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From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth, by Paul Craig Roberts

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  • Truth, and respect for it, is vanishing.
  • Related: From the Archives | Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization

Paul Craig Roberts, Straight Line Logic

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March 17, 2017 | I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

As Lewis Lapham, myself and others asked at the time, what bomb? The only evidence of a bomb was fabricated and known to be fabricated. The UN weapons inspectors concluded that the infamous Weapons of Mass Destruction were a creation of US propaganda. President George W. Bush eventually acknowledged that Iraq had no such weapons. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the lies he was deceived by the Bush regime into telling the UN about Saddam Hussein’s WMD are a stain on his career.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.

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From the Archives | Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization, Caitlin Johnstone, The Greanville Post

  • A duck floats past two fish, looks down and says “Morning boys! How’s the water?” The fish swim on for a bit, then one of them turns to the other and says, “What the fuck is water?”
  • Whenever the mass media converge unanimously upon a single narrative, your default assumption should be that you are being propagandized. --Caitlin Johnstone
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

 

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The Sexual Harassment Conversation Needs to Move to the Next Level

 

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Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, November 12, 2017. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes)

  • What’s needed are real structural and legal changes to support the victims and curb the predators.
  • Related: What We Lose When We Let Predatory Men Shape The National Conversation

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation

November 28, 2017 | Women are forcing a long-overdue reckoning on sexual harassment. The list of ousted executives and politicians keeps growing. The thousands of reports of sexual harassment on #MeToo keep coming. More women are emboldened to talk, and more are being heard. The risks for abusers—particularly public figures—are rising. We know the roots of this extraordinary moment; where the moment leads remains to be seen.

The reckoning is part of the fierce reaction to Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016. Trump won in spite of the ultimate “October surprise,” when the Access Hollywood tape confirmed what more than a dozen women had alleged: Trump is a serial sexual predator, admitting on tape that, “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ... Grab them by the p—-y. You can do anything.”

A president is the nation’s great teacher. Women were not about to allow him to teach that lesson.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation.

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What We Lose When We Let Predatory Men Shape The National Conversation, Emma Gray, HuffPost

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Matt%20Lauer%20Leaves%20Rockefeller%20Center.jpg Matt Lauer’s 20-year position at NBC allowed him to frame the way stories about powerful women and Very Bad Men were told — and not told.
  • It is a disturbing thought experiment to look at the media men who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past two months and consider what stories might have been told had women been in their places.
  • Related: Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

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Dissonance: When Cult of Personalities Gets in the Way of Understanding

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Hillary and Trump Best Friends

  • “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” ~ Voltaire
  • Required reading  for liberals & conservatives, Democrats & Republicans. Explains how we got here.

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal / Ron Paul Institute 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/%2522Thinker%2522%20Logo_0.jpgSeptember 28, 2017 | You know what gets in the way of progress? Dogma. When people are wedded to ideologies, society atrophies and ideas become non-existent. Voltaire once said, “it is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” Truer words have rarely been spoken; it’s as though America has morphed into a society of Jim Jones cultists. Personalities the Kool-Aid and politics the cyanide; we keep swallowing poison only to complain of migraines after we get bludgeoned by policies our political idols implement once they get to DC. The sheer masochism of it all would be comical if our fixation did not have such lethal consequences.



The sad thing is that I know some partisans will read this article and revel in schadenfreude thinking this write up is validating their presuppositions about “the other side.” In fact, you might see this missive being floated by various sides of the political and social divide to bash their political foes. Conservatives will feel vindicated as they smile in satisfaction that liberals are finally getting their comeuppance. Likewise, progressives will see this as a repudiation of Republicans. Few on either side will look in the mirror and realize that this article is talking about partisans on all fronts who elevate politicians and pundits as gods walking on earth.

