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Updated Special Report | 2010 Mid-term Election Guide

  • Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves. -- Chris Hedges
  • 2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?

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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

  • If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.
  • This stuff really matters.
  • Five Things People "Know"
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Duty to Warn: Lessons from History to Guide AntiFascist Voters, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • What Can Happen if We the People Let Down our Guard and Vote for Our Future Oppressors
  • Excerpts, without comment, from Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Duty to Warn: Don't Vote for Your Future Oppressors, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • Who should freedom-loving people vote for?
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Advancing the Progressive Agenda in November: Don’t Vote Dem! David W. Culver, Evergreene Digest
Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer | PA
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the (president), and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

U.S. Midterms: Political Freak Show, Cliff Schecter, Huffington Post
I'm you, dear readers. Well, actually, I'm not. But I'm also not a witch, so at least I've got that going for me.

Ignorance as Authenticity, Joe Klein, Swampland

  • There is something profoundly diseased about a society that idolizes its ignoramuses and disdains its experts.
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Empire of Illusion, Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

Lessons of the Obama Debacle, Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.

Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good, Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

  • Facing yawning deficits, many years of tough sacrifice and reckoning lie ahead of us. But to use that as an excuse to eviscerate government functions left and right, or push down taxes just when government needs them to remain solvent, represents a strange kind of patriotism.
  • The Myths of Austerity
  • Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guy

2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org<http://www.tikkun.org/>

  • What the Democrats Could Have Done
  • Scaring Us To The Polls


 

Trump Is Using Old Jim Crow Tactics to Usher in a New Era of Racist Violence

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  • To defeat this administration’s racist governance-by-suggestion, we need movements—not just policy.
  • If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. —Sun Tzu
  • Related: From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer

Stephanie Guilloud and Emery Wright, In These Times 

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August 18, 2017 | IThe Trump administration is having a hard time governing by legislation. We can count the administration’s failures in Congress as cold comfort, but it is imperative to work harder to understand what is really happening on the political landscape. Executive orders, tweets, public speeches, briefs and memos are the signals of governance that point towards repressive state policy and brew social hostility on the ground. The Trump administration is governing by suggestion, and the impact is deadly.

Charlottesville is erupting and, similar to the social eruption in Ferguson three years ago, this is not a moment to call ourselves “protesters.” We are community members who are horrified and outraged at heightened, organized and violent white supremacy, whether it manifests as police murders or Nazi rallies.
Stephanie Guilloud and Emery Wright are Co-Directors at Project South and long-time organizers for racial and economic justice in the U.S. South.

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From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer, Odysseus, Angry Humanist

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


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Democrats' "Better Deal" Is Everything Wrong With the Party and a Bum Deal for Progressives

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  • Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party
    • More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections
    • Do Democrats really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Democrats’ New Agenda Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Party

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More bland messaging and populist posturing won’t save the Democrats. The party needs to take a bold stand against corporate power.

Miles Kampf-Lassin | In These Times / Moyers & Company

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July 28, 2017 | The story of the Democratic Party in 2017 has been one of timidity and stubborn resistance to real change.

In the immediate aftermath of the party’s preferred candidate facing a humiliating defeat in last year’s presidential election, questions swirled over what direction the party would take to respond to the new political reality. With Democrats at their weakest position in decades, having lost over 1,000 seats in states and Congress over the previous eight years, it appeared that a drastic shift in how the party operated was in store.

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Part 2: Democrats’ “Better Deal” is a bum deal for progressives — and won’t win elections

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Christopher Sebastion Parker, Salon

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 | Progressives have a problem. When it comes to their message, it’s all noise and no signal. For instance, in a recent Washington Post poll, only 37 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party had a clear policy and stood for something. To remedy this, late last month the leaders of the Democratic Party unveiled their new platform under a new slogan, “A Better Deal.” 

On the surface this rebranding, as such, seems a good idea. It promises to (1) make it easier for the base to identify what the party represents, and (2) furnish daylight between the progressive program and the Trump-led GOP. The new message is geared to win working-class whites through a razor-sharp focus on economic policy. But this strategy will not only fail to win additional votes, it will risk alienating almost half of the party’s base by ignoring race and issues associated with racism.  

Christopher Sebastion Parker is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Washington. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, Parker also served in the United States Navy. He is the author of "Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America" (Princeton University Press, 2013), and "Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South" (Princeton University Press, 2009). Parker also writes a column, “Race and Rage,” for The Conversation.

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Special Report | How Privatization Could Spell the End of Democracy

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Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business.

 

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June 27, 2017 | It’s a hot day in New York City. You’re thirsty, but your water bottle is empty. So you walk into a store and place your bottle in a machine. You activate the machine with an app on your phone, and it fills your bottle with tap water. Now you are no longer thirsty.

 

This is the future envisioned by the founders of a startup called Reefill. If the premise sounds oddly familiar, that’s because it is: Reefill has reinvented the water fountain as a Bluetooth-enabled subscription service. Customers pay $1.99 a month for the privilege of using its machines, located at participating businesses around Manhattan.

 

Ben Tarnoff writes about technology and politics.

 

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Here's how much Americans pay in taxes compared with the rest of the world

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With a tax burden of 25% — a measurement that includes income, property, and various other taxes — the US is near the very bottom, well below the average of 34%. It ranks below all the measured countries except Korea, Chile, and Mexico.

Ian Salisbury, Money / Business Insider 

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July 26, 2017 | As the Republicans in Washington prepare to dig into the coming round of budget negotiations, their top priorities will include a systemic overhaul for US taxes, which President Donald Trump has characterized as "just about the highest in the world."

But how much do Americans really pay compared with other nations? It may be less than you think.

Ian Salisbury is a staff writer for Money magazine. Previously he was an investment columnist for Dow Jones.

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Seymour M. Hersh | Trump's Red Line

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Retaliation: Tomahawk missiles from the 'USS Porter' on the way to the Shayrat Air Base on April 6, 2017. (photo: Quelle/Robert S. Pri/dpa Picture-Alliance/Robert S)

  • Hersh writes: "Trump, who had campaigned as someone who advocated making peace with Assad, was bombing Syria 11 weeks after taking office, and was hailed for doing so by Republicans, Democrats and the media alike." 
  • Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target 

Seymour M. Hersh, Die Welt

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540  25.06.2017 | On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives. Details of the attack,  including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.

Seymour M. Hersh "Sy" Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He is writing an alternative history of the war on terror.

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Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target … , Peter MaassThe Intercept / Rise Up Times

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  • [Snowden] fled because if you are indicted under the Espionage Act, as he was, you are not allowed to present a public-interest defense — meaning, you are not allowed to justify the crime of leaking by arguing it was done to disclose to the public even greater crimes the government was committing.
  • Related: Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral

 

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