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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Right-wing “populism” is a joke!
    • Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal
    • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party
    • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums
    • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
    • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness,
    • The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014
    • Totally Nuts

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Right-wing “populism” is a joke! Heather Digby Parton, Salon

  • From Sarah Palin to Pat Buchanan, here's what it really means when they speak to "the American worker"
  • Poor-bashing, immigrant-hating and a revolting agenda
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums

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Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal, Henry A. Giroux, Rise Up Times

  • That is, there are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.  . . . nonthinking is even more dangerous.   —Hannah Arendt 
  • Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway. As long as it doesn’t break off, thinking has a secure hold on possibility.  . . . Open thinking points beyond itself.  —Theodor Adorno
  • Age of Ignorance

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At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party, Ted Rall, AlterNet

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction

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The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

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Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpgTrying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Evergreene Digest

  • Anyone who honestly reads Howard Zinn, Martin Luther King, Noam Chomsky, and  Chris Hedges can’t help but become disillusioned with America’s history and the massive propaganda by which the vast majority of us Americans have been duped into sometimes very sincerely believing that the US is the new shining light of the world, working courageously and endlessly for justice and peace.
  • Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com
  • Since the days of Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” – a crass appeal to angry pro-segregationist whites – the Republican Party has descended into a political nastiness that has corroded the foundations of American democracy.
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

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The Dumbing Down of American Politics, June 19, 2014, Compiled by David Culver<evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • Part 1: Americans Are Dangerously Politically Ignorant -- The Numbers Are Shocking
  • Part 2: 5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

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Totally Nuts, Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Axis of Logic

  • Let's not try to figure out everything at once / It’s hard to keep track of you falling through the sky
  • The National, from their song “Fake Empire”
  • America dumbs down