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More on the racist roots of our founding

Photo by Nick Pezzillo
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When the Revolutionary War began, the odds of a united, continental effort to resist the British seemed nearly impossible. Few on either side of the Atlantic expected thirteen colonies to stick together in a war against their cultural cousins. In this pathbreaking book, Robert Parkinson argues that to unify the patriot side, political and communications leaders linked British tyranny to colonial prejudices, stereotypes, and fears about insurrectionary slaves and violent Indians. Manipulating newspaper networks, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and their fellow agitators broadcast stories of British agents inciting African Americans and Indians to take up arms against the American rebellion. ...

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#GagOnIt

This sculpture, "Non-Violence" (a.k.a. "The Knotted Gun"), by Fredrik Reuterswärd, was a gift from the Government of Luxembourg to the United Nations.
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The "Gays Against Guns" (GAG) campaign received a jumpstart at Sunday's NYC Pride Parade and elsewhere in the country. On command, these marchers stopped chanting, and laid down on the pavement in a "die-in," a dramatic exclamation driving home the point. The GAG campaign emerged following the Orlando massacre at a gay night club two weeks ago, and mirrors the sit-in for gun control by heroic democrats literally sitting down on the floor of the US House of Representatives, and many coordinated civil actions across the country for today's National Day of Action Against Gun Violence. Fifty years ago as ...

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Let the Good News Flow

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Just yesterday, I noted a trifecta of good news, and today two more actions by the US Supreme Court immediately followed: The justices refused to entertain an appeal by pharmacists to use religious exemptions in their refusal to fill birth control prescriptions; and they finally ended the quest of county clerks like Kim Davis in Kentucky, all of whom are government employees, from refusing marriage licenses based on their religious beliefs. Sometimes, more and more frequently these days, we see more good news, more progress towards that better world we can envision. Our manifesto describes the mechanics ...

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This Is How We Do It!

by Sean MacEntee Flickr/creativecommons

Progress is a creative act, the ability to transform our selves and our world by adapting to better ways of doing things. Progress is always active and is often upstepped under certain positive circumstances. (For more, see our Manifesto.)

It's nice to wake up on a day with a trifecta of good news, forward movement in bringing about the better world we can all envision.

The US Supreme Court struck down needless, christianist-driven, anti-abortion restrictions on women's reproductive rights in Texas, indicating that similar restrictions in other states are likewise unconstitutional. The high court also Read More

Here Is How We Can Send Republican Obstructionists Home For Good

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This post is adapted from one I wrote last year, Purge 70% of US House of Representatives Incumbents Just Like They Did In 1816, one in a 40-part series regarding a secret cult, bankrolled by anti-government special interests, that operates hidden in plain site, controlling every branch of our government. This is NOT The Onion. As far-fetched as this 70-year siege sounds it also presents the key to rid us of the worst of the worst in the GOP, disgrace and repudiate Koch, et al, and rescue our democracy from the jaws of christian sharia. Background The name of this cult is Read More

How are you celebrating Religious Freedom Day?

by Michael Swan
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The idea of religious freedom was conceived as a shield protecting against government overreach when it comes to religious matters. All Americans, be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, and so on, should have the freedom to practice their faith or worldview free from burdensome government regulation or required participation; faith and other individual thoughts are private waters that government shall not wade in except in extreme circumstances. Religious freedom by its nature must include freedom FROM religion to maintain its integrity as a concept. We see efforts by Religious Right groups and the US Catholic bishops to take ...

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The American Bison Captures An Ailing US

American Bison photo by Dan Dzurisin Flickr/creative commons

There are many examples around lately of inverse logic and intellectual disconnect but few capture it as well as what is going on with the mighty American Bison. On the one hand we can herald the US Senate for backing the American Bison as our national mammal. No animal is more worthy, more connected to our early heritage. There were originally 6 species of bison globally, and now there are only two, the American Bison and the Steppe Bison, and many of these have been interbred with cattle. By the 1800s, the number of American Bison had declined to ...

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The Trail of Tears Continues

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There is no end to United States' fatal exploitation of America's indigenous peoples. First the wholesale genocide of 95% of native Americans, the holocaust at the founding of the USA. Indian schools that shattered families came next followed by the granting and taking away of promised land, and the concentration camps called reservations where healthcare and educational opportunities are denied. Our government's invasion of sacred lands on behalf of corporate fossil fuel production are part of this disastrous tapestry, all speaking to humanity's inhumanity. Congress speaks of reconciliation but never backs it up, and has so far ignored formal ...

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The Implosion WILL Be Televised

by KAZ Vorpal Flickr/creative commons

The very depravity of what's now pouring from their mouths is doing all the work for us. Back from traveling, I am fully enjoying how US Republicans have answered my prayers, and then some. The self-immolation of their influence occurs hourly now, and I've got the marshmallows. The long-ago right wing has been completely co-opted by the political religious right. These fake christianist profiteers want to destroy our democracy to speed their promised white, male christian sharia. They are motivated by greed, not faith, to protect the fortunes of an entitled elite. They relish the idea of constitutional crises and ...

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No More Right Wing, Just Religious Right

Dan Lacey Portrait of Reverend Billy Graham
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Fair use/educational

"It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it."

That quote is from 1981, and its prescience comes from an unlikely source: evangelical superstar Billy Graham. No one was or is more embedded in the religious fundamentalist culture, but even he foresaw the coming perversion of religious-based politics. Through this summer, I have been equating the religious right with the GOP because every Republican elected and appointed official has by now been completely co-opted by their science-denying, punishing, and harmful agenda. ...

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