• The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau chief, David Halbfinger has a lengthy article about how recent Trump administration and Israeli actions have led Palestinians to more seriously consider changing their p […]

  • So, Steve Bannon is finally unwelcome within the Republican party. The President has given Bannon the treatment he reserves only for the worst offenders, claiming he had nothing much to do with the campaign. N […]

    • Actually, I hope Bannon sticks around to stir up trouble in the Republican ranks. As you point out, he’s no worse than most of that sorry lot and at least on taxes appears to be somewhat better. Opponent infighting can be very helpful

    • Yes, yes, it wasn’t the blatant racism and it wasn’t the xenophobia and it wasn’t the guns or religion that made the elites banish Bannon. No, it was money, it was always about the money.

    • I think that Trump and Bannon for that matter are really the sordid end point of what the Republican Party has been ever since I started paying attention to politics.

      e.g. George H W Bush used the Willie Horton scam on Dukakis.

      e.g. George W Bush used the illegitimate black baby scam against John McCain during the 2000 primary

      Trump’s just the latest in a long line of racists willing to pander to a base of homophobic, racists.

      No shame, No honor, Know nothings.

      Endless wars and financial wrongdoing.

      And then even the Dems joined them in the mayhem of endless regime change wars and irresponsible financial deregulation…..

      Am I bitter and discouraged?
      Y’might say so….

      Go Bernie, go Nina, go Ben Jealous, go Keith Ellison and others who are marching to a different drummer……

      ……the amazing Jack London wrote a novel on “Oligarchy”:
      “The Iron Heel”
      available via the electronic “Hoopla” app at some local libraries…
      He’s a remarkable writer…..

    • we have 2 factions, not 2 parties

      In Federalist 10, Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community”.

      someone pointed out on Naked Capitalism that in 2008 after Obama was elected and democrats had 60 seats in the Senate, they did not undo W Bush’s tax cuts. And they were unable to get through single payer.

      But the Republicans with slightly more than 50 senators passed the tax bill for the oligarchs and the corporations

      it took OWS, Bernie an authentic politician to put issues on the table, and the backdrop of the most important political actor, The New Climate Regime, to highlight how far from the real issues the political parties have moved

      will Trumpism force the necessary counter revolution against modernity that is trashing the Earth? Or, rather than a revolution, do we need a Reset, like a network or a computer?

      Modernity has had so many meanings and tries to combine so many contradictory sets of attitudes and values that it has become impossible to use it to define the future. It has ended up crashing like an overloaded computer. Hence the idea is that modernity might need a sort of reset. Not a clean break, not a “tabula rasa,” not another iconoclastic gesture, but rather a restart of the complicated programs that have been accumulated, over the course of history, in what is often called the “modernist project.” This operation has become all the more urgent now that the ecological mutation is forcing us to reorient ourselves toward an experience of the material world for which we don’t seem to have good recording devices.

      Reset Modernity! is organized around six procedures that might induce the readers to reset some of those instruments. Once this reset has been completed, readers might be better prepared for a series of new encounters with other cultures. After having been thrown into the modernist maelstrom, those cultures have difficulties that are just as grave as ours in orienting themselves within the notion of modernity. It is not impossible that the course of those encounters might be altered after modernizers have reset their own way of recording their experience or the world

      people who follow my comments can guess where that quotation came from

      • 2 factions is correct!!! Most employed by the fascist corporate oligarchy. We do have some that are fighting back but their in the minority for now.

  • Have you ever wondered what America felt like on the eve of the Great Depression?

    I don’t know for certain, but I can guess that we had wealthy heiresses who dabbled in fashion pontificating on politics, based on […]

    • Thanks, Subir. I want to hear more than a convincing message, though. I want to see some real evidence–hard votes and stances–that show me this is not just another neolibcon in progressive clothing.

      Great comparison.

    • See my post on propaganda. The US is polarized at the working-class level in a way it was not in 1930. And with the end of net neutrality and the rise of mergers, it is going to get far worse. I’m afraid I don’t have much faith at this point. Sigh. Maybe it is better outside the South, and I’m just responding to what I live with. I hope it is the case.

