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  • Republican “debate” in Las Vegas
  • The Republicans' Rhetoric of Hate and Fear

Patrick Martin, World Socialist Website

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16 December 2015 | The fifth televised debate among the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination amounted to a two-hour infomercial for war and dictatorship, featuring ten spokespersons touting their noxious wares—the nine candidates and CNN itself.

CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer framed the event from the start as a debate focused on “how to keep America safe” from the allegedly omnipresent threat of terrorism. The various reactionary proposals from the Republican candidates—from increased spying on the American people to saturation bombing of much of Syria and Iraq—were discussed exclusively from that standpoint.

Patrick Martin writes for the World Socialist Website (wsws.org), a forum for socialist ideas & analysis & published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

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The Republicans' Rhetoric of Hate and Fear, Walter Brasch, OpEdNews

  • During the early 1930s, there was a politician who blamed Jews for his nation's problems, and who used the rhetoric of fear, hate, and paranoia to become the elected leader of his countrymen. The Republican presidential candidates and their right-wing followers poisonous hate and Islamophobic rhetoric matches that of Hitler.
  • The Age of the Demagogues Has Arrived

 

The Republicans' Rhetoric of Hate and Fear

  • During the early 1930s, there was a politician who blamed Jews for his nation's problems, and who used the rhetoric of fear, hate, and paranoia to become the elected leader of his countrymen. The Republican presidential candidates and their right-wing followers poisonous hate and Islamophobic rhetoric matches that of Hitler.
  • The Age of the Demagogues Has Arrived

Walter Brasch, OpEdNews

http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadphotos/s_300_farm1_static_flickr_com_45_21364003026_7f972e24be_n_867.gif 11/19/2015 | Fear, laced with paranoia, is driving the American response against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States.

President Obama has said he would accept 10,000 refugees, all of them subjected to intense scrutiny before being admitted to the country. France, with a population about one-fifth that of the United States, despite the worst attack on its soil since World War II, will accept 30,000 refugees.

Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism emeritus. His current books are Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution , America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights, and 'Unacceptable': The Federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

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The Age of the Demagogues Has Arrived, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • We have entered a new and dangerous phase in American political life. The ruling political elites have been exposed as charlatans. The rage of the underclass, especially the white underclass, has broken its bonds. The age of the demagogues has arrived.
  • Part 1: Chris Hedges | Intolerance Is A Result Of A Political And Cultural Crisis In The U.S.
  • Part 2: The Age of the Demagogues

The Age of the Demagogues Has Arrived

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  • We have entered a new and dangerous phase in American political life. The ruling political elites have been exposed as charlatans. The rage of the underclass, especially the white underclass, has broken its bonds. The age of the demagogues has arrived.
  • Part 1: Chris Hedges | Intolerance Is A Result Of A Political And Cultural Crisis In The U.S.
  • Part 2: The Age of the Demagogues

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Chris Hedges | Intolerance Is A Result Of A Political And Cultural Crisis In The U.S.

Investigative journalist Chris Hedges joins RT’s Simone Del Rosario to talk about his recent column, The Age of Demagogues. “What we’re seeing with the rise of figures like Donald Trump,” says Hedges, “is the consequence of the breakdown of the traditional liberal class.” A largely enraged and disenfranchised white underclass is turning against the liberal establishment that betrayed their interests for corporatism. This backlash has taken the form of racism, bigotry, intolerance, and homophobia, says Hedges.

Simone Del Rosario, RT America / Dandelion Salad

December 12, 2015

Simone Del Rosario, journalist. cowgirl. world traveler. is an award-winning,  Emmy-nominated journalist who has followed her passion for telling compelling stories around the world.

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Part 2: The Age of the Demagogues

The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic, the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues such as Donald Trump are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural institutions.

Chris Hedges, TruthDig / Common Dreams

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Monday, November 30, 2015 The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and Friday’s lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic, the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues such as Donald Trump are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural institutions.

