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Don’t Call It a Comeback: Louis C.K. and His #MeToo Bros Don’t Deserve One

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Comedian Louis C.K. (pictured here in 2012) may have Emmys, but he shouldn't have a second chance until he recognizes the gravity of his harassment of women entertainers. Shutterstock

The comedian who masturbated in front of junior women colleagues said he's lost an estimated $35 million. Funny how he didn't mention the pain he inflicted.

Kieran Scarlett, Rewire

Oct 18, 2018 | Almost a year after #MeToo accusations against him, comedian Louis C.K. is returning to the limelight.

Commentators and public alike are occupied with the question: Can C.K. and Hollywood’s other outed abusers regain their celebrity status and our trust? Or, in other words, is there a path to redemption?

Important questions, but I’d like us to consider others. Let’s start with: How do powerful men define loss? And why must we adopt their definitions? How much—or how little—are we willing to ask them to do to make something like amends?

Kieran Scarlett is a culture writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.

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The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff

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  • Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh

 

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/beachweek-1538140550.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*I think the complexity is that beach week was FUN—it was a week-long sleepover with my best friends, situated on a mile-long boardwalk, chaperoned by some very lax parents who happened to be my own. The destructive aspects of the week—getting recklessly drunk, taunting cops, and waking up to vaguely remembered hookups—weren’t something I’d learned to identify yet as part of a malignant and entitled culture. It was in the air we breathed. —Riley, Georgetown Day School, 2008

Joanna Rothkopf and Leah Chernikoff, Esquire

Sep 28, 2018 | The most prominent entry in Brett Kavanaugh’s now overly-dissected, perfectly preserved 1982 “calendar-diary” from his senior year at Georgetown Prep is boy-scrawled over June 6th to June 11th: B E A C H W E E K.

The event is marked in all caps and traced over multiple times for emphasis. It’s clear that this is an important week for young Kavanaugh. So important that he immortalized it in his yearbook as well, with the entry “Beach Week Ralph Club” (the entry “Rehoboth Police Fan Club” is Beach Week related, too). Anyone who grew up in the DC area, particularly those who grew up in its white privileged enclaves, knows why Beach Week took on such significance for Kavanaugh: the high school tradition was and continues to be (at least since we last checked) a booze- and drug-fueled free-for-all where prep school almost-grads go to black out for one full week, frequently leaving a path of destruction in their wakes.

Joanna Rothkopf is deputy editor at Esquire.com. Previously, she wassenior editor at Jezebel. 

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Leah Chernikoff oversees all things digital at ELLE. She came to ELLE from Fashionista.com, where she was the editorial director. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. A Washington, D.C. native, Leah graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English Literature.

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Part 2:  From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


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These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Dec 08, 2008 | The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Princeton and New Haven to the financial and political centers of power.

The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service — economic, political and social — come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the “specialist” and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and finally experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system — people like Ralph Nader — are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff

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  • Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh

 

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/beachweek-1538140550.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*I think the complexity is that beach week was FUN—it was a week-long sleepover with my best friends, situated on a mile-long boardwalk, chaperoned by some very lax parents who happened to be my own. The destructive aspects of the week—getting recklessly drunk, taunting cops, and waking up to vaguely remembered hookups—weren’t something I’d learned to identify yet as part of a malignant and entitled culture. It was in the air we breathed. —Riley, Georgetown Day School, 2008

Joanna Rothkopf and Leah Chernikoff, Esquire

Sep 28, 2018 | The most prominent entry in Brett Kavanaugh’s now overly-dissected, perfectly preserved 1982 “calendar-diary” from his senior year at Georgetown Prep is boy-scrawled over June 6th to June 11th: B E A C H W E E K.

The event is marked in all caps and traced over multiple times for emphasis. It’s clear that this is an important week for young Kavanaugh. So important that he immortalized it in his yearbook as well, with the entry “Beach Week Ralph Club” (the entry “Rehoboth Police Fan Club” is Beach Week related, too). Anyone who grew up in the DC area, particularly those who grew up in its white privileged enclaves, knows why Beach Week took on such significance for Kavanaugh: the high school tradition was and continues to be (at least since we last checked) a booze- and drug-fueled free-for-all where prep school almost-grads go to black out for one full week, frequently leaving a path of destruction in their wakes.

Joanna Rothkopf is deputy editor at Esquire.com. Previously, she wassenior editor at Jezebel. 

and

Leah Chernikoff oversees all things digital at ELLE. She came to ELLE from Fashionista.com, where she was the editorial director. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. A Washington, D.C. native, Leah graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English Literature.

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Part 2:  From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


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These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Dec 08, 2008 | The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Princeton and New Haven to the financial and political centers of power.

The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service — economic, political and social — come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the “specialist” and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and finally experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system — people like Ralph Nader — are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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More Signs of How Deep the Poison of Traumatizing People Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA

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  • Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In
  • The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.
  • Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA
  • How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In

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The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

Jun 21, 2018 | e rarely seem to ask anymore why the President of the United States is continually holding campaign rallies when his next election is more than two years away. It's just another fact of our dangerously surreal new existence: the creeping presence of the Leader and his Movement in all things, and the public demonstrations of that presence. (History, of course, tells us that it's always a good sign when the leader of a strongman regime in a fragile democracy is continually holding rallies.) The results on Wednesday night in Duluth, Minnesota, were predictable.

Donald Trump, American president, spent a great deal of time complaining. He complained about media coverage of this and other rallies, where apparently newspapers and TV networks don't give him enough credit for how many fans he has. He complained about media coverage of the current state of the economy, which often correctly paints it as a continuation of sustained economic gains under his predecessor. He complained that his opponents are described as "elites" when he is "smarter" and "richer" and has "a better apartment." He complained about the media, period, and earned a chant in response from his Huge Number of Fans, You Wouldn't Believe How Many Fans.


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Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA


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How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action without feeling as though I am offering my very self up for consumption?

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez, Brown Eyed Amazon / Patheos

June 20, 2018 |There is this cyclical injustice where trauma is inflicted, the traumatized lay their wounds bare attempting to awaken the abuser to what they have done, the abuser momentarily awakens but subsequently forgets, and trauma is inflicted once more. Again and again… like clockwork. The collective pain of the brown community cannot and should not ever serve as a catalyst for white enlightenment.
 
My value as a woman of color is not determined by my ability to sanitize my experiences for a white audience.

I know these things to be true yet I have to work regularly not to internalize the narrative that says that pain is necessary for my very identity and worth to be defined. That narrative has eclipsed my ability to find a voice today.

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez <> is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora. She is a faith organizer, consultant, public speaker, writer, and visual artist.

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Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

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