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Pope Francis Slams The United States For Its “Brazen” Gun Obsession

 

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The Pope also chastised the world for numbing itself to people’s pain, saying “We are bombarded by so many images that we see pain, but do not touch it; we hear weeping, but do not comfort it; we see thirst but do not satisfy it.”

Ryan Denson, Addicting Info

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http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/article_imgs6/6213-bible-gun-flag-032412.jpgJune 13, 2016 | Pope Francis, while appearing at the United Nation’s World Food summit, slammed the United States (and the rest of the world) over its obsession with guns after the terrorist attack in Orlando left 50 people dead and another 53 wounded. Calling the obsession “brazen,” the Pope chided world leaders for their “strange paradox” over the politics of food and international aid, but not guns:

It makes no difference where arms come from — they circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world.

Ryan Denson, writer, Addicting Info

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Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics ~ Michael Wolraich

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"As Michael Wolraich argues in his sharp, streamlined new book, Unreasonable Men, it was 'the greatest period of political change in American history.'" -Washington Post, 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction

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https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lnNl9eIRL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgSummer, 2016 | At the turn of the twentieth century, the Republican Party stood at the brink of an internal civil war. After a devastating financial crisis, furious voters sent a new breed of politician to Washington. These young Republican firebrands, led by "Fighting Bob" La Follette of Wisconsin, vowed to overthrow the party leaders and purge Wall Street's corrupting influence from Washington. Their opponents called them "radicals," and "fanatics." They called themselves Progressives.

President Theodore Roosevelt disapproved of La Follette's confrontational methods. Fearful of splitting the party, he compromised with the conservative House Speaker, "Uncle Joe" Cannon, to pass modest reforms. But as La Follette's crusade gathered momentum, the country polarized, and the middle ground melted away. Three years after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt embraced La Follette's militant tactics and went to war against the Republican establishment, bringing him face to face with his handpicked successor, William Taft. Their epic battle shattered the Republican Party and permanently realigned the electorate, dividing the country into two camps: Progressive and Conservative.

Michael Wolraich is a non-fiction writer in New York City, author of two books on politics and history, and freelance journalist.

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They Were Soldiers | How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story

Despite all the talk in this country about our “wounded warriors,” no other book gives us a more powerful sense of the genuine cost of war to Americans.

Ann Jones, Tom Dispatch

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http://www.tomdispatch.com/images/managed/jonessoldiers_1430707364_160.jpg May 3, 2015.| At 73, having spent years focusing on the civilian toll from Washington’s Afghan War, Ann Jones embedded on an American forward operating base to experience what that war was like for the U.S. troops in the field. The next year, she began following grievously wounded American soldiers from the moment they came off the battlefield all the way back home.  Her journey proved to be nothing short of an odyssey. Despite all the talk in this country about our “wounded warriors,” no other book gives us a more powerful sense of the genuine cost of war to Americans.

Ann Jones is the author of “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars—the Untold Story.”

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From the Archives | Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare, Ann Jones, The Intercept

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Friday, May 15, 2015 | It is the business of soldiers to be killed, and the job of civilians to be grateful for their human sacrifice, because that’s the way God wants it, or so we have been told by famous generals, patriotic politicians, war profiteers and public relations firms under contract to the Pentagon.

But American­ wars have produced masses of other, far more troublesome soldiers who instead came home with crippling physical and mental wounds. They are the subject of Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran, a valuable history by John M. Kinder. His concern is not the multiple problems of individual disabled vets, but the capitalized Problem they collectively present to U.S. policymakers.

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From the Archives | Our gun myths are all wrong: The real history behind the Second Amendment clichés that have sustained our lethal gun culture

America was born with a unique bond to gun culture, some would have you believe. They're peddling bad history.

