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America’s Derangement Syndrome a Danger to World Peace

  • Insanity of any kind can lead to insane results, and the insanity being demonstrated by so much of the American governing and chattering classes could lead to a war.
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  • Related: From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right toStart Wars on a Whim

Robert Gore, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

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July 22, 2018 } It is significant that Presidents Putin and Trump have both spoken out against “haters” among America’s political establishment who would rather see conflict between Russia and the United States instead of a normalization of bilateral relations.

Following their landmark, successful summit this week in Helsinki, Putin and Trump separately made public comments deploring the hostile hysterical reaction emanating from broad sections of the US political establishment and its dutiful, controlled news media.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, and The Burning Platform.

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From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right to Start Wars on a Whim, by Andrei Akulov, Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

  • https://www.strategic-culture.org/images/news/2017/11/01/or-39854.jpgForget that separation of powers of stuff that if you’re old enough, you may have learned in an American Government class somewhere. If the president wants to make war, he just makes war. -- Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture <http://strategic-culture.org>
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From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture.
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
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David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon

 

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Monday, Dec 29, 2014 | It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights and the relationship between law enforcement and communities are essential for examination and correction, few are talking about how all of this fits into the larger pattern of America’s cultural decline and decay. America has become a society addicted to violence and indifferent to the suffering of people without power. Whenever there is a combination of a culture of violence and an ethic of heartlessness, fatal abuse of authority will escalate, and the legal system will fail to address it.

Critics are right to condemn the criminal justice system for its embedded inequities and injustices, but they are hesitant to condemn the actual jurors giving killer cops get-out-of-jail-free cards. These jurors are representational of America: ignorant and cold. They hear testimony from eyewitnesses claiming Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown while he had his hands in the air, and set Wilson free without trial. They listen to reports of three officers choking Robert Saylor, an unarmed man with Down syndrome who wanted to see a movie without a ticket, and they send the police back to work. They watch video footage of police choking Eric Garner in New York, and of two police officers brutally beating Keyarika Diggles, a woman in Texas, and they decline to make them pay for it.

David Masciotra is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour (forthcoming, University Press of Kentucky). He writes regularly for the Daily Beast and Splice Today.

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Torture Is Who We Are, Peter Beinart, Atlantic

A country, like a person, is what it does.

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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy, David Swanson, davidswanson.org

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Week Ending July 28, 2018

  • Part 1: Trump’s incompetence: Secret weapon?
  • Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon?
  • Part 2: Your rage at Trump is justified.
  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.

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Part 1: Trump’s incompetence: Secret weapon?

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  • Donald Trump’s staggering incompetence: Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon?
  • From the Muslim ban to zero tolerance and kids in cages: An inept president can still be an authoritarian.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

June 22, 2018 | President Donald Trump has now been in office for a year and a half. By this time, presidents who are unfamiliar with the ways of Washington (and that is not uncommon) have gotten past the rough spots, settled into the job and figured out how to work the levers of power. Some are naturally better at it than others and some take a while to get their bearings.

Some always seem to be in the middle of political drama, while others just seem to stay placid and even-keeled, almost to the point of being boring. (The contrast between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama comes to mind.) But however they start out, a year and half in they have settled into whatever their groove is going to be, and are operating at a high level of competence. It's the presidency of the United States, after all.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon <>. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Part 2: Your rage at Trump is justified.


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  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.
  • There’s a myth that goodness exists independent of rage. It’s a lie to keep those being held down from rising up.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

June 22, 2018 | When they go low, we go high. But even at an elevated altitude, there's plenty of breathing space to vent. Justifiable outrage isn't rude. And beware of anyone who tries to silence you by suggesting otherwise.

It's really been something to watch staunchly decorous institutions like The New York Times flail to grasp the profound repulsiveness emanating from the current administration. It's the aristocratic friend who has fallen on hard times, eating macaroni and cheese off the best china, naively wondering why their venerable family name doesn't impress the person taking their job application at Walmart. This, after all, is the same paper that recently went ahead and presumed that owning a Kate Spade handbag was "a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of American women."

Mary Elizabeth William is an American writer and commentator. She is a staff writer for the online magazine Salon. She has also written for The New York Times, The Nation, and other publications.


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Chris Hedges: Know That If We Resist We Keep Hope Alive

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  • “Accept sorrow—for who cannot be profoundly sorrowful at the state of our nation, the world and our ecosystem—but know that in resistance there is a balm that leads to wisdom and, if not joy, a strange, transcendent happiness. Know that if we resist we keep hope alive.”
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

Christopher Smiley with Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

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Jun 3, 2017 | “We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored, chips away at corporate power. Any act of rebellion keeps alive the embers for larger movements that follow us. It passes on another narrative. It will, as the state consumes itself, attract wider and wider numbers. Perhaps this will not happen in our lifetimes. But if we persist, we will keep this possibility alive. If we do not, it will die.

“Dr. Rieux in Albert Camus’ novel “The Plague” is not driven by ideology. He is driven by empathy, the duty to minister to suffering, no matter the cost. Empathy, or what the Russian novelist Vasily Grossman called “simple human kindness,” becomes in all despotisms a subversive act. To act on this empathy—the empathy for human beings locked in cages less than an hour from us [here in Princeton], the empathy for undocumented mothers and fathers being torn from their children on the streets of our cities, the empathy for Muslims who are demonized and banned from our shores, fleeing the wars we created, the empathy for poor people of color gunned down by police in our streets, the empathy for girls and women trafficked into prostitution, the empathy for all those who suffer at the hands of a state intent on militarization and imposing a harsh cruelty on the vulnerable, the empathy for the earth that gives us life and that is being contaminated and pillaged for profit—becomes political and even dangerous.

Christopher Smiley: YouTube documentary producer

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

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