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paul beard
Lifelong learner and teacher
Lifelong learner and teacher


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So much socialism…good thing we don't hold with any of this nonsense anymore… /sarcasm

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Identifying Trump as — Effectively a third-party president without a party, — is the only smart piece of this. There seems to be no end of carping at the "weak economy left by the Clintons" (how counter-factual is that? What about what happened under his successor and how Obama led the recovery from that?) or the state of the frayed social fabric that is a direct result of his party's neoliberal economic agenda? I get it, these jamokes just see a new way into the game. Chaos is a ladder, as someone said, and they figure that supporting an insurgent candidate means they can slip inside the gate with the rest of the vandals.

It was all self-interest, as with the guy he signed up with.

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I already didn't like "ride-sharing" unlicensed cabs but this makes me like them even less.

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Liberalism can't defeat white supremacy. Only direct action can.

Some highlights, but you are encouraged to read it in full @

The problem of discrimination and equality in America has been far more dynamic, operating like an oversized historical game of paper-rock-scissors. And in such a game, throwing the same thing over and over again is never a good idea.

For a long while, we’ve been throwing a lot of “paper.” Liberalism — our paper — preserves our country’s long commitment to contracts. Under liberalism, citizens stand in contract with their government. The government’s job, in turn, has been to enforce contracts between individuals and groups. Truly, when people ask for rights, be they women’s rights, gay and transgender rights, or rights as people of color, they are asking for contract rights. Capitalism, for better and often for worse, is that baked-in to our political system.

Markets didn’t give citizenship its only meaning, to be sure. But the meaning of citizenship in America has remained most real in the commercial possibilities and legal certainties offered by contract. Our “paper” citizenship, thus, inheres in things like the defensible access to employment, ownership and even, at times, the right to kill as a soldier, police officer or property owner. Liberalism’s loftiest promise, in brief, has been the right to own and not be property.

This weekend’s white power march in Charlottesville, and the march’s attendant terrorist attack, reminded the country of the persistence of white supremacy, our country’s “scissors.”
Resistance, be it forceful or clandestine, threatened or explicit, stands as our “rock.” Rocks can look like armed self-defense or nonviolent direct-action campaigns.
No matter its form, rock breaks scissors. A half-century ago, nothing less than radical anti-racism could reduce white supremacy to an outlaw religion. Paper could not do that. The contract logic of liberalism, on its own, was not built for that. On matters of racism and discrimination, capitalism can never serve as the great social fix, because in many instances, the very sectors of the economy that have historically been the most profitable in American history — for instance, slavery, real estate — have also been the most discriminatory.
Back in May and now again in mid-August, white supremacists in Charlottesville exhibited a taste for torches. The historical theater of such displays ought not be lost on us. Lynch mobs carried torches. But they also had to carry them, because dedicated people, forcefully defending black rights, drove hatemongers to conduct their murderous work under cover of darkness.

Consider that the Klan and neo-Nazis are again out and about in daylight, wielding not so much torches as scissors. We can keep on throwing paper. Even after a couple of centuries of trying, we can keep hoping a commitment to commerce can still be the great fix. We would do well, however, to wise up and start throwing rock — public denunciations of white supremacy, clear anti-racist institution building, and fighting for policies that undo the money made off racism, especially with an ancient hatred now standing unhooded.

Segregationists have again assumed their pedestals in the Justice Department, the White House and many other American temples. Paper alone won’t drive them out. Start throwing rocks.

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Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.

