Deflection: A dangerous game

After his threat to "totally destroy North Korea,” Trump upped the ante in his game of "whataboutism"—a form of logical jiu-jitsu used to win arguments by changing the subject. Americans must beware of Trump's whataboutism or risk going to war. Donald Trump is a master of deflection. If an issue

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The threat of a national heart attack

Take an isolated island populated with Americans who have dark skin. Hit the island with a hurricane of apocalyptic force. Step back. Watch the near annihilation of everything people rely on to stay alive. Now add one demonstrably bigoted, ignorant, and self-serving president. Throw in some people of Republican persuasion.

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Guns, hypocrisy and Catch-22

Mentally challenged? On the no-fly list? No problem. Pick any gun you want. Heck, buy lots of them. Another day, another gun massacre. What have the senators from North Carolina done about it? They have blown some hot air followed by no action whatsoever, joining with their colleagues in Washington

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Tears for fears

If anyone had told me I’d be spending my mid-sixties fighting for the same things I fought for in the mid-60s, I’d have said, “Oh, no. We’re making a difference here. We’re changing the world, and things will get better because of us.” It’s like that when you’re young. You

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Why social democracy matters (part 2)

Social democracy has long been a part of the Democratic Party's core identity. But the Party struggles to define and embrace it. Meanwhile, Republicans have spent the past 40 years honing their identity so that it's now easy to articulate and understand. Democrats must do the same. [This article, the

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Why social democracy matters (part 1)

"The American left is at its lowest ebb in many decades," writes W.E. Smith in The Social Democrat. He says the Democratic Party lacks a clear vision of the kind of society it wishes the United States to be. But it may need only turn to a hidden and poorly

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Another step in the demise of unions

It's an "all too familiar story of how greedy corporations divide and conquer working people," said Bernie Sanders, describing workers' efforts to form a union at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. Friday August 4, 2017, was a sad day for America's workers, marking yet another triumph of corporate money

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Quick guide to the far-right’s symbols

After the shock of realizing that so many fellow Americans hold such abhorrent views on race and society, and after seeing the bizarre display of weaponry openly carried by militias and extremists in Charlottesville, the weirdest thing about the far-right protests against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue

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