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Trump has sold out the farmers that voted for him — and now they’re racing toward calamity.

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As a farmer told me, “You can still make a small fortune in agriculture, but the problem is you have to start with a large fortune.” Farmers tend to be…

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March 20, 2019 | As a farmer told me, “You can still make a small fortune in agriculture, but the problem is you have to start with a large fortune.”

Farmers tend to be optimistic pessimists. They know the odds are against them — the bankers, bugs, monopolists, violent weather and sorry politicians. Yet, they keep at it as long as they can; working long and hard hours, enduring arduous conditions and tremendous stress to nurture the seeds that bring us an abundance of foods. But sometimes, the odds bunch up. Coping with natural disasters is to be expected. It’s the unnatural disasters of rigged economic policies, Wall Street greed and unrestrained corporate profiteering that slam the door on good, efficient family farmers, making it impossible for them to keep producing.

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s alsoeditor of the populist newsletter, the Hightower Lowdown.

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America’s Russia Hysteria Is What Happens When A Collapsing Empire Descends Into Paranoia

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  • This is what makes America so dangerous in its current state of imperial collapse. As American global influence rapidly shrinks amid an increasingly multipolar world, America is following the historical pattern where declining empires lash out to try to regain their lost influence. And when the U.S. empire’s leaders live in such a false reality, they make increasingly irrational and dangerous decisions.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Rainer Shea‬, Medium

 

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Mar 2, 2019 | In 2017, as revealed by the New York Times, FBI lawyer Lisa Page privately said to investigators in the “Russiagate” scandal:

In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals. That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values.

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  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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From the Archives | It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump.

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‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change.
Related: Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

Naomi Klein <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/naomiklein>, the Guardian <https://www.theguardian.com>

 

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Wed 9 Nov 2016 | They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.
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Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain.
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But this leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview – fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine – is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed our fate. If we learn nothing else, can we please learn from that mistake?

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Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?, Richard Moser, Counterpunch <https://www.counterpunch.org/>

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The lack of historical consciousness lies at the heart of American exceptionalism. It hobbles our capacity to think and act. This denial of history is the masters’ mythology, not ours. Corporate power is not eternal but historical. It too shall pass — but only if we make it so.
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Effort to Abandon Electoral College Gains Steam. Here’s What It Would Ruin for America.

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  • This misguided attempt to subvert the Constitution (is) partisan and historically ignorant. It overlooks … that the Electoral College has produced … a stable political system that forces politicians to reckon with our nation’s diverse needs.
  • Related: The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College

Jarrett Stepman, the Daily Signal / Intellectual Takeout

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February 28, 2019 | Colorado is joining a list of states attempting to overturn the way Americans have selected their presidents for over two centuries.

The Colorado Legislature recently passed a bill to join an interstate effort called the “interstate compact,” to attempt to sidestep the Electoral College system defined by the Constitution. Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, called the Electoral College an “undemocratic relic” and vowed to sign the bill into law.

Jarrett Stepman is an editor and commentary writer for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast.

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The Controversial Conundrum That Is the Electoral College, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: From the Archives | The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President
  • The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Part 2: The Electoral College Conundrum
  • There’s no consensus on abolishing the Electoral College, which has countered the popular vote in two of the past five presidential elections.

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