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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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Special Report | Ignoring What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War

US Troops in Firefight in Viet Nam

  • Part 1: What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War
  • What happened to the citizens, community leaders, institutions, and politicians that we would allow this endless warfare to continue?
  • Part 2: Ken Burns’ powerful anti-war film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement
  • The Vietnam peace movement provides an inspiring example of the power of ordinary citizens willing to stand up to the world’s most powerful government in a time of war. Its story deserves to be told fairly and fully.

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Part 1: What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War Protest Oct 21, 67 Vietnam War protesters march at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on October 21, 1967. Photo credit: Frank Wolfe / LBJ Library / Wikimedia

What happened to the citizens, community leaders, institutions, and politicians that we would allow this endless warfare to continue? And where is the anti-war movement? Why are they MIA?

Jimmy Falls, WhoWhatWhy

October 21, 2017 | Fifty years ago today, in 1967, nearly 100,000 Americans marched on Washington, DC, to protest the Vietnam War. In those days there was a mandatory draft in place, and the risk was very real that a young man just out of high school could quickly wind up 13,000 miles away, fighting an unseen enemy in jungles that didn’t need tanks or B-52 bombers to inflict fear. Worse yet was the possibility of going MIA or coming home in a body bag — just another expendable statistic in the great fight against communism. But even many of those who made it back left part of their souls in that war zone.

Today there is no longer a mandatory draft. And neither is there any anti-war movement to speak of.

Jimmy Falls: Author at WhoWhatWhy.

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Part 2: Ken Burns’ powerful anti-war film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement


The Vietnam peace movement provides an inspiring example of the power of ordinary citizens willing to stand up to the world’s most powerful government in a time of war. Its story deserves to be told fairly and fully.

Robert Levering, Waging Non-violence 17, 2017 | Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PBS series, “The Vietnam War,” deserves an Oscar for its depiction of the gore of war and the criminality of the warmakers. But it also deserves to be critiqued for its portrayal of the anti-war movement.

Millions of us joined the struggle against the war. I worked for years as an organizer for major national demonstrations and many smaller ones. Any semblance between the peace movement I experienced and the one depicted by the Burns/Novick series is purely coincidental.

Robert Levering worked as full-time anti-Vietnam war organizer with such groups as AFSC and the New Mobilization Committee and Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice. He is currently working on a book entitled "Resistance and the Vietnam War: The Nonviolent Movement that Crippled the Draft, Thwarted the War Effort While Helping Topple Two Presidents" to be published in 2018. He is also working with a team of fellow draft resisters on a documentary to be released in 2018 entitled "The Boys Who Said NO! Draft Resistance and the Vietnam War."

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Won't Someone Please Think of the Men?

A backlash against abusive men in the workplace is in full swing, and men, the poor things, can’t handle it.

Erin Keane, Salon Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.


11.13.2017 | In the wake of the recent tidal wave of public allegations against Hollywood and media figures — a deluge unleashed initially by meticulous reporting Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for The New York Times and Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker on the decades of abuse allegations made by what are now dozens of women against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — men are looking over their shoulders. They feel the ground shifting under their feet. If untouchable comedy hero Louis C.K. can lose his career in two days, what could happen to poor anonymous me? they are asking.

To them I say, I don’t know, what do you think should happen? What reckoning do you, confused and frightened men of the world, personally fear, and why?

Erin Keane is Salon's managing editor.

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How Trump Brought the Political Media Class to Its Knees,c_limit/t-Members-of-Media.jpg

Members of the White House Press Corps head to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on November 3rd to follow Trump to Asia. By Jim watson/AFP/Getty Images.

  • Trump and his team understand that for the political press, the only thing that matters is what’s happening right now, not yesterday. And whether through his tweets or his surrogates in the briefing room, the president has been largely able to bait reporters into playing his game, because he knows what makes them tick.   
  • Related: The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior

Peter Hamby,  Vanity Fair  / Rise Up Times November 6, 2017 | The political media has failed to reckon with its biggest, most enduring challenge, which it has nothing to do with revenue or audience growth or cord-cutters. The political press is facing a crisis of substance—and it’s not just poisoning the public’s perception of journalism, it’s playing right into Trump’s hands.