    • Excellent post, Subir! 🙂 I have been raising cain about the GOPukes since Trick the Dick. phatkhat makes a very good point regarding propaganda. It wasn’t like that back in the 1930s. Next year’s elections will be beyond critical. Fingers and toes are x’ed!

  • Virginia’s Democratic governer-elect won by 9 points in an election where he campaigned heavily on expanding Medicaid. The election saw enormous efforts expended by the Democratic grassroots. Now that Northam ha […]

    • Thank you Subir!!

      It was so discouraging to hear this news about Northam yesterday. Great way to take the wind out of the voters’ sails really fast.

      I missed him talking about his car collection.. (eye roll)

      • At the very least he should be talking about Electric Cars and not backing the pipelines that fuel his hobby (literally). Would be a great chance to highlight evolution in the industry while still talking about something he cares about… but that would require him expanding his knowledge base since the restoration skills he took in during in High School (something many and probably most schools do not even teach anymore), which is probably asking for a lot these days.

    • “I’m not going to make that determination because he went through an election process,” Manchin told CNN’s “New Day” when asked if the president should be investigated

      Sounds like a quote directly from Sarah Sanders. Elections are not the medium for fair or impartial investigations and they are certainly not a trial, and do not supersede them.

      • Getting outraged by Manchin quotes is about the same ballgame as getting outraged by Republican quotes. This guy is not our friend.

        Granted, we are pushing a candidate trying to unseat him in a primary, so highlighting his awfulness does serve some purpose. But expecting him to change his behavior is a lost cause.

    • So true and so typical of establishment Dems.

      • Expect the same from Jones, the new senator from Alabama. Of course, he is better than Moore, but then anyone would be better than him.

        • He’s also probably the best you can get in dark red Alabama, while we could do a whole lot bet than Northam in bluish purple Virginia

      • Too bad Perreillo didn’t win the primary. He would have won the general election with about as much ease as Northam and he wouldn’t be making statements like this

    • Good on everybody holding Northam’s feet to the fire. Hopefully some of the true progressives elected in November in Virginia’s state legislature can seize this opportunity to increase their profiles, and mount a run against Northam in the future.

      Establishment Dems need to be trained to be afraid to show their true colors in public, at the very least. (What I mean is, they are entitled to think their constituents are as stupid as they want in private, but don’t think you can promise something, use bogeymen like bipartisanship and tax increases to take it away, and expect anybody to give you the benefit of the doubt again.) We’ve lived through Obama, we know how this story ends.

    • That last tweet is the one that gets me because it just shows there are still people who believe the Dems are just naive to try bipartisanship and not that its just a cover to give their owners what they want.

      What will it take to get people to finally see the Dems want much of what the Repubs want, they just arent allowed to act like it?

      • Yes, this. And it has been this way for at least the last 20 years (unless you think that Obama got elected because of his bipartisan pandering, not in spite of it).

    • Thank you Subir for this, and as a VA resident, and as a Perriello voter in the primary. The votes to be found are by really working on voter registration, full time, especially among the young, and by having a solid, left-facing message, that Independents will like. Bernie found it easy enough to do; Jeremy Corbyn is doing a fine job of it as well! Why D’s want to think that suburban republicans will switch to D’s after years of voting R? (Well, I know why, and you do too). Ain’t gonna work.

      And Northam better get on the Medicare train pronto, or he’s in for an ass-whipping by his own party in VA.

    • Manchin needs to change to the GOPukes. He’s already one of them. As for Northam, the VA progressives need to keep a real close eye on him. He starts up showing Turd Way colors, he needs to get hit over the head and HARD! I trust very few Democrats now. T and R, Subir! 🙂

  • Like many of you, I initially despaired when reading exit poll results from the Alabama senate election. It seemed unbelievable that over 63% of white women would vote for a man who was credibly accused of […]

    • Benny replied 1 month ago

      Add to this mix: Mike Pence did not support Roy Moore and was disturbed by the allegations. He supported appointed Sen. Luther Strange, who had won the primary, may have continued sitting in the seat. I think Pence and Shelby encouraged R’s to do a write-in, which I believe could have tilted the results had they backed Moore, but Moore was heavily flawed. Cenk Ugyur said Moore was at the bottom of the barrel. Now if we could find a way to get rid of some of the other crazies like Steve King in the House.

