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  • Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which … is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.
  • The President as Pimple
  • Related: It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game.

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Sep 12, 2018 | Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months.  However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term.  Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that’s gone aground, the Trump presidency may already have effectively run its course. What, then, does this bizarre episode in American history signify?

Let me state my own view bluntly: forget the atmospherics.  Despite the lies, insults, name calling, and dog whistles, almost nothing of substance has changed. Nor will it.

Andrew Bacevich, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East:  A Military History, which has been published by Random House.

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It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game. Jim Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown
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  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
  • Related: Democracy Is What We Make of It.
     

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, September 22, 2018.

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  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

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Publisher's Choice | The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • The Nation summarizes an important new finding: Americans of the mid-twentieth century had unions to thank for their booming, egalitarian economy.
  • Related: New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off.

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Of Special Interest | More Signs of How Deep the Poison of Traumatizing People Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In
  • The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.
  • Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA
  • How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action?

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Bloggers & Columnists | Angela Davis, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers


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  • Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.
  • A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed
  • Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis, Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

  • We’re an egotistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment, Week Ending September 22, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
  • Related: Democracy Is What We Make of It.

Jim Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown

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Several months ago, a subscriber to our populist digger of a newsletter expressed vexation that we’ve been wasting his time during the past two years on such topics as the Koch brothers’ conspiracy, the spreading Amazon monopoly, and the threat of a fast-emerging robot economy. His beef was that the terrifying tromp-tromp-tromp of Trump is THE story–the ONLY story–and The Lowdown is guilty of journalistic malpractice by not giving The Donald’s warped personality and presidency 100 percent of our attention.

The gentleman demanded that we jump all over all things Trump all the time, or he’d unsubscribe and seek his progressive news fix elsewhere.

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Democracy Is What We Make of It. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System
     

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Kavanaugh battle gets darker and weirder: Will bizarre conspiracy theories save him?

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks after Donald Trump announced his nomination at the White House on July 9, 2018. (Getty/Mandel Ngan)

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch and GOP operative Ed Whelan want to blame someone else for 1982 assault. Will Trump go along?
  • Related: Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh

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Heather Digby Parton, Salon

September 21, 2018 | Donald Trump held a rally in Las Vegas for Sen. Dean Heller. R-Nev., on Thursday night. (Heller faces a tough re-election fight against Rep. Jacky Rosen, a moderate Democrat well liked in Nevada.) His crowd was as ecstatic as usual, lustily chanting "lock her up" and booing energetically when Trump asked sarcastically, "What about our Justice Department, huh?" It's still jarring to see a president ginning up citizens to demand that his former politicalrivalbe put in prison, but this new disgust for federal law enforcement is downright disorienting.

Trump was introduced by Wayne Allen Root, author of "Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon Is Changing America." Root claimed that Trump had specifically requested him, which is probably true. They are both conspiracy theorists, having originally bonded over the "birther" craze that first put Trump on the wingnut radar. If they had a chance to chat last night in Vegas it is almost certain they talked about this.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh, Compiled by the Marshall Project

The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is different from its predecessors in many ways.
 

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Democracy Is What We Make of It

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  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

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August 9, 2018 | he political theorist Melvin Rogers has written a succinct and compelling rebuttal to the “resilient institutions” theory that remains, even now, popular among certain anti-Trump writers of an optimistic bent. His response draws on the political thought of John Dewey, who warned against confusing healthy politics with the “fulfillment of prescriptions laid down in a constitution” and the “observance of formulae that have become ritualistic.” “For Dewey,” writes Rogers, “democracy’s survival depends on a set of habits and dispositions—in short, a culture—to sustain it.” On this view, the breakdown of democratic culture puts the system in mortal peril: “When Dewey warns us that democratic conditions don’t automatically maintain themselves, and that the mere existence of a constitution does not safeguard democracy, he is dispelling the illusion that the United States is immune to the darkness of twentieth-century totalitarianism.” What Rogers is saying, in effect, is that we may well turn out to be unlucky enough to witness “our institutions will save us!” become the mordant civic equivalent of “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

One virtue of Rogers’s essay is the clarity with which he describes frightening cultural breakdowns that have already become part of daily life. Consider:

Nathan Pippenger is a contributing editor at Democracy.

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Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance  /  Rise Up Times

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  • The media problem should not be underestimated. As John Stauber points out “We are completely enveloped by the corporate propaganda system from the moment of our birth on, and it allows the oligarchy to control our minds and lives from cradle to grave, in seamless invisible fashion, via marketing, advertising and public relations, reinforced by the news media.  Few are able to admit and see this . . .”
  • Related: Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake

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  • It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game. Jim Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown
  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
  • Related: Democracy Is What We Make of It.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, September 15, 2018.

