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How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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  • Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right
  • As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”
  • Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump
  • The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right

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One thing is for sure: the current strategy, which mostly consists of responding with outrage, isn’t working. As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”

Editor,  Civics Nation

May 16, 2018 | The alt-right has only gotten stronger since the 2016 election. That’s because the engagement tactics that liberals are using, while well intentioned, are ultimately misguided. As a result, liberals have ended up stoking the fire rather than extinguishing it.

As New York Times contributor Michelle Goldberg points out, part of the appeal of the alt-right movement is that it’s unconventional, taboo, and controversial. Those who belong to this movement revel in the attention they get when they express their unpopular views. Anyone who has encountered an online troll knows this to be true.

Civics Nation strives to fulfill the mandate of an informed and enlightened public. We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies driving the public policy debate in the US.

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Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump

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The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters, which is part of what led to Trump’s presidential victory in the first place.

Editor, Civics Nation

May 17, 2018 | Racist. Sexist. Homophobic. Deplorable.

That’s the type of language that the left uses to describe President Trump and his supporters. And while the general intent is to shame Trump and his fan base into abandoning their principles, it’s actually having the opposite effect—it’s angering and emboldening them.

That’s precisely the point that University of Virginia political science professor Gerard Alexander wants liberals to understand. In a recent op-ed published in The New York Times, Alexander argues that stereotyping all Trump supporters as racist, sexist, and homophobic is making the problem worse.

Civics Nation strives to fulfill the mandate of an informed and enlightened public. We address the need for educated voters and endeavor to defeat the many myths and lies driving the public policy debate in the US.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, MonthMay 12, 2018.

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Feature Article | Privatization is Killing Us: Dispatches from the Capitalist War on Society, Chris Wright, Counterpunch

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  • All that can be predicted with certainty is that unless the generations now living devote their very existence to the Resistance, humanity won’t have much of a future.
  • Related: VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View.

 

Publisher's Choice | Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? Paul Rosenberg, Salon / AlterNet 

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  • Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era?
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

Of Special Interest | Tash: Democracy depends on telling facts from fake news, Paul Tash, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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  • Fact or fake? Democracy depends on our ability to tell the difference. Journalism can help. It can be a great civic asset. But the final responsibility rests with us as Americans.
  • Related: Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press

Bloggers & Columnists | Ray McGovern, Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Gary G. Kohls,





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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music, Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch <>

https://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/dropzone/2018/05/Screen-Shot-2018-05-01-at-8.10.55-PM.pngGeorge Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Health, Science, & Environment

What Entities are Behind the Reckless Endangerment of Northern Minnesota and its Water Resources? Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Duluth Reader / Rise Up Times
 

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  • There has not been a single [copper mine] that has not permanently polluted the ground water and the downstream watersheds.
  • Related: Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

After Drug Plan Shows Trump 'Will Do Nothing About Their Greed,' Big Pharma Stocks Soar, Jake JohnsonCommon Dreams

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user20/screen_shot_2018-05-11_at_3.33.44_pm.jpg"Don't be fooled: President Trump and his administration are bought and paid for by Big Pharma."  —Brad Woodhouse, Protect Our Care
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system?

Human Rights

Special Report | Obama Paved the Way for a Torturer to Become CIA Director, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director
  • Gina Haspel faced a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work
  • Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
  • The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now.

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”

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  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 

David Swanson, Opednews /  Rise Up Times

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Apr 30, 2018 | U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. The purpose of this book is to persuade you of that statement. This book examines how the United States actually compares with other countries, how people think about the comparison, what damage that thinking does, and what changes we might want to consider making.

David Swanson is the director of World Beyond War and campaign coordinator of RootsAction.org He blogs at davidSwanson.com and WarIsACrime.com. His books include War is a Lie, War is Never Just, When the World Outlawed War. And he hosts Talk Radio Nation. His new book is Curing Exceptionalism; What’s wrong with how we think about the United States What can we do about it?