    • wi59 replied 1 month ago

      Its the evangelical mind set along with the typical “God, Guns and Gays”. Every time you heard Moore speak you heard something about 1 of these 3 directed to his base. I wonder about the women that voted for him though didn’t they listen/believe to the numerous women that came forward? if it was only one person I too would have some doubt but not in this case.

    • The thing about Christianity for me is it’s really a ripoff of other religions. They didn’t adopt the sign of the cross until hundreds of years after Jesus’ death. They changed from the fish to the cross because it was a more recognizable symbol. The cross, the death and rebirth, the flood and many other aspects of Christianity were used by the Sumerians and the Persians long before Christianity. If you believe a sky god is watching over everything you do and keeping score, like Santa Claus, you’ll pretty much believe anything. Imho, we’d be a lot better off without religion.

    • Great post, displaying some real out-of-the-box thinking (particularly the notion that evangelicals could be allies in fighting against economic inequality).

      Having grown up around these people, I remain very skeptical that the clergy has the courage to challenge the savage tribalism of their communities. In places where conformity is king, can we expect organized religion (the guardians of the orthodoxy for centuries) to lead the push for change?

      To their credit (as you note at the end), the black evangelical community has a history of doing this, so maybe it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

  • Before last night, this is what the Senate looked like:

    Notice the sea of red stretching from North Carolina to Texas? It’s now got one unexpected kink in it, Alabama.

    There are three senate seats that wi […]

    • Subir, double-check that blue/red district map. Birmingham was solid blue. Now it’s in Jefferson County but that area’s color code is not accurate. Only reason I’m bringing this up is I lived in B’ham 40+ years ago. It was not KKK country then, and it’s not now. Otherwise, T and R!! 🙂

      • It looks like that little sliver of blue projecting NE from AL6 heads into Birmingham (assumably the black areas). Gerrymander. Making sure as many black voters as possible are packed into one district.

    • Benny replied 1 month ago

      Trump’s disapproval with Alabamians (in exit polls) was 48%, 1% more than his approval rating. There’s definitely a crack of a window.

      The other thing is Clinton was not the candidate anyone in the South was waiting for.

  • Moore, Trump and the RNC deserve to be tarred and feathered for what they tried to pull. They tried to send a child molester to the Senate.

    The good people of Alabama saw the light, and with a heavy lift from […]

    • Benny replied 1 month ago

      We needed that space last night to have this discussion. I concur that we have to put the pressure on the GOP and the media. One election doesn’t make all of the wrongs disappear.

    • wi59 replied 1 month ago

      Whats scary is 600,000 voted for the R no matter what. With these accusations that usually is a death sentence politically and the candidate withdraws. But we now have a president that supported Moore and all his baggage. Jones should’ve crushed Moore under normal circumstance’s but It was proven that people will vote R no matter what. If this was a dem I had to vote for where I live and it was a solid D I would have not voted for the D with this baggage couldn’t do it as a parent. I would sit it out ,write in or vote for the R if I had to. I do figure that in 2020 Jones will most likely lose as its a deep R state and they will want a R back in there. But if Jones does a good job in the meantime who knows he could be reelected in a 2020 wave. I just don’t understand how women and mothers in Alabama could vote for Moore.

  • In 2012, Bob Vance came within four points of beating Roy Moore in a state-wide race for an Alabama Supreme Court seat. Democrats didn’t run against four of the other judges on the ballot, but they did run a […]

    • Wow, that is interesting, Subir. I lived in Birmingham from 1977-1979. It has a lot more true progressive-liberal types in its natives than we think. The University of Alabama and Auburn are also well respected academically. T and R!!

    • Eeeeew, is all I can say about Moore. Thanks for the diary!

    • Moore is a creep. This is very interesting, Subir.

    • I was surfing TV before I went to bed MSNBC actually had a very good breakdown on what has to happen for Jones to win, Their is a Belt of dem votors across the whole state that have to turn out and voters in Jefferson county also voters in the Mobile, Huntsville if that happens Jones has a chance along with Women and blacks turning out for him. Sadly the extremist bible thumpers are entrenched though. Hoping for the best but Its ALA -bama Where Satan R would beat Jesus -D

    • I think because Obama was the democrat in the presidential race, Romney had a bigger margin than Moore in his race, probably due to racial issues than dislike of Moore.

