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Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism

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“What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967

 

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January 16, 2017 | Mr. Chairman, friends and brothers in this first gathering of the National Conference on New Politics. Ladiesand gentlemen. . .can you hear me in the back? (No.) I don’t know if the Klan is in here tonight or not with all the troubles we’re having with these microphones. Seldom if ever … has … we’re still working with it.

As I was about to say, seldom if ever has such a diverse and truly ecumenical gathering convened under the egis of politics in our nation, and I want to commend the leadership of the National Conference on NewPolitics for all of the great work that they have done in making this significant convention possible. Indeed byour very nature we affirm that something new is taking place on the American political horizon. We have comehere from the dusty plantations of the Deep South and the depressing ghettos of the North. We have come fromthe great universities and the flourishing suburbs. We have come from Appalachian poverty and from consciousstricken wealth. But we have come. And we have come here because we share a common concern for the moralhealth of our nation. We have come because our eyes have seen through the superficial glory and glitter of our society and observed the coming of judgment. Like the prophet of old, we have read the handwriting on thewall. We have seen our nation weighed in the balance of history and found wanting. We have come because wesee this as a dark hour in the affairs of men

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Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not.

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  • From the US Congress to Theresa May, everyone needs to understand that when the next president takes office the usual rules will no longer apply.
  • Related: Series | Trump Nation, Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media

Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian

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Saturday, 14 January, 2017There is one week to go and all is confusion. Next Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office and be sworn in as president of the United States. But still no one has the first clue how to handle what’s coming. Politicians, journalists and diplomats, in the US and around the world, are searching for guidance, desperately flicking through the pages of the rulebook, a manual full of past precedents and norms that they have spent their careers mastering – but that Trump burned and shredded months ago.

In normal times, even those few parts of this week’s “dirty dossier” affair that are firmly established would be enough to undo an incoming president. Put aside the lurid details of what went on in Moscow hotel rooms. Assume they’re untrue. Focus instead on the fact that the US Department of Justice sought and eventually gained secret court warrants to investigate two Russian banks and their links with a series of Trump associates.

Jonathan Freedland is a weekly columnist and writer for the Guardian. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and presents BBC Radio 4's contemporary history series, The Long View. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell special prize for journalism.

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Series | Trump Nation, Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media, James Fallows, the Atlantic

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Trump Nation is an ongoing reader discussion led by James Fallows regarding Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency. (For a related series, see “Trump Time Capsule,” as well as “Will Trump Voters and Clinton Voters Ever Relate?”) To sound off in a substantive way, especially if you disagree with us, please send a note: hello@theatlantic.com.

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Unexpected Alliances

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  • People deserve a chance at better lives, actual equality, and work that offers fulfillment and dignity. So we must resist Trump, and we must look toward creating a future where the conditions that facilitated his rise to power no longer exist.

Alexander Posekian, Left Side of History

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December 13, 2016 | In lieu of intelligence briefings, the President-elect of the United States of America is going on a victory tour, spewing demagoguery at cheering, fawning crowds.

It’s the worst sort of anti-elitism writ large: this soon-to-be Leader of the Free World doesn’t pore over lengthy, technical foreign policy documents and consult with intelligence experts. No, he holds Nuremberg-esque rallies that satiate his own egomania and make good on an implicit promise to his supporters. Spectacle, after all, won the election, and it’s the single element of the Trump campaign that is sure to remain steadfast throughout his presidency.

Alexander Posekian: We are a new blog (Left Side of History <http://www.leftsideofhistory.com>) intelligently reporting and analyzing current events through a leftist lens. We are trying to combat the digital media trends of clickbait and reporting with no substance.

