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The Descent Into Madness, Part II

  • As the rhetoric of Trump and Carson and Cruz becomes harsher, with naked appeals to intolerance and even violence, it is time to wake up. Because they speak to an entire group's existential crisis, tap into their deep reservoir of resentment, and elicit violent emotions, these themes and their proponents must be addressed.
  • "Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance

James Zogby, Huffington Post

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http://i.huffpost.com/gen/3399786/images/n-DONALD-TRUMP-large570.jpg11/28/2015 | The roots of our nation's current descent into madness can be traced back to a series of unresolved catastrophic traumas Americans experienced during the Bush Administration. In the short span of 8 years, we suffered a collective loss of confidence in American leadership, in the ability of government to perform its most basic functions, and in the very essence of the American Dream.

Recall that when George W. Bush was elected in 2000, the electoral process itself had been confidence-shattering. Having been brought up to believe in the inviolability of our democratic process, exposure to "how the sausage was made", caused great discomfort. Nevertheless, we moved on because the country was doing well both economically and politically. We had emerged victorious from the Cold War and in the decade that followed demonstrated our uncontested leadership, winning two relatively quick wars: liberating Kuwait and bringing peace to Bosnia.

James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute; author, 'Arab Voices'

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"Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance, Ben Crenshaw, Intellectual Takeout

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So what will the future of American society and culture be? Will it be a place for true tolerance, where competing ideas and visions of human flourishing are openly and respectfully debated in the public square? Or will the new tolerance create a totalitarian regime that controls both private thought and public engagement through accusations of bigotry while masquerading as enlightenment and progress?

 

 

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Donald Sutherland Explains the Real Meaning of Hunger Games and Why its Message Must be Understood

  • Please share this article and video so that others, who may have missed the point of this movie series, may see its true purpose – calling out the elite for the criminals that they are.
  • There are some inside Hollywood, who are trying to wake up the world - Donald Sutherland is one of them.
  • Is War Still a Racket?

Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

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Hollywood actor Donald Sutherland just dropped a bombshell on the military industrial complex. Sutherland, who plays President Coriolanus Snow in the blockbuster movie series Hunger Games, was recently asked what the movie was really about – he held no punches in his answer.

“If there’s any question as to what it’s an allegory for I will tell you.

It is the powers that be in the United States of America.

Matt Agorist is a contributor to Free Thought Project

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Is War Still a Racket? Chris White, Counterpunch

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  • Is War Still a Racket? An Ex-Marine Compares Gen. Smedley Butler's 1933 with 2003
  • War Is a Racket ~ Major General Smedley Butler

 

The Crux of the Matter: Living together in Dignity or Perishing Alone

  • Aristotle stated the issue: "... what is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest."
  • "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Part 1: Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake
  • Part 2: Will the Commons Become Tragic?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake

The crux of the matter: we either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing - our humanity, in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

Ramzy BaroudCommon Dreams

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Nov 27, 2015 | I still remember that smug look on his face, followed by the matter-of-fact remarks that had western journalists laugh out loud.

“I’m now going to show you a picture of the luckiest man in Iraq,” General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as ‘Stormin’ Norman, said at a press conference sometime in 1991, as he showed a video of US bombs blasting an Iraqi bridge, seconds after the Iraqi driver managed to cross it.

But then, a far more unjust invasion and war followed in 2003, following a decade-long siege that cost Iraq a million of its children and its entire economy.

Ramzy Baroud is an author and editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers, journals and anthologies around the world. His is the author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London). His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London).

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Part 2: Will the Commons Become Tragic?

Gary Hart, Matters of Principle 

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27 December 2010 | It is quite possible that the greatest human challenge in this century will be how or whether we humans can fairly share what belongs to all. Aristotle stated the issue: "... what is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest." Garrett Hardin summarized this issue for the present age: "Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons."

Our economic system is built on the proposition that markets allocate resources best. But what is true of private resources may not also be true of public resources, those we hold in common. The conservative response to this is, of course, privatize all public resources. 20 years ago this was accomplished in Russia, and about a dozen and a half oligarchs ended up with most of the public assets.

Gary Hart: Scholar in Residence and Wirth Chair Professor University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs 

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Charles Pierce | Is There Room Under the Bed for All 320 Million of Us?

Terrorism need not force its way into every discussion—there's enough to be afraid around here already.

 

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

 

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Nov 23, 2015 | Over the weekend, a woman and her daughter were shot to death in Des Moines. The chief suspect is the husband and father. One more domestic dispute gone to gunplay and murder because there was a firearm handy. I heard about it in the shuttle van on the way to the airport. The local news reader said that Des Moines police "were confident" that the murders were not part of any "larger action."

