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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Yes, yes and yes!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
The two-party system is at the root of the problem and until you can reform the system, the cycle of madness will continue...and may get even worse.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Excellent article/observations.

"The myth of competition. If it’s every person for themselves, if I cannot rely on you, then what is the only thing left that we can do? Compete."

Indeed. The capitalist class, architects of the new economy, are selling us on all the wonderful benefits of their 'gig economy', which as far as I'm concerned amounts to coldheartedly/cruelly saying: 'best of luck mate, every person for himself.' Mainstream media seldom reports it as such, but the gig economy is a big 'fuck you' to all of us as most of these gigs provide inadequate to no labor laws, no minimum wage, no benefits, no job security & little to no regulation(s). If this is the best that we can offer workers, we're in a world of hurt.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Follow the money. Electoral politics, politicians and in particular our foreign policy have for far too long been for sale. While there are some subtle shifts, such as the growing number of potential presidential candidates vowing to no longer accept donations from corporate PACs, the democratic process continues to be hijacked by a Machiavellian version of democracy that is controlled by big money.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The POTUS is basically an elected king. The whole structure is still based on the British parliamentary monarchical system, with two houses in the legislature, the judiciary and the executive, and English law.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
What an idiot! And yet honest in assessing Trump's policy of inciting conflict
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Unrelatedthings Unrelatedthings (@Unrelatedthings) on Pinned comment
And, of course, as a (US) American of European descent, our ancestors did not tame a continent. That is largely myth. Our ancestors raped, pillaged, enslaved and committed genocide against the native residents of a continent. Then we projected the same around the globe through colonization and war and empire. And we built a culture and economy that continues to rob and oppress. To deny this truth is propaganda. Despite occasional glimmers of light, burying our dark history only serves to prop up our delusion of exceptionalism and block real progress towards a Human and humane society.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Newsweek is on a path to becoming a truly rubbish source of news (and clickbait) but had to share this article. So at last count Trump feels that Mexicans, Native Americans AND black football players were/are animals that need to be tamed. How the hell is this even remotely acceptable?! #WhiteSupremacy
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Unrelatedthings Unrelatedthings (@Unrelatedthings) on Pinned comment
“Together there is nothing Americans can't do, absolutely nothing," Trump told 2018 graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Trump seems to be channeling Bernie Sanders here who ends many speeches with “Together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing we cannot do.”

Both are right. But the problem is Trump is pulling us apart, so we cannot accomplish these things, instead of bringing us together.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Group think and idol worship resulting in self-subjugation. We're sheep b/c we choose to be. It's a choice. We've been conditioned to spiritually sleep-walk and allow political parties and government to disproportionately empower itself and institutionalize learned helplessness. And to what end? The US is an absolute mess and imploding before our own eyes (a good piece on this by Chris Hedges: 'The Coming Collapse' goo.gl/H63QNL).

Instead of spending our valuable energy and focus on problem solving, community-building and rallying around the best ideas, we keep allowing ourselves to fall for tired and divisive strategies like this one, 'Is Bernie a real Democrat?' Who. The. Fuck. Cares. It's all a distraction. Seriously. There's no shortage of tried and true tactics by those in positions of power to discredit, confuse, fear-monger, and keep the status quo intact. Sadly, party elites bought by special interest dollars/business magnates seem to prefer imploding the entire system than give up their positions of privilege. And who knows, at this point this might be the 'best' course of action (blow it all up) and no matter our best efforts to reverse course, we might be headed there anyway. Such a scenario/outcome instills a level of fear in me, but I remind myself that fear is an irrational thought.

The silver lining is that people are finally waking up, aware that there's an internal rot happening. I see it. I feel it. It's here. And no matter the bumpy road ahead and outcome, there's no putting that genie back in the bottle.




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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Young American voters are the real hope for change, for pushing back the reactionary forces of Trump and the Republican party.
"According to voter registration records in states that will be closely watched in the November midterm elections, young Americans are planning to exercise their right to vote in greater numbers than usual"
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Unfortunately that is the reality. Money is the driving force behind US foreign policy and the corporate media is controlled by big money.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I'm seeing plenty of whistleblowing in the alternative and even mainstream media about the risk of war with Iran, but it's not going to work. The majority of American people will accept whatever narrative is fed them, and the net resistance will be insufficient to scare the government out of doing it. That's how it works.

Has American society really changed so much that it won't fall for the same trickery yet again? I see no evidence of it.

The elite know how to manipulate us. There will be thousands of people who would say they oppose war now, but when it happens, they will either fall for the propaganda and change their mind or otherwise not resist. At the end of the day, if American leaders push to destroy Iran or some other weaker state, there will be some grumbles but not enough to stop it.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Nikki Haley: 'Ambitious as Lucifer,' as described by people who worked with her at the White House
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
A positive trend:
"This year, 27% of Democrats said their sympathies lied with the Israel over the Palestinians in their conflict, while 25% said the Palestinians."
2 years ago:
"43% of Democrats said their sympathies aligned with Israel compared with 29% who said the Palestinians."
What changed? Trump's actions in Palestine, 'stupid is what stupid does'.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
No one expected anything different from this administration.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Yes, and it was very predictable. We were naive for thinking we would be left alone while everyone else who stood up to America was being crushed.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
That's all fine Bernie, but just don't turn democrats against democrats or we may end up with another a..hole like Trump.
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