Nonfiction writing: Currently this blog is where I write nonfiction, and where I try to see a way through the coming decades for human civilization. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. This shift didn’t happen by itself – it’s the result of decades of messaging work funded by those FDR once referred to as “economic royalists”.

One of the big lessons of history is that propaganda works, and that it can be used for good or for evil. Thank you for reading, and take care of yourselves. Over time, as those concepts and expectations become normalized, it gets harder for the dishonest politicians to justify their inaction, or maintain their air of piety, in the face of what they’ve actually done with the power we give them. m_gallery_title = "Monday night at the DNC 2016 convention in Philadelphia"; The same is true of Trump. The shift towards fascism includes the process of losing even the pretense that democracy, equality, and justice are what we want from society. m_gallery_json = ""; I have previously worked for MSNBC and Chronogram Magazine. Racist dogwhistle. I attended Vassar College and the London School.

Maybe it was just the decision of groups like Fox making the decision to platform those existing groups. An anarchist's response to Louis Proyect's anti-riot Marxism, A Secular Childhood: Letters to My Daughter - no.9 "Be a Sponge", Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden, Just Wait: The uneducated will be all over this in no time, Democrats vs. Republicans: Why even an empty difference in rhetoric can matter, A useful video on why Trump's not going to be able to use the military to seize power, Climate change is increasing the longevity of hurricanes, A worrying appointment by the Trump administration, A post-election roundup of media takes on the 2019 Bolivia coup, A useful video on why Trump’s not going to be able to use the military to seize power, we have to bring collective power to bear, and use that to push back against right-wing propaganda, take direct action. Democrats: "Climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children's health and futures. This post originally ran on July 28, 2016. You can also subscribe without commenting. Your email address will not be published. It’s frustrating that as the planet continues to warm, and time to deal with that continues to run out, the U.S. is continuing its 20th century project of trying to micro-manage the world, and the global south in particular, for U.S. power and profit. It’s a slow, system-level tool, and while it can be accelerated by linking it to pre-existing cultural concepts, it requires patience. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 20: A photographer takes pictures as Democratic National Committee ... [+] (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez speaks and an image of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris flashes on a monitor during the virtual Democratic National Convention at the Wisconsin Center on August 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m surprised that people are saying that the “tea party” movement started in reaction to Obama’s election, since I recall hearing about “tea partiers” at least 10 years before that, who were an awful like today’s “MAGA” fanatics, especially in their dislike of democratic processes and their unwillingness to respect or compromise with people who disagreed with them. “Instead of the depressing, doom-and-gloom convention Democrats staged, President Trump and Republicans are going to cast an aspirational, forward-looking vision of America,” wrote RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in a USA Today op-ed on Sunday. The democrats do not live up to their own claimed ideals, and because they still want credit for having them, that discrepancy is a pressure point that we can use to motivate the general public. And while the degree to which the politicians and pundits actually believed their rhetoric may have waxed and waned over time, it seems clear that belief among those in the base has solidified. Democrats: The party promised to "vigorously implement, enforce, and build on" banking regulations enacted to curb risky practices by financial institutions and "will stop dead in its tracks every Republican effort to weaken it. m_gallery_creation_date = "Monday, July 25, 2016, 3:48 PM"; Republicans: Abortion should be illegal in all cases and the Constitution should ve amended to ban the procedure.

m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; On average, Democratic presidents grew the economy 4.4% each year versus 2.5% for Republicans. With the “Tea Party” movement in response to the election of Barack Obama, it seems that the true believers actually entered the halls of Republican power in a new way. After several Republicans spoke in favor of Biden during the DNC on Monday — they included Kasich, the former Ohio governor, former California GOP …

Those of us working to build a more just and peaceful world are playing a long game. A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that Democratic presidents since World War II have performed much better than Republicans. My work is supported by a group of wonderful people over at, and I would be immeasurably grateful if you would consider joining their ranks. Engaging in propaganda is the act of adding a concept or narrative into the public consciousness.

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