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Endgame for John Wayne/Rambo/Trump, “Reality” TV and “Virtual” History

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 31st, 2020

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” – Ralph Elison, Invisible Man, 1951

“Although the (1965) Voting Rights Act was sponsored by a…pro-civil-rights president who was…a Southern Democrat, most Southern Democrats opposed it. However, (LBJ) could count on strong support from Republicans: In the House, 82% of Republicans voted yes, compared to 78% of Democrats; in the Senate, 94% of Republicans voted yes, compared to 73% of Democrats. But things…

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History vs. Propaganda; Pundits vs. Investigative Journalism

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 24th, 2020

“History, like payback, is a bitch.” - Chicago Dog

“History as a discipline began as a confrontation with war propaganda. In the first history book, The Peloponnesian Wars, Thucydides was careful to make a distinction between leaders’ accounts of their actions and the real reasons for their decisions. In our time, as rising inequality elevates political fiction, investigative journalism becomes the more precious.” - Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom, 2018

“If we…

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A Liberal Cause That Some Conservatives Are Finally Fighting For:  Fairness

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 19th, 2020

“The problem for white, liberal males in positions of responsibility in the 1960s (and later), whether at universities, banks, law offices, small businesses and corporations, or legislatures was that the intellectual arteries of their colleagues were clogged by racism, a racism driven by fears, phobias, and long-standing ignorance and prejudice.” - Charles M. Barber, Judge Aaron Jaffe: Reforming Illinois, Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2016

“…if history is any guide, a change in…

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Dueling Billionaires; And the Rest of Us

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 13th, 2020

“The essence of Russia’s foreign policy is strategic relativism: Russia cannot become stronger, so it must make others weaker. The simplest way to make others weaker is to make them more like Russia.” - Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia – Europe – America, 2018

“Democracies die when people cease to believe that voting matters. The question is not whether elections are held, but whether they are free and fair. If so, democracy produces a sense of time, an…

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Celebrating “Good Trouble” Revolution

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 5th, 2020

“Men are born, and always remain, free and equal in their rights. Civil distinctions, therefore, can be founded only on public utility.”-Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen,National Assembly, Paris, 27August 1789

“(James) Baldwin wanted (Attorney General Robert) Kennedy to see (May 24, 1963) what was at the root of all of our troubles; that, for the most part, human beings refused to live honestly with themselves and were all too willing to hide behind the idols of…

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Trump and Barr “Dominate” The Streets of Ignorance

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2020

“…optimism (assumed) we were living in a ‘new world order’ and a ‘new economy’ that would ‘grow’…bringing a prosperity of which every new increment would be ‘unprecedented’…The ‘developed nations’ had given to the ‘free market’ the status of a god, and were sacrificing to it their farmers, farmlands and rural communities, their forests, wetlands, and prairies, their ecosystems and watersheds. They had accepted universal pollution and global warming as normal…

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Fearing Fear Is Foolish…Fearing Science is Suicide.

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 24th, 2020

“The time will…come when we will not…remember…September 11 without remembering also the unquestioning technological and economic optimism that ended on that day…The dominant politicians, corporate officers, and investors who believed this…did not acknowledge that the prosperity was limited to a tiny percentage of the world’s people, and to an ever smaller number of people even in the U.S.; that it was founded upon the oppressive labor of poor people all over the world; and that its…

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Republican “Ballot Box Treason” vs. Voter “Turnout Pandemic”

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 15th, 2020

“Democracy failed in Europe in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, and it is failing not only in much of Europe but in many parts of the world today. It is that history and experience that reveals to us the dark range of our possible futures.A nationalist will say ‘it can’t happen here,’ which is the first step toward disaster. A patriot says that it could happen here, but that we will stop it.”- Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny

“…the substitution of rhetoric for thought, always a…

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Freedom’s Just Another Word for Everything to Lose

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 7th, 2020

"…evil appears as good in the minds of those whom god leads to destruction." - Sophocles, Antigone

“It is a mistake…as events since September 11 (2001) have shown—to suppose that a government can promote and participate in a global economy and at the same time act exclusively in its own interest by abrogating its international treaties and standing apart from international cooperation on moral issues.”  - Wendell Berry, In the Presence of Fear, #XVI

“It is from numberless diverse…

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Crossing the Color Line for Bubba Wallace and George Floyd

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 29th, 2020

“We have forgotten history for one reason and, if we are not careful, we will neglect it for another…When exactly was the ‘again’ in (President Trump’s) slogan ‘Make America Great Again?’Hint:It is the same ‘again’ that we find in ‘Never again.’” – Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny

“In the waning weeks of 1932, facing no external security threat and no challenge from within, with no conceivable justification except to prove the inevitability of his rule, Stalin chose…

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