Noam Chomsky Diagnoses the Trump Era. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy, the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December.1 David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, political, or international policy goals? What has Trump actually managed to accomplish in his first months in office?
2 Noam Chomsky: There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.3 The reasons behind the policies are a mix. NC: There is a lot to think about. President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List - The New York Times. Log In - New York Times. Log In Don't have an account? Sign up here » Facebook Google or Forgot password? Log In - New York Times. Log In - New York Times. Neil Buchanan: Ways to Stop Trump in his Tracks. This article first appeared on the Verdict site.
Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump and his associates seem to be doing everything they can do to undermine their own authority. Even so, their self-destructive impulses will not prevent them from doing real damage unless other powerful forces step forward to stop them. Ultimately, all such resistance starts with the American people themselves. Unless there is evidence of sustained rejection of everything that Trump wants to accomplish, it will be far too easy for every decision maker to take the easy way out. It has rarely been more important to remind ourselves that there is strength in numbers.
Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week We have, at least in theory, plenty of institutions that are able to resist Trump’s would-be dictatorship, most of which have already sprung into action. Will it all be enough? The biggest story to date has been the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Neil H. Log In - New York Times. The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration. President Trump questioned media reports and photographs that showed the size of Inauguration Day crowds, speaking to CIA employees at CIA headquarters on Jan. 21 in Langley, Va. (The Washington Post) President Trump questioned media reports and photographs that showed the size of Inauguration Day crowds, speaking to CIA employees at CIA headquarters on Jan. 21 in Langley, Va.
Trump questions media reports of inauguration crowd size (The Washington Post) I apologize to Donald Trump. As Sean Spicer so wisely said at his first news conference on Monday (It was the first. The one that happened on Saturday did not happen at all, and I recognize that!) , it is unfair to be so mean and negative all the time. Here is the fair and unbiased story about the inauguration written in compliance with the Trump style guidelines that we should have been obeying all along. Nothing that has ever happened or will ever happen was as great as Donald Trump’s inauguration. opinions compost Orlando Shooting Updates. U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2 Percent in 2015, Breaking Pattern of Stagnation. The Census Bureau also reported that the share of Americans with health insurance continued to increase. It said that only 9.1 percent of the population had no health insurance last year.
Several states, including Alaska, Indiana and Pennsylvania, expanded their programs in 2015, taking advantage of increased federal funding under the Affordable Care Act. Private sector coverage also increased as companies hired more workers and offered them better benefits. With the presidential election looming in less than two months, the annual report provided immediate fodder. “We lifted three and a half million people out of poverty, the largest one-year drop in poverty since 1968,” President Obama said on Tuesday at a rally in Philadelphia for Mrs. Clinton. “The uninsured rate is the lowest since they began keeping records. Mr. “Poverty is beyond belief,” Mr. The Census Bureau’s annual report, based on a survey of 95,000 households, is the latest evidence that 2015 was a good year for the economy. Donald Trump Is Lying in Plain Sight. Photo It has generally been my experience that when people pepper their speech with the phrase “believe me,” they are not to be believed.
The default position among people of honor — the silent agreement between speaker and listener — is one of truth and trust. But Donald Trump is not a person of honor. Presidents lie. Politicians lie. For instance, the fact-checking website PolitiFact found that of the statements by Hillary Clinton that it checked, 22 percent were completely “true” and another 28 percent were “mostly true.” But Trump is another animal. The truth shifts beneath Trump like sand. Indeed, PoltiFact named Trump’s collective “campaign misstatements” the 2015 Lie of the Year, writing: “It’s the trope on Trump: He’s authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. The site quotes from Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” in which he says, “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. Clinton happily yields national spotlight to Trump, avoids its glare – The Moderate Voice.
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks at East High School in Youngstown, Ohio, July 30, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If you haven’t heard a lot about what Hillary Clinton thinks of a string of controversial comments by Donald Trump that have generated round-the-clock coverage on cable news broadcasts, there is a reason – it’s by design. Since becoming the Democratic nominee last month, Clinton has been touring toy manufacturers, visiting tie makers and dropping in on public health clinics, where if she mentions Trump at all, it is usually to contrast their policies.
