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  • A liberal commentator offers his scathing take on contemporary American politics and culture.
  • Essays by Thomas Frank
  • Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Thomas%20Frank%20%7C%20Rendezvous%20with%20Oblivion.jpgOne of the results of the shocking election of Donald Trump has been the political commentariat’s reassessment of the state of the nation. In that vein, Frank (Listen, Liberal, 2016, etc.), a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s and founding editor of the Baffler, assembles a series of essays that originally appeared in various publications from 2011 to 2018. The essays, asserts the author in his introduction, “all aim to tell one essential story”: the dissolution of the common bonds of American society as the rich and powerful accumulate more power and the rest of the citizenry is forgotten.

Frank proceeds to paint a dystopian picture of struggling fast-food workers, greedycollegesand universities, and politicians’ disregard for the common folk, all culminating in the election of Trump, “the very personification of this low, dishonest age.” To his credit, the liberal author (he supported Bernie Sanders in 2016) acknowledges Trump’s appeal to the working-class and rural voters whom Democratic Party elites have all but abandoned. Moreover, several of his arguments should resonate with Americans of all political stripes. Is there any doubt, for example, that a factor in the skyrocketing cost of a college education is “the insane proliferation of university administrators”?

Thomas Frank is an American political analyst, historian, and journalist. He co-founded and edited The Baffler magazine. Frank has written several books, most notably What's the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal.

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Special Report | The Coming Collapse of the US Empire, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.



 

The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

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  • Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Related: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

 

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Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?

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John Pavlowitz, JohnPavlowitz.com

June 26, 2018 | Civility.

That’s the card you’re pulling now, Trump supporters?


That’s where you’ve landed?


That’s your go-to play at this stage of the game?


It’s a little late for you to roll that out now, isn’t it?

https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/johnMosaicHeadshot.jpg John Pavlowitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His new book, Hope and Other Superpowers, arrives on November 6th.

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Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

We got here around the time Newt Gingrich called for more civil discourse.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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She did not use an official government Twitter account to discuss the episode, as Sanders did later. She did not use the power of the Oval Office to try and destroy someone’s business, as the president* found time to do later. She asked the staff what they wanted to do. She took a vote. She abided by their wishes. If there’s a more civil way of saying “no” to someone, I don’t know what it would be.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.
  • Related: This Nation Is Politically Deranged.

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Feature Article | The Democrats' "Blue Wave" ... of Accommodation and Collaboration, Revolution Newspaper / OpEdNews

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  • The Democratic Party is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Voting for the Democrats and their so-called "blue wave" is not voting to stop the great crimes the Trump/Pence regime is carrying out. It's a vote to continue these crimes, accommodate to fascism, and legitimize the whole putrid system that carries out monstrous crime after monstrous crime, and gives rise to fascists like Trump and Pence.
  • The "blue wave" isn't the answer. It's a poisonous polluted wave of slime and sh*t that will only leave people drenched in disappointment, accommodation, and complicity.
  • Related: Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? 

Publisher's Choice | First They Came for the Migrants. Michelle Goldberg, New York (NY) Times

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What is happening is the sort of moral enormity that once seemed unthinkable in contemporary America, the kind captured in the Martin Niemöller poem that’s repeated so often it’s become a cliché: “First they came …” There is no reason to believe that undocumented immigrants will be the last group of people deemed beyond the law’s protection.

Of Special Interest | How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook, Jonathan CookCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

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The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate power by legitimizing it, by making its unbalanced and unjust distribution seem natural and immutable.Our planet and our children’s futures depend on us liberating ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are.

Bloggers & Columnists | Chrish Hedges, Noam Chomsky



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  • Part 1: Noam Chomsky: The Decline of the U.S. Empire
  • Noam Chomsky on the decline of the U.S. empire in an interview with teleSUR.
  • Part 2: The Coming Collapse by Chris Hedges
  • It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.

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Special Project | Veterans Need Your Help to Save the VA! Stop VA Privatization. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Check Your Knowledge of White Supremacy: Take Our Short Quiz. Sharon Kyle, Justice Not Jails
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  • Related: Special Report | How the White Problem Got Made

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The end of the affair? 'Humanae Vitae' at 50, Michael G. Lawler, Todd A. Salzman, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)
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Document further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality.
 

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James Comey

The Justice Department Inspector General's report proves the nation became addicted to unreality.

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Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Jun 15, 2018 | feel very safe in saying that James Comey’s future paperback sales took a considerable nosedive on Thursday afternoon. The Department of Justice’s inspector general dropped The Last Honest Man from a very great height into a very deep well on Thursday.

The IG’s long-awaited report—which came on the same day that the Attorney General of New York filed suit against the Trump Foundation for breaking almost every charitable tax regulation and campaign finance law known to man or beast—excoriated Comey for what it called "insubordinate" and "extraordinary" bungling in his performance during the 2016 presidential election, citing what it called "ad hoc decision making based on his personal views even if it meant rejecting longstanding Department policy or practice." The July press conference was a mistake. The October letter was a mistake. James Comey was the biggest mistake of all.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

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The Democrats' "Blue Wave" ... of Accommodation and Collaboration

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  • The Democratic Party is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Voting for the Democrats and their so-called "blue wave" is not voting to stop the great crimes the Trump/Pence regime is carrying out. It's a vote to continue these crimes, accommodate to fascism, and legitimize the whole putrid system that carries out monstrous crime after monstrous crime, and gives rise to fascists like Trump and Pence.
  • The "blue wave" isn't the answer. It's a poisonous polluted wave of slime and sh*t that will only leave people drenched in disappointment, accommodation, and complicity.
  • Related: Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? 

Revolution Newspaper / OpEdNews

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https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/revcom-icon-02017_09_07_00_55_14-0.jpg May 21, 2018 | The Trump/Pence regime is targeting immigrants as "animals," robbing women of basic reproductive rights, threatening war on Iran, celebrating while Israel massacres Palestinians, and more--all part of hammering into place a vicious, "make America great again" fascist regime.

Millions are shocked, outraged, sick at heart, and they're being told that their best and only realistic hope is a so-called "blue wave" of Democratic victories in the November 2018 midterm elections, because if the Democrats take back the House and perhaps the Senate, this will begin to stop the horrors the Trump/Pence regime is raining down day after day.

Revolution Newspaper, the voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, provides the foundation, guideline, and organizational scaffolding for the whole process of carrying out our strategy for revolution.

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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?

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First They Came for the Migrants

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Men from Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras being detained by Border Patrol officers north of Penitas, Tex., last week. Credit Lynsey Addario for the New York Times.

What is happening is the sort of moral enormity that once seemed unthinkable in contemporary America, the kind captured in the Martin Niemöller poem that’s repeated so often it’s become a cliché: “First they came …” There is no reason to believe that undocumented immigrants will be the last group of people deemed beyond the law’s protection.

Michelle Goldberg, New York (NY) Times 

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June 11, 2018 | The sci-fi writer William Gibson once said, “The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” In America in 2018, the same could be said of authoritarianism.

Since Donald Trump was elected, there’s been a boom in best-selling books about the fragility of liberal democracy, including Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning,” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny.” Many have noted that the president’s rhetoric abounds in classic fascist tropes, including the demonization of minorities and attempts to paint the press as treasonous. Trump is obviously more comfortable with despots like Russia’s Vladimir Putin than democrats like Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

We still talk about American fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we’re not vigilant. But for undocumented immigrants, it’s already here.

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Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Klaus%20Marre%20and%20DonkeyHotey.jpgThe Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

Media & Technology

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As of late May, 29 state legislatures had introduced bills meant to ensure net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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