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Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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  • Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary
    • Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted.
  • Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?
    • A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.
  • Related: Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise.

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Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

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Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted. Trump’s lies, lack of credibility, lack of knowledge and unbridled narcissism have suggested for some time that he lacks the intelligence, judgment and capacity for critical thought necessary to occupy the presidency of the United States.

Henry Giroux, The Conversation / Rise Up Times

November 5, 2017 | Donald Trump was elected president of the United States a year ago today.

His ascendancy in American politics has made visible a culture of cruelty, a contempt for civic literacy, a corrupt mode of governance and a disdain for informed judgment that has been decades in the making.

It also points to the withering of civic attachments, the undoing of civic culture, the decline of public life, the erosion of any sense of shared citizenship and the death of commanding visions.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon.

11.14.2017 | To live in America during the Age of Trump feels as if we are witnessing the last years of a dying empire. Every day brings some new happening that feels unprecedented. Unfortunately, this is not the stuff of fever dreams; it is painfully and horribly true. Trump's malignant reality has superseded our own and almost fully taken hold in America.

Again, Donald Trump has engaged in adolescent schoolyard bully behavior by name-calling at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. Via Twitter -- Trump's preferred means of communicating -- he said on Sunday that:

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Related:

Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise, William C. Anderson, Truthout

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  • The forces that pushed Donald Trump to the forefront are intrinsic to the US project, and they will not go away with him, should he be cast out.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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