ran about 3 weeks ago, the second part about 10 days ago, and the third part yesterday. Going into the start of the Impeachment Trial tomorrow here's the 4th part (originally published in 2016, see below).
Donald Trump.  Ah, the comparisons!, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 7, 2021
Trump and Fascism, A Retrospective Series, 2011-2020, Part Three: "Hair Trump or Herr Trump?" This is the third Part in my "Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series," originally published on Buzzflash.com. The first part ran about three weeks ago about ten days ago. Now, going into the Impeachment Trial, I will be posting the remaining four in the series on consecutive days here at OpEdNews, starting today.
Stab-in-the-back postcard (sent around Germany, just like the lynchings postcards were sent around the U.S., for decades buzzflash.com/articles/ss-guards-at-play-lynching-and-donald-trump?rq=Jonas)., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 1, 2021
"Trump and the Rigged Election: 'The Stab in the Back' " This article offers an overview of the Trump/Trumpite "rigged-stolen election" strategy.
Golly gee. Whose thinking does this advertisement remind you of?  Couldn't be the Trumpublicans(C), could it?, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Trump and Fascism, A Retrospective Series, Part 2: Race is the Trump Card This is the second in this series of past commentaries on Trump, fascism, and its underlying doctrines (in this case, for the U.S., that of White Supremacy and racism) published earlier on BuzzFlash and then republished recently on the same journal. The original version of this column was published in 2011.
First shot marker. Where will it be next time, or has it already been fired, in the U.S. Capitol?, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
The Coming Second Civil War The Presidency of Donald J. Trump has come to a violent end, fortunately with a small loss of life, so far. But given the creation of a new "Stab=in-the-back" myth, the Trump-inspired insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021 could, when historians look back at this period, mark the beginning of the Second Civil War. And that is what this column is about. (Of course, were that to happen, the nation would have to have survived it.)
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 14, 2021
Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series, Part 1 For these last six days of the Trump Administration I will be publishing a series of previously published columns on the subject of Trump and fascism. This brief column, the first in this series, is an introduction that I wrote for this series of columns on this subject that appeared first on Buzzflash last year.
The clock ticks down.  Will he still be in the U.S. when it strikes noon on January 20, 2021?, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The Trump Chronicles, 2020, Part 2 This is the last in what is now a 5-part series that together list all of the columns on Trump that I have published on OpEdNews during the four years of his Presidency. This is the second section of the columns on him that I published in 2020. Several of his predecessors, such as Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Herbert Hoover are much relieved. None can any longer be considered "the worst U.S. President."
The US Capitol Lit Up, fortunately only by lights. But after the Trumpassault, we can never look at it in the same way., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 10, 2021
He Tried: Trump's White Supremacy Was The Match That Lit Wednesday's American Reichstag Fire This column discusses the Trumpassault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. It examines its root ideological cause, which, of course, is this nation's original sin, racism and its accompanying Doctrine of White Supremacy. It got Trump to the Presidency, but is now draped all over him on his way out. It remains to be seen if the Biden Admin. will become the first one in U.S. history to finally consign it to the dustbin of history.
Fascism is so 1930s.  One can only wish that this saying were true. It isn't., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Will Trump Ignite His Reichstag Fire on January 6? This column, anticipating threats being made against the routine processing of the Elecotral Votes in the U.S. Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, looks at what happened in the German Reichstag on the day, March 23, 1933, that the German Constitution was amended to install Hitler as Dictator (and wouldn't Trump be SOOOO happy with a similar outcome).
Trump: .The only solutions I like are the ones that favor me, me, me.., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 2, 2021
The 15% Solution: What it Was --- and Is In 1996 I published a book entitled "The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001 - 2022." The book was purportedly published in 2048, on the 25th anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the re-United States. "The 15% Solution" was the name of a plan for voter suppression that was was originally developed in 1989 by an organization called "The Christian Coalition."It is herein described
The U.S. Covid 19 pandemic (or as I call it, the Trumpidemic2020[C]): What Trump will be most remembered for., From PixabayPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The Trump Chronicles, 2020, Part 1 This is a continuation of the series of columns in which I am listing, with brief introductions, each of the columns on Donald Trump that I have published in this space over the four years of his Presidential term. It presents half of the Trump-columns that I published on OEN in 2020. The second half will go up next week.
Look closely., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 25, 2020
The Trump Chronicles, 2019 As I said as the beginning of my previous two OpEdNews columns, as we come to the end of the first proto-fascist Presidency in U.S. history, in this series of a total of four columns, I present the "columns on Trump and Trumpism," one column for each of the Trump-years, with a brief comment on each. The purpose is to present elements of a contemporaneous view of the man's reign (ah, this man's most fervent wish).
Donald Trump. .Ah me; gotta love me.., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 18, 2020
The Trump Chronicles, 2018 This column is the second in the series that I am running of my columns on Trump and various aspects of Trumpism, as they were published serially on OpEdNews, by year. It continues to amaze just how much attention this man commanded, in all of his evil, and how much writing it generated. If the nation still exists in a 100 years, dissertation proposals will still be being generated by his being and all of the damage he did.
.And I still want the job --- permanently.., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 10, 2020
(The Other) Dr. J.'s Trump Chronicles, 2017 This column is the first of a series of four under the title "(The Other) Dr. J.'s Trump Chronicles. Each one will reprise briefly the columns on Trump that I have published on each of the four years of his Presidency. Note the word "fascism," which, unlike some other users of the term, I always define in some detail, appears frequently. By the way, THE "Dr. J." is the great basketball player from the 1970s, Julius Erving.
Chief Justice John Marshall. The man who knit together the structure of the Supreme Court as we know it, out of whole cloth: opednews.com/articles/Let-s-Hear-it-for-Original-by-Steven-Jonas-Confirmation_Congress_Fascism_Government-200922-612.html, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 27, 2020
'Religious Freedom' in the Time of Plague This column concerns the Supreme Court decision which permits religious institutions to ignore pubic health measures for dealing with the Trumpidemic2020(C), if those measures really, really interfere, for them, with the "Free Exercise" clause of the 1st Amendment. One analogy considered is that of moving one's bowels into a public water supply, if in so doing they would be sincerely expressing a deeply held religious belief.

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