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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

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GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

Matt Baume, Huffington Post

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Panic%20in%20the%20Bathroom.jpg03/01/2017 | Bathroom bills have been popping up in state after state — you know, the laws that say transgender people can’t use a bathroom unless it matches their birth certificate. In other words, you can’t pee unless you show your toilet papers.

Why are we suddenly seeing so many of these? The politicians pushing them claim that they just want to protect people. And you know what? They’re right ― stopping trans people from using the bathroom will protect people. But not the people they say.

Lawmakers claim that their bills will stop predators, and protect children.

Matt Baume: Seattle-based writer & storyteller

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Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It.

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  • If the establishment wanted party unity, they shouldn't have ran Perez in the first place.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

Julian Drury, Progressive Spring

https://i1.wp.com/progressivespring.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ellison-and-perez_1488055391125_2807105_ver1.0.jpg?resize=696%2C389&ssl=1February 28, 2017 | Establishment Democrats are trying to talk the narrative of “party unity” now that Tom Perez is Chair of the DNC. Their victory lap comes with talking points of uniting against Donald Trump, and that we must stop attacking Democrats with shaky records. Criticizing or holding a primary against any Democrat (especially centrist establishment ones) is being framed as hurting “unity.” Party unity, however, means something quite different to progressives.

Tom Perez winning the DNC race was not a total surprise. Establishment Democrats seem to have learned nothing from their defeat in 2016. There were warning signs, but many progressives within the party were angered by the DNC vote. Even as DNC representatives were blasted with phone calls and emails to vote in favor of Keith Ellison, they still voted against the will of these constituents.

Julian Drury: Student, writer, resident of New Orleans, and staunch progressive. Helping to advance progressive causes, one post at a time.

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http://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/5975805613_1ce04aa28d_z.jpg Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair, Jonathan H. Martin, Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.com>

  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Direction
  • Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

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Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'?

  • The pioneering psychologist explained the rise of Hitler with an analysis that seems way too relevant now.
  • Erich Fromm Saw It Coming.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

Conor LynchSalon / AlterNet

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February 26, 2017 | President Donald Trump took his rancorous feud with the press to a frightening new level last week when he posted an inflammatory tweet that echoed tyrants of the past, calling the all-caps “FAKE NEWS” media “the enemy of the American People.”

As many were quick to point out, the phrase “enemy of the people” has a disturbing and violent history, and has long been used by totalitarian dictators to foster resentment and hatred of certain groups, and eventually to crush dissent and opposition. The infamous French revolutionary and Reign of Terror apologist Robespierre declared that the revolutionary government owed “nothing to the enemies of the people but death,” while the term was widely used in Stalinist Russia to single out dissidents, who were either imprisoned, executed or sent to the Gulag (in the end, almost all of the original Bolsheviks became “enemies of the people” during the great purge — which in reality meant enemies of Joseph Stalin).

Conor Lynch is a writer and journalist living in New York City. 

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Most People Today Want to be Propagandized, Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout 

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/propaganda_0.jpgIntellectually insecure and socially uprooted, many people are now desperate for some authority to cling to, someone who will give simple expression to the inklings of thoughts and instincts to which they can neither give adequate voice nor adequately live out. 

"We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." --WH Auden, English Poet  

 

Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

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  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance

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February 14th, 2017 | There is good news in the Boston Globe today for the managers, development directors, visionaries, political hacks and propaganda flacks who run “the Progressive Movement.”   More easy-to-earn and easy-to-hide soft money, millions of dollars,  will be flowing to them from super rich Democrats and business corporations.  It will come clean, pressed and laundered through Organizing for Action, the latest incarnation of the Obama Money Machine which has recently morphed into a “nonpartisan non-profit corporation” that will  ‘‘strengthen the progressive movement and train our next generation of leaders.’’

Does this information concern you?  If not, you need to get out of the propaganda bubble of your Progressive Movement echo chamber and think.  Think hard.  Think about fundamental, radical, democratic, social and economic change, who might bring it about and how.  Ask yourself if the the rich elite, the 1%, are going to fund that.   Leave The Nation and Mother Jones on the shelf;  turn off Ed Schultz, Rachel Madow and Chris Hayes;  don’t open that barrage of email missives from Alternet, Media Matters, MoveOn, and the other think tanks;  and get your head out of the liberal blogosphere for a couple days.  Clear your mind and consider this.

John Stauber is an independent writer, activist and author.  His books include Toxic Sludge Is Good for You, Mad Cow USA and Weapons of Mass Deception.  In 1993 he founded the Center for Media and Democracy to exposed corporate, political and media propaganda campaigns.  

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/No%20Republicrats.jpgProgressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair, Jonathan H. Martin, Huffington Post

  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Direction

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Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction

  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Jonathan H. Martin, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Ellison%2C%20Perez%20at%20DNC%20Chair%20Debate.jpgRegardless of who wins the race for DNC chair, the Democratic Party’s deep interests will continue to clash with progressives’ basic goals.

02/23/2017 | A Chair for Progressives?

The next few days could be an important turning point for U.S. progressives. During its winter meeting being held in Atlanta, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is scheduled to elect a new chair. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Tom Perez is the new DNC Chair.) The results could help many left-leaning activists decide whether it really is possible to reform the Democratic Party, or whether it is time to pursue alternatives.

A top contender rightly opposed by most progressives is Tom Perez, former Obama administration labor secretary and Democratic establishment loyalist. If he wins, it could hasten frustrated Berners’ exit from the Democratic Party. It could well be the last straw for many progressive Democrats in general—coming after the party establishment’s suppression of Sanders in the 2016 primary, its strong backing of fatally flawed Hillary Clinton, and then the related victory of Trump and the Republicans.

Jonathan H. Martin, Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University; Contributor, Huffington Post 

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Truthdig 

If the left wants to regain influence in the nation’s political life, it must be willing to 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.

 

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance 

  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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Here’s How To Find The Town Hall Protest Near You This Week

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Activists have planned rallies at Republican lawmakers’ events around the country.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Raised%20Fist%20Power%20to%20the%20People.jpg 02/20/2017 | While Congress is in recess this week, the voters back home will be demanding answers from their representatives.

Activists have organized dozens of rallies targeting members of Congress at town hall meetings and other appearances, building on a wave of protests over the last month.

People can find events near them by checking the Resistance Recess site, a project of the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org. The site calls on Americans to hold their representatives accountable for plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and for supporting President Donald Trump.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz is a National Reporter for The Huffington Post. Based in Detroit, she covers sustainable cities, housing and inequality.

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