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‘Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone’ - The New York Times
In the spirit of open debate, and in hopes of helping readers who agree with us better understand the views of those who don’t, we wanted to let Mr. Trump’s supporters make their best case for him as the first year of his presidency approaches its close.
culture-usa  donald-trump  the-new-york-times 
5 hours ago by lorenzck
Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans | Boston Review
The world that the Internet and social media have created is less a system than an ecology
philip-k-dick  donald-trump  fake-news  propaganda  bots  literature  science-fiction  social-networks 
yesterday by jbrennan
Fire And Fury doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know—and that’s why it’s important
"Wolff’s introduction explains that he interviewed 200 people for the book, which is certainly a large number, but most of them go uncredited, and it’s unclear what their contributions were. The folks that do get named are clearly using Wolff’s transcription to swing the narrative in their favor. It’s as if each of the main characters—Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Bannon Bannon Bannon—attempted to calculate their proximity to the White House at the point of the book’s publication to ensure that their defense of their actions lined up with their expected future employment. Spicer 'can’t make this shit up,' Conway plays the role of dedicated soldier while eyeing cable news jobs, Priebus positions himself as a voice of reason (his deputy who only lasted two months, Katie Walsh, even more so), and Bannon casts himself as the angel of death laying waste to everyone else. It doesn’t make for the most coherent read. The points of view are so calculated and shift so many times that the book reads like Rashomon if everyone in that movie were idiots."
a:Dan-Sinker  p:The-AV-Club★★  d:2018.01.12  w:1000  Donald-Trump  from twitter
2 days ago by bankbryan
The Counter to Trump’s Xenophobic Racism Is Not Exceptionalist Immigrant Narratives
Let’s get one thing straight. Africa could indeed be composed of 54 individual, sentient piles of shit, and it would not make Trump’s immigration policy and rhetoric less abhorrent. The social contract that we abide by comes with an expectation of respect for our basic humanity, an expectation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—not a degree audit. These “exceptional immigrant” narratives being peddled are unnecessary, irrelevant and feed into the idea that people born into poor circumstances do not deserve the same opportunities as others.

Buying into that line of counterargument is buying into the validity of our value being dependent on what we have to offer the West. We are more than a brain and resource drain. Fuck that Western colonialist mentality and fuck Trump. He can think my cousins shit on banana leaves all he wants, but they still deserve fair treatment.
donald-trump  racism  xenophobia  haiti  africa  el-salvador  immigration  very-smart-brothas  shamira-ibrahim 
5 days ago by yolandaenoch
Lot of folks, from the alt-right to @RichLowry, think they’re making a great argument in the president’s defense tonight by noting that Haiti and El Salvador are, in fact, poor. But they’re just revealing their own racism. Here’s why:
David Graeber’s long book, DEBT, provides a number of additional details, with tons of documentation.

Thanks for putting it out there. If anyone's up for a podcast version of the Haitian revolution, check out Revolutions podcast by Mike Duncan on iTunes.
haiti  donald-trump  racism  immigration  jonathan-m-katz  el-salvador  Twitter-moments 
5 days ago by yolandaenoch
Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move
"Shibley Telhami, a scholar of the region at the University of Maryland and the Brookings Institution, called the Arab states’ acceptance of the decision 'transformational'. 'I don’t think it would have happened a decade ago, because Arab leaders would have made clear they wouldn’t live with it,' he said. Instead, he said, preoccupied by concerns about their own stability, the Arab leaders signaled that — while they may not like the decision — they 'will find a way to work with it,' and 'with a White House that is prepared to break with what had been taboos in American foreign policy.'"
a:David-D-Kirkpatrick  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.01.06  w:1500  Israel  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
The Nationalist's Delusion - The Atlantic
What I found was that Trump embodied his supporters’ most profound beliefs—combining an insistence that discriminatory policies were necessary with vehement denials that his policies would discriminate and absolute outrage that the question would even be asked. [...]
What a society finds offensive is not a function of fact or truth, but of power. [...]
The great cataclysm in white America that led to Donald Trump was the election of Barack Obama. [...]
The Lost Cause provided white Southerners—and white Americans in general—with a misunderstanding of the Civil War that allowed them to spare themselves the shame of their own history. [...]
Trumpism emerged from a haze of delusion, denial, pride, and cruelty—not as a historical anomaly, but as a profoundly American phenomenon.
politics-usa  donald-trump  racism 
8 days ago by lorenzck
Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’: Inside Trump’s White House
One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days.
This story is adapted from Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, to be published by Henry Holt & Co. on January 9.
politics-usa  donald-trump 
13 days ago by lorenzck
Trump Breaks With Bannon, Saying He Has ‘Lost His Mind’
"While Mr. Trump had remained in touch with Mr. Bannon after pushing him out of the White House over the summer, the two now appear to have reached a breaking point. 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,' Mr. Trump said. 'When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.'"
a:Peter-Baker  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.01.03  w:2000  Donald-Trump  2016-election  from iphone
14 days ago by bankbryan

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