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Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter.

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  • As the alt-right continues to set the agenda in global politics at a frightening pace, has the world reverted to a 20th-century era of totalitarianism?
  • Related: The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us.

Nick Cohen, the Guardian 

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Saturday 4 February 2017 | Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world.

How you see the believers determines how you fight them and seek to protect liberal society from its enemies. And I don’t just mean how you fight that object of liberal despair and conservative fantasies, the alternately despised and patronised white working class. Compulsive believers are not just rednecks. They include figures as elevated as the British prime minister and her cabinet. Before the EU referendum, a May administration would have responded to the hitherto unthinkable arrival of a US president who threatened Nato and indulged Putin by hugging Britain’s European allies close. But Brexit has thrown Britain’s European alliance into crisis. So English Conservative politicians must crush their doubts and believe with a desperate compulsion that the alleged “pragmatism” of Donald Trump will triumph over his undoubted extremism, a belief that to date has as much basis in fact as creationism.

Nick Cohen is an English journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman.

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When will a genuine movement of opposition arise? Angry, eloquent, all-for-one-and-one-for all. Until real politics return to people’s lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.

Related: The President America Deserves

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The Entire World is “Fake News”

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  • Actually, nothing and nobody can be trusted!
  • Related: 2016: How Truth Was Destroyed So You’d Buy The Government’s Propaganda

Andre Vltchek, Dissident Voice

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January 8th, 2017 | Imperialist demagogues, as well as religious fanatics, are known to live in their grotesque realities. They erect huge sand castles, invent mascots, and bombard the public relentlessly with self-promoting messages.

Those who refuse to listen and believe, those who dare to doubt and resist, are sidelined, starved to death, humiliated or simply liquidated.

Western religions and European/North American brutal colonialist practices are intertwined culturally. Hand in hand, for centuries, they have been destroying our Planet, from corner to corner, on all continents and even on the high seas.

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are the revolutionary novel Aurora and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: Exposing Lies Of The Empire and Fighting Against Western Imperialism.

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2016: How Truth Was Destroyed So You’d Buy The Government’s Propaganda, Claire Bernish, Activist Post

In the very near future — without hawk-like vigilance — dissenting opinion and reports accurately depicting corruption endemic in government may become a thing purely of the past.

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Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon and the Coming Crisis in American National Life

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  • Apocalyptic rhetoric and apocalyptic thinking flourish during crisis periods. This represents perhaps the biggest danger of the Trump presidency, and one that will bear watching from all concerned citizens in the months and years ahead.
  • Related: Trump’s Crony Cabinet May Look Strong, but They Are Scared

David Kaiser, Time Magazine

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Though their theory is not widely taught in colleges or discussed in the media, Strauss and Howe may well play a major role in Donald Trump's administration. Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who has been appointed Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, is very familiar with Strauss and Howe’s theory of crisis, and has been thinking about how to use it to achieve particular goals for quite a while. I know this because Bannon interviewed both Neil Howe and myself in 2009 while he was making a documentary film about the ongoing financial crisis. The film, called Generation Zero, discussed those ideas in some detail.

David Kaiser, a historian, has taught at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Williams College, and the Naval War College. He is the author of seven books, including, most recently, No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War.

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Greenpeace protesters unfurl a banner that reads "Resist" at the construction site of the former Washington Post building, near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

From climate justice to the Fight for $15, movements had CEOs on the ropes—and we can still beat them.

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'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

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Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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January 31, 2017 | Janine Jackson: A spontaneously organized rally in opposition to Trump’s proposed travel ban for people from Muslim-majority countries packed Washington Square Park here in New York January 25, just days after millions took part in women’s marches around the country, those coming the day after thousands demonstrated at Trump’s inauguration. As this administration proceeds, more and more people are feeling driven to show resistance in some visible way, including taking part in street protests, which makes the treatment of protesters by law enforcement and the courts—always critical—a front-burner concern.

What should we learn, then, from the mass arrest of protesters and journalists at the inauguration, and the decision to bring felony riot charges against them? Mara Verheyden-Hilliard is an activist and attorney. She’s co-founder and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. She joins us now by phone from Washington, DC. Welcome to CounterSpin, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard: Thank for you having me.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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Democratic Politicians Need To Stop Normalizing This Illegitimate President.

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  • The Democratic Party, and a fiercely independent press, must not fail us.
  • Related: Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not.

