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Reality of National Security State Trumps 'Delusions' of U.S. Democracy


  • In the halls of U.S. government, "policy in the national security realm is made by the concealed institutions," political scientist argues in new book.
  • The 'double government' explains why the Obama version of national security is virtually indistinguishable from the one he inherited from President George W. Bush
  • This Revolutionary Moment

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

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/inauguration.jpg?itok=DWoon29DOn the morning of President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, America was ready for a change. Tufts political scientist Michael Glennon explains why that change never came. (Photo: Eddie Codel/flickr/cc) 

Monday, October 20, 2014 | "I think the American people are deluded."

So says Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, whose new book, National Security and Double Government (Oxford University Press), describes a powerful bureaucratic network that's really pulling the strings on key aspects of U.S. foreign policy.

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Common Dreams

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This Revolutionary Moment,  Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

  • As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate action.
  • The Fix Is In; The Revolution Is Coming
  • Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary



Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"


  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

Evergreene 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 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

Stop%20the%20Machine.jpgMonday, August 4, 2012 | Were you opposed to the policies of the Bush regime? Did you used to think critically and attend anti- war protests but now find yourself justifying Barack Obama's wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Are you unsatisfied with Obama but stay with him out of fear of Mitt Romney becoming president? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you are probably in a self-destructive relationship with the Democratic Party.

If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.

Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement, and reversing the direction it had launched. Debra says, "Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!"

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Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:


Is it possible to hold all the grief in the world and not get crushed by it?



By allowing ourselves to feel our pain for the world, we open ourselves up to the web of life, and we realize that we’re not alone. I think it’s a cardinal mistake to try to act alone. The myth of the rugged individual, riding as the Lone Ranger to save our society, is a sure recipe for going crazy. 


Monica Cassani, Beyond Meds


grieve.jpeg?w=300&h=180 October 12, 2014 | To reframe what we’ve generally  been told about mental anguish and suffering by the mental illness system is a very important part of healing. Psychiatry makes out that the individual is sick. A much more honest as well as empowering way to view much mental anguish is to see ourselves as part of the web of life. Our despair is telling us something very real and valid. We should listen to it and pay attention and learn. Feeling pain is not a weakness, it is a capacity. We can learn to let it fuel us rather than cripple us.


From the Guardian a few days ago an article on the planetary crisis:


Monica Cassani: Author/Editor at Beyond Meds: Alternatives to Psychiatry


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'Private Violence' Exposes The Complex Reality Of Domestic Violence


  • "What does it say about our country that for one out of 4 women, the most dangerous place in the world for them to be is their own house? I think that personal safety something a lot of folks take for granted."--Kit Gruelle, a crusading advocate for domestic violence victims who is also a survivor herself.
  • Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call to Action' Against Subjugation of Women

Melissa Jeltsen, Huffington Post

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10/16/2014 | A haunting new documentary on domestic violence has a simple goal: to stop people from asking the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" once and for all.

'Private Violence', a feature-length documentary film on the complexities of domestic abuse, airs on HBO on Monday at 9 p.m. Through its intimate portrayal of domestic violence, the film shows why ending an abusive relationship is not as easy as picking up and leaving.

Melissa Jeltsen is currently a front page editor at the Huffington Post.

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Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call to Action' Against Subjugation of Women, National Public Radio

In his new book, A Call To Action, Carter tackles a fundamental question of equality head-on: the subjugation of women in cultures around the world. 



The economic roots of the drive to war

The ongoing decline in global economic growth … means that the militarist drive will intensify in the coming period, creating the conditions for the eruption of another world war. 

Nick Beams, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg10 October 2014 | The deepening crisis of the global capitalist system, as evidenced in reports issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank this week that saw no prospect for increased economic growth, is the driving force of increased tensions among the major capitalist powers and the rise of militarism.

One of the most significant economic manifestations of the capitalist breakdown is the continued lack of investment in the real economy, highlighted in both the IMF and World Bank reports, and the increasing dependence of the world economy on credit bubbles, which is creating the conditions for another financial crisis.


Party Secretary Nick Beams is a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS), the online news and information center of the ICFI

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GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing


  • Conservative icon/federal judge changes mind on photo ID laws, issues blistering dissent against them. Read it here.
  • There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting … and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.

Brad Friedman, Salon

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richard_posner.jpgRichard Posner (Credit: Reuters/John Gress)

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 | If you read just one top-to-bottom dismantling of every supposed premise in support of disenfranchising Photo ID voting restrictions laws in your lifetime, let it be this one [PDF].

It is a dissent, released on Friday, written by Judge Richard Posner, the Reagan-appointed 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who was the one who approved the first such Photo ID law in the country (Indiana’s) back in 2008, in the landmark Crawford v. Marion County case which went all the way to the Supreme Court, where Posner’s ruling was affirmed.

Investigative journalist and broadcaster Brad Friedman is the creator and publisher of The BRAD Blog. He has contributed to Mother Jones, The Guardian, Truthout, Huffington Post, The Trial Lawyer magazine and Editor & Publisher. 

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