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We Are Living Through the Moment When Women Unleash Decades of Pent-Up Anger
Let’s hope there’s no going back.

Katha Pollitt, the Nation

January 11, 2018 | Feminism is back, with a vengeance, and you can thank Donald Trump for that. No, seriously. The pussy-grabbing scam artist, ignoramus, and vulgarian with zero government experience, who ran on “Lock her up!” and gold-plated racism, won the White House against a former US senator and secretary of state, a woman with many progressive and pro-woman positions who also happened to be sane and the most qualified candidate in living memory—and, adding insult to injury, who got more votes! It was the loudest wake-up call since alarm clocks were invented. Even plenty of women who didn’t like Hillary Clinton could see the problem with a “Hillary Sucks but Not Like Monica” T-shirt. The Trump campaign was like overhearing your co-workers and finding out that, while they might be polite to your face, they all agreed you were an incompetent moron who was sleeping with the boss—oh, and by the way, there’s blood coming out of your wherever. Katha Pollitt is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her “Subject to Debate” column, which debuted in 1995 and which the Washington Post called “the best place to go for original thinking on the left,” appears every other week in the Nation; it is frequently reprinted in newspapers across the country.

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Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • Part 1: The Unsexy Truth About Harassment
  • Sexual harassment is often understood, like other forms of gender-based violence, as a violation of consent. It is more than that.
  • Part 2: Kick Against the Pricks
  • Will men ever see women as full-fledged human beings rather than ego salves and receptacles?



The Democrats’ False Choice

  • Democrats need to do more for downtrodden people of all races, including whites, and they need to be the party of justice for groups oppressed based on their race, gender, sexuality, national origin or immigrant status.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Robert Kuttner, Huff Post Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Kerstin Gillibrand onstage at an event introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Sept. 13, 2017. Alex Wong via Getty Images

02/05/2018 | Should Democrats go all out to energize a “rising electorate” of women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, immigrants, LGBTQ people and on-the-march young voters? Or should the Democrats go all out to rebuild their shattered reputation as the Party of Roosevelt that cares about the white working class?

A great deal has been written by advocates of both views, and many of these articles and speeches have talked right past each other. Robert Kuttner, Columnist, Huff Post, is co-editor of The American Prospect and professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His forthcoming book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
  • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
  • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy

Is it ignorance of or contempt for our Constitution that fuels the movement to abolish the Electoral College?

Walter Williams, The Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout 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.

January 19, 2018 | Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.”

Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Walter Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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This Is What Pseudo-Democracy Looks Like

Billionaire Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

  • The oligarchy has the power that comes with vast quantities of money. We have the capacity to organize and mobilize people. Democracy is at stake.
  • In 2018 and beyond, the last thing we need is cynicism that devolves into passivity. What’s vital is renewal of energized idealism—with realism about the obstacles to actual democracy and determination to help overcome them.
  • Related: From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy.

Norman Solomon, Truthdig

Dec 28, 2017 | Oligarchy prevents democracy. That explains the gist of why the United States became more undemocratic in 2017.

With vast income inequality and corporate power, this country’s oligarchy keeps consolidating itself—largely hidden in plain sight—normalized and embossed on the wallpaper of mass-media echo chambers. Several decades of ominous trend lines have brought us to dire tipping points.

Norman Solomon is the coordinator of the online activist group His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

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From the Archives | “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine



The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump

Mr. Fish

The oligarchic and military elites have a handmaiden in the Oval Office, and he won’t be ousted as long as he serves their interests.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

January 28, 2018 |The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites. They get what they want. They do what they want. Although the president is a one-man wrecking crew aimed at democratic norms and institutions, although he has turned the United States into a laughingstock around the globe, our national crisis is embodied not in Trump but the corporate state’s now unfettered pillage.

Trump, who has no inclination or ability to govern, has handed the machinery of government over to the bankers, corporate executives, right-wing think tanks, intelligence chiefs and generals. They are eradicating the few regulations and laws that inhibited a naked kleptocracy. They are dynamiting the institutions, including the State Department, that served interests other than corporate profit and are stacking the courts with right-wing, corporate-controlled ideologues. Trump provides the daily entertainment; the elites handle the business of looting, exploiting and destroying. Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Fish, also known as Dwayne Booth, is a cartoonist who primarily creates for and Mr. Fish's work has also appeared nationally in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones Magazine, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader,, and internationally for Information for Social Change, Internazionale, Umanita Nova and Novi list.

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