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Feature Article | Chris Hedges: Would the American People be Better Served by a Movement for a People’s Party? Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

  • https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/11277133614_f4444c755e.jpgNick Brana, founder, executive director of Movement for a People’s Party talks with journalist Chris Hedges about the US’ two political party system, the need for third and fourth parties and his experience campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Related: The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party

Publisher's Choice | This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing, Jamie Henn, Common Dreams

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  • The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

Of Special Interest | Butina Case: Neo-McCarthyism Engulfs America ~ Philip Giraldi, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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  • From Philip Giraldi at Strategic Culture Foundation, <https://www.strategic-culture.org>
  • Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia.

Bloggers & Columnists | Paul Street, Chauncey DeVega, David Sirota



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Yes, let's wipe out Trump. But take neo-liberal Democrats with him, too. David SirotaGuardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/759e6c2aa20a4d69243b6e96faef0add59c128c0/0_0_3000_1800/master/3000.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=123625c3d3931e1ef6aa875b04b0b279Democratic candidates are winning primaries in several states, challenging the party’s decrepit establishment. Illustration: Niv Bavarsky
  • A new wave of left-leaning Democratsare waging a war on the party’s corporate wing.
  • Related: Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul

Labor

Select Articles | Labor, Week Ending September 15, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.
  • Part 2: UPS Contract Vote Starts this Week.
  • Here's What You Need to Know.
     

Media & Technology

Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People, Paul Street, Truthdig

The mainstream media should be taken to task, but not for the same reasons the president uses in his attacks on the press.

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  • A link between conspiracy theories and childhood fantasies reveals coping strategies.
  • Related: Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today.

Race & Ethnicity

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Photo of last year racists.

Not allowed a permit to demonstrate in Charlottesville on the anniversary, racists will be outside the White House this weekend.

Religion & Spirituality


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Cancel right-wing Supreme Court prayers, Faithful America

  • Even as the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis over sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting a special season of prayer for a "change in the Supreme Court."
  • Related: Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh
     

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Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment, Week Ending September 22, 2018

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Story 1: Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment * Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions * Story 3: How To Help * Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis * Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment * Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents of homeless encampment

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Week Ending September 22, 2018 |

Story 1 Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
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6,2018 | Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) stands in solidarity with our community and partners and we are committed to dedicating our organization’s resources to support this effort. To read MUID's full statement on this issue, please click on MUID Statement above.
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Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
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6,2018 | Below are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the camp. Note that this is an ever-changing situation.
This page will be updated regularly.
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6,2018 | Here are some ways you can directly contribute financially and materially to the organizations that are working both on the ground at the camp or volunteer and otherwise participate on mid and long term solutions.
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Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis, Angela Davis, WCCO-TV (Minneapolis, MN)
September
12,2018 | A housing crisis has turned into a very visible problem for the city of Minneapolis.
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Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment, Jim Walsh, MinnPost
09/12/2018 | The Monday afternoon sun beat down hard on the intersection of Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues, as the estimated 300 citizens of the largest homeless encampment in state history began another week of living in the shade of the Little Earth housing complex.
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Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents of homeless encampment, Nina Moini, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
Aug
23,2018 | Minneapolis officials said Thursday that the number of people at a homeless encampment on the city's south side has doubled in a week — and the city outlined steps it plans to take to help the camp's residents.
Earlier: Groups work together to help Minneapolis homeless encampment
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Special Report | There Has Been Little Change Historically In How to Handle Sexual Harassment.

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  • Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.
  • A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed
  • Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.

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A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Amanda Terkel, HuffPost

09/14/2018 | In November 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made history by becoming the first woman to serve as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a statement on the milestone, she tipped her hat to the influence of Anita Hill, who launched a movement when she testified about Clarence Thomas’ sexual harassment in 1991. 

“I became a senator in 1992—the Year of the Woman—and became the first woman to serve on the Judiciary Committee in the wake of the Anita Hill hearings. So it’s a special honor to be the first woman to become ranking member of this committee, not to mention the first Californian,” Feinstein said.

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Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed

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Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

Carla Baranauckas, HuffPost

07/30/2018 | When Anita Hill testified in Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court 27 years ago and accused him of sexual harassment, she was vilified for coming forward. Since then, however, Hill says the public’s attitude about sexual harassment in the workplace has changed.

“Oh, there’s been a tremendous amount of change,” Hill told John Oliver on Sunday’s broadcast of “Last Week Tonight.” “There’s been a change in public attitude. And there’s been a change in the amount of information that we have about sexual harassment. And there’s certainly more awareness after the #metoo movement.”

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