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The Embarrassments of Empire

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David Bromwich's longish piece on why and how the Obama Administration suffers repeated embarrassment. Maybe because they've lost their moral compass? (Or never had one?)

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David Bromwich, Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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From Egypt to Pakistan, February 2011 will be remembered as a month unusually full of the embarrassments of empire. Americans were enthralled by a spectacle of liberty in which we felt we should somehow be playing a part. Here were popular movements toward self-government, which might once have looked to the United States as an exemplar, springing up all across North Africa and the Middle East.  Why did they not look up to us now?

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The answer became clearer with every equivocal word of the Obama administration, and every false step it took in trying to manage the crisis. A person suffers embarrassment when something true about himself emerges in spite of reasonable efforts to conceal it. It is the same with nations. Sovereign nations are abstract entities, of course -- they cannot have feelings as people do -- but there are times when they would blush if they could.

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Special Report | The GOP's War on Women

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Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.

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  • One Thing You Won't Find in WikiLeaks Cables: Concern for Women
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  • Anti-Choice Bills Will Send Women to the Back Alleys
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jimmy Margulies

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One Thing You Won't Find in WikiLeaks Cables: Concern for Women, Corinna Barnard, Women's eNews/AlterNet
The staff at a women's news service have been poring through the WikiLeaks cables looking for government concern for women's rights. They've found nothing.

Anti-Choice Bills Will Send Women to the Back Alleys, Cathy Levy, BlogHer

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  • In a perfect world, no woman would ever choose abortion.  But we’re not in a perfect world yet.  Let’s not pretend we are.
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  • 9 New Laws in the GOP's War Against Women
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Anti-Life—When It’s a Woman’s Life, Sharon Lerner, Nation Magazine

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  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
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  • The South Dakota Bill That Could Legitimize Murder of Abortion Providers
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Scott Walker’s Budget Bans Birth Control Coverage And Eliminates Access To Health Care Services For Women, Think Progress
Walker's budget proposal seeks repeal of a mandate that had been fought by anti-abortion groups and Catholics but supported by Planned Parenthood and public health groups.

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House Bars Planned Parenthood From Federal Funding, I Stand with Planned Parenthood.org
Join me in signing this open letter to the reps who voted to bar Planned Parenthood from federal funding -- including funding for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and HIV testing -- and to the senators who still have chance to stop it.

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This Is What Class War Looks Like

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This chart puts the class war in simple, visual terms. On the left you have the "shared sacrifices" and "painful cuts" that the Republicans claim we must make to get our fiscal house in order. On the right, you can plainly see why these cuts are "necessary."

Jack Dean, Posterous.com

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Billy Wharton

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Maggie Griffitt for this contribution

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The Must See Chart (This Is What Class War Looks Like), Daily Kos
It's good to see that an aggressive Middle-Class Defense is already under way in Wisconsin.  Following the chart is my video tribute to those courageous men and women who have woken up, smelled the coffee, and started to roll!

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Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

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  • “The whole history of the progress of human history shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of struggle. ... If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will..."  Frederick Douglass
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  • The liberal class has busied itself with the toothless pursuits of inclusiveness, multiculturalism, identity politics and tolerance—a word Martin Luther King never used—and forgotten about justice.
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  • When Is It Time for a General Strike?
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Damon Terrell speaks to demonstrators at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., during a series of protests against a then-pending bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. Last Friday Gov. Scott Walker signed the legislation into law. AP / Andy Manis

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Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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The liberal class is discovering what happens when you tolerate the intolerant. Let hate speech pollute the airways. Let corporations buy up your courts and state and federal legislative bodies. Let the Christian religion be manipulated by charlatans to demonize Muslims, gays and intellectuals, discredit science and become a source of personal enrichment. Let unions wither under corporate assault. Let social services and public education be stripped of funding. Let Wall Street loot the national treasury with impunity. Let sleazy con artists use lies and deception to carry out unethical sting operations on tottering liberal institutions, and you roll out the welcome mat for fascism.

