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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

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We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.

 

Howard Zinn, Dandelion Salad

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July 4, 2017 | On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

Howard Zinn, a World War II bombardier, was the author of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States (Perennial Classics, 2003, latest edition). This piece was distributed by the Progressive Media Project in 2006.

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Dear white people: Frederick Douglass explains the Trump resistance in “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

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The former slave's tribute to the American Revolution — and attack on American hypocrisy — rings loud in 2017.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

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Jul 4, 2017 | Every year on this day I read Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” This apex of American words and letters is a demand for citizenship and freedom. It is also a searing indictment of a so-called democracy in which white-on-black chattel slavery was the rule of the land.

More than 150 years after it was first delivered, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” still resonates because the color line remains one of America’s great contradictions and unresolved projects. In today’s America, white supremacy is like a ghost or shade that still haunts our democracy: Its ominous shadow looms over voting, the policing of black and brown communities, disparities in wealth and income, the labor market, housing, education, the courts and a society where a person’s skin color still impacts how they are marked as deserving full and equal dignity.

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

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  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge 

Sam Levine, HuffPost

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In a Washington Post op-ed, Yates rebuked Sessions for instructing Justice Department prosecutors to pursue the toughest sentences possible against criminal defendants. In a separate Post op-ed last week, Sessions accused the Obama administration of going easy on drug offenders and suggested its policies were responsible for a spike in crime. Sessions wrote he worried the United States was facing the start of a new upward trend in violent crime ― a claim that experts have questioned.

Sam Levine is an associate politics editor at HuffPost.

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Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate, Ed Chung, American Progress 

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  • The debate between being tough or soft on crime is rhetorical and has no value in the criminal justice conversation today.
  • Related: "We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps

 

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Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • It’s nearly impossible to claim that the current system, where inmates languish in long-term punishment centers and return to a world they’re even less prepared for than when they entered, is fair. And inmates know it.
  • Part 1: Justice v. Revenge: The Question Beneath the Question of Prison Reform 
  • Part 2: Virtue Ethics: Justice vs. Revenge

 

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America has a corruption problem. And it's not just Trump.

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  • All this badly erodes the public confidence in America's national institutions. If it seems like the game is rigged, that's because it is.
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Ryan Cooper, The Week

June 16, 2017 | Corruption.

For some time now I've been mulling how one might concisely summarize President Trump's sprawling scandals around Russia and his various shady business practices. And that one word, I think, does the trick better than any other: corruption.

And yet, America's corruption problem is far bigger than Donald J. Trump.

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Corrupt and Deranged, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logi

Truth can awaken minds and rouse people to action, posing an obvious threat to the corrupt and deranged. Should Trump win the election, he will assuredly be presented with the same choice as the child in the story: get with the program or die. Odds are he folds, in which case those of us rooting for meaningful change will be left with the hope that the inevitable collapse occurs before we die.

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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

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  • The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.
  • Related: Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video)

The Nation and Haymarket Books

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https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075  June 19, 2017 | Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda—including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy—will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment.

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and brand bullies. From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-centurythe very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say no. Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring yes, a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide usone that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

Brit Marling is the creator and executive producer of The OA. Her film and TV roles include The OA, Another Earth, I Origins, Arbitrage, and The East.

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video), Naomi Klein, The Intercept 

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  • Here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan.Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. 
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The Fix Editor's Picks: Living Sober

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Two Americans

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Genuine and mutual admiration: Bob Dylan shakes President Barack Obama’s hand following his performance at the “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement” concert in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Public Domain

 

  • We may have Bob Dylan in our iTunes but we need to listen to James Comey too. More of his testimony is certain to emerge, and hopefully because of it we’ll see the call for legislative action and structural reform to prevent a recurrence of 2016’s electoral fiasco. Comey’s going to spill his guts and it’s about saving our America.
  • Listen to Dylan’s lecture too. Same deal.

Madeleine Burnside, Huff Post 

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06/10/2017 | Two Americans “testified” this week: Bob Dylan and James Comey. Two very different men: a counter-culture Lefty icon and the former Director of the FBI. Different generations—Dylan was born in 1941, just as the U.S. entered World War II, and Comey in 1960, just as the Vietnam War was escalating. An old hippie and a suit; theoretically they would have little in common.

In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” It was a surprising pick, and the Swedish Academy’s first acknowledgement of song.

Madeleine Burnside , Editor,  The Sanity Papers

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