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What Liberals Don’t Get About Free Speech In The Age Of Trump
It is highly unlikely that the Times would publish an op-ed calling for the restoration of white rule in South Africa, or a Richard Spencerian piece arguing for the merits of “peaceful ethnic cleansing,” or an editorial demanding a return to chattel slavery. Once again, we intuitively grasp this basic logistical matter, but forget about it entirely when a raving bigot shows up, feeling cornered by an abstract principle into insisting that he or she be given not only space to speak, but the largest possible platform and audience for it. The abstraction of that right in legal documentation serves only to ensure its guarantee for the most people; when examining specific cases, we must always drill back down to the material in order to properly assess what is ethical and just. This chameleon-like dissembling, being all things to all people, is specifically an armor against discourse, against those of us who “believe in words.” For Trump, his army of trolls, and his ideological lieutenants like Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer, words are playthings used to win a moment’s battle, to elicit a reaction, and to hide as much as to reveal. Rosenbaum’s essay tells the heroic story of The Munich Post , a newspaper that had been a thorn in Hitler’s side for over a decade, reporting on his every move, exposing Nazi violence, even sounding the alarm about “the Final Solution” long before the rest of the world knew its true horror.
politics:us  free_speech 
15 days ago by sechilds
Point of View: North Carolina no longer a democracy | News & Observer
When we evolved the project I could never imagine that as we enter 2017, my state, North Carolina, would perform so badly on this, and other, measures that we are no longer considered to be a fully functioning democracy. In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. However, this is exactly what the North Carolina legislature did through House Bill 2 (there are an estimated 38,000 transgender Tar Heels), targeted attempts to reduce African-American and Latino access to the vote and pernicious laws to constrain the ability of women to act as autonomous citizens. When a wounded legislative leadership, and a lame-duck executive, force through draconian changes with no time for robust review and debate it leaves Carolina no better than the authoritarian regimes we look down upon. Practically we need to address the institutional failures which have cost us our democratic ranking – districting, equal access to the vote and the abuse of legislative power.
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15 days ago by sechilds
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/22/16802900/tanehisi-coates-cornel-west-twitter
What does it mean to be both a black American and markedly privileged, subjected to, say, racist police tactics but largely protected from financial ruin at home and drone warfare and bombings abroad? In 1852, civil rights luminary Frederick Douglass told a crowd at a Rochester, New York, celebration of the Fourth of July, “The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. In their view, while the United States was subjecting black Americans to second- and third-class status at home, it was launching bombing campaigns and destabilizing democratic governments and killing thousands of people around the world. As Coates told the Intercept earlier this year, Obama existed as a “conservative revolutionary” — someone who believes thoroughly in American institutions and ideas and in their inherent power for good. He’s not a politician, nor is he a political figure, and he is aware that the ideas he believes could push America forward in terms of our understandings of race — reparations, for instance — are too radical to take place.
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24 days ago by sechilds
E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email. - The New York Times
“Definers was awarded the contract to do our press clips at a rate that is $87,000 cheaper than our previous vendor, and they are providing no other services,” a spokesman for the E.P.A., Jahan Wilcox, wrote in an email. He said that agency staff members familiar with the company’s work approached the firm about putting forward a bid and that Mr. Pruitt himself was not, to his knowledge, involved in the decision to select Definers. Liz Mair, president of a Republican consulting firm, said that the relatively small dollar amount of the contract was an indication that all the agency was buying was a clipping service, and not some kind of sophisticated intelligence-gathering on employees. hired Definers, the group of companies, political action committees and nonprofit organizations affiliated with America Rising had frequently drafted news releases that put Mr. Pruitt and his policies in a positive light and attacked the administrator’s critics. lawyer in Chicago who has helped lead a series of enforcement actions against major air polluters in the Midwest, and whose emails also were requested, said the agency’s decision to hire Definers caused great concern.
