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Marc Ash: Socialism? Let’s Cut to the Chase

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  • “A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.” – Noam Chomsky
  • “This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Marc Ash, Reader Supported News / Rise Up Times 

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September 29, 2015 | You are going to be hearing a lot about “Bernie Sanders, the Radical Socialist” in the coming months. So before that bandwagon rolls off down the great American highway let’s pin a little truth to its tail.

Socialism is nothing new in American politics or economics. Of course it’s not called “Socialism,” that would screw up the corporate 1% media’s branding. They call it good economic policy or bailouts or quantitative easing or free trade – but it’s Socialism.

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, now the founder, editor and publisher of Reader Supported News.

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Socialism According to Eugene V. Debs, Elizabeth Schulte, Dandelion Salad <dandelionsalad>

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  • Sanders is promoting something that falls far, far short of the fundamental change that Debs fought for. Sanders relegates socialism to the realm of nice ideas that can be talked about, but never really be implemented—while he accepts what little the Democratic Party is willing to concede.
  • What did the man who Bernie Sanders today claims as his personal hero really stand for? Elizabeth Schulte tells the story of American socialism’s best-known figure.
  • Bernie Sanders Is No Eugene Debs

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Series | How America Lost Its Political Sanity! A Cousin’s Unsolicited View of Politics (Part I)

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  • I mentioned to my dear cousin that Democrats and Republicans are both charlatans who say one thing and do another.  While picking our pockets. 
  • Age of Ignorance

Mickey Walker, Political Junkies Magazine

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September 13, 2015 | We’ve all got ‘em.  Cousins or in-laws who think they know politics and attempt to give you quick course and the benefit of their knowledge whether you ask for it or not.  They call us out for being big-spending Liberals but never mention the New Conservatives philosophy that spending on insane weaponry to keep us safe is fine, just fine.  Talking out of both sides of the mouth simultaneously, they present an elusive target to zero in on.  Does the Tea Party come to mind?  Can anyone tell me how Ted Cruz or Donald Trump managed to reach such popularity in the GOP?

I get ambushed in the most unlikely places.  Like when we were eating buffet-style after a funeral.  Not the choicest timing on political discussions, I thought. My cousin must have mistaken me for an avid Democrat, I guessed, though I tried to tell him, too, that he was preaching to the choir.  Did that slow him down?   Nope.  These dudes with a pocketful of catchy “talking points” seem to be relentless in pursuit of spreading their worn out messages to grass roots voters.  I tried to impart to him that after a preview of Obama and the Democrat Congress at the time, I had no love lost for either entity.  But anyway he spoke of the evils of Pelosi, Obama, Michelle Obama using govt. planes for shopping sprees abroad, you know, the usual talking points, and both sides have them.  Once he checked me out and asked what I thought about it, and I said, hey, you are preaching to the choir, tell it to someone who might want to argue with you.  I don’t. 

Mickey Walker has written political and outdoor sports articles for several area newspapers and magazines for the past 30 years.  Regular columnist, “The Political Junkies” Magazine for two years.  Now retired, he travels to all points of the globe with wife Andrea and Bichon Frise, Quinn, fishing and chasing the eternal child still within.

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Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

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  • What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. 
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Paul Ryan: Hypocrite, Charlatan, Right-Wing Extremist, Savior - and King

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  • Only in the whacky world of today's Republican Party could Ryan be seen as a voice of reason or even, according to the party's Tea Party wing -- as "too far left," as the New York Times recently reported.
  • Part 1: Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist
  • Part 2: Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist

In any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the words "moderate" or "moderate conservative" to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.

Peter Dreier, Huffington Post

Joe Heller

10/21/2015 | Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker of the House but he wants a coronation, not a contested election. Toward that end, he's orchestrating a campaign that makes him appear to be a bridge-builder between the so-called "establishment" and "Tea Party" wings of the Republican Party -- the only guy who can save the GOP from self-destruction. But only in the whacky world of today's Republican Party could Ryan be seen as a voice of reason or even, according to the party's Tea Party wing -- as "too far left," as the New York Times recently reported.

As part of his campaign to appear to be an honest broker within the party, Ryan has carefully cultivated the image of being a serious "thinker" and "policy wonk" and, for the most part, the mainstream media have taken the bait. When Mitt Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate in 2012, he described the Wisconsin Congressman as the "intellectual leader of the Republican Party." In the conservative magazine Commentary, James Pethokoukis wrote that "It's probably safe to assume that no elected official in America understands the ins and outs of the labyrinthine U.S. budget the way Paul Ryan does." A McClatchey news story described Ryan as a "policy wonk" and a "conservative thinker." The Daily Beast called Ryan a "number-crunching policy wonk." New York Times columnist Ross Douthat described Ryan as a "moderate conservative."

Peter Dreier: E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College

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Part 2: Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.

The U.S. is the only developed country with no guaranteed paid family leave.

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

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10/20/2015 | Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made many in his party happy Tuesday night when he told his colleagues that he had finally agreed to take the job no one wants and run for speaker of the House. But he said he will do so only if members agree to a list of conditions, most of which concern the functioning of the caucus. One demand, however, was deeply personal. 

"I cannot and will not give up my family time," Ryan told reporters following the House GOP meeting.

Ryan is known among his colleagues as a "family guy" who goes back to Janesville, Wisconsin, every weekend to be with his wife and three young children. 

Amanda Terkel: Senior Political Reporter, Huffington Post

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Special Project | Advocating for Peace & Justice: Week Ending October 24, 2015

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“Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?” – St Augustine. 

