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Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism

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  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

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Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory

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The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig 

Dec 07, 2017 | The past few weeks have been hellish for Americans. With one assault after another on our Constitution and our rights, it has felt like an endless stream of slaps to the face and punches to the gut.

From the decision by Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai to end net neutrality to the unconscionable late-night vote Friday by Senate Republicans on a tax reform bill that had amendments scribbled in by hand to Donald Trump’s unprecedented undoing of national monument designations in Utah to the Supreme Court’s Muslim ban-affirming order on Monday, it feels as though the entire nation is under attack all at once.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV.

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Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism

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President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

Dec 20, 2017 | The Republican Party is celebrating the passage of a deeply unpopular and comprehensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code, which critics argue is skewed unjustly toward the rich. Members of the party, however, are convinced that we will learn to love the new tax code, as House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday. “When people see their withholding improving, when they see jobs occurring, when they see bigger paychecks, a fairer tax system, a simpler tax code, that’s what going to produce the results,” he said at his weekly press conference. “Results are going to make this popular,” he added, sounding like parents telling their child, “When you’re older, you’re going to thank me for forcing you to take violin lessons.” But like a child who grows up resenting a domineering parent, voters are likely to punish the GOP at the ballot box, as some have predicted. And unlike my analogy, voters are not children.

My actual child recently approached me, wondering if he could ask me a serious question. I braced myself, sat him down on my lap and nudged him to speak. Some of his schoolmates had been discussing writing letters to Congress about outlawing shark fin soup in order to protect endangered sharks. But another friend worried that if they did so, President Trump would know where they live and might retaliate. My son wanted to know if it is dangerous to write letters to Congress.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV.

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There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happeningHeather Digby PartonSalon

Roughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

 

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Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama.

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Nobody wants to hear this. Because of their partisan blinders they will both find reasons to believe they’ve got either a savior or a traitor in the White House despite the fact that their country’s actual policy and behavior remains more or less the same.

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Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

Jan 5, 2017 | Not a lot of people remember this, but George W Bush actually campaigned in 2000 against the interventionist foreign policy that the United States had been increasingly espousing. Far from advocating the full-scale regime change ground invasions that his administration is now infamous for, Bush frequently used the word “humble” when discussing the type of foreign policy he favored, condemning nation-building, an over-extended military, and the notion that America should be the world’s police force.

Eight years later, after hundreds of thousands of human lives had been snuffed out in Iraq and Afghanistan and an entire region horrifically destabilized, Obama campaigned against Bush’s interventionist foreign policy, edging out Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries partly because she had supported the Iraq invasion while he had condemned it. The Democrats, decrying the warmongering tendencies of the Republicans, elected a President of the United States who would see Bush’s Afghanistan and Iraq and raise him Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, along with a tenfold increase in drone strikes. Libya collapsed into a failed state where a slave trade now runs rampant, and half a million people died in the Syrian war that Obama and US allies exponentially escalated.

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/60/60/1*ZVXYCWfCPhsF5l-4EFhAIQ.jpegCaitlin Johnstone‬: Rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper.


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Oprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American Fantasyland

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  • Oprah Winfrey gave national platforms and legitimacy to all sorts of magical thinking.
  • Any assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.

   http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon.jpgSlate Editor's Note: Adapted from Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History copyright © 2017 by Kurt Andersen. With permission from the publisher, Random House. All rights reserved.

Kurt Anderson, Slate 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41c5JF08WML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgJan 10, 2018 | Forty-eight hours ago, after watching Oprah Winfrey give a terrific, rousing feminist speech on an awards show, millions of Americans instantly, giddily decided that the ideal 2020 Democratic nominee had appeared. An extremely rich and famous and exciting star and impresario—but one who seems intelligent and wise and kind, the non–Bizarro World version of the sitting president.

Some wet-blanketing followed immediately, among the best from the New York Times Magazine writer Thomas Chatterton Williams in an op-ed headlined “Oprah, Don’t Do It.” “It would be a devastating, self-inflicted wound for the Democrats to settle for even benevolent mimicry of Mr. Trump’s hallucinatory circus act,” he wrote. “Indeed, the magical thinking fueling the idea of Oprah in 2020 is a worrisome sign about the state of the Democratic Party.”

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Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? Roberto Pedace, The Conversation / Salon

It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.

 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 13, 2018

Including links to over 750 websites and over 10 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Response to Nation Article on Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All is the Solution, Margaret Flowers, Health Over Profit

  • https://i2.wp.com/healthoverprofit.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/1hr676-620x600-1.jpgLiberals Provide Fraudulent Cover for Saying 'No' To Single Payer
  • Related: How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved, Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

Publisher's Choice | The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them, Take Action Now, the Nation

  • Here's how it happens.
  • Related: Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials

Of Special Interest | We'll Keep Fighting for Freedom, United We Dream 

  • Democrats also have power and responsibility to use ALL of their leverage to win the Dream Act by January 19. A handful of Democrats have yet to commit to publicly state that they will vote ‘No’ on any spending measure that does not include a Dream Act as protection for young immigrants.
  • Related: The Huddled Masses Were Never Welcome

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/13011110845_75a7029fe5_h-850x565.jpgSeries | Student Debt Slavery: Time to Level the Playing Field, Part 2, Ellen Brown, Truthdig 

Historically, debt and austerity have been used as control mechanisms for subduing the people. It is time for the people to unite and take back their power.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ellen Brown, Margaret Flowers

and much more. Enjoy!

