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Feature Article

Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times, Paul Street, Counterpunch

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  • As Hedges reminded us last year: “Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system. If we do not stand up, we will enter a new dark age.”
  • Related: From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

Publisher's Choice

The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown, Bob Hennelly, Salon

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During a demonstration called by the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) movement in La Rochelle

  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

Of Special Interest

Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth. Ross Barkan, the Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/dd5ccde64c5d307d91d29252c6b9487e7c8866a6/0_199_4230_2538/master/4230.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=5b5ce75c0c4ad0bed1639990de732c3b‘Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, has been content to do Trump’s bidding, twice blocking Democratic bills to reopen the government.’ Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

The rightwing, anti-government forces which first took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom and Trump is their willing avatar

Bloggers & Columnists | Caitlin Johnstone, Paul Street, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky. Chris Hedges

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Critical Thinking

https://straightlinelogic.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/3dbfc-1E1WOknqQoOuJ8G0QIOQneQ.png?w=500A New Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media ~ Caitlin Johnstone. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

Fortunately, a new firm with shadowy links to the government and neoconservatives is going to protect us from "wrong" information.

Government & Politics

The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts, Javier Zarracina and Li Zhou, Vox

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The longest shutdown, by the numbers.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Nancy%20Pelosi%2C%20Jan%2C%202019.jpgPelosi Accused of Shutting Down Progressives and Their Agenda. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees
  • The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include any oftheprogressivelawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.
  • Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.
  • Pay-go … is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

Health, Science, & Environment

A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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  • Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.

Human Rights

From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today. Dara Linddara, Vox

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FBxyUTJzbfdR8Ttn50WZVUr77m0=/1497x448:4744x2069/920x613/filters:focal(2895x864:3695x1664)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/52948163/GettyImages-537569935.0.jpg / A woman cries as the St. Louis pulls away from Havana, 1939. Keystone-France via Getty Images

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Labor

Timeline Photos/Occupy London | The Homeless

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Timeline%20Photos%3AOccupy%20London%20%7C%20The%20Homeless%2C%20Upper%20Left%20Corner%20%5Bm%5D.jpgThere is no actual, tangible reason why we allow people to starve, to be homeless, to suffer and die needlessly.
 

Law & Justice


Chris Hedges: The Slaves Rebel, Rise Up Times <https://riseuptimes.org>

 

  • https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Slave-Fish-Hedges-850x677.jpgThe only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.
  • Related: 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

 

Peace & Non-violence

Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years. Sarah Mervosh, New York (NY) Times

  • https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/12/19/us/19xp-guns-print/19xp-guns-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webpLast year was the third consecutive year that the rate of firearm deaths rose in the United States. While public mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make up a small percentage of firearm deaths, they have changed the national conversation.
  • Related: Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence.

 

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