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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. 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.

Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

(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?

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.

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

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. 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.)

The education gap among whites this year wasn’t about education. It was about race.

Cultivation of Religious Racism. “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’.

Cultivation of Religious Racism

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.