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The 4 Syndromes Of Passivity In The Face Of Pending Tyranny

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  • And how to pull yourself out.
  • Related: Time to Fight Like Hell 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

 

Robert Reich, Huffington Post

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12/16/2016 | As the era of Trump approaches, some of you are succumbing to the following four syndromes:

1. Normalizer Syndrome. You want to believe Trump will be just another president – more conservative and pompous than most, but one who will make rational decisions once in office.

You are under a grave delusion. Trump has a serious personality disorder and will pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.

Robert Reich: Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.’’

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Time to Fight Like Hell, Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

  • http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/imagecache-2400x1350/files/421_clara_a_2000x1124.jpgDecember 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.
  • The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny, Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

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Time to Fight Like Hell

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  • December 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.
  • The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).

Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/files/mojocover_JF17_290.jpg  Dec. 13, 2016 | Decades from now, when the election of 2016 is distilled to its essence, what will that be? Many hoped the central lesson would be a shattered glass ceiling and a cementing of the Obama legacy. An expansion of rights and tolerance.

Instead, a small electoral majority chose a candidate who openly embraced bigotry, who slurred war heroes and mocked the disabled, who bragged of sexual assault, who said he'd roll back the protections of a free press, who was cheered on by white supremacists, who said he'd upend our alliances and the world's long-overdue climate deal, and who is ignorant and cavalier about the basics of safeguarding a nuclear arsenal.

Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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Tell the Electoral College electors: Honor the majority vote and reject Donald Trump

  • The petition to electors to the Electoral College reads:
  • "Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president and did not win the support of the majority of the American people. Hillary Clinton is set to win the majority of the vote by more than 2 million votes despite widespread voter suppression and the FBI’s interference in the election. Honor the majority vote and elect Hillary Clinton on Dec. 19."
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).
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https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/Stop-Trump.pngDecember 14, 2016 | We are gearing up to fight the dangers of a Trump presidency with everything we’ve got. Today, we have one last, long shot at preventing the most dangerous and hateful administration in our nation’s history. We hope you’ll help us fight for it.

On Dec. 19, the electors to the Electoral College will cast their ballots to elect the next president. In many states, these electors are not bound by the state’s total vote and can choose to vote for whomever they want with little or no legal consequence.

Hillary Clinton is likely to win the majority vote by 2 million votes or more.The electors have a civic duty to elect the candidate chosen by the people, and they have a moral obligation to elect the one who is most fit to serve.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

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  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).

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  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

https://secure.consumersunion.org/images/content/pagebuilder/Industry-telling.jpg  12/04/2016 | A lot of wishful thinking is happening in America right now. “Maybe Trump the President will be different than Trump the Candidate.” We already know this is a fallacy. Trump the president-elect is exactly the same as Trump the candidate. “Maybe he’ll suddenly become more responsible and balanced.” “Maybe this is the kick in the pants America needs.” “Maybe he’ll be impeached.” But the most damaging wishful thought of all is: “Maybe I don’t have to do anything — maybe the electors will choose to appoint someone else, on their own.”

The Electors should. But they won’t. Not without political pressure the likes of which America has rarely seen before. Which means we all need to be motivated. Well — how about the safety of our own lives, and the lives of everyone we love? Because let’s not fool ourselves. Anyone with a rudimentary appreciation of the powers of the president of the United States knows that the stakes are life and death. Pretending otherwise is wishful thinking.

Roger Wolfson, Attorney, writer. This article was co-written by Roger Wolfson, a writer and activist, and Jared Berenholz, a television executive.

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

 

 

 

 

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What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Timothy Snyder, Dallas (TX) News

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_1.jpgNovember 21, 2016 | Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

Timothy Snyder, Contributor, Dallas (TX) News <http://www.dallasnews.com>, a Yale history professor and historian of Eastern Europe, originally published this on Facebook. He is the author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning."

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How Fire Ants Killed the TPP Dragon

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  • Literally thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP.
  • There’s high hope in concerted action.

Leo Gerard, AlterNet

 

 

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November 22, 2016 | The defeat of the TPP is a tale of ants slaying a dragon.

 

It seemed a fearsome task, challenging the powerful behemoth that is Wall Street, Big Pharma, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Big Ag, Big Oil, all their lobbyists, and all the Congress critters they’d “campaign-financed” to support their money-grubbing 12-country trade scheme.

 

Leo Gerard is president of the United Steelworkers union. President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

 

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Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story of How Organizing and Resistance Can Win

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  • Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win
  • Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.
  • Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
  • And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

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Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win

Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.

Naomi Klein, the Nation

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December 4, 2016 | “I’ve never been so happy doing dishes,” Ivy Longie says, and then she starts laughing. Then crying. And then there is hugging. Then more hugging.

Less than two hours earlier, news came that the Army Corps of Engineers had turned down the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built under the Missouri River. The company will have to find an alternate route and undergo a lengthy environmental assessment.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). Each book has been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate.

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Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story

And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

Bill McKibben, the Nation

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December 5, 2016 | All organizing is story-telling, and the story that got told at Standing Rock was so powerful that ultimately the Obama White House had little choice but to go along.

The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the permits necessary for sending the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River is a tribute to truly remarkable efforts by Indigenous organizers, from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. It’s also a tribute to the incredible power of civil disobedience, a tool I tried to describe in last week’s print edition of the Nation.

But my analysis pales next to the actual story from the Oceti Sakowin encampment. There, the last few months have unfolded with almost eerie grace, and the textbook on nonviolent action has been revised and illustrated in the process.

Bill McKibben is the author of 15 books, most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he is the co-founder of 350.org, the largest global grassroots organizing campaign on climate change.

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Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump

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  • History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
  • Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
  • Related: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

Nicole JamesTruth Examiner

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Dan%20Rather.jpgNovember 26, 2016 | Dan Rather just posted a heartbreaking post to Facebook where he really cut to the chase, saying, “Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent.”

He says it is time for Americans to take sides…to decide whether we want to be on the side of neo-Nazi’s, or on the side of democracy.

Rather hits Trump very hard, saying, “This is not about tax policy, health care, or education – even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.”

Truth Examiner  brings you the latest news in politics, entertainment, local and world events, opinion, viral content and videos.

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Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it, George Monbiot, the Guardian

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  • Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them.
  • Related: Robert Reich | The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda

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