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Mother's Day and Peace

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  • “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” --Julia Ward Howe
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?

Norman Stockwell, the Progressive 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Young%20Woman%20Laying%20Prostrate%20at%20Military%20Headstone.jpg May 12, 2018 | Mother’s Day will be celebrated tomorrow across the United States and in many countries around the world. First proclaimed as an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson on May 9, 1914, the holiday was not originally the commercialized celebration it has become. The president’s proclamation was occasioned by the activism of Anna Jarvis, whose mother Ann Jarvis had helped organize “Mother’s Work Days” in the 1850s to improve sanitation and avert deaths from disease-bearing insects and polluted water in her Appalachian community. During the Civil War of the 1860s, the elder Jarvis also helped lead women’s brigades to care for wounded soldiers “without regard for which side their men had chosen.” Then in the early 1870s following the deadly Franco-Prussian War, poet and suffragist Julia Ward Howe began an annual tradition of a day for mothers to oppose the wars created and perpetrated mostly by men. “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” she said in 1872.

Norman Stockwell, Publisher, the Progressive

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Whither the Anti-war Movement? Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times 

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

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Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster?

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Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb speaking at Democrats' nominating convention. Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Democratic Party

  • Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era?
  • Related: Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?

 

Paul Rosenberg, Salon / AlterNet

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Dead%20Red%2C%20White%2C%20%26%20Blue%20Donkey_0.jpgMay 6, 2018 | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage.

But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" -- in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation -- Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring -- Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce -- while a third, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, faces a serious GOP challenger. With an overcrowded field of Democrats, it's possible that Republicans could finish first and second in those primaries. For those reasons and others, these Orange County races provide a miniature study in the struggles inside the Democratic Party today.

Paul Rosenberg is senior editor at Random Lengths News, a biweekly serving the Los Angeles harbor area.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Dem%20Voter%20Registration%20Sign.jpgA voter registration sign for the Democratic Party is seen during the March for Science in Sacramento, California, on April 22. (Dreamstime/Alessandra Rc)
  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 5: Unless the Democrats get their act together, there is no reason to think that Trump, with a strong economy at his back, will not be the odds-on favorite for re-election. You would think that grim prospect alone would be enough to galvanize Democrats toward change. And you would be wrong.

 

Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music

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George Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch

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May 2, 2018 | George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: “Fuck Hope.” In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, “The election of Ronald Reagan might’ve been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd.”

We can only imagine how Carlin, who died in 2008, would have described the 2016 presidential election, in which Americans were given a choice between two of the most disliked people in the entire nation. If Carlin thought that the election of Reagan was absurd, what would he have called the election of Trump?

Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect.  He is the author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011). 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, May 5, 2018.

Including links to over 755 websites and over 40 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem). Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
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  • Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile
  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
  • Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?

Publisher's Choice | Whither the Anti-war Movement? Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

Of Special Interest | Special Report: How the White Problem Got Made, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The White Problem
  • I don’t think I was born white. I think white children are manufactured.
  • Part 2: How White People Got Made
  • Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ellen Brown, Nomi Prins, umair hague



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Activism & Organizing

This Is It! Net Neutrality Vote in Mid-May, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Red%20Alert%20for%20Net%20Neutrality%20banner.jpgPart 1: Saving Net Neutrality on the federal front
  • This is it. The Senate showdown to save Net Neutrality is upon us.
  • Part 2: Red Alert! Net Neutrality vote
  • The Senate will move on May 9th to force a vote to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Critical Thinking

Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/newsmedia-400x239.jpg“Lying” in mainstream journalism has become the “new normal”: mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. Lies, distortions and omissions are part of a multibillion dollar propaganda operation which sustains the “war narrative”.bWhile “Truth” is a powerful instrument, “the Lie” is generously funded by the lobby groups and corporate charities.
  • When the Lie becomes the Truth, there is no turning backwards. 

