You are here

Books & Liturature

Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party?

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/White%20Flag%20of%20Surrender.jpg

  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
    • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
    • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Twitter%20Logo%20%28125%29.jpg Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.

 
 





Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/greider-2017-10-30jpg.jpg?itok=GwnWItP7 Nurul Hana Anwar

A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.

William Greider, the Nation / Portside

November 1, 2017 | The Democratic Party lost just about everything in 2016, but so far it has offered only evasive regrets and mild apologies. Instead of acknowledging gross failure and astounding errors, the party’s leaders and campaign professionals wallowed in self-pity and righteous indignation. The true villains, they insisted, were the wily Russians and the odious Donald Trump, who together intruded on the sanctity of American democracy and tampered with the election results. Official investigations are now under way.

While the country awaits the verdict, a new and quite provocative critique has emerged from a group of left-leaning activists: They blame the Democratic Party itself for its epic defeat. Their 34-page “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis” reads more like a cold-eyed indictment than a postmortem report. It’s an unemotional dissection of why the Democrats failed so miserably, and it warns that the party must change profoundly or else remain a loser.

William Greider is the Nation’s <> national-affairs correspondent.

Full story … 





Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Hillary%20%26%20Bernie%20All%20Smiles%20at%20Dem%20Primary%20Debate.jpgGetty

The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

Nov 3, 2017 | I will go to my grave convinced that the 2016 Democratic primary process was the single most depressing political event I ever witnessed. The Republicans at least had a thin, bright edge of insanity that kept things from getting utterly tedious. (I never will forget waking up on the morning of the Indiana primary to discover that the president* had tried to pin the Kennedy assassination on Ted Cruz’s father. Most primary days are a dull as dishwater until they start counting the votes. This one wasn’t.) But the Democratic nominating circus was an endless slog that veered between a coronation and a smug, self-righteous quasi-insurgency that quickly developed a paranoid streak a mile wide. This set a perfect stage for the nearly omnipresent Russian ratfcking. The ratfckers didn’t have to create divisions to exploit, they already were there.

And, of course, the hell of it all is that, as the president* screws up, lies his withered hindquarters off, places larval reactionaries on the federal bench, and hands the departments of the government over to the unqualified and the outright loony, this miserable political pissing match is still going on.

Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

Full story … 
http://www.truth-out.org/images/email_this_story_640.gif

 

 

Honduras in Flames

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/honduras12_6_17.jpg?itok=xMODpQJN

A highway protest on December 1 against vote tampering in favor of President Juan Orlando Hernández, popularly known as JOH - "Get Out JOH, narco-dictator!" Honduras Solidarity Network

  • The chaos surrounding last week’s presidential elections in Honduras reflects a rightwing consolidation of power in the country, abetted by the United States.
  • Allowing the alliance between landed oligarchs and neoliberal elites to steal an election in Honduras tragically signals that we are eager to repeat our past mistakes.
  • Related: How America Spreads Global Chaos

Aaron Schneider and Rafael R. Ioris, NACLA Reports / Portside

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Donate.jpg

December 6, 2017 | Ten days after Honduras’ presidential elections, results have not been announced and Honduras is in flames. Thousands of demonstrators have been battling gas bombs and bullets in the streets of Tegucigalpa, leaving at least 11 dead. After initially taking the streets, the country’s U.S.-trained and financed armed forces have refused to follow the president’s orders to enforce a hastily imposed curfew. Despite the government’s violence, students and members of various social movements continue to risk their lives demanding democracy, jeopardized by the current regime of president Juan Orlando Hernández of the right-wing National Party. The National Party has been in power since a coup removed former President Manuel Zelaya in 2009.

Zelaya’s ouster—eventually accepted by the Obama administration despite widespread regional condemnation—hinged on his plans to consult the electorate about the possibility of running for a Constitutionally prohibited second term. It is painfully ironic, then, that Honduras’ current president Hernández upended the constitution by appealing to a Supreme Court he had packed to grant him the right to run for reelection, four years after his first election in 2014 was tainted by a scandal that revealed his campaign had stolen funding from national social security accounts.

