Monthly Archives: September 2020

Former Neo-Nazi Says Trump’s Call for Proud Boys to “Stand By” Will Encourage More Violence


Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 30, 2020

President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists during the first of three scheduled presidential debates with Joe Biden. When pressed by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News to disavow far-right extremism, Trump name-checked the Proud Boys and told them to “stand back and stand by,” words widely denounced as a tacit endorsement of the violent, white supremacist organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. The Proud Boys almost immediately responded by changing its logo online to include the Trump quote. Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi who now leads the Free Radicals Project, a group focused on helping people disengage from violent extremism, says Trump’s words were a clear encouragement for “continued violence” from far-right groups. We also speak with Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, who says Trump’s performance at the debate is a continuation of his white supremacist project. “He wants violence in the streets, he wants chaos at the polls, because he wants Americans to feel a sense of unsafety. It’s its own kind of diplomatic terrorism,” he says.

Judge Not Ready To Throw Out Michael Flynn Case | Ayman Mohyeldin | MSNBC

MSNBC

Sep 29, 2020

Justice Correspondent Pete Williams reports on the case against Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn. In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty twice to charges of lying to the FBI. Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell accused Judge Emmet Sullivan of “abject bias” against Flynn. Aired on 9/29/2020.

Voters React To News Trump Paid $750 In Income Taxes In 2016, 2017 | MTP Daily | MSNBC

MSNBC

Sep 28, 2020

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi talks to voters in Pueblo, Colorado about the recent news that President Trump paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017. Aired on 9/28/2020.

Pelosi: Trump’s Debt Shown In Tax Records Poses A ‘National Security Question’ | MSNBC

MSNBC

Sep 28, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to Andrea Mitchell about revelations from the release of some of President Trump’s tax records. She warned that the president’s debt is a “national security question” and called on him to “pay your fair share.” Aired on 9/28/2020.

The 6 Most Revealing Moments From the Presidential Debate | Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Sep 30, 2020

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich breaks down the most revealing moments from last night’s debacle of a debate. What America saw last night wasn’t an argument about issues. It was a confrontation that laid bare Trump’s commitment to white supremacy and blatant rejection of the democratic process. Vote Trump and his enablers out in November, and share this video with anyone who isn’t yet clear about the stakes.

Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 30, 2020

Democracy Now!

Sep 30, 2020

GOP Takeover of the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know


Robert Reich

Sep 29, 2020

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains what’s at stake in the SCOTUS nomination fight to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #SupremeCourt #RBG #AmyConeyBarrett

Led by Mitch McConnell, Republicans are gearing up to reverse the precedent they themselves set in 2016, when they blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee for 293 days because, they said, “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” They know if they let the people decide who should appoint the next Supreme Court justice, their last chance to implement minority rule could be lost.

Remember: Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million people. And he was impeached. If confirmed, his nominee would be approved by Senate Republicans representing 11 million fewer Americans than their Senate Democratic counterparts. That justice would join a Supreme Court alongside four conservative justices who were nominated by Republican presidents who also lost the popular vote. And these 5 would have the power to negate laws supported by a majority of Americans.

In other words, a president elected by a minority will appoint a justice who will be confirmed by senators representing a minority. That justice will have the power to subvert the will of the majority and possibly hand the election to a president who’s already been impeached.

The majority of Americans will not go down without a fight. First, we must defeat Trump and his Republican enablers in the upcoming election. Next, when Democrats have control of the Senate, the House, and the presidency, the top priority must be to restructure the Supreme Court so it better reflects the will of the people.

We must see the GOP’s exercise of raw power for what it is and meet it with even greater force.

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Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth: book trailer


Doughnut Economics Action Lab    Feb 27, 2017

“Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist” by Kate Raworth is out on 6 April 2017. Buy the book at all good bookshops or on Amazon in the UK at http://amzn.to/2o2ecv6 and Amazon in the US at http://amzn.to/2EpJySE. http://www.kateraworth.com Video credit: Tom Lee at Rocket Visual – http://www.rocket-visual.co.uk/.

About the book:
Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its out-dated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures.

Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. In the process, she creates a new economic model that is fit for the 21st century – one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress.

Playful and eloquent, Doughnut Economics offers a game-changing analysis and inspiration for a new generation of economic thinkers.