Fabricating a War on Iran, Serge Halimi, Counterpunch

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  • Once again, fear is being manufactured to justify war: 14 years after destroying Iraq, the US government has Iran in its sights.
  • Related: Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018

Economics

At the Fed, the Scene Is Being Set for Financial Disaster. Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com / the Nation

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  • When politicians and regulators are asleep at the wheel, sooner or later it’s the rest of us who will suffer. Because of the collusion that’s gone on and continues to go on among the world’s main central banks, that problem is now an international one.
  • Related: I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

Law & Justice


Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been. Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

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The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.


Media & Technology

NPR Runs IDF Playbook, Spinning Killing of 17 Palestinians. Adam Johnson, Fairness In Accuracy & Reporting (FAIR)

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/NPR%20Screen%20Grab%20of%20Israeli-Palestinian%20Violence.jpgNPR‘s headline (3/30/18) employs the passive voice: 16 Palestinians killed by whom?
  • It’s a brief report, but a highly revealing one: Hamas is at fault, the Palestinians threw “firebombs” first, then the Israeli army “assembled.” The illegitimate Hamas astroturfed the protest, the people are being exploited. Israel just killed those 17 protesters in self-defense.
  • Related: Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians

Peace & Non-violence

‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project. Arthur Allen, Politico 

The intercession of a well-connected Florida doctor infuriated those overseeing the $16B contract.

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VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View. Suzanne GordonAmerican Prospect / Portside

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  • As Louis Celli, a top staffer for the American Legion, told the Associate Press, a merger would siphon off funds from VHA hospitals and clinics and eventually shift costs directly to veterans, through co-pay and other possible fee increases.
  • Related: ‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project.

Religion & Spirituality


Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.
  • Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."


Youth, Education, & Children

The Only Way To ‘Fix’ Frats Is To End Frats As We Know Them, Michael Kaufman, HuffPost

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Too many fraternities are a virtual pantheon of racism, hazing, homophobia, fatal accidents, truly dangerous levels of drinking, misogyny and violence against women.
 


 

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http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/articles/lg/2852.EconomicRecession.jpgMay 2, 2018 | As the capitalist elite continues to pour ever more resources into its crusade to dismantle society, it’s important to keep a tally of the damage done—if only to direct popular attention to where it’s needed most, and to where the Left’s own resources are needed most. High on the list of capitalist priorities, and thus of priorities for left-wing resistance, is the goal to privatize everything from education to nature to policing and soldiering. With that in mind, here’s a list of some recent “negative externalities” of privatization that I’ve culled from news sources.

Children, teachers, and rat feces

Let’s start with Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, jewel of neoliberalism. In February 2014, the Chicago Public Schools decided to outsource management of custodians to Aramark and SodexoMAGIC. The rationale for privatization is supposed to be that it cuts costs and improves “efficiency” or effectiveness. Left unsaid is the means by which costs are cut: primarily from the fact that private companies have a freer hand than government in treating employees viciously. It’s easier for corporations to lay off employees, reduce wages and benefits, degrade working conditions, and destroy unions than it is for governments to do so, since corporations are totalitarian institutions. Whether the overall deal is a net financial gain for government is a difficult question, to which studies have given conflicting answers. Some have found that it actually ends up costing more money in the long run, while others have concluded privatization may in some cases yield savings of about 10 percent. But these reports don’t factor in all the extra costs, such as the time and money it takes to review proposals by companies, negotiate contracts, review contract terms, deal with the inevitable lawsuits, etc.
And then there are the costs to the public, which, of course, don’t count.

Chris Wright has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of Notes of an Underground Humanist, Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States, and Finding Our Compass: Reflections on a World in Crisis.

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VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View. Suzanne Gordon <> American Prospect / Portside

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  • As Louis Celli, a top staffer for the American Legion, told the Associate Press, a merger would siphon off funds from VHA hospitals and clinics and eventually shift costs directly to veterans, through co-pay and other possible fee increases.
  • Related: ‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project.

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