Teodrose Fikre: Founder, editor & journalist at Ghion Journal <https://ghionjournal.com>

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‘The Middle’ Doesn’t Always Equal ‘True’

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  • The assumption that truth always lies somewhere in “the middle” is actually a logical fallacy called the “middle ground fallacy.”
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

 

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

May 23, 2017 | We live in an age in which our media frequently frames issues up as a choice between two extremes.

In such an age, it’s tempting for those who consider themselves educated to consistently take the via media—the “middle way”—and to assume that the truth always amounts to a balanced compromise between the two sides of a debate. In such an age, it becomes cool to be a centrist.

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How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic 

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  • The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
  • This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
  • Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance

Our Information Society is Not Yielding More Knowledge, Especially in Politics

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  • Part 1: Our Information Society is Not Yielding More Knowledge
    • Is it possible that some of these problems would be solved by a greater intellectual humility?
  • Part 2: Trump's Maniacal U.N. Address Has Set America on a Course with Cataclysm
    • The president announced to the world this week that the U.S. is a rogue state.
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Our Information Society is Not Yielding More Knowledge

  • As a nation, would we be wise to take a step back, recognize that the information society does not necessarily equal knowledge, and then be willing to take the time to ground ourselves and our children in the practice of drilling deep and thoughtfully processing what we learn, instead of being satisfied with knowledge an inch deep and a mile wide?
  • Is it possible that some of these problems would be solved by a greater intellectual humility?

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

August 18, 2017 | In today’s world, modern celebrities and artists seem to be primarily concerned with their image and whether or not it is aligned with the politically correct thought of the day. It is for this reason that it’s easy to sit up and take note when a celebrity actually goes against the grain of today’s conventional wisdom and thoughtfully points out problems that are being overlooked.

The most recent instance of this came from the lips of Charles Dutoit, a famous Swiss conductor who heads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.   

Speaking with The Telegraph, Dutoit explains that his illustrious career did not start with a bang. Instead, he worked his way through the ranks slowly, taking time to observe the greats and let their advice sink in and marinate in his own thoughts and practices. Such a process, he implies, is what made him one of the world’s greatest conductors.

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Part 2: Trump's Maniacal U.N. Address Has Set America on a Course with Cataclysm

The president announced to the world this week that the U.S. is a rogue state.

Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2017-09-20_at_11.13.25_am.png?itok=5NKOrNMHSeptember 20, 2017 | For a red-state campaign rally, President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was a stirring package of moralistic rhetoric, nationalistic posturing and self-righteous rage.

For a meeting of international leaders, the president’s address was a garbage can of ideological arrogance, cultural contempt and political shortsightedness.

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet's Washington correspondent. He is the author of the forthcoming biography The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin's Press, October 2017) and Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835.

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How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic

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  • The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
  • This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
  • Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance

The Real Flag Outrage? When Bigots And Liars Hide Behind Stars And Stripes

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  • As for the American flag, the Stars and Stripes; the Red, White & Blue: it is only a symbol of patriotism if it is waved by people who are true patriots: people committed to the welcoming, inclusionary, open-hearted, non-discriminatory, freedom-for-all theme at the heart of this country’s identity.
  • I don't get all choked up about yellow ribbons and American flags. I consider them to be symbols and I leave symbols to the symbol minded. George Carlin.
  • Related: No Two Sides about It, Mike Pence. Confederate Statues Must Come Down, But Not For the Reason You Think.

Lorraine Devon Wilke, HuffPost 

09/27/2017 | The flag, the Bible, the cross, the ring, the badge, the collar... we are a country rife with symbols, literally wrapped and weighted with the pomp and pageantry of the many things we’ve chosen to identify our beliefs, our memberships and positions.

These symbols are designed to represent ideals, signify philosophies, advertise status, be unspoken statements. Those who wear, bandy, raise and wield them do so because they wish for their memberships, their affiliations, their support of the symbolized groups or ideals to be known.

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No Two Sides about It, Mike Pence. Confederate Statues Must Come Down, But Not For the Reason You Think, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.
  • The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth
  • Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.
  • Mike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

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