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Time to Build a Resistence in More Than Name Only

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  • Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?

  • Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

  • http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg  James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?
  • The so-called resistence 

James Howard Kunstler, Straight Line Logic

May 30, 2017 | Entropy never sleeps. It works remorselessly to transform things of value into useless, dissipated waste and heat. Complexity stokes it especially as the law of diminishing returns multiplies the wheels of futility spinning down to zero. Hence, the intellectual decay of American life in which spin is everything, anything goes, and nothing matters.

The latest manifestation of this dynamic is the curious movement that styles itself The Resistance, lately adopted by the grotesque handmaiden of the Deep State that the Democratic Party became in the regency of Hillary Clinton. Its mission is to undo the results of the last national election by claiming that Russia undid it. It pretends to seek the restoration of something — but what? Of dissipated power relations within the Deep State itself?

James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation.

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Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

http://socialistappeal.org/images/SA100Cover.jpg.jpgCountless individuals have come to the conclusion that it is not enough to stand on the sidelines. The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents. Much more will be needed: ideas, activity, and organization! In an exciting development, thousands have joined DSA and there is growing pressure among the rank and file to break with the Democratic Party once and for all.

John Peterson, Socialist Appeal 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

Friday, May 12, 2017 | Publishing one hundred issues of a revolutionary Marxist magazine is something of a milestone in the land of the Red Scare and Joseph McCarthy. Back in early 2002, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the “Neo-Cons” ruled the roost. Dissent of any kind was ridiculed and the Left was in full retreat. But instead of hiding in a hole, a handful of comrades of the International Marxist Tendency decided to throw down the gauntlet in the form of a publication centered on a concrete program and perspective for world revolution. We refused to accept that this was the best of all possible worlds, that the end of history had come, and that capitalism had won.

At the upcoming National Congress of the US section of the IMT, we will be discussing the future of Socialist Appeal with a view towards reaching ever wider layers with our ideas. But one thing is clear: Fifteen years since we first went to press, the fundamental ideas we have always defended are more relevant than ever. We have consistently defended the need to break with the Democrats and to form a mass, class independent labor party based on the unions and armed with a socialist program. Concurrently, we must build a revolutionary cadre organization steeped in Marxist theory and class struggle methods to fight against reformism and for a revolutionary internationalist program within a future mass socialist party.

John Peterson, editor of Socialist Appeal magazine, provides a Marxist analysis of the Trump election and its implications for the class struggle.

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We won this battle before

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  • We’ve fought and won this battle before and we can do so again. But it’s going to take all of us working together. I will do my best working with my colleagues in the Senate to protect internet freedom, but we’ll need all of your voices engaged and ready to fight.
  • Related: Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

Ron Wyden, Free Press Action Fund 

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June 9, 2017 | Two years ago we accomplished something amazing together. Nearly 4 million people across the country called on the FCC to put in place strong Net Neutrality rules to protect the internet as a tool for innovation, creativity and free speech. And we won.

Now the free and open internet is once again under attack as Trump's FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, is threatening to roll back these crucial protections. If Pai gets his way, massive cable and phone companies will have the power to control what we see and do online, creating “fast lanes” for those that can afford to pay — and leaving the rest of us in the dust.

We can’t let this happen. Send your comment to the FCC today to protect Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality rules have governed the internet since its inception, creating a space for free expression to flourish and for startups and small businesses to challenge huge legacy companies. Abandoning control of the internet to the handful of companies that provide broadband service would allow them to bury the speech of those they don't agree with and kill competition from startups before they even get off the ground.

Despite Pai's claim that he supports Net Neutrality, the proceeding he opened last month attacks not only the legal authority underpinning the rules — which is absolutely vital for enforcing them — but seeks to overturn these protections altogether. If Pai gets his way, Net Neutrality will be gone for good and people will be left with only the empty promises of big cable companies to protect them online.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Fight%20Back.jpgIf we want to defeat this attack on Net Neutrality, we’ll need all of you to speak out. Send your comment to the FCC today and tell it to leave Net Neutrality alone.

This administration has gone after so many crucial consumer protections that we have fought for, from ending exploitative prison-phone rates to banning your internet service provider from selling your personal data. The Trump team isn’t working for anyone besides the corporate lobbyists and millionaires that are filling the administration.

We’ve fought and won this battle before and we can do so again. But it’s going to take all of us working together. I will do my best working with my colleagues in the Senate to protect internet freedom, but we’ll need all of your voices engaged and ready to fight.

Thanks so much—

P.S. The Trump administration isn’t working for anyone besides corporate lobbyists and millionaires. We can’t let it destroy Net Neutrality — send your comment to the FCC today.

The Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization fighting for your rights to connect and communicate.

Ron Wyden is the senior United States Senator for Oregon.

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Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet, Mike Ludwig, Truthout <http://www.truth-out.org>

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  • Republicans are working to gut net neutrality and other consumer protections online, and Democrats are using the issue to drive a wedge between the GOP and voters. Meanwhile, the same activists who turned net neutrality into a household name two years ago have vowed to make Republicans pay.
  • Related: Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill

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  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?

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Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Thursday (6/22/17) morning. While the 142 page text is subject to change before the Senate votes on it — given that it’s only a draft at this point — we broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).

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Eric Revell, Countable

June 22, 2017 |

What’s different

• States couldn’t allow insurers to increase a person’s health insurance premiums because of pre-existing conditions if they had a lapse in their coverage, as was permitted under the House bill.

