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Richard Mellor / Over-population Theory. Blaming the Victims.
« Last post by Richard Mellor on December 07, 2017, 06:07:47 PM »
Over-population Theory. Blaming the Victims.

I am bringing this over from Climate and Capitalism. I haven't read A Redder Shade of Green but I did read Too Many People, an excellent read indeed. The issue for me was exactly as Ian Angus explains it, that the overpopulation argument always ends up harming the poor and in particular those in the underdeveloped world.  This argument inevitably leads there, I know honest people who make the population argument and whose carbon footprint is greater than that of 30 Nigerian families. It also inevitably undermines the important issue, the way society is organized, the way human society produces food and everything else we need. In short, it let's capitalism as a system of production off the hook.

Here is a criticism of Ian Angus' viewpoint. Angus answers it below.


A CRITICISM OF ?A REDDER SHADE OF GREEN?
by Donald J. Kerr

I  bought the book because his earlier work on the Anthropocene was quite  instructive, particularly his article in MR in 2016. In this book, I  read chapter 7, ?The Return of the Population Bombers,? and decided it  was not worth reading the remainder.

In this chapter, he created  his own ?straw man? and proceeded to destroy it. His straw man was a  caricature of those who see world population as a problem. He described  them as bigots, lobbyists, advocates of compulsory birth control,  directed only at poor countries, immigrants as enemies of the  environment. He fails to understand that over-population is a real  problem while at the same time being very difficult to fix without  trampling on human rights. Creating a straw man is a cheap and facile  style of argument.

The problem with over population includes: loss  of biodiversity, production of waste, plastic pollution, climate  change, fish depletion, over-development, etc. I am involved in  conservation of the ecosystem in a few watersheds near Georgian Bay. We  are always fighting against population growth which is encroaching on  natural areas. My perspective is that population growth should be  resisted everywhere (not just poor people) while, at the same time,  allowing refugees but discouraging other migrations.

Angus fails  to clearly identify capitalism as the proponent of population growth  along with all other forms of growth. Economic growth is not the same as  economic performance where equality is valued as well as valuing the  natural world. He says it divides our progressive forces by claiming  that too many people is the problem. Can he not accept that we need to  combat on all fronts, especially neo-liberalism and excessive growth as  well as over-population? None of these battles is easy but all are  important.

REPLY: POPULATIONISM IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE
by Ian Angus
Don,  thank you for taking the time to explain what you thought of that  chapter, and why. Your thoughtful comments are part of the discussion of  ?essential arguments? that the book aims to stimulate.

You charge  me with creating a ?straw man? ? with misrepresenting the views of  people who see population as a major environmental problem. I plead not  guilty, on two grounds.

First, because the connections between  overpopulation ideology, compulsory birth control programs and  anti-immigrant bigotry are very well documented. Overpopulation  arguments have been used for decades to oppress the poor and people of  color around the world and to justify anti-immigrant campaigns that  Betsy Hartmann calls ?the greening of hate.? As the noted socialist  scholar David Harvey says, ?Whenever a theory of overpopulation seizes  hold in a society dominated by an elite, then the non-elite invariably  experience some form of political, economic, and social repression.? 

That?s not a caricature or a straw man: it is reality.

Second,  because throughout the chapter I strongly distinguish between bigots and  the ?many activists who honestly want to build a better world and are  appalled by the racists of the far right [but] are also attracted to  populationist argument.? In fact, much of the chapter is devoted to a  discussion of why long-disproven overpopulation arguments continue to be  used by ?people who actually care about the environment, who aren?t  just using green arguments as an excuse to bash immigrants.? In short, I  didn?t say you are a bigot, I said you are wrong.

