As a professor of rhetoric writing a book about Adolf Hitler, I’m exceptionally attuned to the “Nazis-in-the-news” genre of public discourse, of which COVID has provided an unending stream of recent examples.

In one of the more preposterous specimens of late, Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police President, John Catanzara, recently…

Sweaty Hitler was viscerally desirable to both men and women because his performance demonstrated sincerity

InIn 1937, Irmgard Keun published a short novel, After Midnight, which tells the story of two young women in 1930s Frankfurt who find themselves caught up in a parade and rally starring Adolf Hitler. …

Nazi and fascism analogies are back in fashion. Rather than dismiss them, we need to learn from them.

As shocking details continue to emerge in the wake of the January 6th MAGA mutiny, Nazi and fascism analogies are suddenly fashionable again. For five years, prominent experts in fascism, Nazism, and rhetoric made similar comparisons, and they were often met with derision or dismissal. …

Doctor Jill Biden wrote and defended a doctoral dissertation in 2007 — the crowning achievement of an advanced educational process that entitles a person to the professional title, “Doctor.” Hence, her title.

On December 11, 2020, noted literary arbiter and cultural critic, mister Joseph Epstein, declared Biden’s professional distinction “fraudulent…

Memes, rhetoric, and Russian trolls

It is election time again, which means Russia is back in the news.

In early September, Facebook and Twitter suspended multiple accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian propaganda group. Then a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security alleged that Trump officials altered intelligence reports about Russian…

Ryan Skinnell

I know stuff about rhetoric and Nazis. Writer, speaker, professor, burrito aficionado. Public Voices Fellow w/TheOpEdProject www.RyanSkinnell.com ~views mine~

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