August 6, 2016







Editors'  Essays

Notable Quotable

To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it — please try to believe me — unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained, or on occasion, "regretted," that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these "little measures" that no "patriotic German" could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

Milton Mayer, quoting a German friend.
"They Thought They Were Free" (1955)

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

William O. Douglas



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Ernest Partridge

NEW:  Mythbusting. The GOP does not have a monopoly on political myth-making. The Democrats, while minor leaguers compared with the Repubs , have a few myths of their own. Here are three of them.

  The Road to Catastrophe.  The American public has been led along a road to ruin by a set of dogmas that are unsupported by the historical record, by empirical evidence, and by practical experience. They are social atomism, market fundamentalism and spontaneous order. These dogmas, which are generally labeled as “conservative.” might be more accurately called “regressive,” since they reject much of the economic and political wisdom acquired in the past century.  (From October 14, 2008)

Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress

Bernard Weiner: 

NEW: "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off:" Trump and Authoritarianism.  We know how dangerous and toxic Trump is to democracy; much more scary are the millions supporting him and his aggressive bullyboy tactics. Across the globe, millions yearn for charismatic authoritarians to help them deal with the confusing social and personal chaos in their lives. Here are some hints for how to confront our homegrown demagogue.

  The Fast Lane To Fascism:  A Review of John Dean's "Conservatives Without Conscience"  "Democracy is not a spectator sport that can be simply observed. To the contrary, it is difficult and demanding, and its very survival depends on active participation. Take it for granted, and the authoritarians, who have already taken control, will take American democracy where no freedom-loving person would want it to go. But time has run out, and the next...national election cycles will define America in the twenty-first century, for better or worse.” (Originally posted August 1, 2006)