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The Violence of the ’60s Is Nothing Like What We Are about to Face

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  • The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were crazy, but we’re looking wilder.
  • Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated

Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company / AlterNet

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September 9, 2017 | “This country is going so far to the right you’re not going to recognize it.” Those memorable words were uttered by Richard Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, who proved to be off by almost 50 years. But he and other Nixon cronies, however premature in their timetables, were establishing precedents for today’s worst case scenarios. We have to ask: Which elements of the state-sponsored violence of the ’60s and early ’70s are ready for revival and renewal? What new wrinkles in constitutional crisis might be in the works? Just how far to the right — or the left — will we go?

On taking office in 1969, Mitchell had declared that he was “first and foremost a law-enforcement officer.” The extent of the law-breaking — including murders — that that he and his cronies supervised against radicals, black militants and Democrats, is still coming to light. We have known for decades that the FBI informant drugged the Black Panther Chicago leader Fred Hampton, in December 1969, so that he was helpless to resist when two Chicago cops shot him in the head, in his bed, in the middle of the night. We know of a host of dirty tricks the Bureau deployed to deepen paranoia and internecine warfare in the Black Panther Party, in the New Left and the women’s movement.

Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, the chair of the PhD program in communications, and the author of The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left; The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; and Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street.

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Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.
    • Every society has a tipping point.
  • Part 2: How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich
    • Average Americans today face political elites hellbent on a tax ‘reform’ that funnels new fortunes to the already fortunate.

 

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Special Project | A Thanksgiving Holiday Reader (3)

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  • Part 1: This viral tweet about Thanksgiving and Native Americans deserves our attention.
    • A tweet that's gone viral days before Thanksgiving shows exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn't want oil pipelines on their lands.
  • Part 2: 13 Tips for Dealing with Your Family on Thanksgiving ... Sober
    • Fast forward in time—in a few hours, it will all be over. This evening will be a blip in your memory. You’ll still be sober, and you’ll be back to your normal life.

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Part 1: This viral tweet about Thanksgiving and Native Americans deserves our attention.

A tweet that's gone viral days before Thanksgiving shows exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn't want oil pipelines on their lands.

Robbie Couch, Upworthy

November 17, 2017 | "Just a reminder last year on Thanksgiving that Natives were being tortured with dogs, illegal scare tactics, being run over by angry white [people] all to protect our water," the tweet reads. "And this year on Thanksgiving they are now cleaning up 200,000 gallon oil spill on a South Dakota reservation."

The tweet, published on Nov. 16 by user @lilnativeboy, has amassed over 100,000 likes and tens of thousands of retweets because of its powerful — and entirely sobering — message.

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Part 2: 13 Tips for Dealing with Your Family on Thanksgiving ... Sober

Fast forward in time—in a few hours, it will all be over. This evening will be a blip in your memory. You’ll still be sober, and you’ll be back to your normal life.

Helaina Hovitz, the Fix

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Family%20Arguing%20at%20T%27giving%20Dinner.jpg11/21/17 | As sober adults, family can be one of our biggest triggers, right up there with romantic relationships and their pitfalls. Whether you’ve got 1 day clean or 30 years under your belt, the craving to spike your soda or make a beeline to the nearest wine bar can rise to the surface when a relative gets under your skin.

In a recent study, 49% of respondents acknowledged they drink during family events to make their loved ones more tolerable; when the question was asked of people whose families frequently or always drink together, that percentage rose to 63%. Based on those statistics alone, it's likely that at least some of your family members will be relying on this coping mechanism to make it through the holidays.

Helaina Hovitz is an editor, journalist, and author of After 9/11. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, Glamour, Women's Health, Newsweek, Teen Vogue, VICE, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, The New York Observer and many others.

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Column: Shame has fallen out of fashion, but it can be a force for good

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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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  • The GOP frontrunner's campaign slogan is equal parts jingoistic and moronic. It also reveals an uncomfortable truth.
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Special Report | Ignoring What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War

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  • 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

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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

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Vietnam%20Ant-War%20Protest.jpgOctober 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?

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

Erin Keane, Salon

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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 http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_1.jpgby 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

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  • 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 

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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
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  • His outburst on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico shows that not everything is a clever ploy to rally his base.
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