Pamela Haag, Salon

 

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Excerpted from "The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture"

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 | An abridged history of the American gun culture, told from legend and popular memory, might go like this: We were born a gun culture. Americans have an exceptional, unique, and timeless relationship to guns, starting with the militias of the Revolutionary War, and it developed on its own from there. Some celebrate and some condemn this relationship, but it is in either case unique. Guns have long been a commonplace part of American life, which is why guns pretty much sell themselves. The Second Amendment, ubiquitous to contemporary gun politics, was a prominent presence historically and is a source of the gun’s unique stature, while the idea of gun control is more recent. The American gun story is about civilians and individual citizens, and they are its heroes or its villains—the frontiersman, the Daniel Boone “long hunter” who trekked far into the wilderness alone, the citizen-patriot militiaman, the guiltily valorized outlaw, and the gunslinger. The gun’s mystique was forged most vividly on the violent western frontier of the 1800s, and this mystique is about individualism: guns protect citizens against overzealous government infringement of liberties; they protect freedom and self-determination.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pamela%20Haag%20%7C%20Gunning%20of%20America%20cover%20illus.jpgThis book tells the story of American guns from the perspective of what the gun was—in essence, an object, produced by businesses, to be sold. The story that highlights the Second Amendment, frontiersmen, militias, and the desires and character of the American gun owner is not to be found in the pages of this book. Or, more accurately, my work deliberately skews the story of the gun in another direction: it focuses on the missing element of the gun culture rather than reworking the familiar themes. As such, it has different characters, motivations, plot twists, highlights, and timelines, and all of these elements call into question the gun clichés that animate contemporary politics.

Pamela Haag holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Her work on a diverse range of topics has appeared in many venues such as American Scholar, NPR, Slate, and the Times (London).

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Political Lesser Evilism, Revisited

  • Do We Vote for the “Lesser of Two Evils” or to “Recapture the Revolutionary Spirit”?
  • “The future of the deep structural changes we seek will not be found in the decaying political machines.” 
  • Related: Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
  • The Return of Lesser Evilism

Richard Moser, Counterpunch

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Vote.jpgApril 8, 2016 | We have run out of safe places. The scale of our problems are far too great and they are far too dangerous and institutionalized. There is no clever, cunning or purely tactical way of addressing them. Inside baseball and palace politics have failed.

We are approaching a shift in the equation of risk. The dangers we face in making the big political changes are becoming less threatening than the dangers we face in continuing on the current course. Perhaps we are already there.

Richard Moser writes at Be Freedom, a website of movement strategy for activists and organizers, where this article first appeared.

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy, Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

  • You’re desperately supporting the least worst candidate because the other guy is worse. So you lose your bargaining power, and they don’t have to give you the time of day the minute you indicate you’re a least worst voter.
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction.
  • Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

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The Return of Lesser EvilismMatt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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  • With Trump on the other side, Democrats can be lazier than ever this election.
  • Related: Political Lesser Evilism, Revisite
  • Related: How the Left Can Stop Trump

 

From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

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So here I ask that each of us pull our heads out of those fluffy and, mostly white, clouds of privilege and see the world our choices have created. Stop supporting the status quo with silence and quick indictments of the disenfranchised. Stop changing the subject. Stop complaining about our hurt feelings. Stop listening to everyone except the people who are suffering. We either challenge the system and our long held perceptions of the people it harms or do nothing, and thus, contribute to the collapse.

Odysseus Ward, Angry Humanist

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3rd December 2014 | This is an exercise in dismantling whiteness, white supremacy racism, race and the ideologies that create the socioeconomic disparities we see between people of color and their European counterparts. For this to work, you must read a lot, not just my whimsical ramblings but the many articles and studies I’ve linked throughout this document. Many of my perspectives come from the content of those works, but there is also a fair of amount of insight to be gained simply by existing within a nation that never really feels like home.

I have put great effort into coupling my opinions with historical references and other sound affirming data, but I am human; so there may be some mistakes here and there. I simply ask that you not dismiss the entirety of what is said for having read something perceived as wrong on your part or said in error on mine. I will, at times use sarcasm, humor, and dialogue to clarify a point, but I do these things not because this topic is in any way something to take lightly. They are tools to soften the blow for you, the reader, and me the bareknuckle writer. I am neither trying to draw blood or break my hand in the process of dropping some rather heavy accusations, facts, and opinions on some sleeping heads.

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