For the Book Sale and Recomended list…

…to be sold through an arrangement with Nation After Trump…

By E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann ; buy it at
or, preview it at:


And here are some links to the above referenced book by Sheldon Wolin:
Surprisingly, it doesn’t show up in but here is the google books preview link:


most chilling of all the truth and allegorical Trumpian innuendo:

“The political role of corporate power, the corruption of the political and representative processes by the lobbying industry, the expansion of executive power at the expense of constitutional limitations, and the degradation of political dialogue promoted by the media are the basics of the system, not excrescences upon it,” the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin wrote in “Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism.” “The system would remain in place even if the Democratic Party attained a majority; and should that circumstance arise, the system will set tight limits to unwelcome changes, as if foreshadowed in the timidity of the current Democratic proposals for reform. In the last analysis, the much-lauded stability and conservatism of the American system owe nothing to lofty ideals, and everything to the irrefutable fact that it is shot through with corruption and awash in contributions primarily from wealthy and corporate donors. When a minimum of a million dollars is required of House candidates and elected judges, and when patriotism is for the draft-free to extol and for the ordinary citizen to serve, in such times it is a simple act of bad faith to claim that politics-as-we-now-know-it can miraculously cure the evils which are essential to its very existence.”



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Excellent article with an 11 point platform…

…much that would be a good starting point with other stuff for a full Progressive Party Agenda and Manifesto…

The agenda’s 11 points address:

  • Jobs for all, with an emphasis on rebuilding U.S. infrastructure;
  • Build a green economy by retooling the U.S. energy system;
  • Reduce inequality through worker empowerment and labor rights, with better wages and benefits and an end to perverse CEO incentives and compensation;
  • Complement full-employment initiatives with targeted support for communities and populations harmed by racism and sexism;
  • Free public education from pre-K through tuition-free public colleges and universities, together with cancellation of all currently outstanding student debt;
  • Medicare For All, and a strengthening of our social insurance safety net;
  • Fairer tax rates for the wealthy individuals and corporations that have reaped the benefits of recent growth;
  • An end to Wall Street exploitation — by breaking up the big banks, levying a speculation tax, protecting working families, and using the post office system to provide a safe and inexpensive alternative to current banking services;
  • And, an end to oligarchy politics through publicly-financed elections, bans on corporate and big-donor campaign funding, and other electoral reform; and, a change in party nominating processes to ensure that outsider candidates get a fair chance.

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Richard (RJ) Eskow is Senior Advisor for Health and Economic Justice at Social Security Works and the host of The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow on Free Speech TV.

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Links to sites that I have investigated at least a little bit… For my all the “p’BD’DiA” content that’s fit to filter and aggregate on my site…

…and should research further to “vet” more thoroughly at least to determine their sources and bias- not that I’m looking for unbiased material, but I want truthful partisan advocacy only, not wackadoodle BS. I am thinking of titling this part of the main blog as : Curated Quality Aggragated “pro ‘Big D’ Democracy in America” content from around the web and the progressive activist net-iverse” Very high quality site- investigate further… link to submissions info
If you would like to submit unsolicited work to The New Press for review, please send a proposal, an outline or table of contents, and no more than the first two chapters of your manuscript through the form below. Please keep in mind that while we do look at all work we receive, The New Press rarely accepts unsolicited manuscripts for publication and as a general rule does not publish poetry or American fiction. but that is worth exploring for collaboration purposes- with either the people behind the site, these groups or the writers and members…

Counterpunch and In These Times are two Magazine-Web Sites to keep mining for a little less mainstream view of what the progressive Democracy agenda must insist on beyond Populist pandering in Election years and then triangulating back to what is good for the oligarchy once participating in the Money Coup’s conception of “Democracy” of by and for the Trans Sovereign Neo Liberal Corporate structures that roam and rule the world, wherever there is double digit returns to be reaped for their largest shareholders,,,

Vet the following (sic):

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Original Content on the new plan for start up writing activities…

Organic Democracy A Primer for what “We the People…” Ought to do From Here… Hint: it all involves getting on another path than the one we’re on now…
In which I attempt to through non fiction essay and rambling memoir along with any other literary flow that begins to “proceed forth from my very soul and core as the way opens” (taking liberty with the William least Heat Moon aphorism I have used forever now, or so it seems)- I try to urge “my fellow Americans” to get on a different path- one with heart, as don Juan described it- and get off of the one that has lead us to this horrific point of greed, selfishness, acquisitive consumptive capitalism, growth (the wisdom of a cancer cell) as an excuse for wasting and abusing all things great and small in all creation- and rewarding and allowing the “leadership” of the worst that such a fugazi path produces to be honored and indulged as “the best among us- cuz, like, they rich y’all.
So my Fat Masterpiece attempts to describe a way to get onto that path with heart peacefully through our existing Democratic institutions and framework of civilization. And I just said good luck.
But in order to proceed thus I have to stop just looking for like thinking source material on the internet. There are like thinkers “out there”- heros, even. And I will pay homage to them in the forward, or preface, or intro somewhere, and will site them and link to their work copiously as appropriate. But I have to wade into my own work and get this baby birthed, so to speak.

