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USA politics in the aftermath of 2016

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Trying to make sense of what has happened and how to get ready.

Hillbilly Elegy - J. D. Vance - Hardcover. Strangers in Their Own Land | The New Press. Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them. Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky. Noam Chomsky speaks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 12, 2015. (Photo: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina) On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump managed to pull the biggest upset in US politics by tapping successfully into the anger of white voters and appealing to the lowest inclinations of people in a manner that would have probably impressed Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels himself. But what exactly does Trump's victory mean, and what can one expect from this megalomaniac when he takes over the reins of power on January 20, 2017? What is Trump's political ideology, if any, and is "Trumpism" a movement? Will US foreign policy be any different under a Trump administration? For more original Truthout election coverage, check out our election section, "Beyond the Sound Bites: Election 2016.

" Some years ago, public intellectual Noam Chomsky warned that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure. C.J. No exaggeration. Is this an exaggeration? We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump. My fellow Americans, I have a favor to ask you. Today is November 18, 2016. I want you to write about who you are, what you have experienced, and what you have endured. Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today. Write your biography, write down your memories. Write a list of things you would never do. Write a list of things you would never believe.

A president-elect who wants to strip our country down for parts It is increasingly clear, as Donald Trump appoints his cabinet of white supremacists and war-mongers, as hate crimes rise, More on the surge in hate crime can be found here. This is not a win for anyone except them. I have been studying authoritarian states for over a decade, and I would never exaggerate the severity of this threat. None of us deserves what’s coming. The education gap among whites this year wasn’t about education. It was about race. By Michael TeslerNovember 16 (Photo by Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post) (This is the first of 3 posts.)

Election swings are usually pretty uniform. States tend to shift together from one presidential election year to the next. But there was one glaring exception this year: College-educated voters became a lot more Democratic and non-college educated voters became a lot more Republican. These patterns were particularly pronounced among white voters. There are, of course, several plausible reasons for this growing education gap. That said, a major factor was racial attitudes. Racial and ethnocentric attitudes were deeply implicated in Donald Trump’s remarkable rise to the White House. Donald Trump made racial attitudes more important in the general election, too. Many of these same racial attitudes are also heavily influenced by education. Graph by Michael Tesler. The left-hand graph is based on data from the September wave of RAND’s Presidential Election Panel Survey.

Politics true false. Cultivation of Religious Racism | The Huffington Post. “What is constructive are things that foster our global cooperation; what’s destructive is what does not,” says psychologist Paul Ekman in his book with the Dalai Lama called ‘Emotional Awareness’. Creating something is a doing, consciously and unconsciously. What we’re doing on a day-to-day basis is shaping our futures. We learn, cultivate thoughts and practices by repetition, whether the outcome is constructive or destructive. Our actions have to be in balance with the stories we tell ourselves for us to be able to feel good about ourselves. Stories are important, because the motivate us to do or not to do. They give us a justification for our behavior. Destructive thoughts and actions can be cultivated by political leaders. In the Second World War (1939-1945) circa six million people were executed by the Nazis because of their shared cultural and religious background.

Cultivation of anti-semitism. The repeated narrative of the nation and the German people was shaped purposefully.