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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?

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

David Horsey

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


 

I Saw a Miracle in Alabama Last Night

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Doug Jones knows what his victory means, and who made that victory happen.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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Indifference to the organization’s funding by the community it serves is by every measure a far more dangerous enemy than all the others combined.

Indifference, the true enemy. In all things.

Dave Culver, Founder,
Evergreene Digest

Dec 13, 2017 | The returns from Dallas County were late coming in, so the romantic in me always will insist that it was the votes from Selma that put Doug Jones in the United States Senate for the next three years, that it was those votes that lit up the ballroom in the Sheraton hotel, that it was those votes that dealt a huge—but, arguably, temporary—defeat to everything that has gone wrong with American politics ever since the Republican Party ate the monkey brains 40 years ago and contracted the prion disease that has destroyed the party’s higher functions.



I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.



The Party has grown mad and prone to delusions and hallucinations now; it looks at the president* and sees a transformational figure. It looked at Roy Moore and saw a United States Senator. It looks at America and sees a cramped prison with doors that do not lock. What the voters of Alabama did on Tuesday was to slay all the angry ghosts and, because of that, I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party?

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  • 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.

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Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?

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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.

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

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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.

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Franken is no victim as he leaves the Senate.

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  • He deserves credit, however, for a decision that's best for Minnesota.
  • Related: Al Franken has to go.

Editorial Board,  Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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December 7, 2017 | U.S. Sen. Al Franken is leaving Congress much the way he entered it, amid a swirl of controversy and surrounded by equally ardent defenders and detractors.

Franken’s fall was swift — a matter of weeks between the first accusation and Thursday’s pledge to resign. It reflects a rapidly shifting national dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct that is quickly creating a new order, one in which there is little tolerance for the kind of behavior that earlier might easily have been dismissed or gotten a mere wrist slap.

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Al Franken has to go, Ryan Cooper, The Week 

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(This) is the final reason to ax Franken: to set an example. If we as a people demonstrate that this sort of behavior means an instant end to one's political career, future up-and-coming politicos — and the broader population in general — might just internalize the lesson, and stop abusing people.

I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

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People gather on the subtreasury building steps across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York on “Black Thursday” on Oct. 24, 1929. The Great Depression followed thereafter. (AP)

  • Republicans are again sprinting toward an economic cliff.
  • The plain fact that the trickle-down approach has never worked leaves Republicans unfazed.
  • Related: Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated.

Robert S. McElvaine, Washington (DC) Post

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November 30, 2017 | “There are two ideas of government,” William Jennings Bryan declared in his 1896 “Cross of Gold” speech. “There are those who believe that if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them.”

That was more than three decades before the collapse of the economy in 1929. The crash followed a decade of Republican control of the federal government during which trickle-down policies, including massive tax cuts for the rich, produced the greatest concentration of income in the accounts of the richest 0.01 percent at any time between World War I and 2007 (when trickle-down economics, tax cuts for the hyper-rich, and deregulation again resulted in another economic collapse).

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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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Revolution Ahead for U.S. if GOP Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich Is Not Defeated.

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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.

 

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.

Yasmin Tayag, Inverse Science

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November 15, 2017 | There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists worried about the United States. In those revolutions, conflict largely boiled down to pervasive economic inequality. On Wednesday, a study in Nature, showing how and when those first divisions between rich and poor began, suggests not only that history has always repeated itself but also that it’s bound to do so again — and perhaps sooner than we think.

In the largest study of its kind, a team of scientists from Washington State University and 13 other institutions examined the factors leading to economic inequality throughout all of human history and noticed some worrying trends. Using a well-established score of inequality called the Gini coefficient, which gives perfect, egalitarian societies a score of 0 and high-inequality societies a 1, they showed that civilization tends to move toward inequality as some people gain the means to make others relatively poor — and employ it. Coupled with what researchers already know about inequality leading to social instability, the study does not bode well for the state of the world today.

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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. Back in 1932, average Americans faced the same scenario — and dealt their political elites a history-shifting defeat.

Sam Pizzigati, Inequality 

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November 24, 2017 | The Earth doesn’t quite shake when lawmakers in Washington, D.C. take one of their periodic votes on tax “reform.” But sometimes history does turn, and this coming week’s expected vote on the Senate version of the GOP tax plan could be one of those rare times that history actually turns for the better.

Indeed, this year’s situation bears a remarkable resemblance to the epic tax battle of 1932, a largely forgotten struggle that set the stage for an entire generation of increasing equality. Could this history repeat? It certainly is already echoing.

Sam Pizzigati co-edits Inequality.org. Interested in digging deeper into the 20th-century struggles that toppled America’s original Gilded Age? Check his 2012 book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970.

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Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

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  • The White House has been trying to shut women up this whole time.
  • Related: Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections

Emily Peck, Huffington Post

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Behind the scenes, and mostly through executive orders, the White House is making it harder for women to report sexual harassment and fight sex discrimination.

The clearest example came in March. It received little coverage at the time. President Donald Trump reversed an Obama-era order that forbid federal contractors from keeping secret sexual harassment and discrimination cases. The 2014 rule prohibited these companies, which employ about 26 million people, from forcing workers to resolve complaints through arbitration, an increasingly common method businesses use to settle disputes out of the public eye.

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Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections, Bryce Covert, the Nation

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  • This is another reason Harvey Weinstein’s accusers may have kept quiet until now.
  • Related: Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story 

 



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Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections

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  • This is another reason Harvey Weinstein’s accusers may have kept quiet until now.
  • Related: Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story. 

Bryce Covert, the Nation

October 19, 2017 | After The New York Times dropped its bombshell investigation into decades of sexual harassment perpetrated by film producer Harvey Weinstein, and The New Yorker followed up with allegations of not just harassment but sexual assault, dozens of women in Hollywood have come forward with stories about his harassment and abuse. But until these articles were published, Weinstein faced few repercussions for his behavior.

There are a number of reasons most of these women may have decided against reporting what happened to them. Many actresses talked about their fear that Weinstein would exact retribution by blacklisting them in the industry—something some victims said they experienced simply for rebuffing his advances. They likely worried that no one would believe them or take them seriously. One of the few women who did report his behavior to the authorities, Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, even wore a wiretap and caught Weinstein apparently admitting to assaulting her, only to watch Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. drop her case over what he said was lack of evidence supporting a criminal charge.

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Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story, Mariam Williams, National Catholic Reporter 

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  • We're not far from the scary world of "The Handmaid's Tale," but we don't have to keep repeating the story. Men in power can demonstrate that women are equal. They can call other men to examine masculinity. They can accept that women and men both desire sex and can control their urges. We can talk about crimes of power and the crime of silence among those who hold it. We can change.
  • Related: From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

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