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Instead of 'hope and change' Obama gave progressives Trump

  • Obama’s presidency helped set the trends for Donald Trump to amplify, with relative impunity, the oligarchy and corruption that has come to embody the federal government.
  • Related: Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't.

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12/05/16 | President Obama’s overall presidency was a letdown for progressives expecting the hope and change his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns promised. In many areas, where Obama had the opportunity to deviate from the status quo, he fully embraced it instead.

Under his watch, the United States maintained an interventionist foreign policy spearheaded by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. In Obama’s first 5 years the United States exported $30 billion more in weapons to foreign governments than George W. Bush did in 8 years. These weapons fueled unrest and violence in the Middle East.

Michael Sainato is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian and the Huffington Post.

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Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't, Caitlin Johnstone, Newslogue

All the Biden bro memes in the world won't change the fact that Obama is a terrible human being and a lousy president.


"It's All Collapsed": New Chomsky Documentary Details Death of American Dream


  • How did we reach a historically unprecedented level of inequality in the United States? A new documentary, Requiem for The American Dream, turns to the ever-insightful Noam Chomsky for a detailed explanation of how so much wealth and power came to be concentrated in so few hands.
  • Related: From the Archives | Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class"

Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, Truth-out To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest Chomsky, in a still from the documentary Requiem for The American Dream. (Image: PF Pictures / Gravitas Ventures)

Friday, 09 December 2016 | In this documentary, recently released on DVD, Noam Chomsky gives an overview of the miasma of the current political, sociological and economic situation of the United States. Filmed over the course of four years, Requiem for The American Dream shows Chomsky detailing in 10 points his sweeping understanding of the seemingly intractable inequities and lack of a robust democracy we find in our society.

The filmmakers ensured that this would not be just another talking head discourse: It is both innovatively animated and trenchantly informative, an incisive dissection of the disastrous impact of the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few.

Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott directed Requiem for The American Dream.

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From the Archives | Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class" Chris Hedges, Evergreene Digest 

  •, 03/08/2011 | A frightening critique of anybody who falsely believes that electoral politics might save the planet from the cannibalization by the ruling elite.
  • Michael Moore: "America Is NOT Broke"

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Gary G. KJohls | Draining the Swamp? But Infesting the White House with Far Right-Wing Swamp-dwellers

  • Draining the Swamp?
  • But Infesting the White House with a Group of Right-Wing Extremists, Pro-Corporate Lobbyists and Assorted “Deplorable” Washington Insiders?

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November 15, 2016 | “Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldn’t have been possible. ... [T]he White race is back in the game. And if we’re playing, no one can beat us. The winning is not going to stop.” -- A revealing quote from the Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which claims to be the “#1 Alt-Right” website, following Donald Trump’s election (Stormfront’s motto is: “White Pride Worldwide” and its symbol is):

And KKK ex-Grand Wizard David Duke couldn’t help but celebrate the part that his white supremacist movement had in electing Trump”. Duke proclaimed the day after the election: “make no mistake about it, our people played a HUGE role in electing Trump!... You arrogant, unthankful, degenerate pieces of shit no longer have absolute power.”

Gary G.Kohls writes a weekly column for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, health, democracy, civility and longevity of the populace. 

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Much More Than Trump, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

  • If the idiot class and its rabble subvert (Trump), a quote from John F. Kennedy, recently featured on Straight Line Logic, will surely come back to haunt them: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

Straight Line Logic (SLL) Editor's Note: This article was first published on SLL March 3. It received more comments than almost any article SLL has posted. Two days before the election, a repost is appropriate.

November 6, 2016 | It started in Vietnam. The men who chose to fight for America on Vietnam’s front lines did so for honorable reasons. While there was no immediate threat to the US, some were concerned about falling dominoes and the march of communism. Some were animated by an idealistic desire to secure democracy and liberty in a land that had never known those blessings. Some went believing that if the leaders of the country said this war was in America’s best interests, it must be so. For those who were drafted, they did, perhaps reluctantly, what they perceived to be their duty.