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25 days ago by sechilds
The Self-Destruction of American Democracy - The New York Times
Trump has not only taken a hammer to the code of behavior underpinning democracy at home, he has simultaneously diminished the international stature of the United States — and arguably accelerated the rise of this country’s major competitor, China. In a Nov. 15 letter to Tillerson , Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, wrote: That’s part of what underlies the eternal return of the president’s mendacity, reappearing this month in his behind-the-scenes recitation of lies about Obama’s birthplace and the Access Hollywood tape on which he can be heard bragging about what you can do to women “when you’re a star.” Add to Trump’s list of lies , his race baiting , his attacks on a free press , his charges of “fake news,” his efforts to instigate new levels of voter suppression , his undermining of the legitimacy of the electoral process , his disregard for the independence of the judiciary , the hypocrisy of his personal posture on sexual harassment , the patent lack of concern for delivering results to voters who supported him, his contempt for and manipulation of his own loyalists, his “ failure of character ” — and you have a lethal corruption of democratic leadership. “Executive authoritarianism and lawlessness can be hemmed in and checked but not fully constrained by courts, the criminal law, or the written Constitution,” Jacob T. Levy
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6 weeks ago by sechilds
We'll Be Paying For Mark Halperin's Sins For Years To Come
Three weeks ago, numerous women stepped forward to accuse him of extraordinary acts of assault : One said he masturbated in front of them at work; another said he slammed her against a restaurant window before attempting to kiss her (“I bear responsibility for my outrageous conduct,” Halperin said in an apology posted soon after ). Halperin wrote about Washington like it was an intriguing game, the kind that masked aristocrats played to entertain themselves at 19th-century parties: Everyone was both pawn and player, engaged in a set of arcane maneuvers to win an empty jackpot that ultimately meant nothing of true importance. Its intentionally hyperbolic, breathless text presented details like the fact that Obama “woke up late … and went for a haircut with his pal Marty Nesbitt” the way an ancient monarch’s courtiers used to examine his every sigh for divine omens. For the three self-conscious and self-flagellating years I worked there, I felt absolutely convinced I could say nothing of insight about the city, and thus about politics or American life, unless I scored a rare invite to the politico-socialite Tammy Haddad’s backyard party. Thus I shelved the freshest, most original thoughts and impressions I had about politics and logged weeks angling for an interview with the right aide, or an invite to the right party, both of which invariably left me feeling like I still hadn't scored the juiciest tidbit of info.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
The Voices in Blue America’s Head - NYTimes.com
Favreau and Vietor founded a strategic communications firm to pay the bills while they nursed their own TV ambitions, but their projects — a campaign drama-comedy called “Early States” and a public-affairs show that they pitched, with Lovett, as “a millennial ‘Meet the Press’ ” — were rejected by the networks and streaming services. The independent cable network Current TV, which Al Gore started with Joel Hyatt in 2005, tried to make itself a platform for unapologetically liberal commentary — at one point hiring Keith Olbermann as its chief news officer — but it was sold and shut down in 2013. Liberal activists point regretfully to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who in their Comedy Central heyday were happy to savage Republicans but refused to champion Democrats: In 2010, the pair drew some 215,000 people to the National Mall a few days before the midterm elections, only to keep the rally strictly nonpartisan. “Pod Save America,” by contrast, isn’t afraid to, as Ben Wikler of MoveOn puts it, “actually touch Excalibur.” At the theater in Richmond this month, shortly before bringing Northam and the rest of Virginia’s Democratic ticket onstage, Favreau asked the crowd: “Is everyone registered to vote? An entire wall was covered with “A Beautiful Mind”-style scribbles about “webseries,” “daily micropods” and “chat convos” — the handiwork of Tanya Somanader, who was the director of digital rapid response in the Obama White House and is now Crooked Media’s chief content officer.
