Highlights from Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi

47 highlighted passages, references are to the Kindle version, Last annotated on June 2, 2017 The thesis of the book was that we were moving toward a future in which facts would be increasingly irrelevant and people would gravitate more and more toward conspiratorial politics. This situation was fueled by the repeated failures of once-trusted institutions to respond to the frustrations …

Growing skepticism of democracy: Taibbi asks, since everyone knew the primary was rigged, why did they bother, when they would have won anyway?

7 Nov 2017 by Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi.  Why Donna Brazile’s Story Matters – But Not for the Reason You Might Think Over the weekend, the Washington Post previewed passages from former DNC chair Donna Brazile’s much-anticipated “blistering” tell-all book about the 2016 presidential campaign, Hacks. The piece written by Phillip Rucker originally included a passage that read as follows: “Whenever Brazile got frustrated with Clinton’s aides, …

Interview with Sarah Jaffe and highlights from her book, Necessary Trouble

Sarah Jaffe, a labor reporter who has spent the past several years following the diverse grass-roots movements that rose from the ashes of the 2008 recession, gives us one answer to this question in “Necessary Trouble.” Over 300 tightly written pages, Jaffe chronicles how newly energized people across the country and across the political spectrum have responded to the growing …

Targeting news and ads to particular recipients on Facebook, Twitter and more, to sway voting

Wired.com 28 Oct 2017, by Issie Lapowsky NEWS THAT CAMBRIDGE Analytica CEO Alexander Nix approached Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last year to exploit Hillary Clinton’s private emails has amplified questions about Cambridge’s role in President Trump’s 2016 campaign. Shortly after The Daily Beast reported Nix’s contact with Assange Wednesday, the Trump campaign’s executive director sought to downplay Cambridge’s role. Michael Glassner said in a statement that …

Loss of democracy in the US

 On Common Dreams, 20 Oct 2017 Republicans lawmakers in U.S. Congress pose for a group photo. Assertions made by the contemporary GOP, writes Atcheson, “are bald-faced lies, knowingly told, and meant to hide the fact that they are paid servants of the oligarchy. And that’s the real story here.” (Photo: U.S. House) It’s not news to most people that the …

How to Reverse Inequality in 4 Not-So-Easy Steps

Don’t get distracted by income, author Chuck Collins says. It’s power and hidden wealth driving inequality. Chris Winters posted Sep 20, 2017, Yes Magazine Inequality in the United States has become a household concept, if for no other reason than Sen. Bernie Sanders centering his presidential run around fixing it. There’s plenty of visible evidence of it, but author Chuck Collins …

Chuck Collins: Arm yourself with the facts about the tax cut – 80% of it goes to the top 1%, who already pay less than everyone else

For decades, writes Collins, “big corporations have made middle class taxpayers and small businesses pick up the slack for funding care for veterans, public infrastructure, cyber security, and hurricane mop-ups. Let’s not give them another tax break for their trouble.” (Image: CD / CC BY 3.0) For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax …

Poverty in America

Over three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and about half of this group has reported “material hardship” (running out of food [or worrying about running out of food], not being able to afford a place to live or medical treatment, or having utilities turned off). Worse yet, they don’t have savings to handle the future or crises that arise, whether plumbing, car repairs, …