Whatever their motivations, those who fought found their idealism shattered. Many of the South Vietnamese they thought they were fighting “for” despised the US as the latest in a succession of imperial powers using a corrupt, puppet government as the cat’s paw for its domination. Short of total immolation of both friend and foe—it was often impossible to differentiate the two—there was no effective strategy against guerrilla warfare waged by the enemy fighting on its home turf. The Viet Cong proved as difficult to vanquish as hordes of ants and mosquitos at a picnic. The victory the generals and politicians insisted was just another few months and troop deployments down the road never came, and the soldiers knew it never would, long before reality was acknowledged and the troops brought home.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. 

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We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig Mr. Fish

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 



Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story of How Organizing and Resistance Can Win

  • Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win
  • Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.
  • Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
  • And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

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Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win

Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.

Naomi Klein, the Nation Indigenous water protectors and their allies celebrate that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline on December 4, 2016. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

December 4, 2016 | “I’ve never been so happy doing dishes,” Ivy Longie says, and then she starts laughing. Then crying. And then there is hugging. Then more hugging.

Less than two hours earlier, news came that the Army Corps of Engineers had turned down the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built under the Missouri River. The company will have to find an alternate route and undergo a lengthy environmental assessment.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). Each book has been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate.

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Part 2:  Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story

And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

Bill McKibben, the Nation  Water protectors in Oceti Sakowin camp demonstrate against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation on December 4, 2016. (Reuters / Stephanie Keith)

December 5, 2016 | All organizing is story-telling, and the story that got told at Standing Rock was so powerful that ultimately the Obama White House had little choice but to go along.

The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the permits necessary for sending the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River is a tribute to truly remarkable efforts by Indigenous organizers, from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. It’s also a tribute to the incredible power of civil disobedience, a tool I tried to describe in last week’s print edition of the Nation.

But my analysis pales next to the actual story from the Oceti Sakowin encampment. There, the last few months have unfolded with almost eerie grace, and the textbook on nonviolent action has been revised and illustrated in the process.

Bill McKibben is the author of 15 books, most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he is the co-founder of, the largest global grassroots organizing campaign on climate change.

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Michael Parenti | These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited (1986)

  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.”
  • Related: Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid

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November 28, 2016 | 

  • Michael Parenti speaks at the University of Colorado, Boulder: “US interventionism, the 3rd world, and the USSR” April 15, 1986
  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.” Comrade Fidel, presente!

Michael Parenti is an award winning, internationally known author. His most recent books are The Face of Imperialism (a critique of the U.S. global empire; 2011) and Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life (an ethnic memoir about his early life in Italian Harlem; 2013); and Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies. For further information about his work, visit his website:

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Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If Mrs. Clinton has become a zombie and the “I” in I-HRC has faded, this could easily be interpreted as a sign of the Haitian gods’ wicked sense of humor.
  • Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere
  • Part 1: How the Clintons Destroyed and Impoverished Haiti: Hillary’s “Dream Government” and Haiti’s Pay-to-Play “Recovery Commission” (IHRC)
  • Part 2: Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump.

  • Having studied authoritarian states for over a decade, I would never exaggerate the severity of the threat we now face. But an American kleptocracy is exactly where president-elect Trump and his backers are taking us. That’s why I have a favor to ask you, my fellow Americans.
  • A president-elect who wants to strip our country down for parts
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump 

Sarah Kendzior, The Correspondent November 18, 2016 | My fellow Americans, I have a favor to ask you.

Today is November 18, 2016. I want you to write about who you are, what you have experienced, and what you have endured.

Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.

Sarah Kendzior: Writer on politics, economy, media. Anthropologist. Researcher on Central Asia and Middle America. Recent work: @GlobeandMail, @qz, @guardian, @decorrespondent


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Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump, Nicole James, Truth Examiner

  • History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
  • Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
  • Related: Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it.

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