The White House briefing room was constructed in 1969, a begrudging accommodation by Richard Nixon to give quarter to a growing phalanx of reporters assigned to cover the daily workings of a White House in war time. The room was placed on top of a small, indoor pool that was originally built for Franklin Roosevelt, who swam laps for therapy. John F. Kennedy was later rumored to have used the same pool for more prurient activities. It’s still under there today, albeit unfilled. If a trapdoor opened beneath Sarah Huckabee Sanders during her daily televised briefing, she would tumble directly into what was once the deep end.

Peter Hamby is the host of Snapchat’s “Good Luck America.”

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The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior, Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_1440,w_2560,x_0,y_0/dpr_2.0/c_limit,w_740/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1507386774/171007-reid-trump-fatigue-hero_gwipf4  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

  • His outburst on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico shows that not everything is a clever ploy to rally his base.
  • Related: From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

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My Christian manifesto for surviving dark times


Illumination," Mary Southard, CSJ/www.MarySouthardArt.Org/LaGrange Park, IL 60526-1721 (Used with permission)

  • Sometimes our part to play means speaking truth to power and risking our lives, as did so many courageous religious leaders last weekend (Charlottesville, VA). And maybe then — Trump and company notwithstanding — God's new reign of justice and peace will dawn at last.
  • Related: Charlottesville and Trump: A spiritual exercise for the overwhelmed and exhausted

Christine Schenk, National Catholic Reporter

Aug 15, 2017 | OK, so I haven't been in the greatest personal space lately. Maybe it's because I had a knee replacement in the middle of June followed by intensive and — thanks to long-suffering physical therapists — successful rehab. But I had little energy for anything besides watching cable news and HGTV reruns on the oh-so-appropriately-named boob tube.

I felt internally "flat" and missed the quiet sense of God within. This is always painful, since I tend to focus on everything that is wrong with me, with U.S. policy, and with the universe. Maybe it was anesthesia after-burn but I suspect there is more to it. Schenk served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. She holds master's degrees in nursing and theology.

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Charlottesville and Trump: A spiritual exercise for the overwhelmed and exhausted, Jim McDermott, America

Two people comfort Joseph Culver of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respects for a friend injured in a car attack on counter-protesters rallying against white nationalists. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

Each new day finds us inundated with more data, the latest takes and the prospect of another crisis.
How do you continue to “bear witness” when every three or four days there is another crisis?

Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises

[Credit: Anthony Frieda.]

  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest August 14, 2017 | On the eve of the anniversary of the United State’s nuclear annihilation of the Christian community of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, Donald Trump threatened the nuclear destruction of North Korea (including the deaths of thousands or millions of innocents) in ways more devastating than even the nuclear annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The multibillionaire Donald J. Trump, being an over-privileged “Golden Boy” son of a multimillionaire, a narcissist, a sexual predator, a serial liar and an exploitive casino mogul with mob connections, was probably destined to become historically, theologically, morally and scientifically illiterate. It would have been very unusual for someone growing up in that trajectory to turn out otherwise.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump


‘The Middle’ Doesn’t Always Equal ‘True’

  • The assumption that truth always lies somewhere in “the middle” is actually a logical fallacy called the “middle ground fallacy.”
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind


Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

May 23, 2017 | We live in an age in which our media frequently frames issues up as a choice between two extremes.

In such an age, it’s tempting for those who consider themselves educated to consistently take the via media—the “middle way”—and to assume that the truth always amounts to a balanced compromise between the two sides of a debate. In such an age, it becomes cool to be a centrist. Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic Kikuo Johnson

  • The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
  • This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
  • Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance


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