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Time to Build a Resistence in More Than Name Only

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  • Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?

  • Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

  • http://images.dailykos.com/i/user/116919/fist.jpg  James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?
  • The so-called resistence 

James Howard Kunstler, Straight Line Logic

May 30, 2017 | Entropy never sleeps. It works remorselessly to transform things of value into useless, dissipated waste and heat. Complexity stokes it especially as the law of diminishing returns multiplies the wheels of futility spinning down to zero. Hence, the intellectual decay of American life in which spin is everything, anything goes, and nothing matters.

The latest manifestation of this dynamic is the curious movement that styles itself The Resistance, lately adopted by the grotesque handmaiden of the Deep State that the Democratic Party became in the regency of Hillary Clinton. Its mission is to undo the results of the last national election by claiming that Russia undid it. It pretends to seek the restoration of something — but what? Of dissipated power relations within the Deep State itself?

James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation.

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Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

http://socialistappeal.org/images/SA100Cover.jpg.jpgCountless individuals have come to the conclusion that it is not enough to stand on the sidelines. The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents. Much more will be needed: ideas, activity, and organization! In an exciting development, thousands have joined DSA and there is growing pressure among the rank and file to break with the Democratic Party once and for all.

John Peterson, Socialist Appeal 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

Friday, May 12, 2017 | Publishing one hundred issues of a revolutionary Marxist magazine is something of a milestone in the land of the Red Scare and Joseph McCarthy. Back in early 2002, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the “Neo-Cons” ruled the roost. Dissent of any kind was ridiculed and the Left was in full retreat. But instead of hiding in a hole, a handful of comrades of the International Marxist Tendency decided to throw down the gauntlet in the form of a publication centered on a concrete program and perspective for world revolution. We refused to accept that this was the best of all possible worlds, that the end of history had come, and that capitalism had won.

At the upcoming National Congress of the US section of the IMT, we will be discussing the future of Socialist Appeal with a view towards reaching ever wider layers with our ideas. But one thing is clear: Fifteen years since we first went to press, the fundamental ideas we have always defended are more relevant than ever. We have consistently defended the need to break with the Democrats and to form a mass, class independent labor party based on the unions and armed with a socialist program. Concurrently, we must build a revolutionary cadre organization steeped in Marxist theory and class struggle methods to fight against reformism and for a revolutionary internationalist program within a future mass socialist party.

John Peterson, editor of Socialist Appeal magazine, provides a Marxist analysis of the Trump election and its implications for the class struggle.

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US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

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  • Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

Actual evidence has not surfaced.

  • Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

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Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Ulson GunnarGlobal Research

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/electionMachines-NEO.jpgJune 16, 2017 | Having concluded over half a year ago, had there been actual evidence of state-sponsored election interference by Russia, it would have surfaced and the necessity for a lengthy and dramatic public spectacle would not only be absent, it would obstruct real measures needed to protect America’s political process from future foreign influence.

However, actual evidence has not surfaced.

Instead, complex conspiracy theories buttressed by the most tenuous documentation have been spun and promoted in the midst of public hearings, political rearrangements in the White House and other theatrics designed to keep the public engaged and convinced of the notion that Russia’s government actually attempted to manipulate the results of America’s presidential election.

Ulson Gunnar is a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is. 

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  • "The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space."
  • Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

Charles Pierce, Esquire

Jun 26, 2017 | The most amazing story ran in the Miami Herald last Thursday. It involves the Trump organization and a Russian official deep in the dark side of shady, because all of the amazing stories do these days. But it also involves a Russian motorcycle gang that has staked a claim in this country and that once had its gang colors hoisted in outer space.

But the tale of Igor Zorin offers a 21st-century twist with all the weirdness modern Miami has to offer: Russian cash, a motorcycle club named after Russia's powerful special forces and a condo tower branded by Donald Trump. Zorin is a Russian government official who has spent nearly $8 million on waterfront South Florida homes, hardly financially prudent given his bureaucrat's salary of $75,000 per year. He runs a state-owned broadcasting company that, among other duties, operates sound systems for the annual military parade that sends columns of soldiers and tanks rumbling through Moscow's Red Square.

Charles 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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Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conducting a presentation in early March of the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

  • Since the passage of the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side. ProPublica has been tracking what they’re saying.
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg May 25, 2017 | Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, Ashleigh Morley visited her congressman’s Facebook page to voice her dismay.

“Your vote yesterday was unthinkably irresponsible and does not begin to account for the thousands of constituents in your district who rely upon many of the services and provisions provided for them by the ACA,” Morley wrote on the page affiliated with the campaign of Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “You never had my vote and this confirms why.”

https://www.propublica.org/images/member_photos/photo_2092.jpg Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica <>covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.
  • 8 New Items including:
  • It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan.
  • Health Care Has Been Cut Before. Here’s What Happened.
  • Cerebral Palsy Didn’t Stop This College Junior. Obamacare Repeal Might
  • The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump.
  • Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare.
  • GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill

 

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Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

 

We must disrupt the "common sense" that is produced in mainstream cultural apparatuses and that serves as glue for the rise of right-wing populism. This is not merely a call for a third political party. Any vision for this movement must reject the false notion that capitalism and democracy are synonymous. Democratic socialism is once again moving a generation of young people. We need to accelerate this movement for a radical democracy before it is too late.

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of moral witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia that usher in the dark clouds of authoritarianism, albeit in updated forms.

Albert Camus understood this as well as anyone, and viewed fascism as a deadly virus that could reappear in new forms. For Camus, the disease of fascism could only be fought with the antibody of consciousness -- embracing the past as a way of protecting the present and the future against the damage now forgotten. The words that appear in the concluding paragraph of The Plague are as relevant today as they were when they were written. Camus writes:

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, including Tikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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6 New Items 

It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan, Indivisible

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  • After weeks of total secrecy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate TrumpCare bill. Senate Republicans don’t have the votes...not yet. We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.
  • Stop TrumpCare in the Senate Call Script

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  • Yes, we’ve cut health care before. But the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid would make history.
  • The current changes proposed by congressional Republicans are tremendously more consequential than anything we have previously experienced.

 

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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg Cerebral Palsy Didn’t Stop This College Junior. Obamacare Repeal Might, Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost

Here’s what cutting Medicaid could mean for people with disabilities.

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The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump, Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Mitch McConnell's gruesome health care scam reveals the corrupt, antidemocratic character of the entire GOP.

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Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare, Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/files/2014/03/Congress.Money_.pngIf the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities

 

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video)

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  • Here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan.Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. 
  • Related: Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

Naomi Klein, The Intercept

https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075 June 13 2017 | Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy.  Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need, Naomi Klein and Brit Marling, The Nation and Haymarket Books

The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.

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Ossoff defeat proves Dems would rather piss away money than shift to the left

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Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel (Photo by ajc.com)

 

  • The Democratic Party will continue to lose, even in the age of Trump, if it continues to offer voters centrist, uninspiring, do-nothing candidates like Ossoff.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance

Yvonne C. Claes, Medium

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Jun 21, 2017 | As a Progressive, I am pleased that Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

I’m glad because Ossoff’s defeat proves to the Democratic Party what Progressives have been saying all along: It’s about the issues, assholes, and you won’t win when you offer candidates who oppose single-payer healthcare and a $15/hour national minimum wage.

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) 

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