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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 6: Barack Obama Wanted To End ‘Childish Things’ In Washington. Instead, He Got Trump.

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  • “The policies will stand the test of time, the president’s personal standing is high as he leaves office (as it should be), but somewhere along the way, too many people stopped seeing the Democratic Party as relentlessly focused on improving the economy and their lives, which opened the door for Donald Trump.” --Anita Dunn, Obama’s former adviser 
  • This piece is Part 6 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks.

Sam Stein, the 

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Sam Stein is the Senior Politics Editor at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, D.C. Previously he has worked for Newsweek magazine, the New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity. He has a masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Shocking Truth: This Is How Barack Obama Was Able To Prop Up The U.S. Economy, Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse / the Daily Sheeple

  • A day of reckoning is fast approaching, and I am not sure if Donald Trump even realizes that he will soon be faced with some incredibly heartbreaking choices.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

 

The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

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Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.

Edward Humes, the Atlantic 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Edward%20Humes%20%7C%20Door%20to%20Door%20jacket%20illus.jpgApr 12, 2017 | The car is the star. That’s been true for well over a century—unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software. Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women’s suffrage.

A big part of why they’ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience. That’s the allure and the promise that’s kept drivers hooked, dating all the way back to the versatile, do-everything Ford Model T. Convenience (some might call it freedom) is not a selling point to be easily dismissed—this trusty conveyance, always there, always ready, on no schedule but its owner’s. Buses can’t do that. Trains can’t do that. Even Uber makes riders wait.

Edward Humes is a writer based in Seal Beach, California. He is the author of Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation.

 

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Capitalism Is the Problem

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  • Worker coops mark a qualitative and quantitative advance beyond capitalism. They represent a system change adequate to key problems capitalism has shown it cannot overcome, even after centuries of failed efforts to do so.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout  

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 Over the last century, capitalism has repeatedly revealed its worst tendencies: instability and inequality. Instances of instability include the Great Depression (1929-1941) and the Great Recession since 2008, plus eleven "downturns" in the US between those two global collapses. Each time, millions lost jobs, misery soared, poverty worsened and massive resources were wasted. Leaders promised that their "reforms" would prevent such instability from recurring. Those promises were not kept. Reforms did not work or did not endure. The system was, and remains, the problem.

Inequality likewise proved to be an inherent trend of capitalism. Only occasionally and temporarily did opposition from its victims stop or reverse it. Income and wealth inequalities have worsened in almost every capitalist country since at least the 1970s. Today we have returned to the huge 19th-century-sized gaps between the richest 1 percent and everyone else. Rescuing the "disappearing middle class" has become every aspiring politician's slogan. Extreme inequality infects all of society as corporations and the rich, to protect their positions, buy the politicians, mass media and other cultural forms that are for sale.

Richard D. Wolff is professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City.

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Capitalism's war on climate science, James Plested, Red Flag / SocialistWorker.org

A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future. 

Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People!

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Whether you want to face facts or not … the truth? Our Choice is simple; A) Become a Fascist Nation with its suppression and its Draconian Policies … or B) Try to make our Democracy Work. Those are the only real choices we truly have!

Richard Schatten

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March 7, 2017 | We, the People of the United States Of America are truly living in a state Intellectual Dysfunction. William Gaddis once said: "Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of Ignorance".

Cultivating the uneducated, poorly educated and undereducated is not new in Authoritarian regimes … it's called "Indoctrination" of the masses! ... and the younger the better!

Richard Schatten is a former Resprtory Therapist residing in Klamath Falls, OR.

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The Democratic party is undermining Bernie Sanders-style candidates

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‘Democratic Party aims to make the Berniecrats’ lack of political viability a self-fulfilling prophecy.’ Photograph: Travis Heying/AP

  • In Kansas, the Democrats barely lifted a finger to help James Thompson, a progressive who came painfully close to winning. That’s a losing strategy
  • Related: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

Jamie Peck, Guardian

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Thursday 13 April 2017 | Since losing the presidency to a Cheeto-hued reality TV host, the Democratic party’s leadership has made it clear that it would rather keep losing than entertain even the slightest whiff of New Deal style social democracy.

The Bernie Sanders wing might bring grassroots energy and – if the polls are to be believed – popular ideas, but their redistributive policies pose too much of a threat to the party’s big donors to ever be allowed on the agenda.

Jamie Peck is a staff writer at Death and Taxes.

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction, Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch 

  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

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Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead

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April 10, 2017 | Selected Articles:

When America’s “Progressives” Pay Lip Service to Imperialism. The Anti-War Movement is Dead
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 09, 2017

  • Both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) are creations of US intelligence.
  • War has become peace. Realities have been turned upside down.
  • Trump’s illegal punitive airstrikes against Syria are heralded as a humanitarian act against Bashar Al Assad who is “killing his own people”.

Forty-five Times Trump Said: Attacking Syria Is a Bad Idea and Might Start World War III

By Tom McKay, April 10, 2017

In October, Trump blasted then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s position on Syria — that the U.S. military should take out al-Assad’s airfields, the exact type of strike Trump  ordered Thursday — by saying attacking a Russian-backed government could start World War III.

Trump, Saudi Arabia and the War on Yemen

By Timothy Alexander Guzman, April 10, 2017

The US-Saudi aggression war planes continued heinous strikes against citizens, causing heavy damage to private and public properties in several provinces over the past hours, a military official told Saba on Sunday. The warplanes waged 12 strikes on Haradh district of Hajja province and three other strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, as well waged six raids on Kamaran island in Hodeida province.

The West and Its Allies Seek to Install the “Black Flag of Terrorism” Over Syria

By Mark Taliano, April 10, 2017

All of this underscores the reality that whereas Syria and its allies are on the front lines in the fight against international terrorism, U.S-led NATO and its allies are on the front lines supporting international terrorism and its manifold causes.

The “Chemical Attack” and the Khan Sheikoun Show – A New President Proudly Presented By “Trump Productions”

By Moon of Alabama, April 10, 2017

The “chemical attack” at Khan Sheikoun was faked and a show; though a number of people were killed or hurt during its production.

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