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Fear, Anxiety, and Depression in the Age of Trump

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Therapists and their patients are struggling to cope amid the national nervous breakdown that is the 2016 election.

Michelle Goldberg, Slate

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http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/09/160922_POL_Trump-Anxiety.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpgSeptember 23, 2016 | Carol Wachs, a psychologist in private practice in Manhattan, recently started seeing an old patient again. The client had first sought treatment for anxiety following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Now she was worried about a new menace: Donald Trump and his zealous supporters. The patient, Wachs says, comes from a family of Holocaust survivors, and “it feels to her like all the stories she heard from her grandparents about how things feel normal and then all of the sudden, oh my God, here we are.”

  • According to Wachs, the election casts a shadow on many of her patients. “If I have seven patients in a day, it comes up in six sessions, maybe five,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll have a session where people will say, ‘Let’s not talk about what’s going on in the election, it’s so upsetting.’ ”

Michelle Goldberg is a columnist for Slate and the author, most recently, of The Goddess Pose.

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Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

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  • It does not have to be this way. Everyday more people are seeing that democracy is an illusion. The fraudulent two-party debates are an example so blatant that when people understand it, then they also understand that the elections are manipulated. Once people understand that the government is illegitimate, because it is designed not to represent people, then they will have the spark to organize and mobilize in order to take action to create the future we want to see.
  • Related: Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • Related: Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance 

 

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Democracy-not-a-market-dictatorship-e1475363994105.jpgOctober 1st, 2016 | The United States is in the peak of the very long election year. The presidential debates are running in full swing. The media is deep into coverage of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And, the people are feeling unrepresented.

In this environment it can be hard to step back and see the full picture. We’ve published many articles that describe the oligarchic plutocracy – a government that serves the wealthy and privileged – that we live in. In the midst of the presidential campaign, we have an opportunity to see how the 1% maintains control and prevents a government that serves the 99%.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance <>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" Jon Schwarz, The Intercept 

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  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

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Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything, Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

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  • Corporations Are Above The Government: They Dictate Government Policy.
  • “Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.”  – Unknown.
  • "The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the speed with which they get on their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." -- Ralph Nader
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • "It's a big club. And you aint in it." --George Carlin

I’m with stupid: The entire 2016 election has been an insult to our intelligence.

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  • We are going to have to start asking ourselves if we want a nation of extremist thinkers incapable of critical reflection or we want to start recovering our collective brainpower. As Monbiot put it, “Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people.” Democracies are only as smart as the people in them. So the real question we have to face is: Are we with stupid or not?
  • Related: The Arrogance of Ignorance

Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Classical%20Statue%20Head%20in%20Hand.jpgSaturday, Oct 29, 2016 | Back in 2008 only weeks away from the election of Barack Obama as president, British journalist George Monbiot wondered how U.S. politics had come to be “dominated by people who make a virtue out of ignorance.” Riffing on the rise of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and reflecting on the acceptance of morons like former vice president Dan Quayle, Monbiot wondered how it was that we had allowed our political scene to be dominated by “screaming ignoramuses.”

Eight years later it seems clear that we were only just getting started.

If there has been one constant this election it is that our collective political decision-making process suffers from profound ignorance. And while the award for stupidity goes directly to the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his supporters, it’s important to note that there is plenty of stupid to go around.

Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. She writes on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her latest book, co-authored with Remy M. Maisel, is, Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics.

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The Arrogance of Ignorance, Sylvain Lamoureux, OpEdNews 

  • The year is 2016 and we are at war with everything, including ourselves; have we really "advanced" as a "civilization" or "society"? How can we when as a whole we are neither civil nor social.
  • Related: It’s Time to Stand Up for Truth and Intelligence

 

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Reflect a Nationwide Search for Justice

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  • On Thursday, the Truthdig team sat down with documentary filmmaker and environmental activist Josh Fox to discuss the impact of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
  • “We need an outpouring of support for journalists who are doing jail time” for protesting, Fox said.

Emma Niles, Truthdig

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Oct 26, 2016 | Over the weekend, 127 people were arrested at the construction site of the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Since the demonstrations began this summer, more than 260 people have been arrested.

Among those facing legal retribution for demonstrating alongside members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman, who was initially brought up on “riot” charges, although those charges were later dropped. Actress Shailene Woodley made mainstream media headlines when she was arrested earlier in October during a peaceful protest—a process she streamed live onto her Facebook page. And award-winning documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg could face decades in prison for documenting the protests.

Emma Niles, a staff writer at Truthdig, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Political Science. She has worked for the National Women’s Law Center and Ms. Magazine.

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http://www.newyorker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/McKibben-Standing-Rock-Sioux-Pipeline-1200.jpg  A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past, Bill McKibbenNew Yorker Magazine

  • The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. 
  • For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.

 

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Murder of Activists in Latin America 'Out of Control': Oxfam

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  • The expansion of extractive industries is closely linked to the rise of murders of activists, argued the report.
  • Related: A Voter’s Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Policies in Latin America
  • Related: Justice for Berta

TeleSUR 

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25 October 2016 | The number of human rights activists and environmentalists killed in Latin America has dramatically skyrocketed in recent years, found a report called "El Riesgo de Defender," or the Risk to Defend, released Tuesday by Oxfam, while extractive projects have spread in rural and Indigenous areas.

"The region has fallen into an unthinkable spiral of violence, and this must stop. Too many lives have been lost, and harassment against human rights defenders continues with impunity. It is time for governments to take action, with no more excuses or delays," said Asier Hernando, Oxfam's Regional Deputy Director in Latin America and the Caribbean, reported Common Dreams.