  • You can find the Sackler family’s name on numerous museums and universities, they’ve bought naming rights to several. They also donate to conservative organizations.

    Richard’s political contributions have gone […]

    • Just heard about them a few months ago.

      Another billionaire out of the closet, the religious closet of money, like the priests, they prey on people. Evil seems to have few bounds

      Seems that more and more of them are not afraid to show their colors

      What ever happened to tar and feathers?

      Only 60K die per year from opiod overdose. Is that about 2x car accidents.

      Where are the MADD, the mothers against drunk driving

      wait, that was the poor slob — these are rich bastards. A different standard holds for themn

      • Read an excellent book called Dreamland. It describes how the heroin merchants are profiting big-time off the opiod addiction epidemic. I highly recommend it. T and R, Subir!!

  • The polls are close, and Doug Jones has a real chance to win the Senate seat in Alabama. Most pollsters have the race tied or leaning towards Jones. Which means it’s now a turnout game.

    Here’s the problem tho […]

    • The FL Democratic Party is almost a carbon copy of Alabama’s. It’s a very corrupted, disorganized joke. That has driven liberal progressives like me to seek out other groups like PDA, for example. Jones can win this race if he puts his feet on the ground, goes door-to-door, and encourages small donations. Forget the DLC/DNC. T and R, Subir!!

      • Jones can win this race if he puts his feet on the ground, goes door-to-door, and encourages small donations.

        I agree orlbucfan!!

    • Thanks Subir!

      I wonder how effective those ads will be.

      Do you remember Jesse T. Smith in Alabama? He ran, and lost, against Mike Rogers in 2016, but he’s still out there and still challenging Rogers and the GOP in general. It appears that he’ll be challenging Rogers again in 2018.

      I wonder how much reaching out to local politicians Jones is doing. I think that could help turnout.

    • One thing I think should be made clear, the Dems abandoning areas is intentional, their role in the play is to feign opposition, but always failing in the end, parading some token gift as the consolation prize we get for them opposing.

      They saw how damaging that was when they held both house and the Presidency early under Obama and still caved, so they have been losing ground ever since, but much of it intentional. Dean showed how it works as DNC head, but from that point on it they intentionally weakened the party.

      They are cool spending a little here and there for those they think will play along, but they aren’t interested in being a strong national party anymore and the question is if the oligarchy will just let it die or not, ending the charade completely.

  • Carter beat the Republican house whip to win, which is pretty amazing. Also important to see how he won. His opponent got the same number of votes he did the last time (9500), so they’re turnout machine worked. But Carter blew past that with 11,300. His campaign turned out twice as many people as the 2015 Democratic candidate. It’s impressive.

  • I’m no fan of Donna Brazile. As vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) she violated her responsibility to run a fair process by leaking debate questions to the Clinton campaign. It is hard for me to […]

    • Good post, However I do not think that it is wise to turn the other cheek when the establishment is not about to relinquish their control of the party no matter what the voters say. Both Biden and Clinton have newly formed super-pacs that are not about to favor the 99%.

      • wi59 replied 2 months ago

        Nope they wont it usually done by force.

      • The fact that PACs also have an outsized influence on primaries means that they can control the process right from the outset using all of their money.

        We’re in a huge battle for the soul and direction of the party right now.

    • Here is a prime example. (right on cue)

      http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/359816-hickenlooper-sees-victory-for-centrists-and-model-for-dems-in-virginia

      Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says Ralph Northam’s victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race is a win for pragmatism — and a model for Democrats moving forward.

      Hickenlooper, a former Denver mayor who has seen his political stock rise as Colorado has shifted into a purple state, believes Democrats can build a winning streak by focusing on multiple issues that will help middle class families.

      In an interview with The Hill, he talked of his preference for more incremental policy changes on education and health care that can improve people’s lives over more sweeping promises to deliver Medicare for all or free tuition. Within a four-minute span, Hickenlooper mentioned a permutation of the word “pragmatic” a half dozen times.