…or: The Fat Materpiece: or, How I learned to stop hating the Hard Right and finally learn how to fight them effectively…

Section Topics or Chapter Titlesfor either of the above…

  • “Left to our devices…” and pretty soon that’s all you’ll have, and without net neutrality it’ll just be how they control your ongoing “conditioning” and “correcting- as needed.
  • Affirmations from the world around us that we are indeed, in need of getting on a different “path with heart”…
  • These affirmations will include all the symptomatic “issues” and “realities” present in out realpolitic, our “b’idness and politics as usual”, our “mainstream media” and elite condoned (so called) public discourse, dialog, and debate;
  • But these affirmations, though protests in large part to “the way things are” in “the real world”, are also the bedrock foundation of reason that calls for the widespread engaged civic action that calls for- nay, DEMANDS radical progressive change… even Democratic but nonetheless revolutionary change in the way things are, in the way our country proceeds from here, and in how our lives are engaged in all those processes from here on into our collective futures

How do you like the ongoing, two year now, Republican media show- funded by post citizens United coin- that has them settling on the two dimensional Mitch and his cookie cutter Ayn Randian PX 90 Ken doll willing to mouth all the Koch Brother think tank brewed “serious policy” that they’ve money to pay for. And of course, that’s plenty.
When are you going to get off your lazy ass and run for something more consequential than Summit school bus captain? And appoint me your “Minister of Information”???

Rick Payerchin <rpayerchin> reporter at The Morning Journal in Lorain.

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it?:

  • _For many of us in Northeast Ohio, we lost our Representatives in Congress to extremist partisan gerrymandering. 48% of Ohioans overall voted for Democratic candidates but, lo and behold, that 48% garnered only 25%, or four, Democratic Representatives to this Congress.

  • And among the casualties were Dennis Kucinich and Betty Sutton. Two of the “good” Democrats from Northern Ohio. To those who would say that the Democrats have done this kind of thing too I would say, yeah, probably so, but show me an historical example where a state with as many as 16 Congressional seats had as few as 25% of the seat total on 48% of the vote. I feel it quite personally that my own Democratic rights and franchise was severely degraded, and it makes me want to fight to regain what I lost.

  • Nationally, Democratic Congressional candidates actually won a narrow majority of the votes but the hard line gerrymandering of Republicans, along with copious and well targeted “Dark Money”, have given the U.S. House, through the efforts of an extremist minority, the obstructionist power to thwart almost everything that might be done on behalf of the interests of a vast majority of everyday American citizens.

  • How the above points could have happened is due to the overwhelming corrupting influence of money in our politics. This has been a problem and probably been debated since 1776. But the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision of 2010 and this corollary “McCutcheon” decision have opened the floodgates of unlimited “dark money” flowing into our politics.

  • And as it’s flowed in, one thing that seems apparent is that 3/4 or so of this money favors the conservative big money and giant corporate “Holy Trinity” agenda of (1) Tax cuts that mysteriously go mostly to the wealthiest individuals and biggest corporations; (2) De-regulation of any profit maximizing activity; and (3) Privatization of any part of the Public Sector where easy profits can be extracted and gutting what’s left of the “Commons”.

  • The only hope I can see for anything to really change this drift to the Right that has accelerated it seems to a scarey point in the last 10-15 years is a true and broad “pro ‘Big D’ Democracy in America movement.” That’s my biggest reason for dong this write in candidacy, and I think engaging and committing personally on the level this requires will help focus my creative work in a productive and hopefully “useful to the cause and struggle” manner.

Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?

I’d like to respectfully say that Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is the incumbent in this 9th Congressional District in Ohio, and I think it’s safe to say, she will be re-elected. And although I don’t know that much about her she seems to be a “good” Democrat and legitimately hard working public servant. And that seems to be both rare, and as Nicky Cage would say: “high praise”. So my own efforts are not meant as a knock at the good Congresswoman.

