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Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

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  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.
  • Related: Rendezvous with Oblivion

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Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire

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  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Noam Chomsky on humanitarian intervention in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Special Interview: Noam Chomsky

17 Feb 2018 |

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges,  Truthdig  / Rise Up Times 

May 20, 2018 | The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don’t count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not stand up we will enter a new dark age.

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  • A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture.
  • Essays by Thomas Frank
  • Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

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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.

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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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Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late

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Scholar fired by CNN for anti-Trump tweets: "The country is one 9/11-style terror attack from the end of the American experiment as we know it. That’s not an exaggeration. That’s the reality that we face under this government."

Chauncey DeVegaSalon / AlterNet

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April 30, 2018 | It is hardly breaking news that Trump would fail the moral and ethical standards of all the world's major religions. One much-discussed question in political science and religious studies is how Trump's evangelical supporters reconcile Trump's behavior with their supposed Christian values. Is their support for Trump purely transactional, because he and the Republican Party are willing to advance certain public policy goals? What role do racial animus and social-dominance behavior play in the relationship between evangelical Christianity and Donald Trump? Is there literally nothing the president could do that would cost him their support?

In an effort to answer these questions I recently spoke with Reza Aslan. He is the author of three books on religion, including the bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." He holds a divinity degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is now a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is perhaps best known to the public as host of the CNN documentary series "Believer," which was canceled last summer as a direct result of Aslan's profane tweets attacking President Trump. 

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

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  • A window into a tempting tendency in human nature.
  • Related: The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

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“Freedom to have sex with others while married?” I asked.

“Of course not,” he said.

Jeremy Sherman researches how the living interpret, from their cradle at the origin of life to our current grave situation.  What advice would you give other teachers considering a strike?

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The Myopic Selfishness of Libertarians, David Horsey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer | WA

One way or another, if the problems of a city, a state or a nation are neglected, those problems will spread and eventually end up on everyone's doorstep. Forget empathy, generosity, humanitarianism or Christian charity. Be selfish, but still grasp this hard truth: Taxes are anarchy insurance, the fee we pay to guarantee we don't lose it all.

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How Punishment Sustains Patriarchy

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We live in a deeply problematic and unfair world, but suddenly social awareness has solidified around the wrongness of sexual abuse, so much so that powerful men are feeling the sting of accountability for stupid and cruel behavior that until recently seemed consequence-free.

Robert Koehler, LA Progressive

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December 25, 2017 | Al Franken the serial groper. Al Franken the scapegoat.

History proceeds clumsily. Innocent people — or “innocently guilty” people, like the junior senator from Minnesota — often get unfairly hung out to dry. Should he have to resign? As far as I can tell, his alleged sexual wrongdoings over the years consist of three butt grabs, several uninvited kisses, a breast grope and a waist squeeze.

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The “Me Too” Movement and the Rights of the Accused, Marilyn Katz, In These Times 

http://inthesetimes.com/images/Andrea_Ramsey.png On December 15, Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced she would drop out of a race to represent Kansas's 3rd District. In 2005, Ramsey was accused of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an accusation she has denied. As the allegations resurfaced, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decided to withdraw its support for her campaign. "In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard," Ramsey said. "For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process." (Image: Andrea Ramsey for Congress)

Have the men and women accused of sexual harassment lost their right to a fair hearing?
 

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”

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  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 

David Swanson, Opednews /  Rise Up Times

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Apr 30, 2018 | U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. The purpose of this book is to persuade you of that statement. This book examines how the United States actually compares with other countries, how people think about the comparison, what damage that thinking does, and what changes we might want to consider making.

David Swanson is the director of World Beyond War and campaign coordinator of RootsAction.org He blogs at davidSwanson.com and WarIsACrime.com. His books include War is a Lie, War is Never Just, When the World Outlawed War. And he hosts Talk Radio Nation. His new book is Curing Exceptionalism; What’s wrong with how we think about the United States What can we do about it?

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Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP

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  • Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks on September 26, 2008 in New York. The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness.
  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.

Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

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The results of this takeover are all around us: If the American people poll more like Iranians or Nigerians than Europeans or Canadians on questions of evolution, scriptural inerrancy, the presence of angels and demons, and so forth, it is due to the rise of the religious right, its insertion into the public sphere by the Republican Party, and the consequent normalizing of formerly reactionary beliefs. All around us now is a prevailing anti-intellectualism and hostility to science. Politicized religion is the sheet anchor of the dreary forty-year-old culture wars.

Mike Lofgren  is a former congressional staff member who served on both the House and Senate budget committees.

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Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

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