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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.
  • Related: Torture Is Who We Are
  • Related: Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

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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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

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  • There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.
  • Related: From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

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June 24, 2018 | There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending, meaning the spending that Congress members decide on each year. It is also, by my very rough estimate, the topic of well under 1% of the discussions of government spending engaged in by candidates for Congress. Most Democrats running for Congress this year have websites that don’t even acknowledge the existence of foreign policy, beyond expressing their passionate love for veterans. They’re campaigning for 40% of a job.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Series | Make America Kind Again. Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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  • From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.” David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon
  • (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.
  • Related: Torture Is Who We Are
  • Related: Altruism and Sadism in Public Polic

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Paul McCartney brought James Corden to tears with the story behind 'Let It Be.'

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Watch the full video below, free your tears, feel the full spectrum of your emotions, and then get to work making the‌‌ world the awesome place we all know it can be.

Mark Shrayber, Upworthy

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June 22, 2018 | Imagine you're sitting in a pub and Sir Paul McCartney walks in.

That's exactly what happened when he guested on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." The legendary performer rolled through his hometown of Liverpool with host James Corden, sharing memories of the city, surprising fans in his favorite pub, and bringing all of us a badly needed emotional release with his music.

Mark Shrayber: I’m a San Francisco-based writer with a love of all thing things pop culture and a background in mental health. My favorite stories to write are ones that center on relationships, identity, and how we can make the world a better place.



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Series | Make America Kind Again.

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Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.

Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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There are more displaced people today than there have ever been in the history of the world.

It’s World Refugee Day.

People are fleeing unspeakable violence, starvation, genocide, rape,

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker, blogger,journalist and author on a journey of bringing emotional, spiritual and physical healing to our broken, beautiful world.

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The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

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  • Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Related: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?

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John Pavlowitz, JohnPavlowitz.com

June 26, 2018 | Civility.

That’s the card you’re pulling now, Trump supporters?


That’s where you’ve landed?


That’s your go-to play at this stage of the game?


It’s a little late for you to roll that out now, isn’t it?

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Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

We got here around the time Newt Gingrich called for more civil discourse.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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She did not use an official government Twitter account to discuss the episode, as Sanders did later. She did not use the power of the Oval Office to try and destroy someone’s business, as the president* found time to do later. She asked the staff what they wanted to do. She took a vote. She abided by their wishes. If there’s a more civil way of saying “no” to someone, I don’t know what it would be.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.
  • Related: This Nation Is Politically Deranged.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake

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Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

May 30, 2018 | In May 2017 LifeWay Research released an interesting survey. It found that 80 percent of Americans were concerned “about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

As the survey went on to report, such concern was not unfounded. While 63 percent of the 65+ crowd agreed that right and wrong was objective, or does not change, only 36 percent of the 18-24 age group thought the same. In other words, two-thirds of the next generation believe standards of right and wrong are relative to the individual.

How did we get to such a place?

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Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.

The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

June 4, 2018 | You get up in the morning, and the sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The garden is in full bloom. It all seems so nice. And then you unfold the paper and realize it is never too early to start eyeing the liquor cabinet.

This is the sorry state we live in.

Demands for apologies abound.

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This Nation Is Politically Deranged. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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The Justice Department Inspector General's report proves the nation became addicted to unreality.

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Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music

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George Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch

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May 2, 2018 | George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: “Fuck Hope.” In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, “The election of Ronald Reagan might’ve been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd.”

We can only imagine how Carlin, who died in 2008, would have described the 2016 presidential election, in which Americans were given a choice between two of the most disliked people in the entire nation. If Carlin thought that the election of Reagan was absurd, what would he have called the election of Trump?

Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect.  He is the author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011). 

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