Her swift condemnation at a Wednesday campaign rally of Trump’s remark that gun rights activists could stop her from nominating liberal U.S. Aides say Clinton’s strategy is simple: let Trump be Trump. Clinton, meanwhile, has been busy courting local media in must-win states. Reuters. Georgia Senator prays for Obama's death - in public. Georgia Senator David Perdue (R — of course) publicly offered a prayer for the death of President Obama. Vox: Sen. David Perdue is the junior senator from Georgia. He's known in the Senate as a nice, modest guy — not one of the bomb throwers, by any means.
Let his days be few; and let another take his office. This sort of behaviour is UNACCEPTABLE from anyone, much less a United States Senator. President Obama’s Interview With Jeffrey Goldberg on Syria and Foreign Policy. Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on Obama’s behalf by his secretary of state, John Kerry, in Washington, D.C. The subject of Kerry’s uncharacteristically Churchillian remarks, delivered in the Treaty Room at the State Department, was the gassing of civilians by the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.
Obama, in whose Cabinet Kerry serves faithfully, but with some exasperation, is himself given to vaulting oratory, but not usually of the martial sort associated with Churchill. Obama believes that the Manichaeanism, and eloquently rendered bellicosity, commonly associated with Churchill were justified by Hitler’s rise, and were at times defensible in the struggle against the Soviet Union. “Free riders? 21 Questions for Donald Trump. I have covered Donald Trump off and on for 27 years — including breaking the story that in 1990, when he claimed to be worth $3 billion but could not pay interest on loans coming due, his bankers put his net worth at minus $295 million. And so I have closely watched what Trump does and what government documents reveal about his conduct. Reporters, competing Republican candidates, and voters would learn a lot about Trump if they asked for complete answers to these 21 questions.
So, Mr. Trump… 1. How does giving away other people’s money, in what could be seen as a kickback scheme, make you a philanthropist? 2. Why did you not show up? 3. Since you have testified under oath that your public statements inflate the value of your assets, can voters use this as a guide, so whenever you say $1, in reality it is only 40 cents?
4. Will you supply a list of each of these gifts, with the values you assigned to them? 5. 6. Why did you use concrete instead of traditional steel girders? 7. 8. Why? 9. 10. The Hear-Nothing Gun Crowd. Photo Sometimes in American politics it seems as if we are all talking past each other, that whatever one side says about an issue like, say, taxes zooms right past the other side. The current fight over gun control is not one of those moments. It is a howling storm of misrepresentation, sadly almost entirely from one side. This week’s developments fit the pattern. On Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, President Obama formally announced that he would be taking a series of executive actions — all of them within his powers as president.
And yet, as happens every time, the response from the anti-regulation crowd (even before the White House said a word in public about Mr. The Republican machine’s reaction took none of that into account. “From Day 1,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, “the president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership that our nation has valued since its founding.” Unlike Mr. But propagandists like Mr. George Will Spreading Dangerous Lies. Well I Never. Well trust him to get on the bandwagon, outrage pushed to 11 We are wallowing in this moral swamp because the Supreme Court accelerated the desensitization of the nation by using words and categories about abortion the way infants use knives and forks -- with gusto, but sloppily.
Because Planned Parenthood's snout is deep in the federal trough, decent taxpayers find themselves complicit in the organization's vileness. What kind of a government disdains the deepest convictions of citizens by forcing them to finance what they see in videos -- Planned Parenthood operatives chattering about bloody human fragments? "Taxes," said Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., "are what we pay for civilized society. " As media matters points out Despite Will's declaration that taxes "finance barbarism," Planned Parenthood does not use any federal money for abortion procedures -- it's been unlawful for nearly 40 years. This is the typical right wing method of attack. From Fact Check dot Org. President Obama Drops The "U" Word On The Republican Party. If there's one thing that is sure to send Republicans into an apoplectic, screaming rage, it's the prospect of the most successful President in modern memory deliberately tweaking them where it hurts the most--namely, in their phony pretensions of patriotism: “This whole anti-immigrant sentiment that’s out there in our politics right now is contrary to who we are.
Because unless you are a Native American, your family came from someplace else,” Mr. Obama said. “Don’t pretend that somehow 100 years ago the immigration process was all smooth and strict. In one sentence the President managed to tie immigration, patriotism and religious faith together and frame it as an indictment of the Republican platform. America will now have the pleasure of watching the Republican candidates weigh in on the President's characterization of their entire hateful, anti-Latino and Hispanic crusade. White House press secretary Josh Earnest made no secret that Mr. Mr. Sometimes the truth just hurts.