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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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.
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)
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