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White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"

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  • It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.
  • Related: ‘We Must Actively Stand Up’: John Angelos’ Response to Racism at Fenway Park

Tim Wise, AlterNet

http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2015-05-06_at_10.41.19_am_0.png?itok=r5Y8N1gNMay 6, 2015 | Though perhaps overused, there are few statements that so thoroughly burrow to the heart of the nation's racial condition as the following, written fifty-three years ago by James Baldwin:

"…this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it ... but it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime."

Tim Wise is an antiracism educator and author of six books on race.

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Baltimore Orioles player Adam Jones at a game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 25, 2017. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

The Baltimore Orioles COO has had enough of racism at the ballpark and enough of a society that is breeding more and more hate.

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How to Reason with the Climate Change Denier in Your Life

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Talking about climate change can be tough and uncomfortable, but the conversation is always worth having.    Photo: Raymond Forbes LLC / Stocksy

A new book by two philosophy scholars imagines conversations with skeptics and deniers. Here are four lessons we learned from it.

Mary Catherine O'Connor, Outside

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Apr 26, 2017 | Everyone working to address climate change, from activists to scientists, knows that success depends in large part on their ability to convert climate change skeptics (or even straight-up deniers) into proponents for action. Most of us have someone in our lives—a family member, co-worker, or friend—whose views on climate change conflict with the latest science, and you’ve likely had some exasperating, polarizing, unconstructive conversations with them.

Philip Kitcher, an MIT professor of philosophy, and Evelyn Fox Keller, an MIT professor emerita of history and philosophy of science, have co-written a book that imagines six of those very conversations. The Seasons Alter: How to Save the Planet in Six Acts (W.W. Norton; $25) reads like six screenplays set in different locations and with two different people in each act. The dialogue—well, it probably won’t pass your sniff test. The authors describe the conversations in the book as “constructive, careful, and amicable,” but they mostly sound stiff.

https://www.outsideonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail_medium/public/migrated-images/mary1.jpg?itok=IdaTz811Mary Catherine O'Connor is a freelance journalist who writes the Adventure Ethics column, about the intersection of adventure and environment, for Outside online. 

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Column: The political lies we tell ourselves in an age of extremes

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A London work by the street artist Bambi, titled Lie Lie Land, depicts a dancing British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump. Too many of us are convinced that our political opponents cannot tell the truth. Associated Press

We blame politicians for our nation's problems, but take no personal responsibility in voting in those inept individuals who put the party and themselves ahead of the national interest.

Darryl Paulson, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Almost all of us think of ourselves as honest, as tellers of the truth. But if you are like most Americans you lie — and often — about politics.

Let me give just a few examples of our political lies. Americans like to think of themselves as open-minded, but not when it comes to all things political.

Darryl Paulson is emeritus professor of government at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg specializing in Florida politics and elections. 

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It’s Impossible to Support Single-Payer and Defend Obamacare

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“And tens of millions of people remain without health insurance,” (Dr. Margaret) Flowers said. “The ACA can’t change that because it will never be affordable to everyone. That’s why we need to end this failed healthcare experiment and embrace the proven solution, National Improved Medicare for All as embodied in HR 676.”

Related: The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

Russell Mokhiber, Counterpunch

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April 25, 2017 | It’s impossible to promote single payer and defend Obamacare at the same time.

It’s impossible to have a credible unity tour between Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez.

It’s impossible to call yourself a populist and defend a law written by insurance industry lobbyists.

Let’s start with the so-called unity tour just completed with Sanders and Perez.

Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter.

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The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Greanville Post <>

  • http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpgWhen supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.
  • “Sticking with the Democrats only encourages them in their loyalty to their corporate masters.”
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

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The Common Sense of Socialism

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New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas at a political rally in June 1968. The Canadian Press

  • What can the Canadian experience teach us about building a mass working-class party in the US?
  • Related: Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

Kurt Hackbarth & Colin Mooers, Jacobin

On November 8, the decrepitude of the Democratic Party was on full display. As election returns poured in, it became clear that Donald Trump — buffoon, xenophobe, historically unpopular presidential aspirant — would somehow best the party’s dynastic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Establishment liberalism had utterly failed to thwart resurgent right-wing populism.

In the months since, Democratic elites have largely doubled down on their discredited politics. They’ve formed an often feckless opposition to Trump, while simultaneously fending off challenges from the party’s left and attempting to placate a restive base. For many people, it’s been enough to get them thinking about a wholesale break with the party.

Kurt Hackbarth is a writer, playwright, and freelance journalist. Colin Mooers is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide, Noelle Sullivan, Truthout 

It's time we addressed the economic drivers behind the global spikes in depression and suicide. 

 

 

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Fake News Isn’t New, It’s Americans’ Inability To Read Critically That’s Alarming

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  • A healthy skepticism is always in order.
  • Related: Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press

Frank Connolly, Huffington Post

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03/30/2017 | If you’re like a lot of folks, you’ve probably had quite enough of the ongoing media kerfuffle over “fake news.” What started out as an interesting discussion about politics, journalistic ethics, and the truth, has degenerated into a hyper-partisan food fight.

First, President Trump commandeered the term, using it to disparage news outlets he doesn’t like; then commentators and academics on the left responded by branding conservative websites they don’t like as “fake news,” too. By now, the meaning of fake news is largely a matter of partisan opinion – which means the term really has no meaning at all.

Frank Connolly, Contributor, Huffington Post; Senior Editor, MindEdge Learning

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Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press, FAIR 

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  • Donald Trump says the press corps are the “enemy of the people.” The press corps, in turn, say Donald Trump is “presidential.” Where the people find themselves in this dance is unclear. We’ll talk about what media really looking out for the public interest might look like with author and FAIR associate Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
  • Related: 'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump

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Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality

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The YouTube vlogger PewDiePie, who paid two Indian men to hold up a sign reading “DEATH TO ALL JEWS”. Photograph: Adithya Sambamurthy/The Guardian for the Guardian

  • Immersed in life online like the followers of 4chan or PewDiePie, we start to imagine that nothing matters – even racism, misogyny and resurgent fascism.
  • Related: Chris Hedges | A Nation of the Walking Dead

George Monbiot, the Guardian

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Tuesday 28 February 2017 | Everything is possible. Nothing is possible. Nothing hurts any more, until the consequences crash through the screen. Immersed almost permanently in virtual worlds, we cannot check what we are told against tangible reality. Is it any wonder that we live in a post-truth era, when we are bereft of experience?

It is no longer rare to meet adults who have never swum except in a swimming pool, never slept except in a building, never run a mile or climbed a mountain, never been stung by a bee or a wasp, never broken a bone or needed stitches. Without a visceral knowledge of what it is to be hurt and healed, exhausted and resolute, freezing and ecstatic, we lose our reference points. We are separated from the world by a layer of glass. Climate change, distant wars, the erosion of democracy, resurgent fascism – in our temperature-controlled enclosures, all can be reduced to abstractions.

George Monbiot is an English writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He is the author of the bestselling books The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain.

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Chris Hedges | A Nation of the Walking DeadChris Hedges,  Truthdig  / Rise Up Times

  • This is more about mood modulation. Affect modulation. Using technologies to dampen anxieties and exit the world. We don’t just see it in Las Vegas. We see it in the subways every morning. The rise of all of these screen-based technologies and the little games that we’ve all become so absorbed in. What gamblers articulate is a desire to really lose a sense of self.
  • Related: We Are All Deplorables

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