The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
Moyers and Company – September 14, 2017 – Bill Moyers
Renowned psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on the Goldwater Rule: We have a duty to warn if someone may be dangerous to others… “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” will be published Oct. 3 by St. Martin’s Press… The foreword is by one of America’s leading psychohistorians, Robert Jay Lifton. He is renowned for his studies of people under stress… We interview Dr. Lifton… “Solipsistic reality means that the only reality he’s capable of embracing has to do with his own self and the perception by and protection of his own self. And for a president to be so bound in this isolated solipsistic reality could not be more dangerous for the country and for the world.”
The American Military Uncontained
Tom Dispatch – September 12, 2017 – William J. Astore
Soon after the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 to much triumphalist self-congratulation in Washington, the scholar and former CIA consultant Chalmers Johnson had an epiphany. What he would come to call “the American Raj,” a global imperial structure ostensibly built to corral the menace of communism, wasn’t going away just because that menace had evaporated, leaving not a superpower nor even a major power as an opponent anywhere on the horizon. Quite the opposite, Washington — and its globe-spanning “empire” of military bases — was only digging in deeper and for the long haul. At that moment, with a certain shock, Johnson realized that the U.S. was itself an empire and, with its mirror-image-enemy gone, risked turning on itself and becoming its own nemesis.
What is Hate Speech?
George Lakoff’s Website – September 14, 2017
I have been asked what hate speech is. It is not exactly hard to detect. Hate speech defames, belittles, or dehumanizes a class of people on the basis of certain inherent properties — typically race, ethnicity, gender, or religion… Hate speech these days is not just speech by an individual. It has become an industry for the racist right — organized, purposely provocative, a recruiting tool, and a show of power aiming at greater power.
We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Democracy Now! – September 18, 2017 – Naomi Klein
This is the extreme world—we’re catching a glimpse of it—that we’ve been warned about. And we hear this phrase, “the new normal.” And it’s a little bit misleading, because I don’t think there is a normal. You know, it’s precisely the unpredictability that we have to understand. And I think what a warmer world means is that there are, you know, fewer and fewer breaks between the extreme events… These are disasters that have become unnatural, that have become unnaturally catastrophic, because of the impacts of climate change, but also because of the impacts of deregulation, because of inequality, of racial injustice. And the oil industry is at the dead center of this.
We Cannot Go on Like This. It Is Time to Talk to North Korea
Common Dreams – September 20, 2017 – Tom Fowdy
The ignorance and hubris of the President of the United States knows no boundaries. At his debut speech on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly—an organization built for the purposes of peace, humanitarianism and internationalism—Donald Trump openly and apologetically threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in response to its continued nuclear and missile testing. Prior, at no point in history had any world leader stood before the representatives of every nation and boasted in such vain egocentrism of their intent to destroy another member state, seemingly incapable of grasping the inevitable consequences of such actions.
Like Other ACA Repeal Bills, Cassidy-Graham Would Cap and Deeply Cut Medicaid
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – September 21, 2017 – Hannah Katch
Senators Cassidy and Graham have tried to focus attention on their block grant and away from the cap, but the Medicaid cap in their bill is very similar to the cap in the Senate Republican leadership bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act) that failed to pass the Senate in July, and even more damaging than the cap in the House-passed American Health Care Act. It would cut federal funding for non-expansion Medicaid populations (seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and pregnant women) by an estimated $175 billion over ten years and more than $1 trillion over 20 years, while also making federal Medicaid funding far less responsive to need.
Bernie Sanders’ Historic Anti-War Speech at Westminster College
Reader Supported News – September 22, 2017
Bernie Sanders’ address at Westminster College in Missouri was a historic renunciation of U.S. foreign policy and military might on which it is based since World War II. It was nothing less than a gauntlet thrown down. From Vietnam to Iraq, Sanders lays bare the failure and deception of American global domination… Foreign policy is about whether we continue to champion the values of freedom, democracy and justice, values which have been a beacon of hope for people throughout the world, or whether we support undemocratic, repressive regimes, which torture, jail and deny basic rights to their citizens… Here is the bottom line: In my view, the United States must seek partnerships not just between governments, but between peoples.
US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of World’s Dictatorships
Truth Out – September 23, 2017 – Rich Whitney
Does the US government actually oppose dictatorships and champion democracy around the world, as we are repeatedly told? The truth is not easy to find, but federal sources do provide an answer: No.
How did the Persecution of Burma’s Rohingya Arise?
Informed Comment – September 21, 2017 – Engy Abdelkader, JD, LL.M.
The persecution of the Rohingya is not new. My research on the Rohingya Muslim experience in Myanmar shows that this pattern of persecution goes back to 1948 – the year when the country achieved independence from their British colonizers. Here is their brief history…. Today, the Rohingya are the single largest “stateless” community in the world. Their “statelessness” or lack of citizenship increases their vulnerability because they are not entitled to any legal protection from the government.
Why We Need a Universal Basic Income
Moyers and Company – September 15, 2017 – Keri Leigh Merritt
To put it into perspective, Widerquist [a Georgetown professor of political philosophy] writes, a UBI would cost “less than 25 percent of the cost of current US entitlement spending, less than 15 percent of overall federal spending, and about 2.95 percent of Gross Domestic Product.” It would immediately lift more than 43 million people out of poverty, including 14.5 million children… UBI would work best if paired with a federal jobs guarantee. The vast majority of Americans want to work; they derive a sense of pride and fulfilment and identity from their jobs… Unless and until all non-elite American workers band together across racial and social and educational lines, our money-hungry politicians will continue to serve the interests of people just like themselves: the rich and already powerful.
What Cuba Can Teach Us About Health Care
Yes! Magazine – September 19, 2017 – Sarah van Gelder
Cuba’s system doesn’t end with universal access for its citizens. Cuban doctors offer health care around the world… Cuba’s spending on medical services and training, then, is an investment in its national security. By winning the friendship of countries like Pakistan and Guatemala, they increase their security without ships, airplanes, or bombs. They invest in training people to heal, not to kill, all over the world… A fully socialized system like Cuba’s may not be in the cards for the United States… Still,… we have the resources to make sure everyone in our country has health care if we invest our vast wealth wisely.
World Citizenship Is More Popular Than You Might Think
Portside, History News Network – September 17, 2017 – Lawrence Wittner
Overall, then, most people around the world?including most people in the United States?are not zealous nationalists. In fact, they display a remarkable level of support for moving beyond the nation-state to world citizenship.
Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Is Open for Signatures
Global Research , International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – September 21, 2017
Today, we put nuclear weapons in the same category as other unacceptable weapons.