The  environmental crisis demands rapid and decisive action, but we can?t act  effectively unless we clearly understand its causes. If we misdiagnose  the illness, at best we will waste precious time on ineffective cures;  at worst, we will do even more damage. Focusing on population growth  isn?t just ineffective, it is harmful. Instead of confronting the real  eco-vandals, it targets the victims of environmental destruction, people  who don?t destroy forests, don?t wipe out endangered species, don?t  pollute rivers and oceans, and emit essentially no greenhouse gases.

You say that we need to ?combat on all fronts.? The problem is that fighting to cut immigration and birth rates is incompatible with fighting for social justice. It?s not that we don?t have the  resources to do both ? it?s that populationism is an anti-social,  anti-human ideology, no matter how sincere some of its advocates may be.  The suggested readings listed below address these issues in more depth I  can do in a short reply.

Obviously we have a serious  disagreement, but the left can only gain from frank and open discussion  of our differences. C&C welcomes further comments on this important  subject: please be concise and respectful.

Some recommended readings on population and social justice
The chapter of A Redder Shade of Green that Donald Kerr criticizes is also available online:
Simon Butler and I addressed the issue in depth in this book:
Over 120 Climate & Capitalism articles tagged ?population? are listed here. You could start with these:

Source: Over-population Theory. Blaming the Victims.
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AlterNet / Activists Vow to Fight After Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of Muslim Ban
« Last post by AlterNet on December 07, 2017, 06:07:45 PM »
Activists Vow to Fight After Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of Muslim Ban



 
 
 



Appeals to the ban drag on while families live in fear.


 

Rama Issa-Ibrahim, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), was already in the midst of a crisis before the news broke Monday that the Supreme Court had announced a stay of the preliminary injunctions against Trump's Muslim ban. The Supreme Court's decision allows the administration to enforce the third, latest version of the travel ban that bars citizens of six majority-Muslim countries (plus North Korea and some Venezuelans) from entering the United States, as appeals wind their way through the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts.

A large number of Issa-Ibrahim's clients are Muslim women from Yemen (on the ban's list), she explained on a joint press call with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). There is a devastating civil war raging in Yemen, and clients were so visibly shaken by reports of famine and the death of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh that her staff had "to bring in our social worker to de-escalate the situation, to process those feelings. Then just a few hours later, the Supreme Court decision [was announced.]"

It makes an already tragic situation worse, eliminating these and other Yemeni nationals' ability to bring family members fleeing the conflict to the United States. Issa-Ibrahim?who is from Syria, another country on the list?doesn't even know when she'll next see her own father.

Camille Mackler, director of immigration legal policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, emphasized just how uncertain the results of the Supreme Court's decision are nearly a day after their ruling. As of Monday evening, neither the Supreme Court nor the Department of Homeland Security offered any guidance to Customs and Border Patrol officials at airports or in consulates in the impacted countries. In response to the potential confusion, NYIC has reactivated the No Ban JFK email address and hotline, where anyone from or with family in Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia can call for legal advice.

Said Mackler, ?This stay on the preliminary injunctions leaves many immigrants in limbo and terrified. Many people are planning on traveling during the holiday season and are scared to travel out of the country, not knowing whether or not they will be allowed back. While these injunctions only scratch the surface of the larger legal battle against the ban, we will resist this latest assault on our liberties, and prevail." 

The next legal steps include oral arguments in front of the 4th and 9th circuits on Wednesday and Friday of this week for both preliminary injunctions. Those courts will decide whether to uphold them or strike them down. If the Supreme Court upholds the injunctions, they will not go back into effect until either the Supreme Court refuses to take the issue on appeal or they grant the appeal request and make a final judgment in the case.

"This decision is nothing less than a dereliction of duty from our nation?s highest court," said Albert Fox Cahn, legal director of the New York chapter of CAIR. "This ruling reminds us that we can't simply rely on the Supreme Court to stop President Trump's marginalization of Muslims and other minorities. It is incumbent on lawmakers at every level to take a stand against this bigoted ban. Let us be clear, the justices have not ruled on the merits of the ban, and this decision is far from the last word. The fight goes on, and we'll do everything we can to oppose Muslim Ban 3.0."

