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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 4: Obama Called Inequality ‘The Defining Challenge Of Our Time.’ He Didn’t Do Much About It.

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  • It’s a sad legacy.
  • This piece is Part 4 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks.
  • Related: Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

Zach Carter, the Huffington Post

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01/05/2017 | In December 2013, President Barack Obama addressed representatives from anti-poverty nonprofits gathered in Washington, D.C.’s chronically depressed Anacostia neighborhood. He declared war on economic inequality.

“A dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility...  has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain ― that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead,” Obama said. “I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American.

“It’s why I ran for president,” Obama added. “It drives everything I do in this office.”

Zach Carte is the Huffington Post's Senior Political Economy Reporter, working out of Washington D.C. His story, "Swiped: Banks, Merchants and Why Washington Doesn't Work for You," written with Ryan Grim, was included in the Columbia Journalism Review's compilation Best Business Writing 2012.

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Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

The record of the Obama administration and the character of the individual himself speak, in the end, to the structure of American politics—an ossified and reactionary political establishment that lacks any broad base of support, standing atop a cauldron of seething social tensions. The true legacy of Obama is the deepening of the crisis of American capitalism and the emergence of a new period of social and revolutionary struggles.

Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website 

10 January 2017 | US President Barack Obama’s “farewell address to the nation,” scheduled for tonight, has been preceded by a concentrated media buildup on the theme of Obama’s legacy. This has included fawning tributes portraying the president as a brilliant orator, progressive reformer, visionary and man of the people.

Seeking to mold the narrative of Obama’s presidency, the White House put out a video over the weekend featuring comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, former basketball star Michael Jordan and other celebrities extolling the “historic moments that prove, yes, we can create progress.” Such absurd and nauseating effusions testify not to the qualities or accomplishments of the 44th president, but to the intellectual, political and moral debasement of the American cultural establishment.

Joseph Kishore is an American activist and writer. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (United States) and a writer for the World Socialist Web Site.

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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

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GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

Matt Baume, Huffington Post

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Panic%20in%20the%20Bathroom.jpg03/01/2017 | Bathroom bills have been popping up in state after state — you know, the laws that say transgender people can’t use a bathroom unless it matches their birth certificate. In other words, you can’t pee unless you show your toilet papers.

Why are we suddenly seeing so many of these? The politicians pushing them claim that they just want to protect people. And you know what? They’re right ― stopping trans people from using the bathroom will protect people. But not the people they say.

Lawmakers claim that their bills will stop predators, and protect children.

Matt Baume: Seattle-based writer & storyteller

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Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It.

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  • If the establishment wanted party unity, they shouldn't have ran Perez in the first place.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

Julian Drury, Progressive Spring

https://i1.wp.com/progressivespring.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ellison-and-perez_1488055391125_2807105_ver1.0.jpg?resize=696%2C389&ssl=1February 28, 2017 | Establishment Democrats are trying to talk the narrative of “party unity” now that Tom Perez is Chair of the DNC. Their victory lap comes with talking points of uniting against Donald Trump, and that we must stop attacking Democrats with shaky records. Criticizing or holding a primary against any Democrat (especially centrist establishment ones) is being framed as hurting “unity.” Party unity, however, means something quite different to progressives.

Tom Perez winning the DNC race was not a total surprise. Establishment Democrats seem to have learned nothing from their defeat in 2016. There were warning signs, but many progressives within the party were angered by the DNC vote. Even as DNC representatives were blasted with phone calls and emails to vote in favor of Keith Ellison, they still voted against the will of these constituents.

Julian Drury: Student, writer, resident of New Orleans, and staunch progressive. Helping to advance progressive causes, one post at a time.

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  • The DNC election … should challenge … progressives to ask themselves how long they will continue sailing on the U.S.S. Democrat. That ship is not headed toward the desired destination, nor is it even designed to go there. Moreover, in the wake of the 2016 election, it is a boat that appears to be rotting, drifting, and gradually sinking. Why not jump aboard a different vessel, one that really has the potential to get us where we urgently need to go?
  • Related: Series | 2016 General Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Direction
  • Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

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Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'?

  • The pioneering psychologist explained the rise of Hitler with an analysis that seems way too relevant now.
  • Erich Fromm Saw It Coming.
  • Related: Most People Today Want to be Propagandized

Conor LynchSalon / AlterNet

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February 26, 2017 | President Donald Trump took his rancorous feud with the press to a frightening new level last week when he posted an inflammatory tweet that echoed tyrants of the past, calling the all-caps “FAKE NEWS” media “the enemy of the American People.”

As many were quick to point out, the phrase “enemy of the people” has a disturbing and violent history, and has long been used by totalitarian dictators to foster resentment and hatred of certain groups, and eventually to crush dissent and opposition. The infamous French revolutionary and Reign of Terror apologist Robespierre declared that the revolutionary government owed “nothing to the enemies of the people but death,” while the term was widely used in Stalinist Russia to single out dissidents, who were either imprisoned, executed or sent to the Gulag (in the end, almost all of the original Bolsheviks became “enemies of the people” during the great purge — which in reality meant enemies of Joseph Stalin).

Conor Lynch is a writer and journalist living in New York City. 

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Most People Today Want to be Propagandized, Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout 

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/propaganda_0.jpgIntellectually insecure and socially uprooted, many people are now desperate for some authority to cling to, someone who will give simple expression to the inklings of thoughts and instincts to which they can neither give adequate voice nor adequately live out. 

"We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." --WH Auden, English Poet  

 

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