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Column: Shame has fallen out of fashion, but it can be a force for good


According to this widely accepted view, shame shuts us down and isolates us from other people through the feelings of defect and unworthiness it inspires. But shame may also serve as a force for good when we direct it at behavior damaging to the social fabric.

Joseph Burgo, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

11/17/17 | Public shaming represents an ironic kind of justice, for it is shame that keeps many victims silent for years. Shame has increasingly come to be viewed as a repressive force whose shackles must be thrown off.

Every day it seems someone is proclaiming that he or she has no reason to feel ashamed of one thing or another — being gay or transgender or overweight; having had an abortion; having survived rape or childhood sexual abuse; or struggling with mental illness or addiction. Bestselling self-help author Brené Brown has devoted many books to helping people resist shame, which, Brown says, "corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change."

Joseph Burgo is the author, most recently, of "The Narcissist You Know" and the forthcoming "Shame."

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A symbol of our steep decline: Donald Trump has unwittingly exposed America for what it’s become. 

Tom Englehardt, TomDispatch / Salon

  • The GOP frontrunner's campaign slogan is equal parts jingoistic and moronic. It also reveals an uncomfortable truth.
  • Related: We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot.

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Gun Violence Created the United States

The foundation of the United States is embedded in gun violence. (Photo: Joe Loong)

  • Until the US comes to terms with its historical embrace of state violence as the key to so-called "American exceptionalism," the horrifying nightmare of gun violence will continue in this country, as the result of white masculine rage and domination.
  • Related: From the Archives | How the NRA Enables Massacres

Mark Karlin, Buzzflash at Truthout  No paywall or advertisements here! Keep Evergreene Digest independent and free from the influence of corporate interests -- make a donation now. Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Previously I wrote that Evergreene Digest would no longer … provide accounts, descriptions, visuals, comments, discussions, analysis, and suggestions for action of gun massacres from the event in Las Vegas, NV, going forward until and unless the issue, now a dog bites man story, becomes a man bites dog one. Here's two stories that provide an entirely different approach to the issue, so we offer it in hopes it may be the beginning of the end of the bloody horror of mass shootings in this country. 

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 | It happens after every mass shooting. Corporate media outlets have a formula for coverage. They publish stories for a week or so ascertaining a "motive" for the shooter, talking about the details of high-tech -- usually military-style firearms -- used in the massacres and speculating on what gun control would have stopped the specific shooting of the moment. Of course, we can't forget the pro forma, with rare exception, neighbor or relative who can attest that the shooter "was a wonderful guy and always helped when you needed him."

According to the Guardian, there have been 1,516 mass killing sprees in the US in the last 1,735 days. That's a lot of fodder for the templated coverage of the mainstream media.

Mark Karlin: Editor, Buzzflash at Truthout

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From the Archives | How the NRA Enables MassacresCliff Schecter, Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

At World Series, a racist taunt fuels a stunning episode of civility.

Yuli Gurriel rounds the bases ater homering off Yu Darvish in Game 3. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

If only, on larger scales, our opportunities for minimizing our divisions could be handled as well as Gurriel and Darvish handled theirs. If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.


Thomas BoswellWashington (DC) Post

October 28, 2017 | Shocking acts of civility, common sense, accountability and generosity have broken out at the World Series. Please, someone put a stop to this before it spreads.

On Saturday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros without pay for five games at the beginning of next season for making a racially insensitive gesture and yelling an anti-Asian insult at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night. It is not expected that the players’ union will contest the discipline. Thomas Boswell: Columnist, Washington (DC) Post 

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Chris Brown’s actions are inexcusable, but what he says about male violence is vital.

“Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life”(Credit: Gravitas Ventures)

Chris Brown’s new documentary is a reminder of how male violence can be taught and passed down.

Rachel Leah, Salon To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest | Singer Chris Brown's documentary "Welcome to My Life," released via Netflix this month, is a retelling of his rise to fame and the controversy that mired it. It seems, even by its packaging, that it's a bid to complicate and add nuance to the unfavorable headlines and numerous courtroom dates that have defined Brown's career as much as his music has over the last eight years.

"I'm tired of giving people something to talk about," he says at the beginning of the film. "They should be talking about how I’m the baddest motherfucka onstage, instead of I'm the baddest motherfucka in the courtroom."

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon, who also writes about race and criminal justice. She holds an MA in journalism and Africana studies from NYU.

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From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’ , Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

• We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.

• Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

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What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world‘The mogul’s liberalism could also be starkly militaristic.’ Photograph: Richard Shotwell/AP

  • Harvey Weinstein seemed to fit right in. This is a form of liberalism that routinely blends self-righteousness with upper-class entitlement.
  • Related: Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017 Culture Built On Free Service

What started out as an information service based on public support has now become a culture of free service. The process is absolutely being abused. A budget is required. Not a huge budget, but a “reasonable” one.

We’ll press the case until we get that.

David Culver, Founder, Publisher
Evergreene Digest 

Thomas Frank, The Guardian

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | Let us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer. Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned for something quite different: his generous patronage of liberal politicians and progressive causes.

This leading impresario of awful was an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He was a strong critic of racism, sexism and censorship. He hosted sumptuous parties to raise money for the fight against Aids. Frank is an American political analyst and historian. His books include What’s the Matter With Kansas?. His latest is Listen, Liberal: or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? 

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Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now.
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right.
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well.






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