As the appeals continue, NYIC, AAANY and CAIR are taking their cases not only to the courts, but to the streets and the halls of Congress, drawing on their mass mobilization skills honed after the first Muslim ban to help fight this one. Murad Awawdeh, vice president of advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition, emphasized that his organization was activated immediately after the first ban, drawing thousands of people to a protest at JFK Airport on the first day of the ban, 30,000 to Battery Park the following day and nearly 100,000 people participating in actions in the 14 days after. 

?It is entirely un-American and unlawful to use the pretext of national security to discriminate against people based on race or religion," Awawdeh said, and "nearly a year after we rallied at JFK and at Battery Park in response to the first attempted Muslim ban, we will continue to fight against Trump?s plan to turn bigotry into policy, while standing strong for human dignity.? 

As of Tuesday morning's call, Mackler and Awawdeh had not received reports of airport detentions, but said lawyers and advocates are standing by ready to be deployed at a moment's notice. Non-lawyers in New York City can show their support at a rally against the ban scheduled for Thursday, December 7, at 6pm in Washington Square Park. CAIR chapters across the country are planning a variety of rallies and protests, which will be announced on their website and social media channels. 

The No Ban JFK email is jfkneedalawyer@gmail.com and the hotline number is (844) 326-4940. 






 

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Richard Mellor / Book Review: Grossman on capitalism?s contradictions
« Last post by Richard Mellor on December 07, 2017, 06:05:03 AM »
Book Review: Grossman on capitalism?s contradictions

Order here.
by Michael Roberts

Henryk Grossman, Capitalism?s contradictions: studies in  economic theory before and after Marx, edited by Rick Kuhn, published by Haymarket Books.

Rick Kuhn, the indefatigable editor, biographer and publisher of the  writings of Henryk Grossman, has another book out on his work.  Grossman  was an invaluable contributor to the development of Marxist political  economy since Marx?s death in 1883.  An activist in the Polish Social  Democrat party and later in the Communist party in Germany, Grossman, in  my view, made major contributions in explaining and developing Marx?s  theory of value and crises under capitalism.

Grossman established a much clearer view of Marx?s analysis,  overcoming the confusions of the epigones, who either dropped Marx?s  value theory for the mainstream bourgeois utility theory, or in the case  of crises, opted for variants of pre-Marxist theories of  underconsumption or disproportion.  In his works, Grossman weaved his  way through these diversions, most extensively in his Law of Accumulation and the Breakdown of the Capitalist System in 1929. Grossman put value theory and Marx?s laws of accumulation and  profitability at the centre of the cause of recurrent and regular crises  under capitalism.

This book brings together essays and articles by Grossman that  critiques the errors and revisionism of the Marxists who followed Marx  and in so doing combats the apology of capitalism offered by mainstream  (or what Grossman calls ?dominant?) economics.  Rick Kuhn provides a  short but comprehensive introduction on Grossman?s life and works, but  also on the essence of the essays in the book.

They include an analysis of the economic theories of the Swiss  political economist Simonde de Sismonde, who exercised a powerful  influence on the early socialists who preceded Marx ? and, for that  matter, Marx himself.  Then there is a critical essay by Grossman on all  the various ideas and theories presented by Marx?s epigones from the  1880s onwards; and two essays on the ideas of the so-called  ??evolutionists??, who tried to develop an alternative to the mainstream  based on history and development rather than cold theory.  Their  argument was the capitalism was changing and developing away from  competition and harmonious growth into monopoly, stagnation and  inequality. 

But, as Grossman says, Marx too recognised these trends but  only he could provide a theoretical explanation of why, based on his  laws of accumulation (p250).  Change, time and dynamics as opposed to  equilibrium, simultaneity and statics is a big theme of Grossman?s  exposition of Marxist economics and that is why the chapter on classical  political economy and dynamics in the book is the most important, in my  view.

