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Trump Won Because Voters Are Ignorant, Literally

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  • Democracy is supposed to enact the will of the people. But what if the people have no clue what they’re doing?
  • Related: Thinking Dangerously In Age Of Normalized Ignorance

Jason Brennan, Foreign Policy

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  http://cdn2.collective-evolution.com/assets/uploads/2015/08/voting.jpgNovember 10, 2016 | OK, so that just happened. Donald Trump always enjoyed massive support from uneducated, low-information white people. As Bloomberg Politics reported back in August, Hillary Clinton was enjoying a giant 25 percentage-point lead among college-educated voters going into the election. (Whether that trend held up remains to be seen.) In contrast, in the 2012 election, college-educated voters just barely favored Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. Last night we saw something historic: the dance of the dunces. Never have educated voters so uniformly rejected a candidate. But never before have the lesser-educated so uniformly supported a candidate. Trump supporters might retort: “That’s because Trump supports the little guy and Clinton helps the already privileged college grads.” But that’s false: Trump supporters in the primaries had an average income of about $72,000 per year. They aren’t rich, but make more than the national average and more than Clinton supporters.

Trump owes his victory to the uninformed. But it’s not just Trump. Political scientists have been studying what voters know and how they think for well over 65 years. The results are frightening. Voters generally know who the president is but not much else. They don’t know which party controls Congress, what Congress has done recently, whether the economy is getting better or worse (or by how much). In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, most voters knew Al Gore was more liberal than George W.
Bush, but significantly less than half knew that Gore was more supportive of abortion rights, more supportive of welfare-state programs, favored a higher degree of aid to blacks, or was more supportive of environmental regulation.

Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University.

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Thinking Dangerously In Age Of Normalized Ignorance, Henry Giroux, CounterPunch

  •   http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bullshit%20%28VU%29%20Meter.jpgSalmon Rushdie is right in viewing thinking dangerously as a type of political necessity whose purpose is to “push boundaries and take risks and so, at times, to change the way we see the world.” As Hannah Arendt noted, thoughtfulness, the ability to think reflectively and critically is fundamental to radical change and a necessity in a functioning democracy. Put differently, formative cultures that make such thinking possible along with the spaces in which dialogue, debate, and dissent can flourish are essential to producing critically literate and actively engaged citizens.
  • Related: I’m with stupid: The entire 2016 election has been an insult to our intelligence

Leonard Cohen Dead at 82

Hugely influential singer and songwriter's work spanned nearly 50 years

Richard Gehr, Rolling Stone

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November 8, 2016 | Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years, died Monday at the age of 82. Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer's Facebook page Thursday evening.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement read. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief." A cause of death was not given.

"My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records," Cohen's son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor." 

Richard Gehr, Contributor, Rolling Stone

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Veterans for Peace | We Have Work To Do

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November 9, 2016 | Veterans For Peace calls for all of our members and those who believe peace is possible to remember that  peace is not found in elections, it is found in the work we do to create it. This election season has been one of the darkest and disappointing in recent history. Peace was missing from all the debates. Now that we know who will be the next president, we have a lot of work to do and it begins now!

Soon President-elect Donald Trump will take office. While he does not have a foreign policy record to examine, there are a few things we know. Candidate Trump condemned the nuclear agreement Iran made with world powers. He claims he will renegotiate the deal, calling for a “double up and triple up of sanctions.” Trump is not only committed to keeping nuclear weapons, he seems unfazed by the possibility of more countries becoming nuclear powers and talks casually about using nuclear weapons. Candidate Trump constantly claimed that the U.S. military is depleted and called for increases in military spending beyond the 2013 sequester levels. Perhaps his best known foreign policy positions that bridge directly into domestic policy are his call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and building a wall along the border of the U.S. and Mexico.  

 

Donald Trump made positive observations when he questioned the need for NATO. However, his position is not about making peace. Trump’s questioning  NATO was about funding and doing U.S. bidding instead calling for the alliance to forward peaceful global conflict resolution.

 

  https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540On the domestic front, we know President-elect Trump provides great momentum to many of the most repressive and dark social tendencies our nation has struggled to discard. Trump’s campaign ran on the toxic energy of hate. It began with calling Mexicans criminals and rapists. It revved up by calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and it completed its triangle of xenophobia and misogyny by defending sexual assault. The Trump campaign has put on a facade of reaching out to the Black community, however his words make it clear that he is hostile to people of color when he characterizes Black and Hispanic communities as “hell” and called for law and order and stop frisk. His hostility is clear enough to White supremacists that many endorsed him as their candidate. 

The peace movement must stand strong against policies that call for more violence and war. We must resist all forms of hate and xenophobia. We must stand in solidarity with domestic struggles that move forward women’s rights, immigration reform and all forms of racial, economic and social justice. With our allies across all struggles, we must build a full spectrum movement to create peace at home and abroad. Peace is possible if we make it so. It will happen if we build it together. The work begins now!

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A first reckoning with how the hell this happened

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  • A global wave of rage hits America, and I won't pretend I saw it coming. Now we must face the unthinkable 
  • It took massive institutional failures to make President Donald Trump possible, and the ramifications are dreadful
  • Part 1: A nation gone wrong in a world gone crazy: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened
  • Part 2: President Trump: A colossal failure for democracy, and our terrifying new reality
  • Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.



