Here's my first blog post for #USElections night – I'm blogging from the CET time zone (6+ hours before people even start voting!). This is my Fb post, and I will be adding context info all day, then when the election starts at 1am (my time) I will blog the results. Not sure how late I want to do this however.
Alt Text: Anyone complaining about a caravan of people seeking help or freedom in a new country isn't allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving
'...it’s difficult to prove that incendiary speech is a direct cause of violent acts. But humans are social creatures — including and perhaps especially the unhinged and misfits among us — who are easily influenced by the rage that is everywhere these days. Could that explain why just in the past two weeks we have seen the horrifying slaughter of 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, with the man arrested described as a rabid anti-Semite, as well as what the authorities say was the attempted bombing of prominent Trump critics by an ardent Trump supporter?
You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to understand that the kind of hate and fear-mongering that is the stock-in-trade of Mr. Trump and his enablers can goad deranged people to action. But psychology and neuroscience can give us some important insights into the power of powerful people’s words...'
Crystal Mason begins prison sentence in Texas for crime of voting
'...Mason, 43, surrendered voluntarily on Thursday to authorities and was taken into federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. She left her three children behind ....
Mason’s crime was to cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. An African American woman, she had been encouraged by her mother to do her civic duty and vote, in her case on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
When she turned up to the polling station her name was not on the register, so she cast a provisional ballot that was never counted. She did not read the small print of the form that said that anyone who has been convicted of a felony – as she had, having previously been convicted of tax fraud – was prohibited from voting under Texas law...'
The American Economy Is Rigged
– And what we can do about it
By Joseph E. Stiglitz
'...America has long outdone others in its level of inequality, but in the past 40 years it has reached new heights. Whereas the income share of the top 0.1 percent has more than quadrupled and that of the top 1 percent has almost doubled, that of the bottom 90 percent has declined. Wages at the bottom, adjusted for inflation, are about the same as they were some 60 years ago! In fact, for those with a high school education or less, incomes have fallen over recent decades. Males have been particularly hard hit, as the U.S. has moved away from manufacturing industries into an economy based on services...'
#USElections – I don't think there's anything wrong with voting for the candidates least likely to get you and your friends and family killed. The 'lesser evil' is an ok strategy until something better is offered – what matters more is what you do between elections.
Historically, this has show itself to be a losing strategy but you never know. Give it another go and maybe this time, being subservient will land you a benevolent ruler.
Black Socialists of America:
– 'You know your communities, you know your needs, and you know yourselves. You also know that today is neither the finish line nor the starting pistol. No matter what you do today, the work will continue.'