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  • Trump allegedly Paid $130,000 to Porn Star for Her Silence
    • I'm happy for her. Things would have been very difficult for her if she had gone public. Having consenual sex with sex workers is a good thing. Let's get the focus back on the women he assaulted.

  • Can Turkey's Erdogan ride Rohingya Crisis to global Muslim Leadership?
  • Now they hate Universities: Trumpie anti-Intellectualism infects GOP
    • I agree. Unlike long in the past, when the humanities were the heart of universities, science and technology have taken over. Our modern culture generally has been taken over by philosophical materism and an excessive preoccupation with science. Philosophers in the academy should be critically thinking about our societies current beliefs, but they do not. All the non-technical disiplines have been weakened and altered. Philosophy and religion do not play the role they once did in universities, and this may have left a lot of people unsatisfied

  • GOP Greatest Single Threat to Mothers on Mother's Day
    • Trumpcare Medicaid cuts will also hurt elderly mothers who need long-term care. And, the GOP regime is daily deporting mothers or their family members.

  • Trumpcare is the best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance
    • For low-income people, the AHCA is much worse than simply a return to pre-ACA days. It severely cuts funds for Medicaid. Two thirds of seniors in nursing homes depend on Medicaid. We can't allow any compromise that includes cuts to Medicaid. Six million seniors use Medicaid as well as Medicare.
      The ACA Medicaid expansion was a huge expansion of single-payer. Trumpcare will reverse that and also cut into the aid poor people have been getting for decades.

  • Uh, oh: French Left can't bring itself to Vote for Macron
    • In the USA, a lot of innocent people are being deported who would not have been had Clinton been elected. American families shattered, communities terrorized. These are the people some of us voted for when we voted for the neoliberal corporatist. But those who couldn't bring themselves to vote for Her, still manage to pass themselves off as champions of the vulnerable. All they have to offer are slogans about how capitalism and neoliberalism are bad, and socialism is the solution.

  • Russia‚Äôs Neo-Feudal Capitalism
    • The rhetoric we here from US capitalists is often about getting the state off their backs and shrinking the public sector. But capitalists like Trump and Putin love the state. If they control it, its a source of limitless wealth and power. They can use the state to legally take someone's private property and give it to their friends. Our huge military industrial complex feeds at the public trough. Trump loves eminent domain and asset forfeiture, because they are legal ways to steal private property. The institution of private property is the foundation of capitalism. So, because people don't act the way idealists think they ought, capitalism eats itself. Socialism also fails because people will not ever get with the program.

  • Can we survive simultaneous Trump, Ahmadinejad Presidencies?
    • Ahmadinejad and Trump in power at the same time would be exhilarating. They both express themselves with refreshing candor. Trump has been such a soothing breath of fresh air. No matter what you think about him , you always know where he stands. Whether it's on a golf course, or on a picnic table, we know where he stands. We also know where he sits.

  • Is the Public turning on Trump over Russia Ties, Sessions' Perjury?
    • Whether the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign is being investigated. The Trump-Russia probe has reached no conclusion yet, according to Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff has been obsessed with Russia for the last 2 months. The sane thing to do would be to wait for solid evidence before freaking out. What happens if several months from now there's still no proof of collusion? The Democrats and the media will be even less credible.
      Trump opponents would be better off spending less energy on Russia, and more on saving healthcare, the environment, and immigrant families.

  • How Islamophobia is Creating Prejudice toward non-Muslims Too
    • I met a Latino businessman who was always harassed at the airport because his face looked like he could be an Arab. Maybe misrecognition plays a role in the fact that Americans think there are tens of millions of Muslims in their country, when there are only a few million.

  • Pundits, stop Swooning: Trump still covering for Radical White Nationalist Extremists
    • There would've been nothing but condemnation if people had any sense. His creation of an office dedicated to the crimes of a minority can do nothing but demonize that minority unjustly, and lead to vigilante violence and ethnic cleansing. We did this to the Chinese in the late 19th century. Trump's entire presentation was defined by his props: the widow of the martyred soldier, the victims of the "aliens" in our midst. Maybe he was presidential like Jackson, who said " the only good Indian is a dead Indian".

  • Trump's Russia scandals could be about to get much, much worse
    • it is worth thinking about why the intelligence community is leaking so much this time, when it hasn't done so in the past. Seeing the CIA and Pentagon using their power to deligitimize an elected President is a bit scary.