Nancy Altman and Ira Lupu, Huffington Post

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01/29/2017 | Donald Trump’s recent order, cruelly and arbitrarily barring refugees and Muslim immigrants from entering the United States, is just the latest despicable act by an illegitimate president. Orders of this sort are unfortunately unsurprising. They are an expected outgrowth of Trump’s racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQIA agenda.

Trump’s illegitimate presidency and his anti-American agenda are why millions of people joined the Women’s March the day after his inauguration. Marchers advocated human rights for all, social and economic justice for all. The marchers, and many millions of others, are determined to oppose and resist a President who lost the popular vote, and whose election came about through voter suppression, intervention by the FBI, and conspiracy with Russian operatives.

Nancy AltmanFounding Co-Director, Social Security Works

Ira Lupu: F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor of Law Emeritus, George Washington University Law School

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  • From the US Congress to Theresa May, everyone needs to understand that when the next president takes office the usual rules will no longer apply.
  • Related: Series | Trump Nation, Part 1: How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media

 

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Special Report | Take Action Against Trump Banning Refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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  • Part 1: 10 Concrete Ways To Take Action Against The Muslim BanTeaser
  • Do not allow yourself to become desensitized or fatigued.
  • Part 2: Trump banned refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. That says everything.
  • Trump’s orders are immoral as well as unconstitutional.

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Part 1: 10 Concrete Ways To Take Action Against The Muslim Ban

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Do not allow yourself to become desensitized or fatigued.

Erin Schrode, Huffington Post

01/29/2017 | The #MuslimBan is personal for me — as it should be for every soul on the face of planet earth. I will not respond with silence, indifference or hatred; I will respond with love, resistance and power. Ten Concrete Action Items Below

 While I am neither Muslim, nor a citizen of the seven countries Trump has barred from entering the United States, I am a human being. This is unconstitutional, inhumane, shameful, appalling and offensive, not to mention entirely baseless, senseless and counterproductive. 

Erin Schrode, Citizen Activist and Co-Founder, Turning Green

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Part 2: Trump banned refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. That says everything.

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Cecillia Wang, the Guardian

In 1939, the German oceanliner St Louis and its 937 passengers, almost all Jewish refugees, were turned away from the port of Miami and sent back to Europe. Of those passengers, 254 were murdered in the Holocaust. The US government turned away those refugees, so heartbreakingly close to safety – and also restricted Jewish immigration and instituted new vetting procedures – because of rampant overblown fears that the Nazis might smuggle spies and saboteurs in among the Jewish refugees.

On Friday, which was Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House put out a statement that failed to mention the 6 million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. Hours later, Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all refugee resettlement for 120 days and indefinitely suspending the resettlement of refugees from Syria

Cecillia Wang is the director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

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Mr. Fish | Death March / www.clowncrack.com

Amazing and beautiful day in D.C. marching among a million signs condemning racism, misogyny, systemic thuggery, sith politics and celebrating pussy power, human dignity and dissent against moneyed douche bags and their apologists.  Here’s a shot of a Mr. Fish cartoon sighted at the protest, made large and hoisted proudly by some amazing and smart hell-raising ladies from Santa Fe.  Dig it.

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When the NRA Calls the Shots: Inside the 'Reasonable Killing' of a 13-Year-Old Boy

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  • Martinez Smith-Payne, 13, was shot and killed on November 29th, 2015 in the North Pointe neighborhood of St. Louis when he and two other boys were discovered looking for coins in a parked car. Photo illustration of Martinez Smith-Payne
  • Here's what justice looks like when "stand your ground" is the law of the land.

Mike Spies, The Trace / Rolling Stone 

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Three years later, on November 28th, 2015, Martinez and two of his friends — Ernest Williams, 14, and another boy, who was 11 — climbed onto their bicycles and set off under a full moon from the St. Louis neighborhood of Walnut Park East, one of the most dangerous areas of a city with the highest homicide rate in the United States. Martinez, Ernest's little cousin, was then 13. He had small ears and sharp cheekbones. He liked Hot Wheels cars, Nick Cannon and The Polar Bear Express. He weighed 89 pounds. His earlier accident had not raised his threshold for pain. When he received shots at the doctor, multiple family members had to hold him down.

Mike Spies: Staff Writer, Muck Rack. As seen in: Rolling Stone, New York Daily News, Vice, Vocativ, The Trace.

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