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Topic: What Does The Election Of Donald Trump Mean For America?
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"Introduce a different force: love, empathy, compassion and interbeing"
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Introduce a different force: love, empathy, compassion and interbeing

It is important to introduce a different kind of force to animate the structures that might appear after the old ones crumble.
Politically, empathy is akin to solidarity, born of the understanding that we are all in this together. In what together? What would it take for it to embody love, compassion, and interbeing? Can we take these ideas into the political world and create an eye of compassion inside the political hate vortex?

 

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"Liberal elites failed to understand the crisis in middle America"
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Liberal elites failed to understand the crisis in middle America

The press have no credibility. The 'Deplorables' resented being called racist, misogynist, etc. The elite saw Trump supporters as the product of stupidity at best, or racism at worst. People voted for Trump because of real concerns, especially economics, but also family life to life expectancy to the drugs that have infected communities. The loss of millions and millions of jobs have fueled anger----racial, religious, sexual, political, etc. This country has abandoned our working class.

 

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"The era of American exceptionalism is over. American is a failed state."
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The era of American exceptionalism is over. American is a failed state.

"This has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair." Paul Krugman
"America has long been able to portray itself as leading the world not just in power but in democracy, in justice, in the expansion of rights…We will be just people among people from now on, just a nation among nations, with no claim to moral superiority over those who passed this way before."

 

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"This will blow everything up, but it’s the right thing to do"
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This will blow everything up, but it’s the right thing to do

This is a spiritual experience, they have given a rebuke to a system that richly deserved it.

 

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"Trump is a bigot, a demagogue, a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe & a bully"
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Trump is a bigot, a demagogue, a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe & a bully

Trump is the most unprepared president-elect in history. He has shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to lead a diverse nation of 320 million people. We know he has threatened to prosecute and jail his political opponents, and he has said he would curtail the freedom of the press. We know he lies without compunction.

 

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"We need to reform or replace the Democratic party"
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We need to reform or replace the Democratic party

The Democratic party needs to be either decisively wrested from pro-corporate neoliberals, or it needs to be abandoned. A hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatization, austerity and corporate trade, their living standards have declined precipitously. They have lost jobs. They have lost pensions. They have lost much of the safety net that used to make these losses less frightening. They see a future for their kids even worse than their precarious present.

 

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Leave the country! The experiment is over.

It is impossible to ever find our way back. The experiment is over, there will be a lot of peer review, but it won't matter. We are so far from our intended path that it is impossible to ever find our way back. The United States will cease to exist in its present form in less than 50 years.

 

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Create a Thoughtfulness Party

Politics is always going to be divisive. We need a new Humanity Party or People's Party or Thoughtfulness Party to begin to engage the population in an entirely new way.

 

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"Democracy actually works. Against the establishment, the people spoke."
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Democracy actually works. Against the establishment, the people spoke.

The people that Clinton derided as a “basket of deplorables” have spoken. What you have is a defeat of elitism. Nearly all major newspaper, polls and entertainers lined up against Trump. Ad spending and endorsements were nearly all in support of Clinton. This is a crisis of confidence for America’s ruling elite.

 

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"The election represents the decline of American democracy"
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The election represents the decline of American democracy

The probably most divisive and scandalous election in American history has eroded voters' faith in the two-party system, as many voters called it a game of money, power, and influence.

 

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Text: Paul Krugman, Our Unknown Country
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Paul Krugman, Our Unknown Country

We still don’t know who will win the electoral college, although as I write this it looks — incredibly, horribly — as if the odds now favor Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn’t understand the country we live in. We thought that our fellow citizens would not, in the end, vote for a candidate so manifestly unqualified for high office, so temperamentally unsound, so scary yet ludicrous.

We thought that the nation, while far from having transcended racial prejudice and misogyny, had become vastly more open and tolerant over time.

We thought that the great majority of Americans valued democratic norms and the rule of law.

It turns out that we were wrong. There turn out to be a huge number of people — white people, living mainly in rural areas — who don’t share at all our idea of what America is about. For them, it is about blood and soil, about traditional patriarchy and racial hierarchy. And there were many other people who might not share those anti-democratic values, but who nonetheless were willing to vote for anyone bearing the Republican label.

I don’t know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don’t think it’s self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair.

The New York Times, November 10, 2016

 
 
Text: The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story
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The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

The dissolution of the old order that is now officially in progress is going to intensify. That presents a tremendous opportunity and danger, because when normal falls apart the ensuing vacuum draws in formerly unthinkable ideas from the margins. Unthinkable ideas range from rounding up the Muslims in concentration camps, to dismantling the military-industrial complex and closing down overseas military bases. They range from nationwide stop-and-frisk to replacing criminal punishment with restorative justice. Anything becomes possible with the collapse of dominant institutions. When the animating force behind these new ideas is hate or fear, all manner of fascistic and totalitarian nightmares can ensue, whether enacted by existing powers or those that arise in revolution against them.

That is why, as we enter a period of intensifying disorder, it is important to introduce a different kind of force to animate the structures that might appear after the old ones crumble. I would call it love if it weren’t for the risk of triggering your New Age bullshit detector, and besides, how does one practically bring love into the world in the realm of politics? So let’s start with empathy. Politically, empathy is akin to solidarity, born of the understanding that we are all in this together. In what together? For starters, we are in the uncertainty together.

