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What Movies Get Right (and Wrong) About Our Current American Moment

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  • Part 1: Television's best (and worst) attempts to capture our current American moment
    • By far the strongest shows to take on America's current moment are … science fiction and fantasy.
  • Part 2: What The Post Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers
    • A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is today.
  • Related: Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message.

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Part 1: Television's best (and worst) attempts to capture our current American moment

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By far the strongest shows to take on America's current moment are not cable dramas, political barnburners or family sitcoms, but science fiction and fantasy.

Jim McDermott, America 

February 16, 2018 | Given the moment we are in, you might think a lot of shows on television would be trying to talk about current events or “America” in some way. But in point of fact, there aren’t that many. And even fewer are doing it well.

The most recent to enter the ring is “Here and Now,” HBO’s new show about a late-middle-aged liberal couple in crisis and their four semi-adult children, one of whom is haunted by the numbers “11:11.” (No, really.)

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Part 2: What The Post Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers

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A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is today.

Anna Diamond, Smithsonian

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/journalism.jpg?w=240 December 29, 2017 | The decision to publish the famed Pentagon Papers in The Washington Post ultimately came before its publisher, Katharine Graham. Caught between the caution of her lawyers and the zeal of her hardworking journalists, Graham was under enormous pressure. The estimable New York Times first broke the story about a cache of classified government documents revealing uncomfortable truths about the Vietnam War, but after the Nixon Administration successfully stopped the Times from printing, Graham’s paper had a golden opportunity to pick up the story.

On one side were her Post reporters and editors, eager to play catch-up while they had the advantage on the Times. On the other, were the lawyers arguing against publishing the study, warning that the court might order an injunction against them as well. The newspaper board’s advisors feared that it would lead the paper, which recently went public, into financial turmoil.

Anna Diamond is the editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine.

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Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message. Marina Fang, Huff Post

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  • Related: Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse?

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5

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The Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, on the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Photo: Joseph Louw

  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 5: Death Is Necessary: The Civil Rights Movement and the Provocation Of Violence

 

John Fisher, Medium

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January 14, 2018 | Conventional wisdom is that the civil rights movement was nonviolent.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Martin Luther King Jr. courted death.

Violence. He wanted it. Needed it. He went to Birmingham looking for it. Selma, also. Mississippi. Chicago. Maybe not Memphis, but it didn’t matter. It found him there. Dr. King needed bloody evidence splashed across television screens and front pages across the country and around the world to build a case against his mortal enemy: hate.

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Previously in This Series:

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 4 of 5

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 3 of 5

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5 

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5

 

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US Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again, wasting billions on nuclear bombs

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  • Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts
    • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability
    • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.
  • Part 2: They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
    • Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

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Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts

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  • Washington to spend billions upgrading cold-war-era B61 bombs.
  • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability.
  • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.

Julian Borger, the Guardian

Thu 15 Feb 2018 | The US is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts.

A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US and Nato control are thought to be kept at Incirlik base in Turkey, 70 miles from the Syrian border, which has been the subject of serious concerns.

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Part 2: William Rivers Pitt | They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again

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Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Saturday, February 03, 2018 | The night before my 18th birthday, I sternly reminded myself to get down to the post office in the morning and sign up for the Selective Service. I wasn't in a hurry to get drafted or anything like that; it was a chore and I wanted it off my desk … and yes, there was an element of ritual to it, a martial rite of passage into manhood that was mandated by law.  Volunteering to be involuntarily dragooned into fighting a war far away is what American men do on their 18th birthday, and I was a man. It said so right there on my driver's license.

I woke up the next day with Alice Cooper ringing in my head, cracked open the newspaper, and realized I was suddenly on a different planet: The Berlin Wall had fallen. People were dancing on the rubble and sledgehammering the rest. Checkpoint Charlie was a disco. It was the party of the century. My very first birthday present that day was history, living history -- brilliant, jubilant, rowdy, oh-shit-what-now history.