But let me highlight the key conclusions that come out of Grossman?s  essays that Rick Kuhn also identifies.  Marx considered that one of his  greatest contributions to understanding capitalism was the dual nature  of value.  Things and services are produced for use by humans (use  value), but under capitalism, they are only produced for money (exchange  value).  This is the driver of investment and production ? value and,  in particular, surplus value.  And both use and exchange value are  incorporated into a commodity for sale.  But this dual nature of the  value also exposes capitalism?s weakness and eventual downfall.  That is  because there is an irreconcilable contradiction between production for  use and for profit (between use value and exchange value), which leads  to regular and recurring crises of production of increasing severity.

As Grossman shows, Sismondi was aware of this contradiction, which he  saw as one between production and consumption.  But he did not see, as  Marx did, the laws of motion in capitalism, from the law of value to the  law of accumulation and finally to the law of the tendency of the rate  of profit to fall, that reveal the causes of crises of overproduction.

The vulgar economists of capitalism have tried to deny this  contradiction of capitalist production ever since it was hinted at by  the likes of Sismondi, and logically suggested by the law of value based  on labour, first proposed by Adam Smith and David Ricardo. The  apologists dropped classical theory and turned to a marginal utility  theory of value to replace the dangerous labour theory.  They turned to  equilibrium as the main tendency of modern economies and they ignored  the effect of time and change.  Only the market and exchange became  matters of economic analysis, not the production and exploitation of  labour.

But as Kuhn points out that ?economic processes involve not just  the circulation of commodities but their production as use values.  The  duration of the periods of production and even the circulation of  different commodities vary.  Their coincidence if it occurs at all, can  only be accidental.  Yet vulgar economics simply assumes such  coincidence or simultaniety of transactions.  It cannot theoretically  incorporate time and therefore history.? p17.

Marx?s analysis destroys the idea that all can be explained by  exchange and markets.  You have to delve beneath the surface to the  process of production, in particular to the production of value (use  value and exchange value).  As Grossman puts it: ?Marx emphasises  the decisive importance of the production process, regarded not merely  as a process of valorisation but at the same time a labour process? when  the production process is regarded as a mere valorisation process ? as  in classical theory ? it has all the characteristics of hoarding,  becomes lost in abstraction and is no longer capable of grasping the  real economic process.? p156.

In my view, Grossman makes an important point in emphasising that the  production of value is the driving force behind the contradictions in  capitalism not its circulation or distribution, even as these are an  integral part of the circuit of capital, or value in motion.  This issue  of the role of production retains even more relevance in debates on the relevant laws of motion of capitalism today, given the development of ?financialisation? and the apparent slumber of industrial proletariat.

In the chapter on dynamics, Grossman perceptively exposes the failure  of mainstream theories which are based on static analysis.  Such  theories lead to the conclusion that crises are just shocks to an  essentially tendency towards equilibrium and even a stationary state ? something that Keynes too accepted.  Capitalism is not gradually moving on (with occasional shocks) in a generally harmonious way towards superabundance and a leisure society where toil ceases ? on the contrary it is increasingly driven by crises, inequality and destruction of the planet.

It is the ?incongruence? between the value side and the  material side of the process of reproduction that is the key to the  disruption of capitalist accumulation.  There is no symmetry as the  mainstream thinks. The value of individual commodities tends to fall  while the mass of material goods increases. Here is the essence of the  transitional nature of capitalism as expressed in Marx?s ?dual? value  theory and the law of profitability.
Source: Book Review: Grossman on capitalism?s contradictions
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AlterNet / Is Donald Trump About to Set the Middle East Ablaze?
« Last post by AlterNet on December 07, 2017, 06:05:01 AM »
Is Donald Trump About to Set the Middle East Ablaze?


Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital could set off violent conflict across the region.