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Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now.

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Efforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

Countable

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January 16, 2018 | Half the Senate - forty-nine Democrats and independents, one Republican - plan to co-sponsor Sen. Ed Markey's (D-MA) legislation that would undo the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Markey’s bill, if made law, would reverse that ruling.

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can nullify recently passed legislation with a simple majority.

Countable helps you make your voice heard by contacting your reps about issues that matter. Check out your reps!

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The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them, Take Action Now, The Nation 

  • Here's how it happens.
  • Related: Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials

 

 

 

Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, January 6, 2018.

Including links to over 750 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Time to Make Life Hard for the Rich. Time to Have a Revolution, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest   

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/MLK%20%7C%20A%20Riot%20Is%20the%20Language%20of%20the%20Unheard_1.jpgPart 1: Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich
  • How long are people supposed to tolerate being smacked in the face? By the rich? Who already have more than enough?Teaser
  • Part 2: I Asked The World's Foremost Ethicist If It's Okay To Have A Revolution
  • Can even a master philosopher tell the angry, oppressed man with a gun when it is morally right for him to leave the boundaries of law and civil society and launch a crusade against Fucked Up Shit?

Publisher's Choice | There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening, Heather Digby PartonSalon <>

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Looks%20Over%20Shoulder%20at%20Nixon.jpgRoughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

Of Special Interest | The “Me Too” Movement and the Rights of the Accused, Marilyn Katz <>, In These Times

Have the men and women accused of sexual harassment lost their right to a fair hearing?
  
Bloggers & Columnists | Hamilton Nolan, Glenn Greenwald, Heather Digby Parton





All this and more in:

Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

8 Types Of Toxic People To Leave Behind In 2018, Kelsey Borresen and Brittany Wong, Huffington Post

Good riddance.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Hollywood%20sign.jpgWhy aren’t Hollywood films more diverse?, Roberto PedaceThe Conversation / Salon 

It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.
 


Books, Literature, & Ideas

Trump’s Voter Fraud Endgame by Richard L. Hasen, Richard L. Hasen,   Slate /  Rise Up Times

Although Trump has suspended the operations of his election integrity commission recently, his goal of suppressing votes remains, creating  a voting rights nightmare.

Media & Technology

Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/126808.jpgPart 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results
    • Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .
  • Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments
    • As is always true of censorship, there is one, and only one, principle driving all of this: power.

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Response to Nation Article on Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All is the Solution

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  • Liberals Provide Fraudulent Cover for Saying 'No' To Single Payer

  • Related: How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved, Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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Margaret Flowers, Health Over Profit

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7 August 2017 | On August 2, 2017, The Nation published an article by Joshua Holland, “Medicare for All isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” chastising Improved Medicare for All supporters because, in his view, the single payer movement has “failed to grapple with the difficulties of transitioning to a single-payer system.” The article, which doesn’t quote anyone involved in the movement for Improved Medicare for All, begs a response because it shows what liberals opposed to single payer believe. Holland dredges up the same arguments used to keep single payer off the table during the creation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He even dusted off a few that were used to try to stop Medicare from coming into existence in the 1960s. And then he attempts to distract single payer supporters away from supporting Improved Medicare for All and settling for something less, as was done successfully in 2009.

The first error that Holland makes is confusing the term “Medicare for All” as meaning that advocates would simply take the current Medicare system, with both traditional and ‘Advantage’ plans, and expand that. This is why it is important to use the phrase “Improved Medicare for All.” As outlined in HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, the new system would be based on the current Medicare system, which is already national, but it would be a single public plan that is comprehensive in coverage and does not have out-of-pocket costs or caps. It would ban investor-owned facilities and ban private insurers from selling policies that duplicate what the system covers. A single system is the simplest for patients and health professionals because there is one transparent set of rules.

Margaret Flowers is director of the Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign and co-director of Popular Resistance.

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved, Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution 

https://wp.socialistrevolution.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/marchers_medicare-for-all-e1508447687257.jpgThough such reforms are now considered common sense, the Democrats can't and won't deliver. Only a mass independent political force—with single payer placed at the top of its agenda—is capable of winning this fight. 
 

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There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

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Roughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon 

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11.03.2017 | If you live in certain media markets in the country, over the last couple of weeks you may have seen an ad running on cable news channels that features billionaire Tom Steyer making the case that Donald Trump should be impeached. Here it is, in case you have better things to do than watch TV.

I have to admit I love the ad. It expresses my feelings  perfectly, laying out some of the many reasons why it's insane that a man like Donald Trump is president of the United States. Steyer told Newsweek that Trump is "an immediate danger to the health and safety of America, given the president's recent threats to Americans' First Amendment rights, his statements provoking conflict with North Korea, his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his inadequate response to white nationalist violence and his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement." He added, "This is not a time for 'patience' — Donald Trump is not fit for office. It is evident that there is zero reason to believe 'he can be a good president.'"

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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