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Noam Chomsky: The US Health System Is an "International Scandal" -- and ACA Repeal Will Make It Worse

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  • The prevailing situation reminds us of the words of John Dewey: "Power today resides in control of the means of production, exchange, publicity, transportation and communication. Whoever owns them rules the life of the country," even if democratic forms remain. "Until those institutions are in the hands of the public, he continued, politics will remain "the shadow cast on society by big business."
  • Related: Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout

http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Changes are coming to America's health care system. Not long from now, the Affordable Care Act could be history. President-elect Donald Trump wants to repeal so-called Obamacare, although he is now urging Republicans to repeal and replace it at the same time. But replace it with what?

The political culture of the most powerful nation in the world is such that it vehemently defends the right of people to buy guns but opposes the right to free and decent health care for all its citizens. In all likelihood, the Trump health care plan will be one based on "free market principles." Under such a plan, as Noam Chomsky notes in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows, poor people are likely to suffer most. In other words, the scandalous nature of the US health care system is bound to become even more scandalous in the Trump era. Welcome back to the future.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

C.J. Polychroniou is a political economist/political scientist who has taught and worked in universities and research centers in Europe and the United States. His main research interests are in European economic integration, globalization, the political economy of the United States and the deconstruction of neoliberalism's politico-economic project.

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Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage, Timothy Callaghan, Raw Story 

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  • As long as these facts remain, there is little reason to expect universal coverage in America anytime soon, regardless of who becomes president.
  • Related: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business

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Coretta Scott King’s Scathing Takedown Of Jeff Sessions Is A Must-Read

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  • She fought for the Voting Rights Act, while Sessions called it “intrusive.”
  • You can read her full testimony here.

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01/11/2017 | Author Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a scathing testimony against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) when he was being considered for federal judgeship in 1986. In a letter sent to then-Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), King wrote that Sessions “lacks the temperament, fairness, and judgement to be a federal judge” and said that his appointment “would irreparably damage the work of my husband.”

 

The letter was first cited by BuzzFeed on Tuesday and The Washington Post later published it in full.

Author Coretta Scott King is the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

Alana Horowitz Satlin, Assignment Editor, the Huffington Post.

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The President America Deserves

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  • Like George Carlin said: “They call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Our vacuous and vicarious cult of five-minute fame, popup clickbait ads, and rehab has finally reached its hideous, waking apogee in the election of a vacationing reality star.
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables
  • Related: Chris Hedges | The Mafia State

Abel Cohen, Counterpunch

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Shooting each other all the time. Filling our days with nonstop sports and celebrities. And flooding global airwaves with poisonous, nauseating filth: the action hero, pornstar, and first person shooter.

Like George Carlin said: “They call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Our vacuous and vicarious cult of five-minute fame, popup clickbait ads, and rehab has finally reached its hideous, waking apogee in the election of a vacationing reality star.

Abel Cohen lives in the former Soviet space, observing and reporting on democracy and nationalism. He speaks Russian and feels guilty about not knowing Ukrainian.

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

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The Mafia State, Chris HedgesTruthdig / OpEdNews

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What comes next, history has shown, will not be pleasant. A cruel and morally bankrupt elite, backed by the organs of state security and law enforcement, will, as the Eupatridae did in sixth-century-B.C. Athens, bankrupt the citizenry through state-sponsored theft, war, austerity and debt peonage. They are barbarians. We will remove them from power or enter a new dark age.

Related: The CIA’s Cult of Death

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La La Land and Streep dominate Globes

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Meryl Streep: ‘Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence.’ Photograph: Handout/Getty Images

 

Meryl Streep rips the 'bully' in Trump

 

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January 9, 2017 | La La Land continued its seemingly unstoppable Oscars charge by winning a record-breaking seven awards at the ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone both took home awards for acting and Damien Chazelle won best director for the film. Moonlight took home best picture drama. 

One of the night’s biggest moments, though, saw Meryl Streep deliver a searing and emotional speech, in which she criticized Donald Trump for imitating a disabled reporter and called on the press to hold power to account. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose,” she said. 

Trump responded on Twitter, calling Streep a “Hillary flunky” and “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood”, before denying he mocked the reporter.

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