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Chris Hedges | A Nation of the Walking Dead

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Mr. Fish / Truthdig

  • This is more about mood modulation. Affect modulation. Using technologies to dampen anxieties and exit the world. We don’t just see it in Las Vegas. We see it in the subways every morning. The rise of all of these screen-based technologies and the little games that we’ve all become so absorbed in. What gamblers articulate is a desire to really lose a sense of self.
  • Related: We Are All Deplorables
  • Related: Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality

Chris Hedges  Truthdig  / Rise Up Times

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April 3, 2017 | Opioids and experiences that simulate the deadening effects of narcotics are mechanisms to keep us submissive and depoliticized. Desperate citizens in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” ingested the pleasure drug soma to check out of reality. Our own versions of soma allow tens of millions of Americans to retreat daily into addictive mousetraps that generate a self-induced autism.

The United States consumes 80 percent of opioids used worldwide, and more than 33,000 died in this country in 2015 from opioid overdoses. There are 300 million prescriptions written and $24 billion spent annually in the U.S. for painkillers. Americans supplement this mostly legal addiction with over $100 billion a year in illicit marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. And nearly 14 million U.S. adults, one in every 13, regularly abuse alcohol.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

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We Are All DeplorablesChris HedgesTruthdig

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

 

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Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality, George Monbiot, the Guardian

  • Immersed in life online like the followers of 4chan or PewDiePie, we start to imagine that nothing matters – even racism, misogyny and resurgent fascism.
  • Related: Chris Hedges | A Nation of the Walking Dead

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Profile in cowardice: Donald Trump will take no responsibility for the wave of hate crimes he has inspired

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Donald Trump; Adam Purinton; Sean Spicer (Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts/AP/Johnson County Sheriff's Office/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Any correlation between Trump's rhetoric and the hate crime in Kansas is "absurd," White House says. Really?
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov
  • Related: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_1.jpg Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 The Trump administration does not believe that white supremacists are “terrorists.” As such, it recently decided to shift federal resources away from tracking them.

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican and onetime reality-TV star, believes that acts of terrorism committed by white supremacist and right-wing militias are somehow “not the same” as similar acts committed by Islamist groups such as ISIS.

These supposed distinctions did not help save Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian engineer killed in Olathe, Kansas, by Adam Purinton, a white man who apparently believed Kuchibhotla was Iranian. 

Chauncey DeVega is apolitical staff writer for Salon.

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Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from

WhiteHouse.gov, David A. Love, The Grio / Black Commentator

  • "These dramatic changes to the White House website mirror the drastic and draconian cuts this president plans to make to the government. To sum it up, he’s getting rid of everything."
  • Censorship already begun.
  • Related: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: Donald Trump and Christianized Fascism

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For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

Abby Martin and Chris Hedges, teleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

February 27, 2017 | For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government—from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos.

This new development is coupled with the emergence of the Alt Right, the Trump movement, and the rise of fascist movements abroad.

Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges has embedded himself in what he calls “Christianized Fascism” and warns that this is the biggest danger we face under Trump.

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'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump

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President Donald Trump speaking prior to signing an executive order on "Energy Independence" on Tuesday. Reuters/Carlos Barria

 

“While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course." --Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkop

Eric Black, MinnPost

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/journalism.jpg?w=24003/29/17 | I confess I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the doings and sayings and tweetings and lies of the current incumbent. When I worry about that, it is for two reasons: Reason A is that if one is just calling out President Trump’s lies (let alone his self-serving and self-obsessed hijinks in other non-mendacity areas) one is overlooking a great many important things going on in the nation and the world, many of which are relatively unrelated to Trump's antics.

Reason B derives from having spent so many of my scribbling days (and years and decades) as a hard news reporter. I still sometimes hear the voice of the old norms of the “objectivity” paradigm within which that game was circumscribed. If I write about 10 Trump lies, do I have to find something he said that was true and make a big deal about it, to fend off the inevitable criticisms of bias? Or bring up some much-less-outrageous half-truth that the no-longer-terribly-relevant Hillary Clinton once uttered?

Eric Black writes Eric Black Ink for MinnPost, analyzing politics and government of Minnesota and the United States, the historical background of topics and other issues. 

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The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same

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  • The Resistance must not only fight Trumpism, but neoliberal corporatism in the Democratic Party as well.
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

Miles Mogulescu, Huffington Post

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02/26/2017 | There’s a necessary and creative tension between the Democratic Party and the growing anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ evidenced by the massive outpouring of energy in the streets, airports, and Town Hall meetings since his election.

If there was ever any doubt that the Resistance and the Democratic Party are not the same thing, it was made crystal clear by the victory of the establishment choice, Tom Perez, as Democratic National Committee chair over the change candidate, Keith Ellison.

Miles Mogulescu, Contributor, Activist, Writer, Producer, and Entertainment Attorney

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Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement, John Stauber, CounterPunch / Popular Resistance

  • The self-labeled "Progressive Movement" that has arisen over the past decade is primarily one big propaganda campaign serving the political interests of the the Democratic Party’s richest one-percent who created it.  The funders and owners of the Progressive Movement get richer and richer off Wall Street and the corporate system.  But they happen to be Democrats, cultural and social liberals who can’t stomach Republican policies, and so after bruising electoral defeats a decade ago they decided to buy a movement, one just like the Republicans, a copy.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

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The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

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  • When supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.
  • “Sticking with the Democrats only encourages them in their loyalty to their corporate masters.”
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Greanville Post

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March 16, 2017 | Sixty percent of the American people – three out of every five adults — favor some form of single payer health care. They are a clear majority, but they have no major political party to represent them. More than 80 percent of the Democrats — four out of very five – support a Medicare-for-all, single payer health care system, but their party refuses to represent them on this life and death issue. The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.

Sixty four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to Congressman John Conyers’ Medicare-for-all bill. But, none of them are actively pushing the legislation. Instead, they’re trying to resurrect the ghost of Obamacare — just like Bernie Sanders is doing.

Glen Ford: executive editor,  Black Agenda Report

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The right wing will fund their oracles, that's a given. We are told that we will always be without means, never never know stability, never be able to provide. One more lie, after another.

We know what to do with a budget. We know how to apply it, how to grow something of value to the community with it. Let's give them something to talk about.

Thank you all sincerely.

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Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do, elnwebmaster, The Labor Fight Back Blog

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The Democrats have refused to lift a finger for a health plan that would actually benefit the people who vote for their party. It’s time for working people to tell the Democrats—and the Republicans and their demagogic President Donald John Trump—that if they refuse to provide us with a health care plan that actually benefits us, we will elect people who will, independent candidates whom we choose and who are responsible to us, not to the insurance bosses, pharmaceutical executives, and Wall Street speculators. The time is now.

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