These institutions, which once made possible piecemeal and incremental reform, which sought to protect the weak from the tyranny of the majority and give them a voice, acted as a safety valve to ameliorate the excesses of capitalism and address the grievances of the underclass. They did not defy the system of capitalism. They colluded with the structures of privilege and white supremacy. But they provided some restraints on the worst abuse and exploitation. The capturing of major institutions by corporate power and the moral bankruptcy of our elites, especially members of our self-identified liberal class, have shattered this equilibrium.

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Paris Climate Talks

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  • Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth. 
  • Part 1: Legendary Climate Scientist Is Not Impressed With The Paris Talks
  • Part 2: Trade unions must be at the forefront of effort to save the planet

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Legendary Climate Scientist Is Not Impressed With The Paris Talks

"There is no action, just promises," says James Hansen.

Daniel Marans, Huffington Post

12/12/2015 | Global leaders may have approved a historic climate change agreement in Paris, but James Hansen, a former NASA scientist and pioneer of climate science, says it won’t matter.

Hansen told The Guardian in an interview published Saturday before the deal was finalized, that, absent a commitment to tax greenhouse gases, any accord is just a vehicle for empty promises.

Daniel Marans: Reporter, Huffington Post

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Part 2: Trade unions must be at the forefront of effort to save the planet

While negotiations continue in Paris at the COP21 climate talks, our correspondent Van Badham takes her trusty microphone around the conference venue to interview Hassan Yussuff, the first person of colour to lead the Canadian Labour Congress, and who was elected to the role in May 2014.

Van Badham, Labor Herald

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Alan Maki.

https://cdn.laborherald.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ITUC1.jpg4th December 2015 | Yussuff (second from right, front row) tells Van that the challenge for Canadian workers adapting to climate change is to be prepared to find new ways of doing business: from producing power to digital innovation.  He says trade unions must be at the forefront of the effort to save the planet.

Here’s Hassan Yussuff with Van from COP21 in Paris.

 

Van Badham is a writer, activist and weekly columnist for Guardian Australia.

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Has Donald Trump no sense of decency?

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  • My question for Donald Trump, after his hate-filled comments about women, about people with disabilities, about immigrants, about Muslims — about a huge percentage of the American people that he wants to govern: Mr. Trump, Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
  • Mein Trumpf

John Marty, MinnPost

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12/11/15 | Six decades ago, Sen. Joe McCarthy capitalized on public fear, preaching a message of hatred and panic. Finally, during one of the Army-McCarthy hearings in June of 1954, Joseph Welch, the chief counsel for the U.S. Army, stood up to him:

Until this moment, Senator (McCarthy), I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

John Marty, DFL-Roseville, is a MN state senator. He first published this article in his newsletter, "To the Point!" which is published by the Apple Pie Alliance.

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Mein Trumpf, December 10, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The seeds Trump is sowing are poisonous indeed. Violent white nationalism has not been so effectively mainstreamed since the 1920s. It's time to start taking this seriously.
  • Part 1: Trump’s Bigotry Revives Fears of ‘It Can’t Happen Here’.
  • Part 2: It can still happen here: Donald Trump, Ben Carson and the “American fascists” among us.

Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

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  • Here is a condensed version of President Obama's speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams

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http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/obama_speech.jpg?itok=j8jdEWxz "Here’s what I want you to know," said President Obama on Sunday night to the American people: "The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it." (Photo: Reuters/Pool)

Monday, December 07, 2015 | I kind of realize we can’t kill our way out of this conflict with ISIL, but in the short term hopefully we can kill our way out of the danger of a Republican victory in the presidential race next year.

As a practical matter, the current hysteria needs guidance, not a sense of proportion along the lines of what the New York Times just mentioned in passing: “The death toll from jihadist terrorism on American soil since the Sept. 11 attacks—45 people—is about the same as the 48 killed in terrorist attacks motivated by white supremacist and other right-wing extremist ideologies.... And both tolls are tiny compared with the tally of conventional murders, more than 200,000 over the same period.”

