Monthly Archive: July 2017

Trump Staff Changes Signal Growing Authoritarian Threat

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By Alexander Reid Ross (July 28, 2017) The evening after the Boy Scouts of America issued a public apology for Donald Trump’s behavior, his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, went on a profanity laced rampage against the chief of staff, Reince Priebus. Instead of disciplining Scaramuci, Trump accepted Priebus’s resignation, hiring up a general from the Southern Command to fill…
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Transphobia is Central to Trump’s Ideology, Not a Distraction

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By Arun Gupta (July 28, 2017) This is my take on Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military. It should be vigorously opposed, and that can be done without glorifying or supporting militarism and American Empire Trump is throwing red meat to his base. It’s meant to delegitimize and dehumanize transgender people. He is telling his base that transgender…
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Why We Need Freedom Schools Now

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(Photo of Bronx Freedom School meeting:  photo by Mark Naison) By Mark Naison (July 27, 2017) This summer, I decided to use the Freedom School model from the civil rights movement to promote solidarity among people looking for inspiration and direction, in part out of frustration with the many social media groups that I participated in and in some cases…
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When They Come Knocking On Our Door, Will We Resist?

Protesters carry signs as they march against police violence from Loring Park to City Hall, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.  (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

By Ana Castillo (July 25, 2017) IN WHICH THE POET PAUSES TO REFLECT (NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND MOST ASSUREDLY, NOT THE LAST) ON THE WHITE SUPREMACIST PROGRAM THAT GOVERNS THE NATION TOWARD ESTABLISHING A TOTALITARIAN POLICE STATE POC all over the land momentarily held our collective breath when the tragic news resounded that a blond, white woman (and…
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Trump’s Russian Connection Matters to Climate Justice

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By Alexander Reid Ross (July 12, 2017) I just don’t get all the jockeying and positioning of some leftists around Trump and Russia. Now that it’s been proven that the Trump Campaign actively embraced Russian espionage, there are fewer people giddy over denying the whole thing (and comparing good journalists to conspiracy theorists in the process). However, it’s now fashionable…
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Bioregionalism is the Answer to Empire

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By S. Brian Willson (July 12, 2017) COLLAPSE IS IMPERATIVE for the future of life as we know it. Primary Meme of US culture: Profits for a few (mostly White men/patriarchy) through expansion at ANY cost =US empire. This selfish model is now global on a finite planet. John Locke defined empire as a way of life that takes wealth…
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Where the Evidence Leads on Trump’s Election

A supporters of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wears a hand made hat before the Democratic Presidential nominee holds a rally at West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Mark Makela - RTX2LBV7

By Mark Naison (July 6, 2017)   Historians are detectives. We follow the evidence to arrive at the best available explanation of why events take place. And to me, the trail of evidence to explain Donald Trump’s election doesn’t lead to Russia, it leads us into the inner workings of the Democratic Party- who leads it, who funds it, what…
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What the Flag Means to Me

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By. S. Brian Wilson (July 3, 2017) Originally published here by S. Brian Willson I was probably seven years old before it really sunk in that everybody in my town was not celebrating my birthday on July 4. It was an exciting day with parades, picnics, fireworks and, in my case, special birthday parties and gifts. I lived much of…
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