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  • Kris Kobach's voter fraud commission is a carnival of the absurd. A dispatch from New Hampshire.
  • (The commission is) laboring hard to create a no-fly zone over an imaginary moose.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Sep 13, 2017 |

When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office. —Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

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The entire Charlatans Cotillion that took place on the campus of St. Anselm’s College on Tuesday ended with a barefaced obvious lie from a barefaced obvious liar, which is entirely in keeping with the hearing held here by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, a body that is nearly as nauseating as it is ridiculous.

While the hearing was going on, the Campaign Legal Center released a copy of an internal Heritage Foundation email that it had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It was addressed to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. The name of the sender was blacked out, but the content of the email took the committee’s entire threadbare claim to any legitimacy at all and fed bloody gobbets of that claim to the wolverines. The email said, in part:

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Robert Redford on Trump: 'He's Our Fault'

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  • The legendary actor-activist isn't going to spend time overanalyzing the president. He'd rather America look in the mirror.
  • Related: From the Archives | We Are All Deplorables

Michael Hainey, Esquire

Sep 13, 2017 | It's tempting to see Robert Redford as the golden boy. The guy who never had to sweat for it. The guy who got what he got because it was handed to him, because of his looks. The guy who, as the writer James Salter said of Redford at age forty, after he had carved out his extraordinary success, had the aura of a charmed life: “As if glancing at a menu, he was able to choose his life.”

The reality of Redford’s life, like the reality of anyone’s, is much more complex. The son of a milkman, he grew up in Santa Monica, California. He loved to play baseball and was offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Colorado, but at the end of his freshman year, just after his mother died, he was kicked off the team and asked to leave school. (“I lost my scholarship pretty quickly after I discovered drinking,” he once said.) Desperate to become a painter, he went to Europe to study but flamed out. He returned to New York and found his way into a theater company.

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From the Archives | We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

 

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump
     

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Protest Alone Won’t Stop Fascism

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  • In his … essay ("What is Fascism and How to Fight It" Leon) Trotsky notes: “Fascism comes only when the working class shows complete incapacity to take into its own hands the fate of society.”
  • Funneling the current political energy into a bold politics will cut fascism off at the kneecaps.

Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch

September 4, 2017 | When news struck that anti-Muslim protests with ties to white supremacists cancelled rallies across the country — in response to the huge anti-fascist rally in Boston — a clear victory was celebrated by the Left. A further anti-fascist victory was won in San Francisco, where a giant mobilization outnumbered a tiny smattering of far-right protesters who scurried away scared.

But these victorious battles won’t end the war. The cockroaches that crawled back under the floorboards will resume their work underground, where they join a mass of fascist termites eating away at the base of the U.S. political system.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.

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Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists: A Pox on Both Their Houses, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
 

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/antifa_vs_neonazis_charlottesville.jpegPart 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses
  • Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
  • Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous
  • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.
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Report: Corporate Tax Cuts Boost CEO Pay, Not Jobs

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  • The 24th annual Institute for Policy Studies ‘Executive Excess’ report offers a first-ever look at the jobs record of U.S. firms that pay taxes near the rates the Trump White House favors.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati, inequality.org

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To investigate this claim, we set out to analyze the job-creating performance of the 92 publicly held American corporations that reported a U.S. profit every year from 2008 through 2015 and paid less than 20 percent of these earnings in federal corporate income tax.

Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati: Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project and co-edits Inequality.org at the Institute for Policy Studies. Sam Pizzigati, an IPS associate fellow, also co-edits Inequality.org.

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

In exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin. What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?
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Special Project | Hurricane Harvey, Week Ending September 2, 2017

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  • Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
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  1. Boomtown, Flood Town
  2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse?
  3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something?
  4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like
  5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy
  6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Week Ending September 2, 2017, 6 New Items including:

1. Boomtown, Flood Town, Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw for ProPublica

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  • Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.
  • This is part of a series on Houston's flood risk. Read about why Texas isn't ready for the next big hurricane.

2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse? Mary Mazzoni, AlterNet
As residents recover from Harvey, some experts wonder if the disastrous flooding could've been mitigated.

3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something? Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles (CA) Times
“Houston is excessively developed,” (Robert Gilbert, a University of Texas at Austin civil engineer) said. “It has 6 million people with lots of concrete and lots of people in harm’s way.”

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4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like, Eric Holthaus, Politico
It’s time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that’s coming.

5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine
We have given up on citizenship, and on our political commonwealth.

6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic, Paul Street, Counterpunch 
Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
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Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists: A Pox on Both Their Houses

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  • Part 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses
    • Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
  • Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous
    • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses

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Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

August 18, 2017 | Since the chaos at Charlottesville, media of various sorts have been hammering away at the evil of white supremacy and neo-Nazis while barely mentioning the evil of Antifa. It is as if we are to believe that we have a binary choice: Will you line up with neo-Nazis or will you line up with Antifa?

Worryingly, the whole situation is reminiscent of the street fights between the Communists and National Socialists (Nazis) that plagued the Weimar Republic during the 1920s. If you’re not familiar with the period, a weakened Germany, hollowed out by the Great War (1914-1919) and financially ruined by the Treaty of Versailles, was besieged by various totalitarian groups attempting to take over. As we know, the National Socialists eventually won, seizing power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.

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Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous

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Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and fascists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • The flaw in the “both sides” position is that the violent protest actions of antifa are equivalent to the violent actions of white supremacists. A brief examination of the two movements’ approaches to violence points to the fallacy of comparing the two.
  • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.

Stanislav Vysotsky, In These Times

August 15, 2017 | After a fascist march in Charlottesville, Va. left one anti-Nazi protester dead and 19 others wounded, there has been widespread criticism of President Donald Trump’s failure to forcefully denounce white supremacists. However, this condemnation has rarely included a genuine understanding of the actions of antifascist protesters in Charlottesville and elsewhere, creating a continued justification for the “both sides” argument that paints antifascists, or antifa, as equivalent to the white supremacists they oppose.

As a researcher who has attended numerous political and social events with antifascist involvement, and interviewed many antifascists, it is clear to me that politicians and pundits are drawing a false equivalence between white supremacist and antifa actions—and ignoring the direct threat posed by supremacists that motivates antifascist responses. Antifascists often serve as the first line of defense when police and civil society fail to protect marginalized groups from fascist threat. Their actions must be understood in that context.

Stanislav Vysotsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His research focuses on the conflict between supremacist groups in contemporary American society and their militant antifascist opposition through ethnographic and interview research with antifascist activists, in order to understand the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism.

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