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Video: Resist — How to Triumph in Trumpland

. Based on decades of her writing and research, psychologist and community activist Glenda Russell gives us a quick summary on how to use Trump’s election as a springboard to … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Ted Kooser is My President

When I travel abroad, I will invoke Ted’s poems at checkpoints: yes, barns, yes, memory, gentility, the quiet little wind among stones. If they ask, You are American? I will … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Hottest Places In Hell

The crowds of protesters turning up “loud and present” outside courthouses Tuesday to protest Supreme Court choice Neil Gorsuch were not the only people fiercely opposing the flood of atrocities … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: The Confabulator in Chief

I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Hannah Arendt: On the use of lies as a political strategy

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: American Psychosis

Reality is under assault. Verbal confusion reigns. Truth and illusion have merged. Mental chaos makes it hard to fathom what is happening. We feel trapped in a hall of mirrors. … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump’s Demolition Derby

We’re a week into the Trump administration and it’s pretty obvious what he’s up to. First, Donald Trump is running a demolition derby: He wants to demolish everything he doesn’t … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: The Day After The Inauguration, I Read Some Japanese Poetry

I turn away from the news To the open book of Musō Soseki Where he writes that inside his heart He keeps three thousand prancing horses. The heater comes on … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 6 Comments

Video: The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

. This video is a message by news satire show Zondag met Lubach to officially introduce Holland to Trump “in a way that will probably appeal to him the most”. … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Nika Knight: In Call to Arms, Giant ‘Resist’ Banner Dropped Above Trump’s White House

Greenpeace activists have unfurled a 70-foot, hand-painted banner declaring “RESIST” from atop a 270-foot construction crane facing the White House, demonstrating to President Donald Trump that his anti-environment, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ, … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Notes on the beginning of a revolution

I had a nightmare last night. Smoke in my house. I’m confused, afraid. I finally find a glow in my basement. I never did see the flames. I call 9-1-1. … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: On the Brink, 1938

A happy vicar I might have been… -George Orwell   On the Spanish battlefield, he would crawl on his stomach searching for potatoes.   The POUM (Marxist Workers’ Party) made … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Timothy Snyder: Fighting authoritarianism — 20 lessons from the 20th century

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Women’s March in Pictures

The second day of the Trump administration saw an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches on all continents—yes, … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 4 Comments