Aaron Schneider is Leo Block Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Denver.
Rafael R. Ioris is Associate Professor of Latin American History and Politics at the University of Denver.

Full story … 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs_1.jpgRelated:

How America Spreads Global Chaos, Nicolas J. S. DaviesAntiwar.com

Americans had better hope that we are not so exceptional, and that the world will find a diplomatic rather than a military “solution” to its American problem. Our chances of survival would improve a great deal if American officials and politicians would finally start to act like something other than putty in the hands of the CIA.

 

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

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/antifa.jpg?itok=439wMmhR Antifa demonstrator burns a "Make America Great Again" hat outside the Inauguration of Donald Trump, January 2017. Photo Credit: Michael Candelori / Shutterstock.com

 

  • 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

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Donate%20Now%20button_0.jpg  No paywall or advertisements here! Keep all reader supported Evergreene Digest independent and free from the influence of corporate interests -- make a donation now.





 

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.

Full story … 

Related:

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

https://fsmedia.imgix.net/70/e7/8a/e6/d2e1/460e/9cd6/683b50b1bfc6/would-he-be-a-seahawk-fan-or-patriot-fan-he-would-be-a-fan-of-anyone-who-puts-money-in-his-cup.jpeg?rect=0%2C265%2C4000%2C1333&auto=format%2Ccompress&w=650

  • 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.

 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Attention%20banner.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Help grow the movement! Share this story with your friends.

Special Project | A Thanksgiving Holiday Reader (3)

http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoons/WilkiS/2017/WilkiS20171121_low.jpg

Signe Wilkinson | And Bless Our Turkey / editorialcartoonists.com

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Donate.jpg

  • 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.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



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.

https://i.upworthy.com/account/557f55ad646464355d710000/robbiecouchheadshot22-00e97bae0ebb8cbb003e16285d2a5c8b.jpg?w=100&h=100&fit=facearea&crop=faces&auto=format&mask=ellipse&facepad=2&fm=png8&ixlib=imgixjs-3.3.0 Robbie Couch: I'm a wandering writer with Michigan roots, an irrational fear of birds, and the belief that the world is slowly becoming a better place. You'll probably spot my name next to stories about LGBTQ news and pop culture happenings.

Full story … 



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.

Full story … 

http://www.truth-out.org/images/email_this_story_640.gif

 

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

http://sacrosanctgospel.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/shame1.png



 

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."

Full story … 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Subscribe%20logo_0.jpgTo learn more about all reader supported Evergreene Digest and to join the movement for independent,  people supported media click here.



http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter_0.jpgRelated:

A symbol of our steep decline: Donald Trump has unwittingly exposed America for what it’s become. 

Tom Englehardt, TomDispatch / Salon

  • The GOP frontrunner's campaign slogan is equal parts jingoistic and moronic. It also reveals an uncomfortable truth.
  • Related: We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Attention%20banner.jpg


Help grow the movement! Share this story with your friends.

Special Report | Ignoring What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Troops%20in%20Firefight%20in%20Viet%20Nam.jpg

US Troops in Firefight in Viet Nam

  • 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.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: What We Still Haven't Learned from the Vietnam War

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pentagon%20Protest%20Oct%2021%2C%2067.jpgPentagon Protest Oct 21, 67 Vietnam War protesters march at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on October 21, 1967. Photo credit: Frank Wolfe / LBJ Library / Wikimedia

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.

Full story … 



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."

Full story … 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon.jpg
No Peace! No Justice! Please share this post.

 

Won't Someone Please Think of the Men?

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Won%27t%20Someone%20Please%20Think%20of%20the%20Men%3F%20illus.jpg

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

Erin Keane, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Twitter%20Logo%20%28125%29.jpg Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.

 



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.

Full story … 


No Peace! No Justice!  Please share this post.

Pages

Subscribe to Books &amp; Liturature