However, If my work to try to make a serious call for a broad “pro ‘Big D’ Democracy in America Movement” starts to make any noise or gain any traction (and it is to that end I am making this somewhat quixotic write in run) then perhaps in two years I will gather the required number of signatures to get on the General Election Ballot for the November, 2016 race for this same 9th Congressional District from Ohio Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Much more on that call for a pro ‘Big D’ Democracy in America Movement can be found on my blog which I will be updating frequently

All the best,
William Clarence Marshall
Carl Stokes Brigade Candidates Screening Committee

Dear William, I am sorry I missed the Candidates Screening session. The first I was aware of it was an email sent this morning at 2:01 AM and I just now opened it at 4:27 PM- to late to get there.
In any case, I am George Skalsky and I am registered to run as a Write In Candidate in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District- the seat now held by Marcy Kaptur of Toledo. If you are interested in seeing why I have gotten involved to the extent I have you can check out is my “Canditates WebSite” and which is a more general issue based blog in which I make a call to my fellow citizens to engage in a broad based pro Democracy in America movement which I feel is necessary if “We the people…” are ever going to be able to counteract the incredible corrupting influence that too much money in our politics has and continues to have. This has, obviously, been an issue in our politics for a long time, perhaps since our founding. But since the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions it’s gotten to be like runaway freight train and I feel that if we don’t do something about it soon, later might turn out to be too late. “If not us, who? If not now… when?”
My own write in “Citizens Candidacy” is a means to enter the public dialog and, as a work in progress, attempt to describe what actions and course such a “pro Big ‘D’ Democracy in America” movement might need to gain some traction. If you look over my rudimentary start up efforts and are interested, contact me. I am looking for advice, input, and collaborative interaction.
Thanks, George

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Easy fix for the gerrymandering problem…

…if states want to fix the problem then just have their state contingent decided by statewide plurality results. A party gets as many Reps proportionally as they got of the statewide popular vote. I know that leaves a lot of room for hassles, but it’s better than Repubes getting 13 of 18 Congressional reps in PA on roughly half of the popular vote. And mainstream media is obsessing on Russian meddling while big money has installed the lackey “Conservatives” in a “coup d’argent” unlike anything even imaginable just a few years ago… Much more on this subject…

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A new labor movement… how to get there???

what are the best prospects for a new “Labor Movement” google Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)

Nothing in American politics compares with the civil-rights crusade, the movement against the Vietnam War, or the labor wars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Could that change? Might the future possibly hold a resurgence of the indignation about class disparities—and about the labor and economic circumstances they reflect—that was once focused on the workplace?

On the banksters… they wouldn’t do something like that, would they…

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Why Bary, and the Clintons before them and the Mainstream Dems that have continued their tepid ways…

…have been so disappointing,and, not surprisingly, almost completely ineffectual in standing up to the forces subverting “our, ‘We the people’s…’ as it were” Big D Democracy. So there was this great quote from the preview of the Democracy, Inc book about the Obama administration only considering “orthodox economy” allowed solutions to the great recession- especially after the uproar and “that’s tantamount” to socialism hysteria that was in response to talk of nationalizing the banks… they thereby eliminated all possible real solutions to the real problems we face economically, politically, and culturally.

So here’s my thought on nationalizing: do it to the whole financial sector: banking, investment and commercial… along with the insurance industry in its parasitic entirety, and of course also the health care industrial comlex. Throw in the Prison Industrial Complex and the whole contracting network of the Military Indutrial Complex. But here’s the rub- turn them into “Not For Profit” 501 c 3, 4, or 5 Corporations. Actually create a whole new kind of Corporate Charter or two for this imaginative and transformational way of tackling a major passel of our problems. And then these new kind and style of government chartered Not For Profits that both depend on the “public Sector” and should therefore exist with the sole purpose of serving and empowering the whole universe of “said public”- you know, “We the people…” rather than rapaciously profiteer at the public trough while simultaneously gutting any of the Public Sphere, the Commons and so forth that is intended to a “public good” through there overly gluttonous and illegitimate oligarchic power.

In doing this transformation to not for profit, these new kind of corporations will not be “state run”- they will have fully transparent and “multipartisan” Public Interest “Boards of Directors” and governing boards, operated in the manner of how Public Utilities are in theory supposed to be overseen. That is what these industries should be seen as: relatively non productive (in the sense that they don’t “make” things- they provide services needed by all and cannot be allowed to set up a house of cards shell game that allows the few to profit rapaciously by that reality at the expense of the rest of the general public and the general state of the whole society, culture, Democracy etc etc..

