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Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise

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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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William C. Anderson, Truthout

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Denounced by many but stopped by no one, the Trump administration has been an odd sort of juggernaut. Tearing down past policies and building up walls (both literally and figuratively), this administration has been a rush of drastic action. While most modern presidents have tended to define themselves by what they are creating, it would seem this president is most concerned with the opposite. The "Trump doctrine" seems to be the reversal of the Obama legacy and anything seen as even mildly progressive. The eagerness of the current administration to reverse progress on multiple fronts raises questions about what exactly it is that we're witnessing and why. Every day under Trump feels much longer to exhausted dissenters, and no one's quite sure where the nation is headed.

The denunciation of President Trump is a very low bar for which to praise someone.
The utter ridiculousness of the current presidential predicament has led some, even within the ranks of the ruling Republican Party, to distance themselves from the president, which has raised the hopes of some desiring an impeachment or forced resignation. Many Democrats and liberals have uncritically celebrated Republican Trump detractors like the Bushes, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Jeff Flake, seemingly forgetting the atrocities of all Republicanism and not just "Trumpism." "We need all the help we can get" has become a sorrowful, disempowering liberal talking point, as if "help" from someone who seeks to harm us (albeit by slightly different methods) is actually help. The terrible pasts of Trump's Republican denouncers is erased as soon as they proclaim their disapproval.

William C. Anderson is a freelance writer. His work has been published by the Guardian, MTV and Pitchfork, among others. You can read many of his writings at Truthout or at the Praxis Center for Kalamazoo College, where he's a contributing editor covering race, class and immigration. He contributed an essay to Truthout's anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? about the pressing need for an international Black movement against state violence, called "Killing Africa."

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Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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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.
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GOP tax bill: A new mechanism for reinforcing white power

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  • Why do Republicans love their massively unpopular tax bill? Because it punishes nonwhites, and that never fails.
  • Related: To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon

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12.11.2017 | The empire has struck back. It almost always does.

Fiscal policy is not race-neutral. It prioritizes certain groups and interests while punishing and disadvantaging others. The Republican Party's new "tax reform" bill is no different.

This legislation takes hundreds of billions of dollars away from poor and working-class Americans and gives it to the (already) very rich. As I have suggested in an earlier essay, the Republican tax bill has no redeeming social value. It can be understood as a Malthusian effort to kill off the "useless eaters," with the goal of creating a social-Darwinist dystopia where the amount of money a person has is taken as the ultimate indicator of human worth. On the surface, the Republican tax plan is simply legal theft. But its deeper goal is to radically remake American society by undoing the changes made by the civil rights movement, the Great Society and the New Deal.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible, Chauncey DeVega, Salon 

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  • Economic progress has been agonizingly slow for black Americans — but many whites don’t see it that way
  • Related: The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism

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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.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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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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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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I Saw a Miracle in Alabama Last Night

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Doug Jones knows what his victory means, and who made that victory happen.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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Dec 13, 2017 | The returns from Dallas County were late coming in, so the romantic in me always will insist that it was the votes from Selma that put Doug Jones in the United States Senate for the next three years, that it was those votes that lit up the ballroom in the Sheraton hotel, that it was those votes that dealt a huge—but, arguably, temporary—defeat to everything that has gone wrong with American politics ever since the Republican Party ate the monkey brains 40 years ago and contracted the prion disease that has destroyed the party’s higher functions.



I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.



The Party has grown mad and prone to delusions and hallucinations now; it looks at the president* and sees a transformational figure. It looked at Roy Moore and saw a United States Senator. It looks at America and sees a cramped prison with doors that do not lock. What the voters of Alabama did on Tuesday was to slay all the angry ghosts and, because of that, I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party?

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  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
    • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
    • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

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Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?

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A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.

William Greider, the Nation / Portside

November 1, 2017 | The Democratic Party lost just about everything in 2016, but so far it has offered only evasive regrets and mild apologies. Instead of acknowledging gross failure and astounding errors, the party’s leaders and campaign professionals wallowed in self-pity and righteous indignation. The true villains, they insisted, were the wily Russians and the odious Donald Trump, who together intruded on the sanctity of American democracy and tampered with the election results. Official investigations are now under way.

While the country awaits the verdict, a new and quite provocative critique has emerged from a group of left-leaning activists: They blame the Democratic Party itself for its epic defeat. Their 34-page “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis” reads more like a cold-eyed indictment than a postmortem report. It’s an unemotional dissection of why the Democrats failed so miserably, and it warns that the party must change profoundly or else remain a loser.

William Greider is the Nation’s <> national-affairs correspondent.

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Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up

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The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

Nov 3, 2017 | I will go to my grave convinced that the 2016 Democratic primary process was the single most depressing political event I ever witnessed. The Republicans at least had a thin, bright edge of insanity that kept things from getting utterly tedious. (I never will forget waking up on the morning of the Indiana primary to discover that the president* had tried to pin the Kennedy assassination on Ted Cruz’s father. Most primary days are a dull as dishwater until they start counting the votes. This one wasn’t.) But the Democratic nominating circus was an endless slog that veered between a coronation and a smug, self-righteous quasi-insurgency that quickly developed a paranoid streak a mile wide. This set a perfect stage for the nearly omnipresent Russian ratfcking. The ratfckers didn’t have to create divisions to exploit, they already were there.

And, of course, the hell of it all is that, as the president* screws up, lies his withered hindquarters off, places larval reactionaries on the federal bench, and hands the departments of the government over to the unqualified and the outright loony, this miserable political pissing match is still going on.

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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