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Joep Bertrams | security council / media.cagle.com

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Democratic Politicians Need To Stop Normalizing This Illegitimate President.

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  • The Democratic Party, and a fiercely independent press, must not fail us.
  • Related: Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not.

Nancy Altman and Ira Lupu, Huffington Post

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01/29/2017 | Donald Trump’s recent order, cruelly and arbitrarily barring refugees and Muslim immigrants from entering the United States, is just the latest despicable act by an illegitimate president. Orders of this sort are unfortunately unsurprising. They are an expected outgrowth of Trump’s racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQIA agenda.

Trump’s illegitimate presidency and his anti-American agenda are why millions of people joined the Women’s March the day after his inauguration. Marchers advocated human rights for all, social and economic justice for all. The marchers, and many millions of others, are determined to oppose and resist a President who lost the popular vote, and whose election came about through voter suppression, intervention by the FBI, and conspiracy with Russian operatives.

Nancy AltmanFounding Co-Director, Social Security Works

Ira Lupu: F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law Emeritus, George Washington University Law School

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter.jpgDon’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not. Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian

  • From the US Congress to Theresa May, everyone needs to understand that when the next president takes office the usual rules will no longer apply.
  • Related: Series | Trump Nation, Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media

 

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Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: Obama’s Legacy–The Smashing of the Left

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  • Chris Hedges looks back on President Barack Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report.
  • Related: Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 2: Barack Obama Expanded The Presidential War Powers He Once Vowed To Limit

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January 23, 2017 | On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges looks back on President Barack Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report. They examine Obama’s role in boosting the war industry, serving corporate interests and depleting the privacy rights of Americans. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at some of the darker decisions made over the past eight years.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report

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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 2: Barack Obama Expanded The Presidential War Powers He Once Vowed To Limit, Jessica Schulberg, the Huffington Post

  • Now he's handing them over to Donald Trump.
  • This piece is Part 2 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks. 

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Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

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Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

Guy Standing, Huffington Post

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http://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/scalefit_630_noupscale/586d62d91500009206e9e7bd.jpegFarmers protest falling prices and the plight of the Finnish agriculture sector. Helsinki, Finland. March 11, 2016. Vesa ESA Moilanen via Getty Images 

01/06/2017 | A groundbreaking pilot project launched this week in Finland. The government is going to give a randomly selected group of 2,000 unemployed citizens a monthly income of $587 with no strings attached and no need to report how they spend it. The project aims to test the feasibility of a program ― called basic income ― that’s worked in earlier pilot projects elsewhere in the world.

Basic income ― also known as universal basic income and basic minimum income ― is a modest amount paid individually and equally to citizens, without behavioral conditions. It has proven to reduce inequality and enhance economic and social freedom. And its time has come.

Guy Standing: Professor of Development, University of London; author, “The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class”

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The Basic Income Movement, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The important thing is to create a floor on which people can start building some security.
  • Part 1: A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For
  • Part 2: Catalyst | Basic Income movement in the Twin Cities

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