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Dear Americans

  • Now you are worried about yourselves, but there are only the dead and their survivors left for whom you didn't speak up.
  • Give me one reason why anybody should worry about you, who seem to believe that only you count because you are Americans.
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S Brian Willson

http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/26063070824_e941dbc3d9_b_trump-clinton-768x768.jpg November, 2016 | This resonates very deeply, and poignantly for me. So I share it (as I found it elsewhere on Facebook)

Dear Americans,

I understand some of you are very worried about the election of Donald Trump. But I want you think about this:

*First they went for Yugoslavia, and you didn't worry: a country died

*Then they went for Afghanistan and you didn't worry: 220,000 Afghans have died.

*Then, they went for Iraq, and you didn't worry: 1 million Iraqis died.

*Then they went for Libya, and you didn't worry: 30,000 to 50,000 people died. Did you worry when Qaddafi was murdered with a bayonet up his rectum? No. And someone even laughed.

*Then they went for Ukraine, and you didn't worry: 10,000 people died and are dying.

*Then they went for Syria, and you didn't worry: 250,000 people died

*Then they went for Yemen: over 6,000 Yemenis have been killed and another 27,000 wounded. According to the UN, most of them are civilians. Ten million Yemenis don't have enough to eat, and 13 million have no access to clean water. Yemen is highly dependent on imported food, but a U.S.-Saudi blockade has choked off most imports. The war is ongoing.

*Then there is Somalia, and you don't worry

*Then there are the countries that reaped the fallout from the collapse of Libya. Weapons looted after the fall of Gaddafi fuel the wars in Mali, Niger, and the Central African Republic.

*Now you are worried about yourselves, but there are only the dead and their survivors left for whom you didn't speak up.

*Give me one reason why anybody should worry about you, who seem to believe that only you count because you are Americans.

My very best wishes for your precious safety and comfort and may you continue to look in the mirror and see no one there.

Trust me, a mirror does not lie.

Sincerely,

One who does not worry about you. (A reader in Belgium)

S Brian Willson: Author / Speaker / Blogger / Activist

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For a socialist alternative to the ‘Two-Party Racket’

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Part 1: The ‘Two-Party Racket’ Is Incapable of Dealing With Our Present Crises

To understand what we’ve lost under the two-party racket, compare the cringeworthy Clinton-Trump debates with Green nominee Jill Stein’s rebuttals.

Part 2: For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

We call on all our readers to join us in this struggle against war and barbarism, against inequality and dictatorship. While the dangers are immense, so too is the strength of the working class, united in revolutionary struggle. The task is urgent, and no time can be lost. 

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

Part 1: The ‘Two-Party Racket’ Is Incapable of Dealing With Our Present Crises

To understand what we’ve lost under the two-party racket, compare the cringeworthy Clinton-Trump debates with Green nominee Jill Stein’s rebuttals.

Truthdig 

http://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/4641045212_9f043cb017_z.jpg Oct 26, 2016 | “Indications that Clinton is heading towards a solid win” might suggest that 2016 is “the safest year ever to vote Green, right?” No, say Democrats.

“Dems will never admit it’s a good time to go Green,” writes Scott McLarty, media coordinator for the Green Party, at The Hill. “They want a field permanently limited to two parties of war and Wall Street.”

TruthdigNews site providing expert coverage of current affairs; thoughtful, provocative columnists, presented from a progressive point of view.

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Part 2: For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

We call on all our readers to join us in this struggle against war and barbarism, against inequality and dictatorship. While the dangers are immense, so too is the strength of the working class, united in revolutionary struggle. The task is urgent, and no time can be lost. 

Socialist Equality Party, World Socialist Website 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

30 July 2016 | With the conclusion this week of the Democratic National Convention, the two major capitalist parties in the United States have formally selected their presidential candidates. In the face of an immense economic, social and political crisis, neither Democrat Hillary Clinton nor Republican Donald Trump has anything to offer but austerity, war and the continued assault on democratic rights.

The conclusion of the two conventions makes all the more clear the critical importance of the campaign of the Socialist Equality Party and its candidates, Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president. The SEP is fighting to build a socialist leadership in the working class to prepare for the inevitable social upheavals and struggles that will follow these elections, whoever is elected.

