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D.L. Hughley Smashes Trump For Daring To Pander To Black Celebrity

This is Hughley's response to Steve Harvey's earlier meeting with Trump, as we read it in The Chicagoist.

http://chicagoist.com/2017/01/13/trump_asks_steve_harvey_to_help_chi.php

I'm totally with Hughley on this. My take is that Trump's attractive wealth or appeals to manhood should never excuse his use of racism before all of America. Racism is why the vast inequalities of manhood and wealth exist to begin with.

I'd ask conservative Steve Harvey: "Just what are you conservatives conserving, again? Life? Liberty? Happiness? For whom? Are you sure this isn't a 'Lucy and the football" moment?





Four Futures -- Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase

This 156-page mapping of four possible futures for the world and America, this is a discussion of four ways the post-capitalist world might look.

Published by Jacobin's editor (available on Amazon), it's a short, dense book that looks at futures run by
equality and abundance (communism),
hierarchy and abundance (rentism),
equality and scarcity (socialism) and
hierarchy and scarcity (exterminism).

So far, our global leaders are colluding with forces of capitalism that will start, if not end, in a frame of exterminism.

It's not an easily accessible read for the everyone, but it's well written. It informs us of paths for decision making, and it is worth the effort.

Ava DuVernay's "13th"-- American History

Ava DuVernay's "13th" is American history. It's my white life's witness in the South 50 years ago. Which was nothing if not hurtful, and privileged because I got to study Black culture on a one-year college scholarship.

I was poor, lived in a two-room house poor, witnessed WWII alcoholic vets' violence, but by the time I was in high school, knew I hadn't lived anything like the black victims whose lives I witnessed. And so I knew the rest of white America had no clue. I left. Since then, I might not have done enough, but I've tried.

And I will tell you that Jeff Sessions doesn't give a fuck about black people. No fucks.



Chris Hedges on The Myth of Human Progress -- "The honest eye of Starbuck fell downright..."

This speech is four years old, but, given the new state of America's governance, it's more relevant than ever and needs to be re-seen regularly.

As DU'ers look to politics, Chris Hedges' review of complex societies' collapses reveals what is going on.

Can we face this? Ourselves? Can we think and act in ways to stop digging this hole we're in?

"...This understanding comes at a high cost...Dying civilizations make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art, and culture, and on their 'burnt' children.

The masters of the corporate state do not want us to peer into the pit, or heed the cries of those who've seen what awaits us. The corporate state, rather, feeds the thirst for illusion, happiness and hope...

...the argument of globalizatin is that our voyage is unalterable, decreed by Natural Law...Those who challenge this myth are heretics...

...catastrophic climate change is virtually certain...To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to collapse, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality.

The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth, intellectually and emotionally and yet rise up to resist the corporate forces that are destroying us...the game is up...the technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury, as well as unrivaled military and economic power for a small global elite, are the forces that now doom us...the capitalist expansion ... is now a curse... we lack the vision and the courage to shut down the engines of global capitalism...when we go down, the planet will go with us..."





Transcript:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/chris_hedges_jan_27_column_transcript_collapse_of_complex_societies_2014012

Recommended reading:

Ronald Wright -- A Short History of Progress(2006)

Peter Frase -- Four Futures - Life After Capitalism (2016)

Paul Mason -- Postcapitalism (2015)



Trump is not who he says he is, but who his people say he is. Are they united? No.

Yes. I want to post google images of Trump as an hitlerian dictator in kingly robes. But I'm a Democrat.

If we're so smart, we need to pay attention. Not to Trump, but to the next four years of every. fucking. body. else. That's what democracy is. That's what a Democrat fucking does.

'Trump,” he wrote, “alone among candidates for high office in this or in the last seven (at least) cycles, has stood up to say: I want to live. I want my party to live. I want my country to live.

By holding the line on unauthorized immigration and rethinking free trade, Decius argued, Trump could help foster “solidarity among the working, lower-middle, and middle classes of all races and ethnicities.”

Decius identified himself as a conservative, but he saved much of his criticism for “house-broken conservatives,” who warned of the perils of progressivism while doing nothing in particular to stop it.
Electing Trump was a way to take a stand against both ambitious liberalism and insufficiently ambitious conservatism.


http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/09/intellectuals-for-trump

Does this define our game plan? Hell, no! But it does inform it.



DU must work toward clarity and a better future.

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Stay strong. And have an occasional laugh.

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