  • Has Trump quietly surrendered to Russia and China?
    • The idea of America first is not about making us number one on the global strategic chessboard. Rather, it is about spending all our money on things that benefit Americans instead of war. It is about stopping our efforts to fix , shape, and save the world. There are countries that have very little geopolitical power whose people are better off than Americans.
      Trump's problem is that he has no coherent policy at all, and is f##@+king up everything.

  • German Ambassador 1933: "Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at 'Immigrants'"
    • Customs and Border Protection agents are not complying with judicial orders in some cases. Trump has named former anti-immigrant hate group leader Julie Kirchner to be the CBP's new chief of staff. When Trump gets all his appointees in place, they may continue to ignore judges and congressmen. So, we have a constitutional crisis, or a coup.

  • Mexico 'Astonished' at Israel's Netanyahu's Tweet backing Wall
    • one of the chants at LAX protest: from Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go.

  • Trump's Visa Ban is about anti-Muslim Bigotry, not Security
    • The first U.S. law to ban an ethnic group was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was in effect until 1943. In the 1850s, white people in the west often took it upon themselves to attack, murder, and drive out "the yellow peril". Newspapers fanned the flames of the Sinophobia.
      The current President of the Philippines decided to make drug sellers and users the scapegoat. He's encouraged the slaughter of thousands of suspected drug sellers and buyers. His constituents fear him, yet he remains very popular.

  • All the terrible things Trump plans to do to Women (besides that one)
    • Let's wait & see. Maybe he'll only break up a few hundred thousand Latina's families. Maybe the number of Muslim women banned will be fairly small. Maybe it'll only be a few million women who lose healthcare. Maybe having huge conflicts of interest doesn't matter. Maybe the free press should be attacked by the POTUS. Authoritarianism is becoming normalized all over the world. Let's wait and see. Maybe... HELL NO

  • 6 Lessons From Nonviolent Organizing for Resisting Trumpism
    • I'm wondering if research has shown that nonviolence works under all circumstances, and if not, at what point does it become ineffective. Nelson Mandela decided at some point that nonviolence was not enough to defeat the South Africa regime. The abolitionists in the 1850s grew to accept violence. Maybe if they had been pacifists the Civil War would have been avoided. But slavery would have continued much longer.
      This is an academic question, because we're just getting started with our nonviolent resistance.

  • For Russian hold on Trump, follow the Money, not the Sex tapes
    • NO. human trafficking is a problem, but their are many sex workers who consent and like what they do. Abolitionists put out tons of propaganda conflating sex work with trafficking and slavery. These types of feminists join with liberals , conservatives, and other fake do-gooders to cause much harm to women in the sex business.
      Like the closure of Backpage. It will not help trafficking victims. But it has stopped income of thousands of women and made them less safe. And, of course, the Senate hearings on Backpage did not talk to a single sex worker.
      That's the rule with the rescuers: never, ever listen to the women you're "rescuing".

    • if Russia is not threatening the U.S., why do WE have to police them?

  • Top 5 Ways Obama Sanctions on Russia work for Democrats
    • The Democrats need to focus on saving the ACA, protecting immigrants rights, blocking Trump's nominees, etc. How does spending so much time talking about and investigating Russia help stop the Republicans from doing a lot of damage next year?

  • Demonization of Putin as "Personally" behind Clinton Hack is old Propaganda Technique
    • Trump has appointed 3 generals who are squarely in the anti-Russia camp. They're also extremely hawkish on Iran, Russia's ally in Syria. They conflate the various branches of political Islam and see them all as a great threat to the U.S. If they're going to start a conflict with Iran, they have to demonize its ally Putin.
      Trump and Tillerson have ties to Russia, so it's hard to predict what will happen. But, playing up the Russia thing in an effort to discredit Trump is actually helping the war hawks he has gathered around him.

  • Sorry, Garrison Keillor: Keith Ellison for President could have beaten Trump, and still Can
    • The 20th century saw 160 million people killed in wars and genocides that were not based on religion. Get rid of religion and you still have the greed and insanity that cause problems. And, having faith does not require you to be inhumane and irrational.

  • Now that SecDef thinks Israeli Occupation is Apartheid, will the Lobby Blackballing Fail?
    • Mattis said in April 2016 that Iran is "the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East." Flynn and Pompeo are also Iran hawks. The ZOA opposes Mattis, but the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs supports him.

