Politics and its Discontents: Strong Evidence Of Trump’s Racism

The CBC’s Neil Macdonald has written a searing assessment of Donald Trump that leaves little doubt that the Americans elected a racist president. His starting pint is an interview conducted by the NYT of one Derek Black, a former white supremacist nurtured since childhood by a family that embraced racism; his father started that shrine ...

Politics and its Discontents: Part 11 – Echoes Of History: 1955 And 2017

In Part 1, I discussed the murder of Emmett Till, the exoneration of his murderers, and the tactics used by the racists of 1955 Mississippi to try to discredit both the NAACP and the entire trial. Efforts went so far as to suggest Till had not been murdered at all but was in fact living ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Very, Very Timely Message

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a timely and very powerful message for Donald Trump and his racist supporters: If you go to the YouTube page where this video is posted, you will see by the many vile comments that his message needs to be spread widely. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: For Your Consideration

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Politics and its Discontents: They Never Disappoint Me

‘They’ would be Star readers who write letters to the editor. The following demonstrate that, like many others, they have taken the full measure of Donald Trump and found him manifestly wanting. Re: Trump slow to respond to violence in Virginia, Aug. 13 U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the rioting is hypocritical and hard ...

Politics and its Discontents: Unfit For Office

I am not writing as much these days, preferring to read, learn and reflect. Perhaps serendipitously, I am currently half-way through a book entitled The Blood of Emmet Till, a wrenching examination of the murder of a 14-year-old black lad visiting Mississippi in the summer of 1955, an event that galvanized the civil rights movement. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump’s Bitter Harvest

This may not surprise us, but it should still horrify us. In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to “get out of my country,” witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump’s Bitter Harvest

This may not surprise us, but it should still horrify us. In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to “get out of my country,” witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Reason For Hope

Although the White House is currently overrun with a band of lunatics that has quickly brought about very dark days, I can’t help but think that there are reasons for hope. That I, an inveterate cynic, hold such a view astounds me, but the signs are unmistakable. Or consider this array of magazines, whose covers ...

Politics and its Discontents: In Case You Hadn’t Noticed

Meanwhile, Star letter writers offer their suggestions: Re: Chaos, fear and anger, Jan. 29 Canadians outraged at Trump’s ban on Muslims and refugees can take concrete action by contacting the United States embassy in Ottawa and pledging not to travel to the U.S. until the ban is overturned. We can’t vote south of the border, ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Can We Remain On The Sidelines?

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Politics and its Discontents: Taking Responsibility

The other day I came across the following stinging but very accurate indictment of those who voted for Donald Trump: Not all Trump supporters are racist, misogynist, xenophobes. All Trump supporters saw a racist, misogynist, xenophobe and said “this is an acceptable person to lead our country.” You may not have racist, misogynist, xenophobic intent, ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Normalization Begins

The other day, I wrote about a New Yorker article by David Remnick in which he warns of the insidious normalization of Donald Trump and his twisted values that will take place over time. It appears this is already happening, as the following makes clear. To her credit, Fox’s Megan Kelly would have none of ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Responsibilities Of Citizenship

Given the times we live in, it is not enough to simply talk the progressive talk. Action is also required. The following two videos clearly convey what we can do when circumstances demand it. And closer to home: And Michael Moore makes a very similar point: “White people, no matter how painful, have a responsibility ...

Politics and its Discontents: If You Are Judged By The Company You Keep

Watch this video for confirmation of things you probably already know about Donald Trump: Recommend this Post