And these entities will employ as many or more people as these huge sectors of the economy do now, but they will have a management model like an inverted pyramid wherein the highest levels of management are set up and designed with only one thing in mind: to provide the best possible support for every employe of the organization to deliver, through whatever their role or function is, the best possible service to the public/ every client and or customer of that entity as humanly possible. Yes, “high level, highly qualified and educated “elites” of these NOt For Profits” will make more that entry level employees- or even more than the mean or median employeee earners make- but it will be within reason. NOt like now. We need for this “New Not For Profit” to be a base for building a new “Demand Side” economic approach that is part of a truly Democratically Revolutionary transformation that we as nation, people and society need to make happen so that we, the people of the US of A, can begin to lead the world onto a different path than predatory liberalist global corporate capitalism has us all on right now. Call it a new “path with heart” into our (global) collective futures.

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Misc. resource material from various articles and writers…

And a blast from the past,,,

And a great article/essay from trhe dude who looks like that dude he looks like… -with a prescient quote or two

Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control. The parts of the state that serve the common good wither in the name of deregulation and austerity. The parts that promote the oligarchs’ power expand in the name of national security, economic growth and law and order.


Oligarchs do not vacation on public beaches or in public parks. They own their own land and estates, where we are not allowed. They see no reason to maintain or fund public parks or protect public land. They hand such land over to other oligarchs to exploit for profit. Oligarchs cynically view laws as mechanisms to legalize their fraud and plunder. They use their lobbyists in the legislative branch of government to author bills that increase and protect their wealth, through the avoidance of taxes and other means. Oligarchs do not allow free and fair elections. They use gerrymandering and campaign contributions to make sure other oligarchs are elected over and over to office. Many run unopposed.

More from this Giroux fellow…

An article by the “leftist” Sam Kriss

For education and miseducation chapters…

Perhaps it’s time to work on a campaign…

For the media and net neutrality chapters…
Google John Perry Barlow and Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF

On Trumpian BS and speaking truth to his ass-holish-ness…

When a leader who often praises strongmen abroad defines routine political opposition as disloyalty to country and then suggests hauling out the military to march in our streets as he looks down from on high, friends of freedom should take notice. Those who challenge the portrayals of Trump as an authoritarian or an autocrat because our freedoms are still intact miss the point. In enduring democracies such as ours, liberty is eroded slowly by politicians who undermine the norms and practices that protect it. There is good reason that we have not made military parades a standard part of our patriotic repertoire.

Kevin Martin is President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund, the country’s largest peace and disarmament organization with approximately 200,000 supporters nationwide. by:

Michael T. Klare, a TomDispatch regular, is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of The Race for What’s Left. A documentary movie version of his book Blood and Oil is available from the Media Education Foundation. Follow him on Twitter at @mklare1.

A quote to look up:

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the last great general to serve as president, urged “an alert and knowledgeable citizenry” to mesh the “huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” Trump’s parade is the antithesis of Ike’s prudence and his commitment to safeguarding our democracy.


State Rep. Cris Dush went after five judges of the state’s high court after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling from last month, which found that 18 districts must be redrawn. Dush reportedly asked his fellow Republicans to co-sponsor legislation late Monday to have the state’s justices impeached for the court-ordered redrawing, which he described as “misbehavior in office.” Dush claims the justices’ order “blatantly and clearly contradicts the plain language of the Pennsylvania Constitution.” Despite the state having more registered Democrats than Republicans, Republicans hold 13 of 18 congressional seats. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Dush’s initiative had won any support among his colleagues.


Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large for Esquire and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others.

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Quotes for the soul and other miscellaney…

This one’s got some real good sources to check out:

Among Democrats in Washington, the conversation around money and politics is one of lament. Big money, it is widely agreed, is corrupting to democracy, and pushes politics in an unpleasant direction. But money is an essential part of the game, so until a new system is created, it just is what it is. Money talks, in other words, and bullshit walks.
But a rival strategy, first attempted by the Howard Dean presidential campaign, then adopted in part by Barack Obama, and later in full by Bernie Sanders, is now going local, fueled by second-generation national online groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and MoveOn, as well as new ones, such as Our Revolution and Justice Democrats. In short, candidates who campaign on populist, progressive platforms find grassroots supporters who can collectively rival the corporate donors who have powered the party for so long.
“Our movement is developing an alternative infrastructure to support populist campaigns so they never have to court the big corporate donors who push so many Democrats away from a working class agenda,” said Waleed Shahid, communications director of Justice Democrats, a group pushing for more populist progressives in the Democratic Party.