 

Not content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that?s expected to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and reaffirm a pledge to move the US embassy to the city, he is walking into a bone-dry forest with a naked flame.the world?s most intractable conflict. It is the issue that has foiled multiple efforts at peacemaking over several decades. Both Israelis and Palestinians insist that Jerusalem must be the capital of their states, present and future, and that that status is non-negotiable.

But it?s not just important to them. The Old City of Jerusalem contains the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest mosque in Islam, to say nothing of its enormous significance to Christians, meaning that even the slightest move there is felt by billions. It is a place where diplomats have learned to tread with extreme care. There is a reason why no US administration, no matter how pro-Israel, has changed its policy toward the city in the nearly 70 years since Israel?s founding.

But here comes Trump, oblivious to precedent and indeed history ? even in a place where history is a matter of life and death ? stomping through this delicate thicket, trampling over every sensitivity. The risk is obvious, with every Arab government ? including those loyal to Washington ? now issuing sharp warnings on the perils of this move, almost all of them using the same word: ?dangerous?.

Let us be clear. Most advocates of an eventual two-state solution believe the only way to resolve the Jerusalem issue is for it to serve as the capital of both states: East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Then, and only then, would be the right moment to start moving embassies and issuing statements of recognition. Until that day, any act that pre-empts an agreement between the two parties on the city?s future is reckless and needlessly incendiary.

How incendiary? Recall that the second intifada ? which turned into a bloody two or more years of death for Israelis at the hands of Palestinian suicide bombers, and death for Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli military ? started after a 45-minute visit in late 2000 by the then leader of the Israeli opposition, Ariel Sharon, to the place that represents the nuclear core of this most radioactive conflict, the site Muslims call the Haram al-Sharif and Jews call the Temple Mount. Bear that in mind when you hear the Palestinian ambassador to London say that Trump?s move amounts to ?declaring war on 1.5 billion Muslims?.

Why is Trump doing it? Perhaps he wants to show that he?s honouring his campaign pledges: now, along with his tax cut for the rich and his travel ban from mainly Muslim countries, he can tick the box marked Jerusalem. He said he would do it, and now he?s doing it, and to hell with the consequences. That?s a style of politics his base ? including those Christian evangelicals hawkish on Israel ? seems to like.

The rest of the world will draw some comfort from the fact that no immediate move of the embassy is imminent; that it may not even happen before Trump?s term expires in January 2021. Perhaps this will be like Trump?s break from the Paris accords on climate change ? more symbolic than concrete.

But that is to forget that in the Israel-Palestine conflict, symbols matter. Which is why other world leaders, and senior US politicians, need to close ranks in saying this act is wrong and does not speak for them. They need to signal that a saner policy might prevail once Trump has gone. The trouble is that by then, given the way violence in that region can spread and escalate, it might be too late.

 

 

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AlterNet / Paul Krugman: The GOP's Assault on Working Americans Is Just Beginning
« Last post by AlterNet on December 06, 2017, 06:00:13 PM »
Paul Krugman: The GOP's Assault on Working Americans Is Just Beginning



 
 
 



Republicans are coming for it all, from Medicaid to Social Security.


The greatest trick the GOP ever pulled was convincing the mainstream media and much of the country that it ever gave a damn about the deficit. For eight years, Mitch McConnell and company obstructed the Obama administration at every turn, citing concerns that social spending would increase the debt. So what did they do as soon as they assumed power? They passed legislation in the dead of night that would blow a $1 trillion hole in the budget.

For the New York Times' Paul Krugman, it's all part of a calculated scheme to gut the country's social safety net, or what little remains of it. The GOP is attempting a "bait-and-switch" on the entire country, first passing tax cuts that will invariably increase the deficit and then citing the "red ink they themselves produced" to slash essential programs for the poor and the elderly.

What's so remarkable about Republicans' latest gambit, Krugman explains, is that they're signaling their switch before their mark has taken the bait. When asked about his refusal to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers 9 million who need it most, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) huffed: ?I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won?t help themselves, won?t lift a finger and expect the federal government to do everything.?