  • Bad Rain Falling: Who's to Blame for our Trump Catastrophe?
    • Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Edward Snowden are amongst those who said Clinton was as bad as Trump. There are millions of people who will be hurt by Trump who would not have been so harmed by Clinton-- people who lose their health insurance, undocumented folks ( some of whom lived here for over 20 years), harassed Muslims. Every vote counted. Whoever did not block Trump by voting for Clinton shares the blame for this disaster.

  • Neofascist Trump Appointee Bannon: "Anger is a Good thing" "if you're Fighting to Take this Country Back"
    • Ian Tuttle at the conservative National Review does as a good job criticizing Bannon. Regardless of whether Bannon is racist, he defacto endorses the alt-right, which embraces an ethno-nationalism that has it's counterparts in the worst of the European far right. The alt-right rejects the eternally radical principal that all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights. Having such a worm in the White House is a grave danger to conservatives and liberals alike.

  • How can Progressives get through the Next 4 Years? Organize!
    • Trump is expected to end a program that protects immigrants brought here illegally by their parents as children. There are over 700,000 of these people who Obama protected and Trump will deport. They've been living here since they were kids.
      Low-income people will lose health insurance.
      Those of you who stuck to your principles and did not vote for the only person who could stop Trump share the blame for the pain he will cause. Bernie cares more about people than being a standard bearer.
      After the primary, even Norman Finklestein said to vote for Hillary. You think Chomsky, Finklestein, and many other leftists all sold out? You are wrong.

    • People will be hurt by Trump. The Medicaid expansion part of the ACA will likely be eliminated. We can't be sure how many people the Republicans will be able to harm. Don't sit back in your easy chair and look at the " big picture" while being oblivious to the people being thrown under the bus.

  • Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism is Killing Them (Literally)
  • Dear Ann Coulter: Ben Franklin didn't think you or Trump are White, Either
  • Top 5 Times the FBI intervened to Help the US Right Wing
    • interested readers can read about Viola Liuzzo on Wikipedia. The section " FBI Cover-up and Leaks" will shed some light on this subject.

    • After the Selma to Montgomery march, while Viola Liuzzo was returning from shuttling activists to the airport, she was shot dead by Klansmen. One of the four Klansmen in the car was an undercover FBI agent. The FBI tried to obscure that fact, and J Edgar Hoover began a horrible smear campaign against the murdered woman.
      My father was spit on by a redneck while on that march. Those of us with such memories are repulsed by Trump. We're also nauseated by those who say " he's anti-establishment, so what the neck". Or those who say he's no worse than Clinton. The rise of Trumpism is the revenge of racist south. And the racist right has allies in law enforcement.

  • The Hatred that Trump's Lies will Leave Behind
    • The people who stand to lose the most are those at the bottom. Many low-income people are getting by in this status quo and don't want to gamble on a nativist upheaval. You can stuff your revolution up your tailpipe.

  • Save America from Trump to fix America, or, Did your Mother Drop you on Your Head?
    • The ACA gave Medicaid coverage to millions of previously uninsured low-income people. So, you're saying the law that enabled me to have health insurance is bad because it was written for corporations? You think you're anti-corporation campaign is more important than the benefits I get from the ACA? If low-income people were politically astute, they'd realize that leftist idealists are often their enemies.

  • If he wins: The Coming Trump Market Crash and Great Recession
    • 370 economists, including 8 who won Nobels in economics, signed a letter saying Trump is dangerous and destructive for the country. Even his white supremacist supporters know he'll be bad for the economy.
      The only effective way to put a log in his path is to vote for HC.

  • Does Trump's lag prove the end of White Christian America?
    • No information is given about the percentage of white Christians who are upset about increased diversification. There are in fact many who welcome increased diversification. White Christians do not all have the same worldview or politics. Some are quite happy to see the nativist types losing control.

  • Trump Campaign: The Donald's 5-Point Plan to Defeat Islam
    • "the effects would be localized within the US"
      Maybe. But some of us are actually concerned about our neighbors, ourselves, and our country.

  • "Little Trump" Pence: Bomb Syria, confront Russia, smear refugees; & smoking doesn't cause Cancer
    • google "an 8 point brief for lesser evil voting Chomsky". It makes sense to me.