“Trump is an unparalleled combination of mendacity and ignorance” – Max Boot

“If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.” – David Frum

This seems to be another quality Journalism Site…
There pitcuing guidelines:

Good article on the NFL, concussions, and Kaepernick

And the video the above article references:

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More links and general content… Activist Grad School…

…a great idea… another one from Micah White…

A great take on Oprah as champion of Democracy… eerily reminiscent of Bono as God and perhaps the saviour of Africa…

When self-help author Tony Robbins declares that, “People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else,” he omits education, economic opportunity, health status, debt burden, family responsibilities, social connections, gender, race, and yes, even voting rights, as contributors to (or detractors from) an individual’s access to “success.” Look into the self-help literature, as I have been doing for a book I am writing, and you will never find these factors acknowledged.

As psychologist James Hillman posited in his book, We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy — And the World is Getting Worse, psychologically based beliefs that emphasize individualism over the societal and the environmental directly contribute to social devolution. His book, which shocked many when it was first published nearly 25 years ago, seems more prescient and accurate today.


There are numerous ways that modern technological society promotes disconnection. But telling millions of people within a disempowering and unjust society that one should strive on one’s own for individual success is more fragmenting than “spiritual.”

and a real quality quote here, worthy of the “Quotes” page:

Selective philanthropies sponsored by generous billionaires can never replace a society’s gutted safety net.

-Alison Rose Levy-


Having enabled the manifestation of today’s planet-endangering reality — not through “intentions,” but through inattention — those all-too-ready to invest all their hope in the next Wall Street pick become indignant when the rest of the population is bothered by little things like the person’s record.

To this day, when political leaders, activists, young people, independent journalists and disadvantaged populations take action, media gatekeepers and moderate Democrats dismiss the engaged as negative, angry or too extreme. What kind of “resistance” follows the lead of corporate media to denigrate activism, while falling at the feet of the next mediagenic celebrity, newscaster or billionaire? The answer is a politically naïve, easily manipulated and uninformed one.

This is a really well written and thought out essay, read it all.

Another very good read on neoliberal feminism
Best quote:

Selma James, one of the founders of the 1970s Wages for Housework movement and a leader in the Global Women’s Strike, criticized how some feminists turned grassroots organizing projects into “jobs for the girls” as a way for some women to have power by creating mechanisms to save others. In today’s political climate, we must be wary of claims that feminism is best served by increasing the power of individual (white, middle-class) women, and question over whom they exercise that power. We must understand the difference between power for a few and a real change in how power affects us all.

And one for the “Higher Education Corporatization” chapters…


Also see: Henry A. Giroux | The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times; From Penn State to JPMorgan Chase and Barclays: Destroying Higher Education, Savaging Children and Extinguishing Democracy; and Beyond the Swindle of the Corporate University: Higher Education in the Service of Democracy.

What follows is perhaps the clearest definition of “NeoLiberalism” I have ever come across, and it should go with out saying, it makes it self evident why the “liberal” Democratic Party appeaser adherents to this sociopathic ideology are no better than the raving extremists on the right, and also may explain why the right wing can make its case more appealingly than the left (if the left is meant to be mainstream neoliberal beneficiary hacks of its world order while they smarmily wring their hands over the inevitable wholesale consequences to all of creation and every critter in it that it’s race to the bottom for the sake of preserving the privilege at the expense of the many that there race to the bottom is forcing us all to run…

Neoliberalism, or what can be called the latest stage of predatory capitalism, is part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital. It is a political, economic and political project that constitutes an ideology, mode of governance, policy and form of public pedagogy.

As an ideology, it construes profit-making as the essence of democracy, consuming as the only operable form of citizenship, and an irrational belief in the market to solve all problems and serve as a model for structuring all social relations.

As a mode of governance, it produces identities, subjects, and ways of life free of government regulations, driven by a survival of the fittest ethic, grounded in the idea of the free, possessive individual, and committed to the right of ruling groups and institutions to accrue wealth removed from matters of ethics and social costs.

As a policy and political project, neoliberalism is wedded to the privatization of public services, selling off of state functions, deregulation of finance and labor, elimination of the welfare state and unions, liberalization of trade in goods and capital investment, and the marketization and commodification of society.

To read more work by Henry A Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, please click here.

As a form of public pedagogy and cultural politics, neoliberalism casts all dimensions of life in terms of market rationality. One consequence is that neoliberalism legitimates a culture of cruelty and harsh competitiveness and wages a war against public values and those public spheres that contest the rule and ideology of capital. It saps the democratic foundation of solidarity, degrades collaboration, and tears up all forms of social obligation…

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