By Joe Lowndes “I’ve always been a populist,” Tom Turnipseed, once told me. “I just had the wrong idea of who I should be fighting for.” The political career of Turnipseed, who died last week at the age of 83, is an extraordinary one. He was the national director of Alabama Governor and segregationist George
Roy Moore lost, but his brand of right-wing white populism still dominates the GOP
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By Joe Lowndes Roy Moore won’t be in Washington next year, after all. But the Republican Party isn’t anywhere near rid of his style of racialized right-wing rhetoric — or of politicians like him. Exit polls showed that 91 percent of Republicans who voted in Alabama’s special election Tuesday supported the controversial former judge, even as Doug
The originator of dub poetry talks about the role of culture in politics, antiracist and class struggle in the UK.
By Joe Lowndes The 2016 Republican National Convention began in the immediate shadow of a highly publicized death spiral involving police and black civilians in Dallas, Falcon Heights, and Baton Rouge. Against this backdrop, the Trump campaign seemed to choose the legacy of Richard Nixon rather than Ronald Reagan as the party’s patron saint. Indeed,
By Joe Lowndes When South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds this week, it signaled a political change. For the last half-century, the GOP’s Southern Strategy has steadily moved a majority of white southern voters into the Republican column. In keeping with that strategy,