Part 1: A nation gone wrong in a world gone crazy: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened

A global wave of rage hits America, and I won't pretend I saw it coming. Now we must face the unthinkable.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

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Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 | When I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Yesterday I woke up thinking that the United States would elect a new president and remain a mostly respected world superpower and a reasonably stable global economic leader. I looked at the polls and believed that the chances of Republican nominee Donald Trump winning were so remote that it was not worth thinking about. So I wrote a piece assuming that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win, something I am usually careful not to do. So, of course, the unthinkable happened.

On the news that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, stock market futures nosedived, the dollar plunged and the whole world is in shock. We wake up today to a fundamentally different world than the one in which we woke up yesterday. The nation our allies looked to as the guarantor of global security will now be led by a pathologically dishonest, unqualified, inexperienced, temperamental, ignorant flimflam man. Things will never be the same. And we have no idea at the moment exactly what form this change is going to take, which makes this all very, very frightening.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Part 2: President Trump: A colossal failure for democracy, and our terrifying new reality

It took massive institutional failures to make President Donald Trump possible, and the ramifications are dreadful.

Simon Maloy, Salon 

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Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 | It’s impossible to overstate how colossal a fuck-up this is. At every level, across both parties, the media, pollsters — all the democratic institutions that are supposed to prevent something like this from happening, or at least warn us about it. Donald Trump, a candidate who ran an openly racist campaign, who is as proud a misogynist as you’ll find anywhere, who is manifestly ignorant of public policy, who is brusquely authoritarian, who has little respect or understanding of democratic norms, and who embodies every moral failing that’s supposed to disqualify a candidate from higher office, has apparently been elected the next president of the United States.

The markets are collapsing, the globe is reeling, and nobody can quite explain what the hell happened. But here’s what this failure will mean. The climate, which is warming precipitously, is now guaranteed to continue along that trajectory toward global catastrophe. The millions of people who gained health coverage over the last half decade are now at acute risk of being thrown off their insurance and left to the unfeeling mercies of health underwriters. Income inequality, already at dangerously high levels, will only grow worse as tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts for the poor are pushed through the Republican Congress. Unprecedented GOP obstructionism on Supreme Court nominees has been rewarded in the worst possible way. And the foreign policy of the United States will be run by a bona fide ignoramus.

Simon Maloy is Salon's political writer.

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Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List, Michael Moore, AlterNet 

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  • We live in a country where the majority agree with the "liberal" position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen 
  • Roll up your sleeves, people—there are fascists to defeat.
  • Related: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened

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Trump Isn't the Only Loser

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  • The Republican presidential candidate has dragged the GOP, the media and the nation down with him.
  • Related: America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

Frank Sesno, US News 

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Oct. 24, 2016 | It's over. Donald Trump melted down one last, fatal time.

In the third and final debate, suitably hosted in Las Vegas, Trump showed his desperately losing hand when he said that he might not recognize the results of the election. What a staggering thing to say. For all our flaws, this is a country where we treasure the right to vote. The ballot box is closely monitored, but not fundamentally questioned, and the peaceful transfer of power is paramount. As painful as Bush v. Gore was in 2000, the loser accepted the outcome. We leave vote rigging and political hooliganism to countries like Venezuela and, yes, Russia.

Frank Sesno, Contributor, US News

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining, Katy Farber, Huffington Post

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

 

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

Katy Farber, Huffington Post

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11/04/2016 | So, America. Here’s where we are. It’s 2016.

We have a major party candidate bragging about sexually assaulting women on tape. We have African American boys and men frequently killed by police, and police being the victims of violence themselves. We have American citizens starting up militias to be prepared if their party candidate doesn’t win. We have people claiming that everything that is wrong with America was caused by President Barack Obama (9/11, ISIS, you name it). We have citizens showing a candidate for president’s face with a bullseye and the word “Killary.” These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.

Katy Farber: Educator, Author, Speaker

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Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost, Juan Cole, Truthdig 

  • I know the below is too on the nose, and you shouldn’t mess with a classic, but just hear me out and maybe weep a little for how far backward we went from Dylan’s youthful vision of a better future.
  • Related: Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’?

 

 

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Hillary Clinton: The Major and Deadly Dangers to Come

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  • Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another World War is not being taken seriously by the American media. 
  • Nothing can stop the drive to war except the mobilization of the international working class.
  • Part 1: John Pilger | Hillary Clinton May Well Turn Out To Be One Of The More Dangerous Presidents
  • Part 2: The “major and deadly” wars to come
  • Related: Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: John Pilger | Hillary Clinton May Well Turn Out To Be One Of The More Dangerous Presidents

Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another World War is not being taken seriously by the American media. 

John Pilger, Dandelion Salad

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/US%20Aircraft%20Carrier%20Fleet%20at%20Sea.jpg02 Nov 2016 | Whether Clinton or Trump, tensions will escalate with China and Russia.

John Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. One of only two to win Britain's Journalist of the Year Award twice, his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."

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Part 2: The “major and deadly” wars to come

Nothing can stop the drive to war except the mobilization of the international working class.

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540 3 October 2016 | The Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank, published a report on September 20 titled The Future of the Army. The document outlines the far-reaching preparations that are underway for the United States, in the report’s own words, to fight “major and deadly” wars between “great powers,” which will entail “heavy casualties” and “high levels of death and destruction.”

The report confirms the warnings made by the World Socialist Web Site and the candidates of the Socialist Equality Party in the 2016 US elections that the world stands closer to war than at any time since 1939.

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

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Why American Military Doctrine Is Doomed for Failure, Federico Pieraccini, Straight Line Logic

  • Notwithstanding the rather odd use of the word “Fail” in the title, this is a very good article about America’s military shortcomings, which do not in any way stem from a failure to spend money.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding! 

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