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  • In other words, institutions won’t save us: We have to save them.
  • Related: Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

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August 9, 2018 | he political theorist Melvin Rogers has written a succinct and compelling rebuttal to the “resilient institutions” theory that remains, even now, popular among certain anti-Trump writers of an optimistic bent. His response draws on the political thought of John Dewey, who warned against confusing healthy politics with the “fulfillment of prescriptions laid down in a constitution” and the “observance of formulae that have become ritualistic.” “For Dewey,” writes Rogers, “democracy’s survival depends on a set of habits and dispositions—in short, a culture—to sustain it.” On this view, the breakdown of democratic culture puts the system in mortal peril: “When Dewey warns us that democratic conditions don’t automatically maintain themselves, and that the mere existence of a constitution does not safeguard democracy, he is dispelling the illusion that the United States is immune to the darkness of twentieth-century totalitarianism.” What Rogers is saying, in effect, is that we may well turn out to be unlucky enough to witness “our institutions will save us!” become the mordant civic equivalent of “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

One virtue of Rogers’s essay is the clarity with which he describes frightening cultural breakdowns that have already become part of daily life. Consider:

Nathan Pippenger is a contributing editor at Democracy.

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Flowers and Zeese | US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance  /  Rise Up Times

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  • The media problem should not be underestimated. As John Stauber points out “We are completely enveloped by the corporate propaganda system from the moment of our birth on, and it allows the oligarchy to control our minds and lives from cradle to grave, in seamless invisible fashion, via marketing, advertising and public relations, reinforced by the news media.  Few are able to admit and see this . . .”
  • Related: Trump Isn't the Campaign Media's First Mistake

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  • It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game. Jim Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown
  • Take heart from these tales of regular folks battling the bastards–and beating them back.
  • Related: Democracy Is What We Make of It.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, September 15, 2018.

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Feature Article | Chris Hedges: Would the American People be Better Served by a Movement for a People’s Party? Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

  • https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/11277133614_f4444c755e.jpgNick Brana, founder, executive director of Movement for a People’s Party talks with journalist Chris Hedges about the US’ two political party system, the need for third and fourth parties and his experience campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Related: The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party

Publisher's Choice | This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing, Jamie Henn, Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/better_deal.jpg?itok=njI3bGDpHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, standing next to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking in Berryville, Virginia on July 24, 2017, as they unveiled the Democrats' new "Better Deal" agenda. (Photo: AP/Cliff Owen)

  • The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

Of Special Interest | Butina Case: Neo-McCarthyism Engulfs America ~ Philip Giraldi, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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  • From Philip Giraldi at Strategic Culture Foundation, <https://www.strategic-culture.org>
  • Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia.

Bloggers & Columnists | Paul Street, Chauncey DeVega, David Sirota



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Yes, let's wipe out Trump. But take neo-liberal Democrats with him, too. David SirotaGuardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/759e6c2aa20a4d69243b6e96faef0add59c128c0/0_0_3000_1800/master/3000.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=123625c3d3931e1ef6aa875b04b0b279Democratic candidates are winning primaries in several states, challenging the party’s decrepit establishment. Illustration: Niv Bavarsky
  • A new wave of left-leaning Democratsare waging a war on the party’s corporate wing.
  • Related: Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul

Labor

Select Articles | Labor, Week Ending September 15, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6231/6296944085_54e5ed7678.jpgPart 1: Steelworkers Vote To Strike If They Don’t Get Piece Of Corporate Windfall
  • Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.
  • Part 2: UPS Contract Vote Starts this Week.
  • Here's What You Need to Know.
     

Media & Technology

Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People, Paul Street, Truthdig

The mainstream media should be taken to task, but not for the same reasons the president uses in his attacks on the press.

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  • A link between conspiracy theories and childhood fantasies reveals coping strategies.
  • Related: Our challenge really is against the stupidity and cognitive dissonance that rules us today.

Race & Ethnicity

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Photo of last year racists.

Not allowed a permit to demonstrate in Charlottesville on the anniversary, racists will be outside the White House this weekend.

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Cancel right-wing Supreme Court prayers, Faithful America

  • Even as the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis over sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting a special season of prayer for a "change in the Supreme Court."
  • Related: Brett "Stonewall Justice" Kavanaugh
     

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Special Report | The Franklin Hiawatha Encampment, Week Ending September 22, 2018

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Story 1: Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment * Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions * Story 3: How To Help * Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis * Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment * Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents of homeless encampment

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Week Ending September 22, 2018 |

Story 1 Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
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6,2018 | Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) stands in solidarity with our community and partners and we are committed to dedicating our organization’s resources to support this effort. To read MUID's full statement on this issue, please click on MUID Statement above.
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Story 2: Frequently Asked Questions, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
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6,2018 | Below are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the camp. Note that this is an ever-changing situation.
This page will be updated regularly.
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6,2018 | Here are some ways you can directly contribute financially and materially to the organizations that are working both on the ground at the camp or volunteer and otherwise participate on mid and long term solutions.
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Story 4: ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’ Lays Bare Mpls. Housing Crisis, Angela Davis, WCCO-TV (Minneapolis, MN)
September
12,2018 | A housing crisis has turned into a very visible problem for the city of Minneapolis.
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Story 5: ‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment, Jim Walsh, MinnPost
09/12/2018 | The Monday afternoon sun beat down hard on the intersection of Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues, as the estimated 300 citizens of the largest homeless encampment in state history began another week of living in the shade of the Little Earth housing complex.
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Story 6: Minneapolis officials pledge action to help residents of homeless encampment, Nina Moini, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
Aug
23,2018 | Minneapolis officials said Thursday that the number of people at a homeless encampment on the city's south side has doubled in a week — and the city outlined steps it plans to take to help the camp's residents.
Earlier: Groups work together to help Minneapolis homeless encampment
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Special Report | There Has Been Little Change Historically In How to Handle Sexual Harassment.