Normon Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, and antiwar activist. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting and is a co-founder of RootsAction.org, an online action initiative.

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Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending December 5, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • After Paris, politicians and pundits clamor for more force and repression -- just as ISIS wants them to.
  • 8 New items including:
    • After Paris: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction
    • How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS
    • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!
    • America Created Al-Qaeda And The ISIS Terror Group
    • “The Terrorists R Us.”
    • Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana’s Apologists
    • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015
    • Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves
    • Abby Martin | The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis

 

The war on women is not a war at all.

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  • It’s a one-sided assault by sad, insecure little men.
  • Conservatives don't give a damn about the direction of the culture. They just want to control women's bodies.
  • The Supreme Court Is About To Consider A Case That Could End Roe V. Wade
  • The Colorado Shooting Comes Amid an ‘Alarming’ Escalation of Anti-Abortion Violence

Valerie Tarico, AlterNet / Salon

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Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 | The so-called ‘war on women’ is not a war; it’s a one-sided assault. It is conservative men, drunk on power, calling women sluts and then rolling up their sleeves and knocking us back into place. It is conservative men letting us know that they own our bodies and reproductive capacity, which according to the Bible have been theirs since the Iron Age. It is conservative men making damned sure women get punished for failing to keep our legs together, for daring to pursue intimacy and sexual pleasure on our own terms and without their permission. It is conservative men ignoring our pleas that we don’t want to be pregnant and denying us the ability to resist impregnation as deliberately and aggressively as if they had our arms pinned.

If that’s not an assault, I don’t know what is.

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  • Eight months from now, Roe v. Wade could be dead.
  • The Ungodly, Destructive Power of the Citizens United Decision

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The Colorado Shooting Comes Amid an ‘Alarming’ Escalation of Anti-Abortion Violence, Zoë Carpenter, the Nation

  • Threats and attacks on clinics and abortion providers have risen dramatically since an undercover video sting aimed at Planned Parenthood.
  • Take Action: Condemn Act of Terror and Stop Empowering White Supremacists

 

Mein Trumpf, December 10, 2015

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  • The seeds Trump is sowing are poisonous indeed. Violent white nationalism has not been so effectively mainstreamed since the 1920s. It's time to start taking this seriously.
  • Part 1: Part 1: Trump’s Bigotry Revives Fears of ‘It Can’t Happen Here’
  • Part 2: It can still happen here: Donald Trump, Ben Carson and the “American fascists” among us.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump’s Bigotry Revives Fears of ‘It Can’t Happen Here’

Fascism with a human face is back.

Michael Winship, Bill Moyers & Company

December 8, 2015Reading the coverage of Donald Trump’s latest philippic calling for the prohibition of Muslims traveling to the United States, I noted that some reporters and commentators mentioned Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here, his imagining of a United States taken over by a fascist dictator.

That reminded me of a piece I wrote for the Bill Moyers Journal website five years ago. Substitute Trump for the names of right-wing circus barker Glenn Beck or Lewis’s fictional “Buzz” Windrip and the essay becomes freshly and frighteningly relevant. Fascism with a human face is back. 

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.

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Part 2: It can still happen here: Donald Trump, Ben Carson and the “American fascists” among us

Sinclair Lewis feared demagoguery and a corporate ruling class. The right is bringing his dystopia to fruition.

Thom Hartmann, AlterNet / Salon <http://www.salon.com>

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 | Ben Carson’s feeble attempt to equate Hitler and pro-gun control Democrats was short-lived, but along with the announcement that Marco Rubio has brought in his second big supporting billionaire, it brings to mind the first American vice-president to point out the “American fascists” among us.

Although most Americans remember that Harry Truman was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice-president when Roosevelt died in 1945 (making Truman president), Roosevelt had two previous vice-presidents: John N. Garner (1933-1941) and Henry A. Wallace (1941-1945).

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and progressive political commentator.

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