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine

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War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

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Lee Camp gives us a shortlist of major media networks who hire war profiteers to give us their take on foreign policy. Naomi Karavani explains why employees are able to steal workers’ wages and John F O’Donnell updates us on the privatization relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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'There's an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation'

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Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about questioning economic fundamentals for the February 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Richard David Wolff is an American Marxian economist, well known for his work on Marxian economics, economic methodology, and class analysis.

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Special Project | The week in patriarchy: International Women's Day was a rare bright spot

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It was a reminder that, despite all the horror, there really are so many of us ready to do the work necessary to create change.

Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

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Friday 10 March 2018 | It was International Women’s Day this week, and despite the never-ending stream of bad news, it was heartening to see the day make such an impact in the US. It’s always struck me as a bit sad that IWD is a big deal across the world while only usually marked in America with a White House press release and a few articles compiling feminist quotes.

Maybe it’s Trump, maybe it’s feminism’s meteoric rise in cultural power - but this year was different. Women across the country went on strike against paid and unpaid labor, and women across the world marched against sexism. It was a rare moment of joy that couldn’t even be ruined by Trump tweeting out how much he respected women or the news that he promised not to defund Planned Parenthood so long as they stopped providing abortions.
Hopefully we can hold on to that optimism a little bit longer; we’re going to need it.

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 4 of 5

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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 4: Say Her Name: Betty Shelby. Bad guys/girls matter.

John Fisher, Medium

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No, he didn’t help with the Poor People’s Campaign or coordinate the March on Washington, but Pritchett’s clever thinking played a major role in desegregating the South.

On November 17, 1961, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) decided to help form a desegregation committee in Albany, Georgia. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), as well as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), joined the coalition of national and local organizations and leaders a month later, but it wouldn’t matter. The Albany Movement ultimately failed and dealt Dr. King one of the toughest defeats of his career—a defeat that threatened to end his position as America’s fastest-rising Black leader.

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5
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Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?

  • Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)
    • Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future
  • Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?
    • Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

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Part 1: Why American Collapse is Only Just Beginning (Not Ending)


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Six Megatrends That Will Shape the Future

umair haque‬, Medium Eudaimonia

Feb 27, 2018 | There are many beliefs America holds that the rest of the world finds gruesome and strange: guns, capitalism, greed, cruelty. But among these is a new one: that this dark period in American history is an anomaly — and therefore, things will revert to normal. Sorry. American collapse is not an anomaly — it is the very opposite: the culmination of decades-long trends. Those trends, which I’ll discuss in this essay, have not ended — and so collapse has barely only really begun.

Let me begin by dashing your hopes. There’s much talk of a “Blue Wave” — excited and hopeful talk. Alas, when we look closely at the wave of politicians that are to turn the country around, it’s all too easy to see that there is no transformative agenda that unites them — mostly, they stand for minor incremental changes, not exactly a New Bill of Rights. And as they are elected, they will quickly meet the reality of American politics: lobbying dollars which control a two-party system that offers the barest illusion of choice. Would you prefer armed teachers — or merely armies at school? Would you like greed with a sugarcoating — or lethally savage capitalism? And so on. The Blue Wave has as little chance of turning America around as Houdini might actually turning water into wine.

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Part 2: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Collapse?

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Or, Why A Collapsing Society is Like a Broken Heart, not a Broken Machine

umair haque‬, Medium Eudaimonia

Feb 28, 2018 | “I love your writing. But please, please, give us some solutions!!”

Sure. How about this?

On one level, the solutions to American collapse are obvious. Social investments in the public goods that are the primary determinants of quality of life  — which, because it’s collapsing, is turning people away from democracy, and towards extremism, tribalism, and authoritarianism. Healthcare, education, income, savings, retirement, “safety nets” and so on. Create a social contract like the rest of the rich world. Pretty easy, right?

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