SEO: This article provides six rules for dealing with Trumpism in the future. Read it carefully America!!
Watch out America
The following part of an essay has an important view given the current
bullshit about unity as a reaction to the resent election. I call it all bullshit propaganda based on the reasons expressed in this article.
Six Rules for surviving autocracy (resisting the normalization of fascism)
Rule #1: Believe the Autocrat, He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking or hear others claiming, that he
is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved
to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable. Back in the 1930’s The New Your Times assured its readers that Hitler’s antiSemitism was all posture. More recently, the same newspaper made a telling choice between two statments made by Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov following a police crackdown on
protesters in Moscow: “The police acted mildly – I would have liked
them to act more harshly” rather than those protesters “livers should have been spread all over the pavement.” Perhaps the journalists could not believet their ears. But they should – both in the Russian case, and in the American one. For all the admiration Trump has expressed for Putin, the two men are very different; if anything, there is ever more reason to listen to everything Trump said. He has no political establishment into which to fold himself following the
campaign, and therefore no reason to shed his campaign rhetoric. On the contrary: it is now the establishment that is rushing to
accommodate him – from the president, who met with him at the White House on Thursday, to the leaders of the Republican Party, who are discarding their long-held scruple to embrace his radical position.
Rule #2: Do No Be Taken In by small signs of normalcy.
Consider the financial markets this week, which, having tanked overnight, rebounded following the Clinton and Obama speeches.
Confronted with political volatility, the markets became suckers for calming rhetoric from authority figures. So do people. Panic can be neutralized by false reassuring words about how the world as we know it has not ended. It is a fact that the world did not end on November 8 nor at any previous time in history. Yet history has seen many catastrophes, and most of them unfolded over time. That time included
periods of relative calm. One of my favorite thinkers, the Jewish historian Simon Dubnow, created a sigh of relief in early October 1939: he had moved from Berlin to Latvia, and he wrote to his friends
that he was certain that the tiny country waged between two tyrannies
would retain its sovereignty and Dubnow himself would be safe. Shortly after that, Latvia was occupied by the Soviets, then by the Germans, then by the Soviets again – but by that time Dubnow had been killed. Dubnow was well aware that he was living through a catastrophic period in history – it’s just that he thought he had managed to find a pocket of normality within in it.
Institutions will not save you.
It took Putin a year to take over the Russian media and four years to dismantle its electoral system; the judiciary collapsed unnoticed. The capture of institutions in Turkey has been carried out even faster, by
a man once celebrated as the democrat to lead Turkey into the EU. Poland has in less than a year undone half of a quarter century’s accomplishments in building a constitutional democracy.
[…] The national press is likely to be among the first institutional victims of Trumpism. There is no law that requires the presidential
administration to hold daily briefing, none that guarantees media access to the white house. Many journalists may soon face a dilemma long familiar to those of us who have worked under autocracies: fall in line
or forfeit access.
There is no good solution (even if there is a right answer) for journalism is difficult and sometimes impossible without access to information.
The power of the investigative press who’s adherence to fact has already been severely challenged by the conspiracy minded, lie spinning Trump campaign, will grow weaker. The world will grow murkier. Even in the unlikely event that some mainstream media outlets decide to declare themselves In opposition to the current government or even simply to report it’s abuses and feelings, the president will get to frame many issues. Coverage and thinking, will drift in a Trumpian direction, just as it did during the campaign, when for example, when the candidates argued, in essence, whether Muslim Americans bear collective responsibility for acts of terrorism or can redeem themselves by becoming the “eyes and ears” of law-enforcement. Thus was xenophobia further normalized , paving the way for Trump to make good on his promises to track American Muslims and ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Rule #4: Be outraged.
If you follow rule number one and believe what the autocrat – elect is saying, you will not be surprised. But in the face of the impulse to normalize, it is essential to maintain one’s capacity for shock. This will lead people to call you unreasonable and hysterical, and to accuse you of overreacting. There’s no fun to be the only hysterical person in the room. Prepare yourself.
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises.
Like Ted Cruz who made the journey from calling trump utterly amoral and a pathological liar to endorsing him in late September for praising his win as an amazing victory for the American worker. Republican politicians are falling into line. Conservative pundits who broke ranks during the campaign will return to the fold. Democrats in Congress will begin to make the case for cooperation for the sake of getting anything done- or at least, they will say, minimizing the damage. Non governmental Organizations, many of which are reeling at the moment, faced with a transition period in which there is no opening for their input, will grasp at chances to work with the new administration. This will be fruitless – damage cannot be minimized, much less reversed when mobilization is the goal – but worse, it will be soul destroying. In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral. Those who argue for cooperation will make the case much as president Obama did in his speech, that cooperation is essential for the future. They will be willfully ignoring the corrupting touch of autocracy, from which the future must be protected.
Rule #6: Remember the Future.
Nothing lasts forever, Donald Trump certainly will not and Trumpism, to the extent that it is centered on trumps persona will not either. Failure to imagine the future may have lost the Democrats this election. They offered no vision of the future to counterbalance trumps all too familiar white populist vision of an imaginary past. It also won’t ignored the strange and outdated institutions of American democracy that call out for reform like the electoral college which has now cost the Democratic Party two elections in which Republicans won with the minority of the popular vote. That should not be normal, but resistance-stubborn, uncompromising and outraged.