3. Nurture Human Nature – 3/7 Doughnut Economics – Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Apr 2, 2017

Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, the new book by Kate Raworth, is out now: UK edition: http://amzn.to/2o2ecv6 | US edition: http://amzn.to/2EpJySE These animations tell the story of the book’s seven ways to think in 60-second bites. Check out the full set as they come on line at https://www.kateraworth.com/animations/. 3. Nurture Human Nature Voice: Kate Raworth Animation: Jonny Lawrence at vimedy.com

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From Poverty to Power – Taking Doughnut Economics from idea to action – welcome to the Action Lab – Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth launches a brilliant, potentially world-shaping, new initiative

This week is the online launch of Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL). At the heart of it is a community platform, open to everyone who wants to turn Doughnut Economics from a radical idea into transformative action. We’ll be co-creating tools and sharing stories of how to build regenerative and distributive economies, working with teachers and community makers, towns and cities, researchers, policymakers, businesses, and changemakers worldwide. If you want to be part of it, please do join us – we’d love to have you in the community.

There’s really no better place to write about the launch of DEAL than on this blog, because the idea of the Doughnut pretty much came to life here nine years ago.

In 2011, having been deeply struck by the concept of planetary boundaries, I made a back-of-the-envelope drawing of a half-baked concept that added ‘social boundaries’ into the mix with planetary boundaries. Months later, when I nervously sketched it in front of some esteemed scientists in a workshop on planetary boundaries, the climate scientist Tim Lenton said, “That’s the diagram we’ve been missing all along – and it’s not a circle, it’s a doughnut” (so, yes, he’s to blame for the name).

I quickly mocked the idea up in clunky Powerpoint, and Duncan suggested I blog about it here, and invite the wisdom of the crowd to help complete the concept. The crowd stepped up to the challenge (special hat tip to Felix Dodds) and Doughnut 1.0 was born just in time for the 2012 UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. The concept quickly gained far more traction internationally than any of us at Oxfam could have imagined, and it went on – I’m told by those on the inside track – to quietly help shape the evolution of the SDGs.

Five years on, Doughnut 2.0 was published, along with Doughnut Economics, a book exploring the new economic mindset needed to bring humanity into the Doughnut’s ecologically safe and socially just space. I then spent two years giving talk after talk about the ideas in the book, until I stopped and asked myself: OK, who actually wants to do this? Who is ready to go beyond words and start turning this into practice?

I soon knew the answer because I was getting messages every day from people who didn’t wait to be invited, instructed or permitted, but just started acting. Teachers, from Mumbai to Manchester, who were already bringing the Doughnut alive in the classroom, even though it wasn’t on the curriculum. Urban planners from Stockholm to KwaZulu Natal who were designing ‘Doughnut Districts’ for 21st century city living. Civil servants from Cornwall to Colombia who were turning it into a local policy-making tool. Community groups worldwide who started hosting Doughnut Hackathons and inventing Doughnut board games. Pioneering businesses that were assessing their social and environmental performance against the Doughnut’s dimensions.

All this deepened my conviction that 21st century economics will be practised first and theorised later – and that this was where and how the practice would begin. So I found a co-founder in the regenerative economist Carlota Sanz; we assembled a small and fantastic team (made possible thanks to some key early funding) and together we set up Doughnut Economics Action Lab. The name is very intentional: our aim is to move from ideas to action, and it’s a lab because everything we are doing is an experiment. Our launch this week is the culmination of 18 months of imagining, designing and preparing, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

Reflecting on the Doughnut’s journey over the last nine years, here are six insights into how to start turning a radical idea into transformation action: we have put them at the heart of our work as a team.

Go where the energy is. As the mother of 11 year-old twins, my time was pretty tight over the past decade, and that forced me to start following a beautifully simple principle. Don’t waste time knocking on shut doors: work with the changemakers who are already in action, because there are plenty of them. This principle is now central to our strategy, and we celebrate and amplify the early pioneers because their innovations are what make the ideas real and make them spread (think dancing guy and the first followers).

Embrace play. The ‘Doughnut’ is, of course, a ridiculous name for a vision of humanity thriving in the 21st century (and now you know who to blame for that). But here’s the unexpected upside. Many people are afraid of economics: they pull back, stiffen up, or switch off if you say the word. But no one is afraid of doughnuts – love them or hate them, you’re not scared of them. It turns out that the simple, bold image of the Doughnut sends out a wordless invitation to make it your own, make it irresistible and share it with others (think New Power, and the way that Actionable, Connected, Extensible ideas spread).

Make practice part of your protest. In an era of recurring crises and rising protest, it’s essential to be able to point to what you are for, as well as what you are against. As Milton Friedman once put it, “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.” So, yes, make sure that your idea is lying around – but better still, have it up and running, as living proof that another economy is possible.

Unleash the power of peer-to-peer inspiration. The most inspiring person is probably not someone talking on a stage, in a book, or on TV. So often it is someone just like you who is already doing that thing that you thought was impossible. A teacher inspiring a fellow teacher, a mayor inspiring a mayor, a child inspiring a child, a CEO inspiring a CEO. This is why we have designed DEAL’s community platform to showcase the tools and stories of changemakers of all stripes: their work will create the greatest ripples amongst their peers.

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