  • 8 New Items including:
    • Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks,
    • Jim Crow is back in Alabama
    • How to Add Politics to Our Protest: The case for a new, open-source party of unified progressive movements
    • Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization
    • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools
    • 10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities
    • LGBT Discrimination Is Still Legal
    • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other

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Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks, Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign

  • "School-based military recruitment of adolescents is harmful."—American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • "Military Service is associated with disproportionately poor health for
  • those in late adolescence." --APHA
  • "Adolescent development is insufficient to support wise choices that have lifelong implications."—APHA
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

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Jim Crow is back in Alabama, Laura Packard, moveon.org

  •   http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngPetition to be delivered to Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General and President Barack Obama: Please investigate and put a stop to the voter suppression.
  • There are currently 103,962 signatures. New goal - We need 125,000 signatures!

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How to Add Politics to Our Protest: The case for a new, open-source party of unified progressive movements, Kate Aronoff and Max Bergerthe Nation

  • From Black Lives Matter to Occupy Wall Street, from the DREAMer movement to that for divestment from fossil fuels, young people and people of color have been at the forefront of a new generation of popular movements rising to fill the democracy deficit left by an unresponsive political system.
  • The American people—recognized citizens or otherwise—are hurting, and the established political parties have been unable and unwilling to meet their needs. That’s where movements come in.  
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics

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Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization, NationAction, the Nation

  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

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Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools, Produced by the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), www.nnomy.org; hosted by American Friends Service Committee.

  • A live online organizing workshop in three 1-hour parts
  • Opposing Junior ROTC

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10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities, Kristin Duquette and Mary Hums, Huffington Post

  • Although the ADA made significant changes, it did not address everything a person with a disability faces on a daily basis. Just because a president signed a piece of legislation into law doesn't mean that a) it's fully enforced and b) it 100 percent changed our culture on how we view the disability community.
  • Disabled Americans Are Worse Off In The Job Market Than They Were 25 Years Ago

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LGBT Discrimination Is Still Legal, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Overcoming militarism is just as vital as overcoming oligarchy. We won’t be able to do one without the other.
  • Part 1: Why Won't Bernie Talk About War?
  • Part 2: Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other
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  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

 

Justin Trudeau faces challenging inbox as Canada's new prime minister

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  • The Liberal leader promised a positive, ambitious and hopeful vision with sweeping policy changes on drug laws, tax, climate change, and electoral reform.
  • Part 1: Canada to end airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, new prime minister Trudeau says.
  • Part 2: Canadian unions cheer as voters toss out right-wing Prime Minister Harper

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Canada to end airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, new prime minister Trudeau says.

He did not set out a timeline for the withdrawal. Canada currently has six CF-18 fighter jets taking part in the US-led bombing campaign. They were due to remain in the region until March 2016.

Jessica Murphy, Guardian 

Tuesday 20 October 2015 | Canadian Liberal prime minister designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from the US-led mission against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In his first news conference following the sweeping majority Liberal victory in Canada’s federal election, the visibly fatigued leader said he had spoken with US president Barack Obama in a phone call during which he discussed his intention to pull Canada’s fighter jets out of the anti-Isis campaign.

Jessica Murphy is a freelance print and TV journalist based in Ottawa. She writes regularly on federal politics and other matters for the Guardian as well as other publications. She also recently spent time as a foreign correspondent covering American politics and current affairs for a Canadian and international audience.

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Part 2: Canadian unions cheer as voters toss out right-wing Prime Minister Harper

Canadian unions say they will hold the Liberal Party, which has taken control of the nation's Parliament, to all of its campaign promises. 

Mark Gruenberg, People's World

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October 21, 2015 | Canadian unions cheered as, in a resounding rejection of a decade of radical right politics, voters decisively tossed out Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper, giving a large parliamentary majority to the Liberal Party and its leader, Justin Trudeau.

Results from all House of Commons ridings (districts) show the Liberals won 184 seats with 40 percent of the vote, keyed by sweeps in Canada's largest cities, Toronto and Montreal. The Tories won 99 seats and 32 percent. Harper had led a plurality government from 2011-15.

Mark Gruenberg is the editor of Press Associates Inc. (PAI), a union news service.

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Mark Fiore | Conservatives Gone Wild / www.markfiore.com

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October 14, 2015 | Even though the presidential campaign is providing loads of entertainment and maybe even a bit of substantive discussion, the real show is in the House of Representatives.  There is chaos in the Republican-controlled House after the far right ousted John Boehner and blocked Kevin McCarthy from the speakership.  The right wing nuts are ascendant and in full display in the Freedom Caucus.

The Freedom Caucus is an assortment of the most ideologically-pure right wing Republicans.  There are reportedly about forty members, a fairly small number relative to the House’s 435 members.  Apparently, if you have nothing to lose and have the financial encouragement from various far right Super PACs, you can refuse to budge, compromise or legislate and lead all the other “establishment” Republicans around by a ring in their collective nose.

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Why America Won't Quit Guns

  • History, politics and Hollywood give firearms an implacable hold.
  • Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut

Howard Fineman, Huffington Post

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10/06/2015 | Sandy Hook. Charleston. Roseburg. The ghastly roll call of gun violence in America is ever lengthening.

The United States has the highest per capita rate of gun ownership in the world (Yemen is a rather distant second) and the highest incidence of gun deaths in the developed world. Yet a toxic mix of history, culture, politics and money is preventing -- and will continue to prevent -- the U.S. from significantly restricting the private ownership of firearms. 

Here's why.

Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director, Huffington Post

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Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut, Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

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  • He supported the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

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