Lots of interesting stuff on the web this week. Check out:
The Rot Inside the Republican Party, Rupert Murdoch’s media properties are helping to drive the right wing’s moral decay by Eric Alterman in the Nation. In a very thoughtful piece, Alterman notes that the Trumpists and Murdoch are aiding and abetting the GOP moral rot to such a point that now even mainstream conservatives are alarmed. Alas, it is too late (says Alterman) to save the situation or the party.
For another powerful piece, check out Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms by the famed Chris Hedges in Truthdig. Hedges argues that the “symptoms” of the Trumpian age (all the evils perpetuated by the man and his supporters) are almost secondary to the underlying “disease” of globalizing, kleptocratic capitalism. It is that problem, the disease, which must cured, he says.
William Rivers Pitt, meanwhile, argues in The Danger of the Sacred Soldier in Truthout that we must be very careful about how we allow the cult of the vet and fallen hero to affect our political discourse. He is, himself, a strong supporter of veterans and current service personnel, but feels that the Right is using the image of “not supporting the troops” to tar progressives.
Here’s an interesting development. Back in January, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that he knew of no evidence of links between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. However, now he’s saying that he didn’t know at the time about George Papadopoulos’ efforts to set up back channel connections with Kremlin operatives. In an article in Business Insider, Natasha Bertrand reports that Clapper is now significantly modifying his position on the issue.
Looking for a place to take a stand? You could do worse than the People’s Congress of Resistance, a new coalition of left of center groups and activists working for a united response to the Drumpfian state. Check out their webpage and their most recent update, Inaugural People’s Congress of Resistance draws together grassroots leaders unified by a revolutionary vision.
Keeping an eye on the Roy Moore story? Amber Philips has an interesting piece in the Washington Post. In The six likeliest ways this whole Roy Moore saga could end, ranked, she argues that the most likely end game is one in which Moore wins his senate seat, and then is expelled by an outraged Congress.
Of course, it isn’t really news per se, because we all saw it coming. But, according to The Guardian (among many others) the problems just keep piling up for Trump’s son-in-law. To be precise, we learn that Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails sent to Trump team about WikiLeaks and Russia. Is it perjury when you don’t exactly lie, but just don’t reveal the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Asking for a friend.
And lastly, a very funny piece from The Babylon Bee. In Poll: Majority Of Evangelicals Would Support Satan If He Ran As Republican Candidate, the humor magazine reveals that a recent poll shows that political Christian would be happy with Lucifer in the White House, so long as he wasn’t a Liberal. It’s a joke, of course, but in this day and age, you just can’t be too sure about such things.