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How Corporate Power Killed Democracy

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Corporate Power is the Fusion of the Corporation and the State

Richard Moser, counterpunch.org / Popular Resistance 

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December 8th, 2017 | The rise of Corporate Power was the fall of democracy.  Over the long haul, US politics has revolved around a deep tension between democracy and an unrelenting drive for plunder, power and empire. Granted that our democracy has been seriously flawed and only rarely revolutionary, yet the democratic movements are the source of every good thing America has ever stood for.

Since the mid-1970s, when the corporations fused with the state, a new imperial order emerged that killed what remained of representative democracy. Not only would corporations exercise public authority as only government once had, but government would coordinate and serve corporate activity. Power and profits became one and the same. Corporate power has replaced democracy with oligarchy and justice with a vast militarized penal system. Instead of innovative production, they plunder people and planet.

Richard Moser writes at befreedom.co where this article first appeared.

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A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America * Debunking Myths About Estrangement * Outside in America: At Christmas, families on the edge of homelessness must choose: gifts or rent? * Remembering the Christmas Truce * God Bless Us, Every Robber Baron

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  • Part 1: A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America, Ed Pilkington, The Guardian 
  • The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation and wants to know why 41m Americans live in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation.

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Part 2: Debunking Myths About Estrangement, Catherine Saint Louis, New York (NY) Times 

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Part 3: Series | Outside in America: At Christmas, families on the edge of homelessness must choose: gifts or rent? Erin McCormick, The Guardian

Part 4: Remembering the Christmas Truce, Zach Carter, HuffPost <https://www.veteransforpeace.org>

During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.
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Part 5: God Bless Us, Every Robber Baron, Zach Carter, HuffPost

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From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth, by Paul Craig Roberts

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  • Truth, and respect for it, is vanishing.
  • Related: From the Archives | Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization

Paul Craig Roberts, Straight Line Logic

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March 17, 2017 | I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

As Lewis Lapham, myself and others asked at the time, what bomb? The only evidence of a bomb was fabricated and known to be fabricated. The UN weapons inspectors concluded that the infamous Weapons of Mass Destruction were a creation of US propaganda. President George W. Bush eventually acknowledged that Iraq had no such weapons. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the lies he was deceived by the Bush regime into telling the UN about Saddam Hussein’s WMD are a stain on his career.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.

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From the Archives | Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization, Caitlin Johnstone, The Greanville Post

  • A duck floats past two fish, looks down and says “Morning boys! How’s the water?” The fish swim on for a bit, then one of them turns to the other and says, “What the fuck is water?”
  • Whenever the mass media converge unanimously upon a single narrative, your default assumption should be that you are being propagandized. --Caitlin Johnstone
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

 

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, December 16, 2017.

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Including links to over 745 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: The Unsexy Truth About Harassment
    • Sexual harassment is often understood, like other forms of gender-based violence, as a violation of consent. It is more than that.
  • Part 2: Kick Against the Pricks
    • Will men ever see women as full-fledged human beings rather than ego salves and receptacles?

Publisher's Choice | The Uncommon Conversation on Sex Abuse Needs to Move to the Next Level, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: 'Uncommon conversation' on sex abuse falls silent
    • An "uncommon conversation" is on hold in Minnesota.
  • Part 2: Leonard Pitts Jr.: What does it mean to be a man?
    • You see, Fox "News" has it exactly wrong. Men are not an endangered species. Real men are another matter.
  • Related: The Sexual Harassment Conversation Needs to Move to the Next Level
     

Of Special Interest | I Saw a Miracle in Alabama Last Night, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Doug Jones knows what his victory means, and who made that victory happen.
 

Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
    • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
    • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce, Leonard Pitts Jr., Katrina vanden Heuvel

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FCC is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This and Congress Will Pay the Price, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/FreePress%20Presents%20Save%20the%20Internet.jpgPart 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price
    • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.
  • Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price
    • The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined
  • Related: Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

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Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet, Week Ending December 23, 2017

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Net Neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next. * The Fight for Net Neutrality Is "Not Over" * Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal * Three Myths the Telecom Industry is Using to Convince Congress to Repeal the FCC’s Privacy Rules, Busted * Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Net Neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next, Aja Romano, Vox <>

December 14, 2017 | The overwhelming majority of the public, including Republicans, support net neutrality. The FCC just voted to end it. Here's what happens next.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 | Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote
Just hours after the FCC vote, a coalition of activist groups started calling on members of Congress to overturn it.
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Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal, Eric Klinker,  Bittorrent Blog

If Internet service providers are allowed to give preferential treatment to certain kinds of traffic, the open Internet will have been paywalled shut. The solution lies in fairer regulation and in better, more people-powered technology.

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(Fair warning: some of these are fairly wonky, so if you’re not the type that gets excited by telecom law, you can always skip to the part where you call your senators and representative and tell them not to repeal the FCC’s ISP privacy rules—because if we raise our voices together, we can stop Congress before it’s too late.)

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Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.

Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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  • Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary
    • Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted.
  • Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?
    • A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.
  • Related: Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

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Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted. Trump’s lies, lack of credibility, lack of knowledge and unbridled narcissism have suggested for some time that he lacks the intelligence, judgment and capacity for critical thought necessary to occupy the presidency of the United States.

Henry Giroux, The Conversation / Rise Up Times

November 5, 2017 | Donald Trump was elected president of the United States a year ago today.

His ascendancy in American politics has made visible a culture of cruelty, a contempt for civic literacy, a corrupt mode of governance and a disdain for informed judgment that has been decades in the making.

It also points to the withering of civic attachments, the undoing of civic culture, the decline of public life, the erosion of any sense of shared citizenship and the death of commanding visions.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon.

11.14.2017 | To live in America during the Age of Trump feels as if we are witnessing the last years of a dying empire. Every day brings some new happening that feels unprecedented. Unfortunately, this is not the stuff of fever dreams; it is painfully and horribly true. Trump's malignant reality has superseded our own and almost fully taken hold in America.

Again, Donald Trump has engaged in adolescent schoolyard bully behavior by name-calling at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. Via Twitter -- Trump's preferred means of communicating -- he said on Sunday that:

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise, William C. Anderson, Truthout

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  • The forces that pushed Donald Trump to the forefront are intrinsic to the US project, and they will not go away with him, should he be cast out.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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I Saw a Miracle in Alabama Last Night

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Doug Jones knows what his victory means, and who made that victory happen.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

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Indifference to the organization’s funding by the community it serves is by every measure a far more dangerous enemy than all the others combined.

Indifference, the true enemy. In all things.

Dave Culver, Founder,
Evergreene Digest

Dec 13, 2017 | The returns from Dallas County were late coming in, so the romantic in me always will insist that it was the votes from Selma that put Doug Jones in the United States Senate for the next three years, that it was those votes that lit up the ballroom in the Sheraton hotel, that it was those votes that dealt a huge—but, arguably, temporary—defeat to everything that has gone wrong with American politics ever since the Republican Party ate the monkey brains 40 years ago and contracted the prion disease that has destroyed the party’s higher functions.



I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.



The Party has grown mad and prone to delusions and hallucinations now; it looks at the president* and sees a transformational figure. It looked at Roy Moore and saw a United States Senator. It looks at America and sees a cramped prison with doors that do not lock. What the voters of Alabama did on Tuesday was to slay all the angry ghosts and, because of that, I choose to believe that it was the votes in Selma that dealt them the final blow, because it was Selma whence so many of them first materialized in blood and rage.

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