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Donald Trump And The Rhetoric Of Dictators

By Henry Giroux/The Conversation

George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 that authoritarianism begins with language. In the novel, "newspeak" is language twisted to deceive, seduce and undermine the ability of people to think critically and freely.

As authoritarianism gains strength, the formative cultures that give rise to dissent become more embattled, along with the public spaces and institutions that make conscious critical thought possible.

Words that speak the truth to reveal injustices and provide informed critical analysis begin to disappear, making it all the more difficult, if not dangerous, to judge, think critically and hold dominant power accountable. Notions of virtue, honor, respect and compassion are policed, and those who advocate them are punished.

I think it's fair to argue that Orwell's nightmare vision of the future is no longer fiction in the United States. Under President Donald Trump, language is undergoing a shift: It now treats dissent, critical media coverage and scientific evidence as a species of "fake news."

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Posted on January 16, 2018

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By The Beachwood Bookmaking Bureau
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Posted on January 8, 2018

Illinois Legislators Urged to Act Quickly to Secure Voter Files

By Indivisible Chicago
Crosscheck voter database continues to struggle with security fixes that will protect voters' personal data.

Posted on January 12, 2018

Taking Short Break From Denouncing Trump Authoritarianism, House Dems Join With GOP To 'Violate The Privacy Rights Of Everyone In The United States'

By Jon Queally/Common Dreams
The renewal of the controversial Section 702 allows government agencies to spy on the e-mails, text messages, and other electronic communications of Americans (and foreigners) without a warrant.

Posted on January 11, 2018

Donald Trump And The Rhetoric Of Dictators

By Henry Giroux/The Conversation
Trump's words amount to more than empty slogans. Instead, his language comes "with consequences, and they legitimize bigotries and hatreds long harbored by many but, for the most part, kept under wraps by the broader society."

Posted on January 16, 2018

Confirmed: Exxon Knew

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
Researchers from Harvard studied nearly 200 ExxonMobil communications and concluded that the company actively misled the public about climate change, contradicting findings by even their own scientists.

Posted on January 8, 2018

CEO-Worker Income Gap Higher In U.S. Than Anywhere Else: Analysis

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
While corporations and wealthy Americans look forward to massive tax breaks, a Bloomberg analysis finds CEOs of U.S. companies make 265 times more than average workers

Posted on December 29, 2017

The Paradise Papers: The Long Twilight Struggle Against Offshore Secrecy

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
A groundswell of action.

Posted on December 28, 2017

2018 Preview: Chicago's Office Of Inspector General!

By The City Of Chicago Office Of Inspector General
Highlights to include: Has the City implemented the recommendations made by the Mayor's Tax Increment Financing Reform Task Force? Does the Chicago Police Department manage and maintain dashboard cameras and footage effectively?

Posted on December 22, 2017

The Real Story Behind Katharine Graham And The Post

By Norman Solomon/Common Dreams
The Washington Post was instrumental in avidly promoting the lies that made the Vietnam War possible in the first place.

Posted on December 21, 2017

Triumph Of The Oligarchs

By Robert Reich
Most Americans know that the tax plan is payback for major Republican donors. Gary Cohn, Trump's lead economic advisor, even conceded in an interview that "the most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan." Republican Rep. Chris Collins admitted "my donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don't ever call me again.'" Senator Lindsey Graham warned that if Republicans failed to pass the tax plan, "the financial contributions will stop."

Posted on December 19, 2017

GOP Tax Plan Would Give 15 Of America's Largest Corporations A $236 Billion Tax Cut

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Over the last 30 years, 15 of the largest U.S. corporations have already accepted $3.9 trillion of corporate welfare in the form of subsidies, tax credits, and bailouts, and another $108 billion in government handouts in the form of federal contracts.

Posted on December 18, 2017

Trailer: Swing District

By Michael Golden
Featuring a former Chicago police officer - and former Republican - who is now a 71-year-old freshman in Congress running for re-election.

Posted on December 15, 2017

Charter Schools Are Complicit With Segregation

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
A recent Associated Press analysis of national school enrollment data found that "as of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation's 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily."

Posted on December 14, 2017

Leaked Documents Expose How Corporations Use Spies to Subvert Political Movements Worldwide

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Corporate spies embedded in protest movements frequently outnumber undercover law enforcement officers.

Posted on December 13, 2017

The Paradise Papers: An Odd Call From The Bermuda Government

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Plus: A state bank raid in Brussels, and the mystery of Luxembourg.

Posted on December 11, 2017

More College Financial Aid Going To The Rich

By Jon Marcus/The Hechinger Report
Students who don't need the money keep getting more of it.

Posted on December 8, 2017

Low-Wage Immigrant Women Call Out Workplace Sexual Harassment

By Arise Chicago
While celebrities, elected officials, and heads of corporations remain in the headlines, low-wage workers - especially women of color and immigrants - remain on the frontlines of sexual harassment and abuse at work.

Posted on December 7, 2017

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