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The liberal class has busied itself with the toothless pursuits of inclusiveness, multiculturalism, identity politics and tolerance—a word Martin Luther King never used—and forgotten about justice. It naively sought to placate ideological and corporate forces bent on the destruction of the democratic state. The liberal class, like the misguided democrats in the former Yugoslavia or the hapless aristocrats in the Weimar Republic, invited the wolf into the henhouse. The liberal class forgot that, as Karl Popper wrote in “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”

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When Is It Time for a General Strike?, Laura Flanders, Nation Magazine

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  • Few Americans remember the demands 30,000 women and girls shirtwaist factory workers made… not just for wage increases, but for the ability to have a say in the conditions of their workplace—the workplace that killed them. Those are the rights that will be taken from American workers if the Republicans’ power grab is allowed to stand.
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  • Imagine, a century ago, if the rest of New York had stood with the women of the factories. Imagine if instead of 20,000, it had been 2 million workers marching. Or if it were to be today.
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Union-Busting Is Theft -- a Weapon of Class Warfare from Above

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  • Union-busting allows bosses to rig the labor market in their favor.
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  • The War on Public Employees
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  • 12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin
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Joshua Holland, AlterNet

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Union-busting gives employers the means to manipulate the labor market in order to squeeze out more profits by paying workers less than what a free and fair market would bear. It's wage theft of another kind – perfectly legal, but just as costly for working people.

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As the drama playing out in Wisconsin shows, union-busting is not only a weapon in the class war being waged by the richest Americans – it's also a means of waging political war on Democrats and progressive organizations.

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Both sides in the battle raging in state capitols across the country agree on just one thing: we are witness to a defining showdown pitting union-busting conservatives against the last group of American workers that enjoys a high rate of union membership, and the economic security that comes with it.
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12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin, Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Public workers and supporters picketing the mansion of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, February 13, 2011
What's happening in Wisconsin is not complicated. At the beginning of this year, the state was on course to end 2011 with a budget surplus of $120 million. As Ezra Klein explained, newly elected GOP Governor Scott Walker then "signed two business tax breaks and a conservative health-care policy experiment that lowers overall tax revenues (among other things). The new legislation was not offset, and it turned a surplus into a deficit." (Update: please see this note for more detail on the cause of the budget gap.)

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Shut Down Wisconsin!

Socialist Party USA Statement on the Wisconsin GOP Attack On Unions

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Andrea Pason and Billy Wharton, co-chairs Socialist Party USA

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It has just been reported that Wisconsin Republicans have approved the provision in Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill that strips public employees in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights. Collective Bargaining is necessary to the functioning of trade unions and is a right that should be held by every worker in both the public and private sectors. As socialists, we condemn Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in Wisconsin.

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We call on students, workers and all who are opposed to this decision to converge on Madison tomorrow (March 10) to protest. We support the resolution passed by the South Central Federation of Labor (Wisconsin) that calls for a general strike of all workers in the region. We support the immediate formation of strike committees by all union and non-union workers in the state. We support all acts of civil disobedience and non-compliance to protest and reverse this Bill.

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Workers and students shut down Wisconsin! As popular movements throughout the world claim their democratic rights, Walker and the Republicans have trampled on workers in Wisconsin. By building on the spirit of Tahrir Square, Madison can be the site where a new militant worker’s movement is built. Our democracy is not contained within the Assembly Houses and State Capitols; we build it in the streets!

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For a General Strike of all Wisconsin Workers!

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Kill the Bill!

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Build Democracy in the Streets!

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Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class"

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  • A frightening critique of anybody who falsely believes that electoral politics might save the planet from the cannibalization by the ruling elite.
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  • Michael Moore: "America Is NOT Broke"
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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary Kohls

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Here is a very sobering speech by Chris Hedges on his new book "The Death of the Liberal Class". Please pay attention to his frightening critiques of and challanges for the liberal churches (especially the clergy), the environmental movement, Progressives, Democrats, Obama supporters, the corporate and investor classes, as well everybody else who falsely believes that electoral politics might save the planet from the cannibalization by the ruling elite.

Hedges issues a desperate call to action that must not be ignored by any of us. Please do not ignore it. There is not much hope if action is not taken.

This message is more important to take seriously than Michael Moore's recent inspiring speech in Madison.

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Death of the Liberal Class ~ Chris Hedges, Nation Books
For decades the liberal class was a defense against the worst excesses of power. But the pillars of this class—the press, the universities, trade unions, the Democrats, and the liberal church—have collapsed as effective counterweights to the corporate state. In its absence the needs of the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer have a champion. The death of the liberal class has permitted the rise of a new and terrifying political configuration. In his devastating new book, Chris Hedges chronicles the gradual corruption and decline of the liberal class, which no longer provides an institutional check to mitigate corporate control of politics, education, labor, the arts, religious institutions, or financial systems. Without any impediments, the corporate state is dismantling the last vestiges of protection for ordinary citizens once put into place by the liberal class.

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Michael Moore: "America Is NOT Broke"

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  • 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008, now have as much loot, stock and property as the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.
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  • Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class"
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