• Etc.

What’s the same

• The individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance are repealed.

• Etc.

Eric Revell is a staff member of Countable

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Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill

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As of Thursday afternoon, 11 GOP senators have indicated they oppose or have concerns with the bill. If three vote against it, the bill would fail.

Amber Phillips, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Kevin Schaul, and Kevin Uhrmacher, Washington (DC) Post 

June 22, 2017 | Senate Republicans have pretty much no room for error as they try to rush through a health-care bill in the next week. Assuming no Democrats vote for this bill (a safe assumption because it attempts to unravel Obamacare), Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.

That’s one of the reasons this bill was kept secret until the very last minute. The less time the legislation is out there in the open, the less time there is for opposition groups to coalesce and pressure senators not to vote for it.

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No country for people with disabilities, Karen Dolan, the Hill <http://thehill.com>

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The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video)

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  • Here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan.Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. 
  • Related: Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

Naomi Klein, The Intercept

https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075 June 13 2017 | Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy.  Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need, Naomi Klein and Brit Marling, The Nation and Haymarket Books

The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.

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Joan Baez's Fighting Side: The Life and Times of a Secret Badass

The Sixties icon helped invent the idea of the protest singer – more than five decades later, she's still at it.

David Browne, Rolling Stone

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April 5, 2017 | When Joan Baez shared a bill with the Indigo Girls about 20 years ago, a young fan approached, asking for an autograph – for his grandmother. "Tell your grandmother to go fuck herself!" said Baez, who saw the show as a way to connect with a new generation of fans. Today, in the airy kitchen of her home near Palo Alto, California, with its view of the Santa Cruz Mountains and a painting of a nude woman above the fireplace, Baez winces at the memory. "I felt so awful and said, 'I'm sorry – of course I'll sign it.'"

Baez, 76, loves to play against her image as the serene, hyperserious matriarch of folk music. Resting her chin on her hand, she flashes her recent metal-chick tattoo: a series of circles and arrows that rings her right wrist, from a visit to New Zealand with her son, Gabe. "Most mothers would say, 'Oh, honey, really?' " she says proudly. "But I said, 'Ooh, can I get one too?' " In 2010, when she was invited to perform at a White House celebration of music from the civil-rights era, Baez refused a request, from Michelle Obama, to sing "If I Had a Hammer." "That is the most annoying song," Baez says. "I told them, 'If I had a hammer – I'd hit myself on the head. Ain't gonna do it.' "

David Browne, Contributor, Rolling Stone

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It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant (2)

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  • Part 1: No country for people with disabilities
  • The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles. (These cuts) would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. 
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant
  • If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. 
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: No country for people with disabilities

The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

Karen Dolan, the Hill

06/02/17 | No president’s budget in the modern era has slashed more funds from those most in need than the budget proposal recently put forward by Donald Trump. Not since the end of World War II have we experienced an administration so ruthless in its approach to people with disabilities and people of low and moderate income.

While the budget pushes a massive hike in military spending, it entails enormous cuts to domestic spending. Of those proposed slashes, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates, fully three-fifths are aimed at programs that help struggling families make ends meet — and, frankly, survive.

Karen Dolan, Opinion Contributor, the Hill, directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant

If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. I want you to show what disability looks like—because it looks like you and it looks like me. Let them know that the person before them is at risk, not some idea of a person.

Imani, crutches and spice

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June 6, 2017 | You heard me! Fight me. I want disabled people to be unapologetically selfish. I want you to bathe in hedonism and to move with the bravado of a mediocre man explaining to a woman her own expertise. I want to see you striving to love yourselves and in the moments you cannot, being patient with yourself, and if you can’t be patient, at least be kind. I want to see your selfies, I want to see how #DisabledandCute you are. I want to see you being sexy, vulnerable and yourselves. I want to see my Quips, my crips of color, my indigenous disabled, my hijabi disabled. I want to see you all in all your glory, your good days and your bad.

I want you to be intolerant. I want you to shut down the voices that question the necessity of your existence. I want you to block the discourse that portrays you as anything less than human. I want you to use all the four-letter words you know. Shut down the devil’s advocates and speak truth to power. How long are we expected to entertain the idea of our genocide? Be intolerant of the violence that seeks to rob you of your peace, and take self-care when you feel drained.

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Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America, Melissa Blake, New York (NY) Times

  • I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov.

 

 

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In an Unprecedented Court Escalation, Trump Protesters Could Be Facing Decades in Prison for Inauguration Demonstrations

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  • A frightening crackdown on free speech is underway across the country.
  • Related: With Executive Order on Policing, Trump Declares Racialized War on Dissent.

Celisa Calacal & Lauren Kaori Gurley, AlterNet

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According to Al Jazeera, the 212 protesters were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department and initially charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. On April 27, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges that include urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property. 

Celisa Calacal is an intern for AlterNet. She is a senior journalism major and legal studies minor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Previously she worked at ThinkProgress

Lauren Kaori Gurley is a freelance writer and master's candidate in Latin American studies and journalism at New York University. Her work has been published in In These Times, the American Prospect and the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

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With Executive Order on Policing, Trump Declares Racialized War on Dissent, Flint Taylor, Truth-out 

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  • The order can be read as an official authorization, from one white supremacist -- Steve Bannon -- to another -- Jeff Sessions -- to pursue the most racist and reactionary criminal legal policies in recent memory.
  • Related: Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights
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