politics:us  podcast 
7 weeks ago by sechilds
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16640082/donna-brazile-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-rigged
In return for a bailout, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave Hillary Clinton’s campaign more potential control over its operations and hiring decisions than was either ethical or wise. The irony is that Sanders was a prime beneficiary of this bias, not a victim of it.The losers were potential candidates like Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Warren, or Colorado Gov. But part of it was the way elected officials, donors, and interest groups coalesced behind Clinton early, making it clear that alternative candidates would struggle to find money and staff and endorsements and media coverage. Political junkies talk about the “invisible primary,” which Vox’s Andrew Prokop, in an excellent overview , describes as “the attempts by important elements of each major party — mainly elites and interest groups — to anoint a presidential nominee before the voting even begins. And if she lost — if, unlike Sanders, Biden had decided the American people had not yet heard enough about the damn emails, and had run hard on them, and had taken Clinton down — Democrats might have been saved a debacle.
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8 weeks ago by sechilds
Saeed Jones on Twitter: OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. *revelation* MIKE PENCE IS THE MAYOR FROM “BUFFY.”
@theferocity: OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

*revelation*

MIKE PENCE IS THE MAYOR FROM “BUFFY.”
funny  politics:us 
october 2017 by sechilds
Adam Serwer 🍝 on Twitter: They want the protests to be anti-American, not a demand America live up to its stated ideals, so they can hate it without feeling giulty
@AdamSerwer: They want the protests to be anti-American, not a demand America live up to its stated ideals, so they can hate it without feeling giulty
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september 2017 by sechilds
The Juggalo March on Washington D.C. Is Not a Joke - CityLab
Over email, CityLab asked Cummings to explain his project and talk about what he’s learned from his experience inside Juggalo culture; our interview has been condensed and edited. In order to stop myself from losing track of the project during the filming, I took photos, did interviews, and published them on Tumblr, so I felt like I was making visible progress. It turned out that I met some of my favorite people that night—Paul and Sarah, the couple who rented the house, and Arlowe (a genuine sideshow performer), Jon Edwards, Shaggy, and Shadow. I was very sad to find out that a Juggalo I felt deeply connected and close to was struggling with heroin and soon turned to the streets to support her addiction. (Scott Cummings) There’s been a lot of media interest in figuring out what (often white) working-class people in economically stagnant towns want out of politicians and institutions.
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september 2017 by sechilds
Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost? | FiveThirtyEight
natesilver : On the latter front, The New York Times published a review that was fairly gracious — considering that Clinton (mostly deservedly, IMO) criticized the NYT a lot in the book. She was not a very good “choice feminist” (the whole, “I suppose I could have stayed at home, baked cookies and had teas” thing ), and I think, yes, people didn’t give her credit for evolving … but that’s just the breaks in public life. micah : If you spent any time at Trump rallies, or watching Fox News, or reading the political web, or talking to voters at all, gender suffused EVERYTHING . perry : And a 5 should be interpreted as America needs to do a lot of work on sexism — not that Democrats should run Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tim Ryan, etc., in 2020. And I suppose it is possible that a few more trips to Saginaw or a few more ads on the air in Waukesha could have tipped a couple of thousand voters here or there.But let’s set the record straight: we always knew that the industrial Midwest was crucial to our success, just as it had been for Democrats for decades, and contrary to the popular narrative, we didn’t ignore those states.
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september 2017 by sechilds
KING: Dylann Roof’s journal shows danger in myth of white Jesus - NY Daily News
I read the entire prison journal of Dylann Roof — the white supremacist who walked into a Charleston church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine African-American parishioners in the deadliest hate crime against African-Americans in nearly 100 years. I must admit that I was a bit taken aback by how strikingly similar some of his thoughts and ideas are with other leading Alt-Right thinkers who publicly backed Donald Trump for president. Other than that, and a very random list of his all-time favorite movies, the journal pretty much resembled the same ugliness he left in the rushed manifesto he published online soon before the massacre. The hair, beard, clothing, feet, skin tone, and facial features of men from that time period are widely known. Searching for depth in the midst of those things would have all of us chasing our tails, but the fact remains, centering a white Jesus in the middle of Christianity is not just inaccurate, it’s dangerous.