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Reverand Butch Montoya on People Who Are Homeless

  • The dignity of the least of these, as Jesus or Marx said,  is the dignity of all of us.  If we allow our fellow human beings – just people who have found their way into difficult circumstances in a cruel capitalist culture –  increasingly, we, too, will find little.
  • Related: 10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets

John Evans, Democratic Individuality

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Homeless%20Person%20on%20Street%20in%20Cold%20Weather.jpg November 21, 2016 | Those who disregard people who are homeless, who give them no place to rest, organize sweeps, steal their few belongings include Mayor Hancock of Denver and other urban Democratic office holders. Their depredations will be made easier by the new Trump era.

And yet these three letters, in response to my last post (Sweeps of People Who Ae Without Homes, all speak to a humanity and resistance which is widespread among ordinary people. It was, as Paula Bard reminds me, even more widespread during the Great Depression – something similar to now, but where many families would feed people, unemployed, who came to their door.

John Evans is professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and author of Marx's Politics:Communists and Citizens (Rutgers, 1980), Democratic Individuality (Cambridge, 1990), Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy (1999) and Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (Chicago March, 2012).

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Related:

10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets, Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet / Salon 

  • Since the recession, San Francisco's wealth gap has become a yawning chasm. The city's homeless tell their stories. 
  • Related: America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

 

 

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In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse To Accept a Fascist America

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  • Rise Up... Get Into The Streets... Unite With People Everywhere to Build Up Resistance in Every Way You Can. Don’t Stop: Don’t Conciliate ... Don’t Accommodate ... Don’t Collaborate.
  • Related: Mourn, Then Wage Popular and Class Struggle 
  • Related: We Cannot “Give Trump a Chance”

Revolution Newspaper / The World Can't Wait 

http://www.utne.com/~/media/Images/UTR/Editorial/Articles/Online%20Articles/2016/09-01/Dissent%20A%20History%20of%20American%20Revolutions/American-Flag-Crowd%20jpg.jpg?h=550&la=en&w=550&hash=CB460F6A3799DC1DEFA07A6B36C6E5BD98796EF9 November 11, 2016 | Donald Trump has now won the presidency. Under the slogan “Make America Great Again,” he has viciously attacked Mexicans and Muslims, threatened to deport millions and boasted that he will build walls and close borders.

He incites people to fear and hate those who are “different,” or who come from other countries or nationalities, or practice different religions. He crudely demeans and degrades women, and openly boasts about molesting them. He’s a champion of white supremacy who has insulted and threatened Black people, and whipped up a racist lynch-mob mentality. Trump has mocked the disabled.  He is an aggressive and unapologetic militarist, who threatens to use nuclear weapons and will have his fingers on the nuclear codes. He openly advocates war crimes and crimes against humanity—including torture and killing the families of people accused of terrorism. He plans to pack the Supreme Court with justices who will gut and reverse the right to abortion, gay rights, and other important legal rights. He calls climate change a hoax and his policies will wreak further devastation on the environment. He has attacked and threatened the press and stirred up his supporters to do the same. Trump has utter contempt for facts and the truth, and consistently lies to advance his agenda. As for the rule of law, Trump went so far as to openly threaten his opponent, Hillary Clinton, not only with jail, but even assassination. Donald Trump is an outright fascist. And he is now the president-elect.

Revolution NewspaperThe Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party

The World Can't Wait: a national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush / Cheney regime and the ongoing crimes that continue to this day.

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Mourn, Then Wage Popular and Class Struggle, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Unite for 'National Healing'? No Thanks, We're Waging Popular and Class Struggle

We're A Left Unity Media Project Working for 21st Century Socialism  

Part 2: Mourn. Then Organize.

This nation has survived political crises before, and it will again if progressives refrain from pointing fingers and start organizing.

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We Cannot “Give Trump a Chance” Kshama Sawant, CounterPunch

  • https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/People-have-the-power-Ferguson-City-Hall-protest-101-13-14.jpgWe have a historic responsibility to fight back against this administration.  On January 20th and 21st, activists will be organizing protests and student walkouts across the country. Hundreds of thousands will gather for the Women’s March on Washington DC and to “Occupy Inauguration,” to send a message to the new president that there is no space whatsoever for his bigoted agenda in America.
  • Related: Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland

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Mark Fiore | A Cartoonist's Apology / https://www.markfiore.com

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November 9, 2016 | Wha’ happened?  What an awful, strange, crazy, mind-boggling election.  Am I missing something, or did we just elect a real estate developer/reality show star who campaigned on xenophobia, racism and bullying while recorded evidence (and scores of accusers) revealed a history of sexual assault?

