As Hannah Arendt argued, there is one common thread which connects individuals drawn to all kinds of extremist ideologies
— Read on aeon.co/essays/loneliness-is-the-common-ground-of-terror-and-extremism
“What to the American Slave Is Your 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’s Historic Speech | Democracy Now!
— Read on www.democracynow.org/2018/7/4/what_to_the_slave_is_4th
Origins of the Opioid Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew of OxyContin Abuse in 1996 But Covered It Up | Democracy Now!
— Read on www.democracynow.org/2018/6/1/origins_of_the_opioid_epidemic_purdue
I know we have mostly good police officers in our area, but people everywhere are not so lucky.
Depressing but something we need to acknowledge is the fact that police shoot a huge number of people and most of the time it’s not justifiable, yet they almost never are held accountable.
In a report from the online magazine The Establishment, “Police shoot a lot more people than previously known” by Kali Holloway, the details of this, and the sources, are laid out.
This report shows the true extent of racism and violence at the heart of this country. Even more disturbing is the fact that the current national administration is backing down on efforts to improve things, and continuing to allow the lack of a comprehensive reporting system.
It’s a pretty long and not-so-fun read, but it’s something Americans must come to terms with if we are to be a rational, moral society.
Trump has become a trope.
Many groups have taken our intense emotional reaction to the Trumpian antics and begun to use them to further their own agendas — and some very diverse agendas they are, including both right and left on the American political spectrum.
This blog post by Caitlin Johnstone, the Australian writer I’ve been reading recently, lays it all out. I’m not sure she’s spot-on about everything, but she certainly does give us food for thought…
The thing that concerns me the most is the idea that we are losing focus on the war-mongering and empire-building behind the anti-Russian obsession fueled by the idea that the Russians promoted Trump and dissed Hillary. This is a trend we need to be aware of if we want to avoid some inevitable descent into wider war.
Caitlin Johnstone’s Fascism Came to America