We are entering a space between stories. After various retrograde versions of a new story rise and fall and we enter a period of true unknowing, an authentic next story will emerge. What would it take for it to embody love, compassion, and interbeing? I see its lineaments in those marginal structures and practices that we call holistic, alternative, regenerative, and restorative. All of them source from empathy, the result of the compassionate inquiry: What is it like to be you?…

I think the pain beneath is fundamentally the same pain that animates misogyny and racism – hate in a different form. Please stop thinking you are better than these people! We are all victims of the same world-dominating machine, suffering different mutations of the same wound of separation. Something hurts in there. We live in a civilization that has robbed nearly all of us of deep community, intimate connection with nature, unconditional love, freedom to explore the kingdom of childhood, and so much more. The acute trauma endured by the incarcerated, the abused, the raped, the trafficked, the starved, the murdered, and the dispossessed does not exempt the perpetrators. They feel it in mirror image, adding damage to their souls atop the damage that compels them to violence. Thus it is that suicide is the leading cause of death in the U.S. military. Thus it is that addiction is rampant among the police. Thus it is that depression is epidemic in the upper middle class. We are all in this together.

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Charles Eisenstein

 
 
Text: Chris Hedges, It’s Worse Than You Think
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Chris Hedges, It’s Worse Than You Think

It’s Worse Than You Think… Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed… The repression of dissents will soon resemble the repression under past totalitarian regimes. State security will become an invasive and palpable presence. The most benign forms of opposition will be treated as if they are a threat to national security. Many, hoping to avoid the wrath of the state, will become compliant and passive. We, however, must fight back… The rot of our failed democracy vomited up a con artist who was a creation of the mass media


Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed. I do not know when this will happen. But that it will happen is certain. Investments in the stocks of the war industry, internal security and the prison-industrial complex have skyrocketed since Trump won the presidency. There is a lot of money to be made from a militarized police state.

READ: Revenge of the ‘Deplorables’

Our capitalist democracy ceased to function more than two decades ago. We underwent a corporate coup carried out by the Democratic and Republican parties. There are no institutions left that can authentically be called democratic. Trump and Hillary Clinton in a functioning democracy would have never been presidential nominees. The long and ruthless corporate assault on the working class, the legal system, electoral politics, the mass media, social services, the ecosystem, education and civil liberties in the name of neoliberalism has disemboweled the country. It has left the nation a decayed wreck. We celebrate ignorance. We have replaced political discourse, news, culture and intellectual inquiry with celebrity worship and spectacle.


Fascism, as historian Gaetano Salvemini pointed out, is about “giving up free institutions.” It is the product of a democracy that has ceased to function. The democratic form will remain, much as it did during the dictatorships in the later part of the Roman Empire, but the reality is despotism, or in our case, corporate despotism. The citizen does not genuinely participate in power.

“It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” Noam Chomsky told me with uncanny insight when I spoke with him six years ago. “The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system. The most striking fact about Weimar was not that the Nazis managed to destroy the Social Democrats and the Communists, but that the traditional parties, the Conservative and Liberal parties, were hated and disappeared. It left a vacuum which the Nazis very cleverly and intelligently managed to take over.


See full article by Chris Hedges at Truthdig




Chris Hedges, It's Worse Than You Think

 
 
Document: Nov 9 2016
 
 
Document: Naomi Klein
 
 
 
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Text: Robert Reich
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“It is necessary for the members and leadership of the Democratic National Committee to step down and be replaced by people who are determined to create a party that represents America, including all those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, and who have been left out of our politics and left behind in our economy.”

What happened in America Tuesday should not be seen as a victory for hatefulness over decency. It is more accurately understood as a repudiation of the American power structure.

Plan A: All current members of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic state central committees should resign, and Democrats should elect people who are committed to creating a New Democratic Party that will
(1) organize and mobilize millions of people into an activist army to peacefully resist Donald Trump’s takeover of America,
(2) provide this activist army with daily explanations of what is occurring in Trump’s administration, along with tasks that individuals and groups can do to stop or mitigate their harmful effects,
(3) protect vulnerable populations from harassment and exclusion, including undocumented young people, recent immigrants, people of color, and women,
(4) recruit a new generation of progressive candidates to run at the local, state, and national levels in 2018 and beyond, including someone to take on Trump in 2020, and
(5) do everything possible to advance the progressive agenda at state and local levels -- getting big money out of politics, reversing widening inequality, expanding health care, reversing climate change, ending the militarization of our police and the mass incarceration of our people, and stopping interminable and open-ended warfare.

Plan B: Create a new organization outside the Democratic Party to do (1) through (5) above.
Which plan do you prefer? Or do you have a Plan C? And how do you suggest we get started?

http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-democratic-party-needs-clean-house-519704

Nov 10 2016


Text: The experiment is over. Leave the country!
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The experiment is over. Leave the country!

Leave the country! The experiment is over. It is impossible to ever find our way back.
I'm so sorry friends.. I went to our finest schools, became a social worker, but I have dual citizenship. I'm out. The American project may not have failed in the long run. But my life is not about hundreds of years. Bye Bye.

Personally, I am moving to Costa Rica. I've had enough of this. Sixty years old, half my life spent in service to the country, truly believing I was helping prevent our enemies on the outside, but it turns out the real danger was from within. This isn't the United States our founders envisioned, not even close, and now we are going to move farther away from the ideals that were the foundation of the American Experiment in Democracy. The experiment is over, there will be a lot of peer review, but it won't matter. We are so far from our intended path that it is impossible to ever find our way back. The United States will cease to exist in its present form in less than 50 years.

I'm sitting in front of my computer switching between the election news and the help wanted ads in Spain. (I am a teacher of English and of Spanish.)
I'm also scribbling notes on whether it would be better to sell my little house or rent it; whether I should try to take my most precious possessions -- which include over two thousand books -- and whether I can manage to take my two cats.
At 79 years of age, I don't want to live even four years among the people who voted for the creature they have just chosen to be the president of the U.S.
I'm heartsick.

If Donald Trump Becomes President, I Am Moving to Alaska
http://reductress.com/post/if-donald-trump-becomes-president-i-am-moving-to-alaska/


The experiment is over. Leave the country!


 
 
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