The Trump victory drives home the fact that there are, oh, sixty million or so people who support this guy.  We might have had a better idea this was about to happen (or been able to do something to prevent it) if we interacted with the red side of ‘Muricah more than we listen to Nate Silver.  (By “we” I mean “me” and many of my bubble-inhabiting friends and family.)  I’ll let the cartoon do the rest of the talking.

Mark Fiore is an American political cartoonist specializing in Flash-animated editorial cartoons, whom the Wall Street Journal called the undisputed guru of the form.

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'You Want Racial Politics? We’ll Give You Racial Politics!'

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  • Liberal Democrats victimized themselves on election night. They need to think harder about whether they really want the kind of culture they have been trying to create: one divided along lines of race and gender.
  • What they found out on election night is that it doesn't always work to their advantage.

Martin Cothran, Intellectual Takeout

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/hillbillies_3.jpg November 9, 2016 | CNN commentator Van Jones, clearly upset by the results coming in last night, claimed that Democrats got “White-lashed.” In a way, he was right. But he has only himself to blame. 

The problem with liberals is that they want all the advantages of racial politics and none of the detriments. They have succeeded in weaponizing entire racial groups, but when they find that they have inadvertently weaponized the ones who vote the other way, they get upset.

Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

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Searching for Solidarity in Trumpland

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  • It's up to us to build a new progressive political party. For that to happen, all of us need to practice far more solidarity with one another. Let's start with protecting everyone being targeted in hate crimes and coming together for the next big battle to stop the TPP trade deal that harms us all.
  • Related: Gazing Into the Abyss

Lydia Howell, Evergreene Digest

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Classical%20Statue%20Head%20in%20Hand_0.jpgNovember 12, 2016 | Awakening to election results on 11/9 echoed feelings of 9/11: a sickening spasm of fear, that momentarily paralyzed...and, yet, on neither day was I surprised. One immutable universal law is actions have consequences.

First, white people---regardless of party affiliation---have a huge responsibility to face racism and in this moment loudly oppose the hate crimes perpetrated under the banner Trump Won.

Second, Face reality. The Clinton and the DNC failed and should be held responsible for Trump's victory.

Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis-based journalist, producer/host of “Catalyst” on KFAI Radio.

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  • The business of the American republic is not business, and that’s why we have to rely on the institutions of civil society — the churches, the civic associations, the WMCAs and Little Leagues, the colleges and schools — that are being destroyed by omnivorous markets and casino-like financing.
  • Both parties are to blame and it has cost all of us a republic.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear Readers,

Please accept our best wishes for a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday!

Like most of you, we will be on a much more relaxed holiday work schedule this week (Nov 20-27). 

However, there are plenty of new to you articles because you couldn't possibly have read all of the over  23,000 of them archived our site. Also, RSS feeds automatically update things while we're off relaxing.

Our regular operations resume on Monday, November 28.

Thanx for reading Evergreene Digest!

Dave & the Crew

Section(s): 

Freedom Comes at a Price–And We Don’t Want to Pay It

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Plebeians of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your liberty.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." --Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address

America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

Joseph PearceJoseph Pearce's blogIntellectual Takeout

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October 21, 2016 | There might be few things on which most people agree but freedom is one of them. Although we might differ over what we understand freedom to be, we all think freedom is a good thing. And yet, truth be told, most of us don’t care as much about it as we say we do or as we think we do. The truth is that freedom comes at a price and most of us don’t want to pay it.

We live in a world where government has been inexorably getting bigger and more distant from the individual and the family. If nothing is done to halt and reverse this process we will have a World Government, serving the interests of global corporations and global financial organizations, which will be utterly unresponsive to any of us or to any of the rest of the powerless people of the world.

Do we really care?

Joseph Pearce: Joseph Pearce is an English-born writer, and as of 2014 Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Related:

America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining, Katy Farber, Huffington Post

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

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