A New Essay by Bernard Weiner

Is the Future a Trump-Led Apartheid Society?


September 28, 2016







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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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Bernard Weiner: 

NEW:  Is the Future a Trump-Led Apartheid Society?  Never underestimate the strength and power of racist strains in the body politic. Trumpism flourishes in this over-heated social environment. Imagine the reckless damage that the GOP candidate could do in race-relations were he to win — and then take action to make sure it never happens. 

  Letter to European Friends: Understanding "The Stupid" in U.S. Politics.  “One could go back to the aftermath of the Civil War, when the Southern Confederacy — whose economic/social/political system rested on the institution of slavery -- felt victimized and humiliated…. More and more, discredited Confederate concepts -- such as state ‘nullification’ of federal law, secession from the U.S., calls for impeachment of the first African-American President -- are discussed as if they were possible solutions to what ails them." (First posted Oct 16, 2013)


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)

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