Damn, I thought, has it come to that? Do we really have to be reassured that this unfortunately too-commonplace scenario in American life—something that simply is part of the price we have to pay for our Second Amendment freedoms—has nothing to do with terrorism? Do journalists, even the ones who simply read copy for a living, feel obligated to provide that reassurance? Is there room under the bed for all 320 million of us?

Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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The US Gun Culture: Week Ending Nov 7, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest  

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: 2nd Amendment fanatics are just this desperate: How wing-nuts with guns are trying to hijack the Constitution
  • Part 2: Gun Logic

America Is Too Dumb for TV News

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  • To believe there was a mass demonstration of open, gloating defiance right across the river from Manhattan while the Towers smoldered, speaks to a powerfully crazy fantasy both about American impotence and about a brazen, homogenous evil in Muslim-American communities.
  • Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth.
  • "Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone 

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November 25, 2015 | Donald Trump said this to supporters at an Alabama rally:

"Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."

It was a hell of a revelation. Where did this witnessing take place? Was he standing on the Hoboken terminal clock tower? George Stephanopoulus challenged Trump on this on ABC's This Week, noting that police said nothing like that happened.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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"Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance, Ben Crenshaw, Intellectual Takeout 

 

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So what will the future of American society and culture be? Will it be a place for true tolerance, where competing ideas and visions of human flourishing are openly and respectfully debated in the public square? Or will the new tolerance create a totalitarian regime that controls both private thought and public engagement through accusations of bigotry while masquerading as enlightenment and progress?

 

 

Take Action: Condemn Act of Terror and Stop Empowering White Supremacists

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  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpg  Please join me in condemning this terrorist act and demand that our elected officials stop allowing the empowerment of white supremacists and others who use guns to intimidate political opponents in Minnesota. With one click, you can sign the petition to reach Gov. Dayton, Speaker Daudt, and Senate Majority Leader Bakk.
  • Special Report | 4th Precinct Black Lives Matter Protest, November 24, 2014

Heather Martens, Protect Minnesota

https://d22r54gnmuhwmk.cloudfront.net/photos/5/nj/kt/KZNjktvNtVbCDrn-800x450-noPad.jpg?1448386824 November 24, 2015 | As you may know, white supremacists shot four Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis last night. This should not have come as a surprise. For years, the so-called "gun rights" movement has been laying the groundwork for armed political intimidation, confrontation and violence in this country.

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Read more in this morning's press release. 

Heather Martens is Executive Director of Protect MN. Protect Minnesota works to end gun violence, deaths and injuries through education, advocacy and organizing. 

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  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • Part 1: Police arrest suspect in shooting at 4th Precinct Black Lives Matter protest
  • Part 2: We need some peaceful activists here -- and supplies 

The Left and Right Must Stop the Establishment's Perpetual War Machine

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  • Now, there’s no meaningful peace movement. Partly as a result of that, we’re not having a serious discussion we should be about foreign policy after the Paris attacks: How U.S. — and Western — foreign policy manifests hatred and all that brings.
  • A Hillary Clinton White House Will Likely Increase the Prospects for Terror in the West

Sam Husseini, Counter Punch

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Sam Husseini is founder of the website VotePact.org

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A Hillary Clinton White House Will Likely Increase the Prospects for Terror in the West, Paul Gottinger and Andrew Stefan, Reader Supported News

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Judging from her past, a Hillary Clinton White House would be more hawkish than Obama’s. As a result, there would be increased instability in the Middle East and an increased likelihood for more terror attacks like the ones in Paris.

 

 

Mark Fiore | Climate Interruptus / www.markfiore.com

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November 11, 2015 Little Green Man is back!  This time, he and his earth-bound twin are discussing the latest news on the global warming front.  Hint:  it ain’t good.  A report was just released by that leftist denier organization, the World Bank, pointing out that another 100 million are on track to be driven to extreme poverty.  (Sad pun kinda’ intended.)  Oh, and mustn’t forget the over half a billion people who will become homeless with a four degree Celsius temperature hike.

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Limitations of the Paris Talks: Socialism is solution to climate catastrophe, Liberation Staff, Liberation News

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  • We need to continue to build and strengthen the global people’s movement to demand (life over profit). Leading up to the Paris talks and beyond, we need to be in the streets to demand “System Change, Not Climate Change!” Join us.
  • Approaching the End of Human History?

 

 

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