TeleSUR (La Nueva Televisora del Sur) is multi-state funded, pan–Latin American terrestrial and satellite television network sponsored by the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Bolivia that is headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela.

Oxfam is an international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty. 

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A Voter’s Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Policies in Latin America, Greg Grandin, the Nation

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  • Support for coup regimes, militarization and privatization, trade deals that wreak economic havoc—they reveal the failure of Clintonism.
  • Related: "She's Baldly Lying": Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton's Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup

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Justice for Berta, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Honduran authorities say they are pursuing murder charges for the March 3rd killing of the environmental and Indigenous rights activist.
  • "Berta no se murió; se multiplicó – Berta didn’t die; she multiplied."
  • Part 1: Military and Energy Company Officials Arrested for Murder of Berta Cáceres
  • Part 2: Slain Activist Berta Cáceres' Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras

 

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Parts 10 & 11

 

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  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgEvergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 8 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2016 General Election Guide".
  • Part 10: Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.
  • Part 11: Another Voting Guide
  • 10th & 11th in a Series

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 10: Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

  • Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?
  • Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 3: Third Parties Are Not Spoilers

Devon DB, Global Research

September 22, 2012 | Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am not wasting my vote.

When stating that you are going to vote third party, one is usually met with the typical dismissals that “you’re wasting your vote” and “there’s no chance in hell that they will win.” While my party of choice may not win, I realize that there is little difference between either candidate and that both will only make this country worse.Obama has made a number of policy decisions during his first term that have strengthened the police state, expanded US militarism abroad, and aided the very bankers that have pillaged the country.Concerning the police state, during his presidency, Obama has created a legal precedent that allows him (and future presidents) to assassinate US citizens as can be seen in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

Devon DB is a 20 year old independent researcher and writer. He is studying political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Part 11: Another Voting Guide

  • If you LOVE the status quo, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you LOVE having the lesser of two evils in office, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more war, vote democrat or republican
  • If you love the military/industrial(/congressional) complex, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more crony capitalism, vote democrat or republican 
  • If you support the NSA spying on US citizens, vote democrat or republican
  • If you support the war on drugs, vote democrat or republican.

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/No%20Republicrats.jpg October 29, 2014 | In his 1960 farewell address, the moderate Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn us naïve and trusting Americans about the nefarious agendas of the amoral, pro-corporate, pro-war, imperialistic military/industrial (i.e., corporate)/national security/congressional complex (especially the weapons industries, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the FBI) that Ike had seen acquiring excessive power during his administration. 

Americans after WWII were feeling increasingly prosperous and optimistic about the future because the nation’s infrastructure, industries, productivity, markets and non-military citizens had not been victimized or blasted to smithereens like their economic competitors in Europe and Asia. Ike’s prescient warnings were essentially ignored or censored out of the public’s consciousness by nefarious anti-democratic entities that were operating behind the scenes.

G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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Previously in the 2016 General Election Guide:

Special Report | What You Need to Know About the Privatization of Our Public Schools

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  • School privatization has too often resulted in self-dealing, corruption, thousands of failed schools, and attempts, often successful, to dislodge and usurp local school boards—often community beacons of local democracy. Many boards have been replaced with a corporate model of school control, with virtually no transparency.
  • Related:  How Billionaires Are Successfully Fooling Us Into Destroying Public Education—and Why Privatization Is a Terrible Idea.

Don Hazen, AlterNet

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Over the last two decades, a major struggle over control of public schools in America has put our children’s education at risk. Several dozen billionaires, through a powerful infrastructure they established, are attempting to privatize as many K-12 schools as they can—6,700, at last count. There has been plenty of resistance, and the battle continues.

AlterNet.org has covered the school privatization story in great detail. Over time, AlterNet’s parent organization, the Independent Media Institute (IMI), became alarmed at what we were seeing through this coverage, and have responded with a report titled, Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Education. Click here to access the report on your computer, phone, tablet, or e-reader.

School privatization has too often resulted in self-dealing, corruption, thousands of failed schools, and attempts, often successful, to dislodge and usurp local school boards—often community beacons of local democracy. Many boards have been replaced with a corporate model of school control, with virtually no transparency.

Some good things have happened as well, of course. Not all charter schools are bad. There are parent-organized and community-run charter schools doing great things in many locales—but they are increasingly few and far between. At this point, more than 40% of all charter schools are part of national and regional chains, often with no roots in the community.

We are sending you this report because we want to share what we now know about this important, but too little discussed, topic. You might say, “But I’m not interested in public schools”—which is understandable. But we believe that privatizing public schools so that the super-wealthy can profit and impose their ideologies is anti-democratic to its core. This is an issue that affects us all.

Our report draws on extensive research, investigative reporting, and industry publications to show what is happening in our communities and explain why school privatization has taken hold in some cities.

Please, if you could give the report a read, we would appreciate it. And we would love to know what you think; send comments to comments@alternet.org. If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested, please forward them a copy, too.

I hope you enjoy it.

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How Billionaires Are Successfully Fooling Us Into Destroying Public Education—and Why Privatization Is a Terrible Idea, Diane Ravitch, Basic Books / AlterNet

  • The billionaire-backed privatization movement is stealthily advancing an undemocratic agenda, cloaked in deceptive rhetoric, that the public is not aware of and does not understand.
  • Related: When schools become dead zones of the imagination, Henry A. Giroux <www.henryagiroux.com>, Philosophers for Change

 

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