"Who, exactly, was he talking about, and which programs are consuming these billions and billions and trillions?" Krugman wonders. "Was he talking about food stamps, most of whose beneficiaries are children, elderly or disabled? (And many of the rest are working hard, just not earning enough to get by.) Was he talking about the earned-income tax credit, which rewards only those who work?...The list goes on."

Hatch isn't the only Republican in the Senate openly antagonizing the working class. While defending his party's plutocratic tax bill last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) offered the following jewel: ?I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it?s on booze or women or movies.?

This is how it starts. A manufactured budget crisis is looming, and it won't be long before Republicans target "big-ticket" items like Medicare and Social Security.

"Oh, they?ll find euphemisms to describe what they?re doing, talking solemnly about the need for 'entitlement reform' as an act of fiscal responsibility?while their huge budget-busting tax cut for the rich gets shoved down the memory hole," Krugman cautions. "But whatever words they use to cloak the reality of the situation, Republicans have given their donors what they wanted?and now they?re coming for your benefits."

Read Paul Krugman's column at the New York Times.






 

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Source: Paul Krugman: The GOP's Assault on Working Americans Is Just Beginning
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AlterNet / Mike Pence's Wife Finds Trump 'Reprehensible' and 'Totally Vile': Former Campaign Aide
« Last post by AlterNet on December 06, 2017, 06:00:59 AM »
Mike Pence's Wife Finds Trump 'Reprehensible' and 'Totally Vile': Former Campaign Aide


Karen Pence wanted him off the ticket after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape.


Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, found herself completely horrified when she watched Donald Trump?s infamous ?Access Hollywood? tape in which he bragged about grabbing women?s genitals.

In fact, according to a profile of Vice President Pence written by The Atlantic?s McKay Coppins, Karen Pence wanted to see her husband take over the Republican Party?s nomination for the presidency in the wake of the ?Access Hollywood? tape, and it wasn?t just due to political opportunism.

?She finds him reprehensible?just totally vile,? one ex-campaign aide told Coppins.

Coppins reveals that the Republican Party was working on ways to make Pence its nominee shortly after the ?Access Hollywood? tape came out, and had even started batting around the idea of drafting former Bush Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to be his running mate.

What?s more, Coppins reports that a group of Republican donors also talked about raising money to ?buy out? Trump in exchange for him dropping out of the race ? but they backed off these plans when one Trump associate told them the price tag would have to be in the $800 million range.

 

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Richard Mellor / Trump and Tom Friedman: Two peas in a pod.
« Last post by Richard Mellor on December 05, 2017, 06:00:39 PM »
Trump and Tom Friedman: Two peas  in a pod.



Hasan is responding to Tom Friedman's article in the NY Times praising  Mohammad bin Salman the new and younger Saudi tyrant and a close friend of US Predator in Chief Donald Trump. Friedman, in a reflection of the Zionist regime's closer links with the Saudi's refers to this butcher in Saudi Arabia as the leader of that country's "Arab Spring" an Arab Spring from above of course.

The horrific crises that has engulfed the countries of the Middle East, with its roots in 1916 and Sykes Picot, is consuming the area in flames. This is driven by US imperialism's foreign policy, driven by war criminals and bolstered by its proxies in Tel Aviv and Riyhad. As Russian imperialism and its Iranian allies makes inroads in to the region, the aggressive and violent nature of the US presence will increase. Turkey is also being drawn further in to the morass as it counters US support for the Kurds. There are some 20 million Kurds in Turkey and there is no way the Turks will permit a Kurdish state in what is now Northern Iraq.

Here is Friedman's "nauseating" article praising the murderous Saudi leader causing a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen with the backing of the US.

Here's what the Arab American News had to say about it.