    • Trump's understanding of the world, together with his normal way of talking to people, makes it hard for me to believe that he is less likely than Clinton to get us more involved in wars.
      The two greatest threats to the human species are climate change and nuclear war. Trumps stated positions are to speed up climate change and nuclear proliferation.
      A Trump presidency would likely make more people fall in love with the status quo he disrupted to the point where they'd support a coup. People who who can't vote for the lesser evil won't get their revolution, and they won't be standing on a higher moral ground, but they will remain comfortably encased in their delusions.

  • Vote For Hillary Clinton Or Die in a Fiery Apocalypse: A Letter To Young Progressives
    • Since you're referencing Chomsky, do some google searches to see what he says about Trump, and why he thinks Trump is the greater evil, and why voting for the lesser evil is the right thing to do.

    • Comparisons to Germany in the thirties are due to the resurgence of nativism- the calls for banning a religion, deporting millions of illegal aliens, building a wall. Tapping into and strengthening white nativism\racism is the similarity between Trump and Hitler.

    • I'm voting my pocket book. I get free health care ( Medicaid) thanks to the ACA. I'll lose that under Trump, and things will be more difficult.

    • Even if you think HC is corrupt, dishonest, and too hawkish, Trump is still more dangerous. Even if you're not concerned about the 20 million of us who have health insurance thanks to Obamacare, he will still be far worse than HC. Naom Chomsky is quite far to the left, and he advocates voting for HC if you live in a state that's competitive. Math and logic tell us that, if you live in a state where the outcome is uncertain, if you don't vote for HC, you effectively vote for Trump. You're refusal to vote for the lesser evil, will bring us the greater evil. Unfortunately, there are only 2 possible outcomes in the race to the White House. I voted for Bernie, and I've voted 3rd party before, but Trump is an abomination and must be soundly defeated.

  • French Court lifts Municipal Burkini Ban; & Why should you care what other people wear?
    • The worldview that would "liberate " Muslim women from the Burkina is the same worldview that "freed" French sex workers by criminalizing paying for sex. Whether your too pious or too libertine, the state must rescue you from men, like it or not.

  • The most Left Wing Supreme Court in a Generation? Sec. Clinton's most important Progressive Prospect
    • if you stay home, vote 3rd party, or write in Bernie, you help Trump win. Trump will be much worse than the status quo,

  • Rep. Steve King, White People and 'Civilization'
    • Gunpowder, printing, and the compass are a few of the multitude of things that originated in China. "Science and Civilization in China", are a series of books initiated and edited by Sir Joseph Needham, Ph.D. To date, there are 7 volumes in 27 books. Rep. King's question about contributions of "these other categories of people" have been sufficiently answered by Joseph Needham's work.

  • The Real Problem with the Iraq War: It was Illegal
    • There was strong international support for the Gulf War, but the Arab world was deeply divided. The final resolution of the Cairo summit, which condemned Iraq's invasion of Kuwat, was favored by 10 states and opposed by 9.
      @@When the US invaded Panama and set up a puppet regime, the world objected. But the US vetoed 2 UN resolutions condemning their aggression.
      @@There have been a number of aggressive, unjust wars that the UNSC has ignored.
      @@International Law absolutely should be obeyed. It should be enforced. There should be no illegal wars. But the system needs to be greatly improved so that the decisions of the UN actually reflect morality and justice.

  • Trump's Politics of Whiteness and the CIA tip that Jailed Nelson Mandela
    • Mandela came to the conclusion that non-violence wouldn't work in South Africa. The ANC was involved in sabotage and guerilla warfare. Mandela supported this violence, to his credit.
      If The Donald tries to deport half of Los Angeles, he may be in for a surprise.

  • Forget the Trump/Cruz Circus: Why Liberals are the Future of America
    • James Haught seems to equate secularism with liberalism. Than he quotes Dr Martin Luther King Jr, who had a PhD in theology, and was religious to his core.

    • The secular trend may be unstoppable in the US, UK, and France, but globally the percentage of non-religious is expected to decrease in the coming decades. Muslims will eventually outnumber Christians. In the USA, religious people will be mostly non-white. Progressives will get stuck in a white, secular bubble, unless they relearn religious tolerance. They'll need to work with Hispanic Catholics on economic justice issues, even though they may disagree with them on social issues. And they'll need to relax around religious progressives. Religious does not mean conservative, and secular does not mean liberal. Ted Cruz does not define religion anymore than Charlie Sheen defines secularism.

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