      “I look at what we’re going to see in Colorado as a result of the victory of Ralph Northam,” Hickenlooper said, “that it opens up the whole Democratic party to different ideas and more pragmatic ideas, I think, rather than just trying to have one issue that you’re going — or maybe two or three issues — that you’re going to raise up and hold as holy standards.

      • This was not a pro-Northam/Clinton win. It was anti-Trump and to a certain extent, anti-Clinton. But it will not be the same ball game necessarily in 2018. The tax bill, if it goes through, will be a referendum on the GOP congress (as well as some centrist Dems — good luck with trying to rebrand that group as “pragmatist”).

        As the diary I posted on Brazile last week indicated, we have to be vigilant in keeping our progressive narrative, and ensuring the Clintons don’t interfere with it.

      • “right on cue”

    • Im not sure she would of won anyway, there were questions right out of the gate in iowa which was a squeaker to begin with and could have gone Bernies way, with even a small win in Iowa and a blow out in NH the cards might of of begun falling the other way. Add to this the super dels being counted race by race (A thing ive never seen before) and I dont think Hillary could of won without cheating.

      But if she had she would have also won the GE as well since there would be little hard feelings, but we all know the estab dems rather lose to a estab repub than have a prog dem win.

      • https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lee-carter-delegate-democratic-socialist_us_5a074548e4b05673aa5997fd

        The injury was more than just painful and demoralizing: After Virginia rejected Carter’s application for workers’ compensation benefits, and his employer cut down his hours after he recovered, the situation inspired Carter to get involved in politics.

        “Coming from that position of working a blue-collar job and being wronged by an employer, it was a very natural transition to say that an economic strategy that puts working people first, ahead of corporate interests, is the way to go to make life better for people,” Carter said.

        He became a dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America and ran for a seat in Virginia’s state House of Delegates ― and on Tuesday, with help from fellow DSA members but virtually none from the state’s Democratic Party, Carter won his race by nearly 9 percentage points.

        • woooo hooooo! I don’t seem to fit in this mold at this time, but i will celebrate, root for, support and work for these kinds of candidates when I can. KUDOS CARTER!

        • Wow, 9 percentage points? That’s a statement right there. 🙂 T and R, Subir!!

        • Carter beat the Republican house whip to win, which is pretty amazing. Also important to see how he won. His opponent got the same number of votes he did the last time (9500), so they’re turnout machine worked. But Carter blew past that with 11,300. His campaign turned out twice as many people as the 2015 Democratic candidate. It’s impressive.

    • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-bernie-sanders-says-the-democratic-party-needs-to-open-its-doors-to-independents/

      Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has some advice for the Democratic Party as it begins to face the 2018 midterm elections: “open up its doors” to party outsiders.

      “The truth is that neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party today are held in very high esteem by the American people. That’s just a fact,” Sanders said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

      “There are more people now who are Independents than Democrats or Republicans,” he said. “So to say to Independents, say to young people who are overwhelmingly Independent, say to working people, ‘We don’t want you to come into the Democratic Party,’ is totally absurd. And it’s a recipe for failure.”

    • well said, eve. I hear you on the “respected.” So many say, well, I didn’t vote for him, but he’s a decent man.” I wonder what number of children you have to allow to be killed, how many you let die b/c they don’t have insurance, how many arms you must sell to others who also drop bombs, before you don’t get have a right to be called “decent.”

    • Idiots like this is what we are up against!

      • Best to completely ignore this one. Bad for blood pressure.

        • Nothing that he has to say impacts me in the least. I was just using him as an example of the diehard Hilbots that we are up against. Anyway thanks for the concern.

          • Well hes obviously being paid. old Armando wasnt so establishment but I think he made the deal with the devil so to speak.

            Calling us the frauds is the great irony….

  • At the age of 56, Catherine Gordon found out she had breast cancer. A long deferred mammogram revealed two tumors, 6 centimeters long together. She underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumors.

    A y […]

  • I’ve written previously about the Kushner family’s attempts to shore up their precarious finances by extorting fees from low-income tenants and selling green-cards to Chinese investors. As Bloomberg reported […]

    • I am so tired of ME coup to concentrate oligarchical power. Plays havoc with our energy security too.

      Good points, Subir.

    • This comes from the Milker in Chief.