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  • Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.
  • A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed
  • Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: How Little Has Changed Since Anita Hill Spoke Out Against Clarence Thomas.

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A Supreme Court justice is once again on track to be confirmed despite facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Amanda Terkel, HuffPost

09/14/2018 | In November 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made history by becoming the first woman to serve as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a statement on the milestone, she tipped her hat to the influence of Anita Hill, who launched a movement when she testified about Clarence Thomas’ sexual harassment in 1991. 

“I became a senator in 1992—the Year of the Woman—and became the first woman to serve on the Judiciary Committee in the wake of the Anita Hill hearings. So it’s a special honor to be the first woman to become ranking member of this committee, not to mention the first Californian,” Feinstein said.

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Part 2: Anita Hill: The Public’s Attitude On Sexual Harassment Has Definitely Changed

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Yet women still shoulder too much of the burden when it comes to abuse in the workplace, she says.

Carla Baranauckas, HuffPost

07/30/2018 | When Anita Hill testified in Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court 27 years ago and accused him of sexual harassment, she was vilified for coming forward. Since then, however, Hill says the public’s attitude about sexual harassment in the workplace has changed.

“Oh, there’s been a tremendous amount of change,” Hill told John Oliver on Sunday’s broadcast of “Last Week Tonight.” “There’s been a change in public attitude. And there’s been a change in the amount of information that we have about sexual harassment. And there’s certainly more awareness after the #metoo movement.”

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, August 8, 2018.

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http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/sites/333/2018/08/question-2736480_640.jpgFeature Article | The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party, Erin Wathen, Irreverin

  • Get past the sound bites and getintothe the process.
  • Just get out there. Don’t throw away your vote to the Unengaged ticket.
     

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The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is different from its predecessors in many ways.
 

 

Of Special Interest | Americans Live In A World Of Lies. Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Lies%20word%20jumble.jpgThe millions of Americans whose jobs were given away to foreigners know full well that they have not benefited. They know the story told by neoliberal economists and financial presstitutes is a lie.
  • Related: American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t For These 8 Myths.
     

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce, Paul Craig Roberts



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Just Shut Up and Quit, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Nobody elected the Anonymous Heroes executing a de facto coup against Donald Trump's presidency*.
 

Health, Science, & Environment

The Plastic Bag: An American History, Nechama Brodie, piqd

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Yes, let's wipe out Trump. But take neoliberal Democrats with him, too.

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Democratic candidates are winning primaries in several states, challenging the party’s decrepit establishment. Illustration: Niv Bavarsky

  • A new wave of left-leaningDemocratsare waging a war on the party’s corporate wing.
  • Related: Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul

David Sirota, Guardian

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Monday, September10,2018 | After a scorching summer of discontent, Donald Trump’s endless tweets and scandals have given Democrats their best chance to retake Congress since George W Bush’s second term. And yet, insurgent progressives are not limiting themselves to dethroning Republicans: they are taking aim at corporate-friendly Democrats within their own party, too.

Amid an upsurge of populist energy that has alarmed the Democratic establishment, a new wave of left-leaning insurgents have been using Democratic primaries to wage a fierce war on the party’s corporate wing. And, as in past presidential primary battles, many Democratic consultants,politiciansand pundits have insisted that the party must prioritize unity and resist grassroots pressure to support a more forceful progressive agenda.
David Sirota is a Guardian US columnist and an investigative journalist at Capital & Main. His latest book is Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explains the World We Live in Now – Our Culture, Our Politics.

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Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Part 1: Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy- Rightward Drift and Donald Trump
  • ‘Inauthentic Hope’
  • Part 2: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul
  • In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power. The result is an increasingly dangerous political system.

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Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People

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The mainstream media should be taken to task, but not for the same reasons the president uses in his attacks on the press.

Paul Street, Truthdig


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Aug 23, 2018 | CNN’s liberal and anti-Trump talk show host Erin Burnett was in crisis mode last week. She was rolling her eyes, anxious for the fate of the republic. The cause of her angst? A Gallup poll showing that 57 percent of the nation’s Democrats now respond more favorably to the word “socialism” than they do to “capitalism”—this compared with 47 percent of Democrats who prefer “capitalism” over “socialism.”

Burnett interviewed Jen Psaki, a Democratic commentator and former communications director in the Obama administration, and a gloating Republican political commentator named Scott Jennings. She and her two guests agreed that this dreadful socialism business augured certain defeat for the Democrats in 2018 and 2020.

Paul Street, Truthdig Contributor, holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books
, , including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Mainstream media’s moral cowardice: Time for the (NY) Times (and everyone else) to stand against evil. Chauncey DeVega <>, Salon

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  • In covering Trump, media too often defaults to lazy what-aboutism. History tells us cowardice will be punished.
  • Related: Your rage at Trump is justified.

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Chris Hedges: Would the American People be Better Served by a Movement for a People’s Party?

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  • Nick Brana, founder, executive director of Movement for a People’s Party talks with journalist Chris Hedges about the US’ two political party system, the need for third and fourth parties and his experience campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Related: The Unengaged: America's Real Third Party

Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad

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11 Aug 2018 | Nick Brana, founder, executive director of Movement for a People’s Party <https://www.forapeoplesparty.org/> talks with journalist Chris Hedges about the US’ two political party system, the need for third and fourth parties and his experience campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.

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  • Get past the sound bites and get into the the process.
  • Just get out there. Don’t throw away your vote to the Unengaged ticket.

 

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