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As seen on reddit and edited lightly here:
Members of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and All Americans:
Let there be no doubt -
Over this past weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia,
Domestic Terrorists flying the flags of two self-declared Enemies of the United States, being Nazi Germany and the Confederacy,
with a guest speaker who has written that Territory for a White Ethnostate should be seceded from the United States, and that America would benefit from the Genocide of Black People, styling themselves as and after traitors and genocidal Enemies of the United States, did Meet, and Conspired to take actions, and then Took Actions that resulted in the terrorization of Americans, the assault, battery, and hospitalization of Americans, and the death of one American plus the accidental deaths of two Law Enforcement Officers.
These Americans were acting bravely and patriotically in accordance with their Right to Peaceably Assemble and the Exercise of Free Speech to defend their land, their government, their society, and their fellow Americans from Domestic Terrorists who wore uniforms, who armed themselves for military maneuvers, and who flew the Flags of Enemies of the United States.
The actions of these Americans were in the True Spirit of America. They are amongst those for whom the Second Amendment's recognition of the Right to Bear arms, is designed.
These Terrorists whom the Americans opposed, who carried Flags, wore Badges, and made Salutes associated with the self-declared Enemies of the United States, call themselves the Alt-Right.
When asked to take a position on this incident, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump,
Dishonored the Americans who took a stand against the self-proclaimed Enemies of America, Dishonored the Americans who were harmed and killed while defending themselves, their State, their Country and their fellow Americans from Enemies of America.
He placed blame for the incident equally on the Americans who placed their lives and safety in Harm's Way, in defense of America and Americans,
And on the Terrorists who swear allegiance to genocidal slaver enemies of the United States.
His words do not bear repeating.
It is beneath the dignity of all Americans to have to bear the rhetoric put forth by Donald J. Trump, who blamed brave, patriotic, True Americans for the stance and acts they took, in opposing the Domestic Terrorists called the "Alt-Right",
who purposefully organised and uniformed and mobilised under the political objective of terrorising, assaulting, and murdering Americans,
who flew the flags of Nazi Germany and the Confederacy, the flags of tyrranical genocidal slavers who sought and failed to destroy America.
Donald J. Trump has adhered to, and given aid and comfort, to Enemies of the United States. His words and actions have emboldened them. He has failed to defend America. He has dishonored ALL AMERICANS with his shameful equivocation of brave Americans with Nazis.
Donald J. Trump is now the albatross about the neck of every American politician who does not move, immediately, unequivocally, and with every resource available to them, to impeach him.
Every. Sitting. Federal. Congressperson. Must. Impeach.
There can be no discussion, no wavering, no qualms.
Anyone who fails to remove this man from office immediately will forever bear the mark of having aided, abetted, commanded, counselled, and procured aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States, of having acted Treasonously towards the Constitution and We the People.

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Trump will clearly, happily destroy the GOP if he feels the party has proven disloyal to him. Given what’s happened, it would be richly deserved. But Trump’s greatest powers are not as head of the GOP but as head of state of the country. He would happily destroy the country too to sate his own anguished feelings of betrayal. Sound hyperbolic? Why would the pattern be any different written on so large a canvas?

It's not political: it's personal. The man has no political instincts, just the raw aggression of a cornered wolverine. He may well destroy his party and the USA may well end up better off for it, if they consign their ignorance and grievance/privilege-based politics to the ash heap.

Read the rest.

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This is what you need to send anyone who argues that the Dems are the KKK party or any of the other revisionist nonsense they will repeat.

This might seem off-topic, but it’s really not, because it gets to the roots of the cultural division we have in the US, a division that wasn’t created by the Republican party, but which, since the 1960s, has been consciously targeted, amplified, and exploited for electoral gain. (strong caution: frequent use of the N word)

Lee Atwater, the Godfather of Below the Belt Dogwhistle politics, gives above an unguarded description of how he aims at exploiting racial tension and fear to further his goals. This is the tap root of talk radio, Fox News, and the divisions of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion and race that we saw so fully developed in the past decade, and which have finally driven a once-great party into its current, extreme, salivating, anti-science, unelectable frenzy. The specificity with which Atwater lays it out is stunning. — emphasis added: it truly is the taproot, the wellspring, the Big Bang of all this garbage. Atwater was a master of messaging and while he did repent toward the end of his life, I don't think anything he could have said would undo the damage this video lays out.

Yes, there was a segregationist wing of the Dems in the South, opposed by the Republican party in the North. When the Dems under LBJ took up civil rights, those opposed left and the Republicans, seeing their conservative message getting stale, took them in to keep up their numbers. And Atwater was there to exploit that energy.

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For Trump, anger serves as a way to manage staff, express his displeasure or simply as an outlet that soothes him. Often, aides and advisers say, he’ll get mad at a specific staffer or broader situation, unload from the Oval Office and then three hours later act as if nothing ever occurred even if others still feel rattled by it. Negative television coverage and lawyers earn particular ire from him.

White House officials and informal advisers say the triggers for his temper are if he thinks someone is lying to him, if he’s caught by surprise, if someone criticizes him, or if someone stops him from trying to do something or seeks to control him.

What in that description isn't applicable to a toddler?
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