politics:us  race  religion:christianity 
august 2017 by sechilds
King: White Jesus a symbol of the U.S. Anglo-Saxon agenda - NY Daily News
When we lived in California, I cringed when my children saw stringy blond-haired surfers with beards and they would blurt out to us, "Hey, he looks like Jesus!" When the man who is deemed the central figure of a religion and indeed the savior of the entire world is consistently portrayed to look like a Scandinavian sailor when he more likely resembled a Syrian refugee, it's being done to advance an Anglo-Saxon, white supremacist agenda. When we lived in California, I cringed when my children saw stringy blond haired surfers with beards and they would blurt out to us, "Hey, he looks like Jesus! "Image by: Konstantin Trubavin/Getty Images/Aurora Open
It’s hard though to stereotype certain people from the Middle East as terrorists then call a man who looks just like someone from that region your savior. A white, Eurocentric Jesus may be convenient for millions, but he is a lie designed to maintain the very systems of government and religious oppression that the biblical Jesus actually spoke out against.Image by: ERIC DRAPER/AP
Furthermore, it's hard to put a man of color, any color, at the center of your faith while simultaneously advancing racism every chance you get.
politics:us  race  religion:christianity 
august 2017 by sechilds
We don’t need a TV show about the Confederacy winning. In many ways, it did.
So the Confederacy hardly needs to be imagined. Indeed, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners for “Game of Thrones” who are tapped to helm “Confederate,” didn’t see fit to cast black actors in their current show for any roles other than slaves who are freed by a white savio
politics:us  history:us  racism 
august 2017 by copracat
We don’t need a TV show about the Confederacy winning. In many ways, it did.
(I can’t recall a time, for instance, when a president had to issue a clarifying statement that the United States was on the right side of the Revolutionary War and therefore a monument to King George III was inappropriate in the Capitol.) Perhaps this is why HBO’s recent announcement of a new show called “ Confederate ,” which presents an alternate history in which the Confederacy won the Civil War, struck many, including myself, as completely tone-deaf to historical reality. After all, the current president of the United States received endorsements from various white supremacist organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan , a group founded by former Confederate soldiers whose mission was to terrorize newly freed blacks and the radical Republicans seeking to grant them voting rights. Weiss, the showrunners for “Game of Thrones” who are tapped to helm “Confederate,” didn’t see fit to cast black actors in their current show for any roles other than slaves who are freed by a white savior, the character Daenerys. Bree Newsome is an artist and activist who drew national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse and lowered the confederate battle flag following the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel in Charleston.
tv  politics:us  history:us 
august 2017 by sechilds
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House
How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems. employees, this was led by, and mostly consisted of, a man named Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, which, upon inspection, proved to be a Washington, D.C., propaganda machine funded with millions of dollars from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. The man who had served as chief financial officer of the department during the Bush administration, for instance, stayed a year and a half into the Obama administration—simply because he had a detailed understanding of the money end of things that was hard to replicate quickly. “ ‘What is the Obama administration not letting you do to keep the country safe?’ ” The briefers were at pains to explain an especially sensitive aspect of national security: the United States no longer tests its nuclear weapons. In early 1943, the United States Army was evicting everyone from an area in Eastern Washington nearly half the size of Rhode Island and setting out to create plutonium in order to build a nuclear bomb.
politics:us  nuclear  nuclear:energy  nuclear:weapons 
august 2017 by sechilds
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August 1, 2017 In 1989, George Bush gave a speech about crack. During the speech he pulled out a bag of crack and said “this bag was seized right across the street from the White House in Lafayette park.”
Turns out, his speech writers had the idea to pull out a prop during his speech and in order to make it believable they had the DEA plant crack on this random 18 year old black kid. It was done in partnership with his family and details the events from beginning to end. Do we know the name of the “random 18 year old black kid” who was framed by the United States Government for a crime he didn’t commit? The charges against him for the Lafayette case were dropped, but he received a 121 month sentence for distributing drugs near a school.
politics:us  drugs 
august 2017 by sechilds

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