    • I am confused that he knows what he is doing?

      http://www.arabnews.com/node/1189476/saudi-arabia

      JEDDAH: A Houthi missile fired at Riyadh may be considered an act of war by Iran, and Saudi Arabia will not tolerate any infringement of its national security, senior Saudi officials said on Monday.
      “The Kingdom reserves the right to respond in a timely manner to the hostile actions of the Iranian regime,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said.
      “Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighboring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement of our national security.”

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics/saudi-arabia-says-lebanon-declares-war-deepening-crisis-idUSKBN1D61SZ

      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country.

      Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and Hezbollah in his resignation speech.

      This coupled with Yemen and Qatar is not going to win him The Nobel Prize.

    • T and R, Subir! 🙂 Some things never change like excessive greed/lust for power.

  • LD, sent you an email.

  • Here’s exhibit A:

    White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly told other members of the Trump administration that if it were up to him the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. would be between zero and […]

  • LD, What line of work are you in, just so we know what to point you towards.

  • The day before President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, the Senate passed a bill authorizing another $700bn for the Pentagon.

    In a rare act of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, the Senate […]

    • Seems to me war fatigue syndrome shouldn’t have renewed funding, yet we can’t find $47 B either for public colleges, technical schools and university tuition to be free. What will happen for providing funds for hurricane afflicted areas? Flint’s water system has been funded, but probably not enough to replace it.

      • As an aging retired political junkie/futurist, I am SO SICK of the MICC and its pansies…..there are no words to describe it. I will no longer waste my precious vote on anyone/anything that stinks remotely like this nauseating entity does! T and R, Subir!!

    • We made some progress for a while, but now it seems that there is a mighty, destructive power in place and it will take time and creativity and courage to change our path or war, on people, on the planet, on our very souls.

      This is truly deranged and obviously money, not compassion or even intelligence is what’s running the show. Like on OUAT, their hearts blacken with each person that dies needlessly, with each climate and war refugee.

      How can we break through this collective trance?

      Correction: One list showed Wyden as a Yea and one as a Nay. If he was a Nay, I jump for joy and apologize.

      And T&R, subir!

    • Oh yes, and don’t forget, the actual “defense” cost is much higher, with some not reported (national security), with contractors not paying taxes, with black budgets and with plain old unaccountability. I’d say it’s well over a trillion.

    • Spies, Hollywood And Neocons Team Up To Create New War Propaganda Firm

      “We have been attacked. We are at war.”

      So begins a video released today by The Committee to Investigate Russia, an organization founded by When Harry Met Sally director Rob Reiner and neoconservative senior editor of The Atlantic David Frum. The video, which stars Morgan Freeman and is rife with patriotic images of American flags, soldiers and bald eagles, continues as follows:

      I haven’t finished the article (have to pop off for a while), but i read most of it and it is truly scary. What’s with Reiner and Freeman? Pissed that Hill didn’t win?

      I do not get why anyone would push for war, especially between two superpowers. Perhaps pissed that Russia had enough power to back Assad and perhaps keep him in power? Caitlin is looking more and more prophetic about our biggest problem being control of the media. I would add the voting process, but this stuff is scary.

    • Here’s Paul Joseph Watson on the same thing (We are at war.) Haven’t seen him before, but I like him. Can’t wait to see Jimmy Dore, TYT, the Humanist, et al on this.

    • Guilt and Punishment
      Healing Original Sin

      American collapse, then, teaches us a great and powerful lesson — not just economic, but this time psychological. To repress guilt is to bury it. But you cannot bury the undead. They will rise from the grave and punish you, torment you, taunt you. A society’s guilt, especially guilt as great and terrible as America’s, must be expressed, experienced, heard — and reconciled with truth, love, grace, forgiveness. If none of that can happen, then just like a person who has committed a crime against their family and still justifies it, no matter how deep the guilt is hidden, its demons will always roar. And whether or not such a person punishes themselves or others is besides the point: the ghost of the past that has never truly died.

      Our guilt, like our pain, contains our possibility. And until and unless we feel it, see it, share it, and express it, so that it can be made right, that possibility shrinks, like a withering seed, into anger, fear, rage, and shame.

  • New York has a long history of producing progressives focused on delivering health-care to all. Teddy Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate to propose socialized healthcare. FDR was the first president […]

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