Taken from an article by Marsha Gesen
Hear/see the story that big media is totally ignoring. How over a million voters were taken off the voting rosters to assure a Trump victory; and, earlier, how Bernie was rubbed out by establishment Dems. I know both Greg Palast (from LA work) and Marc Crispin Miller (worked with him to limit the expansion of NYU) and their RT interviews are excellent. What I don’t understand is that knowing what we know about our very problematic voting system, why can’t the election be declared null and void? Don’t miss this:
Today’s selection — from Birdology by Sy Montgomery. The flight of birds is an extraordinary feat, requiring a miraculous combination of attributes. The king of flight is the hummingbird:
“Bird flight is a confluence of miracles: Scales evolved into feathers. Marrow gave way to air. Jaws turned to horny, lightweight beaks bereft of teeth. (This is why many birds swallow stones: to grind their food since they can’t chew lt.) Hands grew into wingtips. Arms became airfoils. ‘The evolution of flight has honed avian anatomy into an extreme and remarkable adaptive configuration,’ anthropologist Pat Shipman writes in her wonderful book Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight. But while most birds are made to fly, and the urge to fly is instinctual, flight itself must be carefully and painstakingly learned — a task of impressive complexity.
“Consider the three basic methods of bird flight. The simplest, gliding flight, demands exquisite balance and judgment. Gliding flight exploits passive lift to counteract the pull of gravity. Vultures, hawks, and eagles ride the currents within thermals, rising columns of warm air. Albatrosses and petrels exploit different layers of wind speed above waves. Birds can glide for hours, expending very little energy.
“Flapping flight — the way most birds fly — is more demanding still. Achieved by flexing wings at joints in wrist, elbow, and shoulder, it is powered by extraordinarily strong breast muscles. The wings move forward in a downward arc, propelling the bird forward and up. It is similar to the oarsman’s power stroke or the action of a swimmer doing the butterfly. Movement then flows into the upward stroke, a recovery stroke, to start the process anew.
“And finally, there is hovering, unique to hummingbirds. No other bird really hovers –kites, storm petrels, kestrels, and kingfishers appear to do so, but only hummingbirds can sustain this method of flying for more than a few moments. Instead of flapping the wings up and down, the wings move forward and backward in a figure eight. During the forward and back strokes, the wings make two turns of nearly one hundred and eighty degrees. The upstroke as well as downstroke require enormous strength; every stroke is a power stroke. Like insects and helicopters, hummingbirds can fly backward by slanting the angle of the wings; they can fly upside down by spreading the tail to lead the body into a backward somersault. Hovering becomes so natural to a hummingbird that a mother who wants to turn in her nest does it by lifting straight up into the air, twirling, then coming back down. A hummer can stay suspended in the air for up to an hour.
“Hummingbirds are specially equipped to perform these feats. In most birds, 15 to 25 percent of the body is given over to flying muscles. In a hummingbird’s body, flight muscles account for 35 percent. An enormous heart constitutes up to 2.5 percent of its body weight — the largest per body weight of all vertebrates. At rest, the hummingbird pumps blood at a rate fifteen times as fast as that of a resting ostrich, and that blood is exceptionally rich in oxygen — carrying hemoglobin. ‘There can be no doubt it reigns supreme over all the other birds of the world,’ writes Esther Tyrrell, ‘and truly deserves to be called the champion of flight.’
Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds
Author: Sy Montgomery
Publisher: Free Press
Copyright 2010 by Sy Montgomery
Pages: 78,79, 90, 91
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Shock Report: More Americans Killed by Police Since 9/11 than Soldiers Killed in War – The Free Thought Project
Short Comment on the Movie Men in Black.
By William Olkowski, PHD 7.20.12
I saw this as a spoof on the genre of save the world by superheroes. Here the world is saved by what must be a sort of secret police. That’s so odd that its worth some attention. After all, the way to take over a society is through the secret police. Every dictator knows this. And one of the ways I think about what is common, accepted or dominant at a time in society is probably the opposite of what is actually happening.
I saw the movie twice because I liked the animations and because of the role cockroaches and pest control played. I am always interested in how insects are used in film. But in general, insects are objects of fear in most cases. I don’t see them solely in that way. For example, some can be objects of beauty. But there are a small important minority that , others threaten by their bites and stings, and others are competitors for our foods and destroy our artifacts including houses. The beauty part in dramas is usually left out.
Normally what is dramatized is a tired view of the most common forms of life: the bad part. Why do people go to the movies to experience fear? The news is enough for me. Further, to degrade those who fight for justice and try to save humanity from its coming disasters against factionary problems is to deflect the real work and direction of how we are to avoid the triple threats of: world wide temperature increases, nuclear accidents and war, and the widespread global contamination of the planet from “Cides” of all sorts, the worst of which are GMO organisms because they pollute the genetic banks of all species.
This sort of deflection is a common practice as our current GOP and political Theater confirms. I wonder to whom such dramas like the Men in Black are directed? Maybe its 14 year old boys like those who fell for Star Wars with its upgraded WWII dog fights as the key feature.
But humor in all its forms can be a needed distraction for some. Me, I am naturally distracted by my inner thoughts and need to practice focus and examine my thoughts regularly to see what is slipping through my net of perceptions. Men in Black filled the bill for me once upon a brief time. But some of the themes are old, tired, and over worn, plus a waste of time.