All posts by Baynard Woods


    The indictment of journalist Aaron Cantú portends a grim future for the First Amendment. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Dozens of defendants, each sitting with their own lawyer, fill a Washington, DC courtroom, looking like college students wearing...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: A Checkered Past

    Amid Comey chaos, lessons surface about the history of America’s Secret Police. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Hundreds of people lined up in the marble hallways of a Senate office building, hoping to get one of the 88...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Reinventing the Underground, Part 1

    A countercultural exorcism and its missing young participants. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, poet and provocateur Ed Sanders shouted, “Out demons, out!” his arms raised in clenched fists above his...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: When We Stop Paying Attention

    Andrew Jackson, President Trump, Hitler and the seeds of global fascism. JACKSON HOLE, WY – I’m writing this week from North Carolina, the state that may be the center of our current illiberal, anti-democratic and yet ostensibly...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Trump, Erdoğan, and Oppression

    Lessons from Turkey’s populist regime. JACKSON HOLE, WY – I fucked up on Twitter last week when sending out a story I wrote about Kurds and other activists who were attacked by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security forces...

    • Posted May 24, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Whose Autocracy is it Anyway?

    Thirteen authoritarian jokes on America. I FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him. The regime blamed new Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and cited...

    • Posted May 17, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Reality Show Rally

    Populism, belonging, and inside jokes at Trump’s Pennsylvania rally. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It’s hard to know what to make of these post-election Trump rallies. The latest one, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was intended to celebrate his first...

    • Posted May 9, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Fragmented Fighting

    Resistance movements need to see the larger picture and come together accordingly. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Twenty years ago I was arrested for occupying the office of Senator Pete Domenici in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The senator and...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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    The Death of Freddie Gray and the future of police reform. JACKSON HOLE, WY – On a cold and rainy day shortly after the election, I interviewed Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in his office overlooking the...

    • Posted April 25, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Stone and Smoke

    Republican dirty trickster disses Jeff Sessions’ take on toking. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Roger Stone has two bongs shaped like his hero Richard Nixon. “One’s in the shape of his head, the other is kind of more...

    • Posted April 18, 2017
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