Source: Trump and Tom Friedman: Two peas  in a pod.
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AlterNet / Charles Blow: Steve Bannon Haunts Trump's White House
« Last post by AlterNet on December 05, 2017, 06:00:37 PM »
Charles Blow: Steve Bannon Haunts Trump's White House



 
 
 



The former adviser still has the president's ear, no matter what Sarah Huckabee Sanders says.


A ghost stalks the Trump White House, and it's not the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, or FDR keeping Jared Kushner up in the middle of the night. It's Steve Bannon, whose physical body may have departed the building but whose "spirit lingers there as the guide of the Donald Trump administration," according to the New York Times' Charles Blow.

Just look at Bannon's priorities, as outlined at the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference. "National security and sovereignty; economic nationalism; and deconstruction of the administrative state," Blow notes. "Everything Trump does or says falls into one of those buckets."

Take Mick Mulvaney's appointment as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Mulvaney is an enemy of consumers, but that's all part of Trump's "Trojan Horse strategy of implanting enemies in government agencies to disable or even destroy them," Blow points out.

When Senate Republicans voted to extend huge tax breaks to the rich, they fulfilled Trump's goal of ensuring "that working people would most feel the pain from the bill, in cutbacks to government services like education and the social safety net." The constant attacks on the media, too, are straight out of Bannon's playbook, and Blow believes they indicate he "still has the president?s heart, as well as his ear." 

Trump, the Washington Post reports, continues to reach out to Bannon against the wishes of Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was supposely installed to add order to this chaotic White House

"The president continues to call business friends and outside advisers, including former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, from his personal phone when Kelly is not around, said people with knowledge of the calls. On Sept. 12, The Wall Street Journal reported that Bannon told a private group in Hong Kong that he ?speaks with President Donald Trump every two to three days.?

Despite Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' repeated claims to the contrary, Bannon and Trump are still in touch several times a week. This means, Blow warns, that "Trump the conman has a wingman and together, in the shadows, they are leading us to ruin." 

Read the entire column

 






 

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Source: Charles Blow: Steve Bannon Haunts Trump's White House
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Inter Press Service - Labour / New Safety Handbook by IAWRT
« Last post by Inter Press Service on December 05, 2017, 06:00:36 PM »
New Safety Handbook by IAWRT

Female, journalist and caught in a crossfire?

The post New Safety Handbook by IAWRT appeared first on Inter Press Service.


Source: New Safety Handbook by IAWRT
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Richard Mellor / A Poem: The Groper in Chief
« Last post by Richard Mellor on December 05, 2017, 06:01:18 AM »
A Poem: The Groper in Chief

Go to this link to read and see this serial sexual offender's accusers. They're all lying say the Groper's defenders

The Groper in Chief

The great pretender, the groper in chief
A sexual predator, a liar a thief
The Nazi's they love him the Klan do too.
He's nothing but bad news for me and for you

He's never worked, not a day in his life
What must it be like, to be his wife
But it's no partner he wants, a friend, or a pal
Just a thing with two legs, he calls it a gal

He likes their equipment, its mine he will say
Come to my place, a game we will play
I have the power, to do what I choose
Don't you dare tell, your job you will lose

He is proof to us all that hard work doesn't pay
He's never done it, not even one day
He was born in to welfare, stolen money was gave
stolen from tenants, from workers from slaves

But he's found Jesus some Christians will say
That Muslim Obama, he doesn't pray
I love our dear Donald for he has my back
Not like that Obama, so Godless and black

They say,  I'm no racist, I don't hate Islam
But let's be real honest, that religion's a sham
And these women below, they're liars each one
Our beloved Donald was just having fun

Look at them all, their bodies exposed
Could Donald be tempted by this I suppose
Remember the garden and Eve's fatal sin
It's women's own fault if she did it again

Degenerate he is but this poem won't dare
to insult any animal with him to compare
Not a rat nor a pig nor a beautiful snake
The repulsive Trump was a coital mistake

Art Van De Lait
Source: A Poem: The Groper in Chief
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