Roxanne kicked the conversation off with her post on how the right consistently disparages progressive policy as “radical” despite those policies being widely popular. We also covered the root causes of white male misogyny, racism, and xenophobia.
Nick Estes, Red Nation Author at Collected Works, 202 Galisteo, Santa Fe Monday August 12 at 6pm. Estes is the author of The Red Deal, an indigenous peoples plan for the climate crisis. I posted a link to it yesterday, but didn’t emphasis enough just how insightful it is. It puts in historic context the current indigenous struggle for sovereignty. The Red Deal is a MUST READ. Tonight, Estes will be discussing his new book Our History is the Future. Click here to read The Red Deal.
Actions and Events in Support of Indigenous Populations. Unfortunately, the Cocteau event is sold out. But the march on Aug. 17, 2-4pm is an important way to show support for indigenous populations and indigenous rights.
A Look Back at Last Week’s Posts
Roxanne’s post got a very wide readership and then was published in Sunday’s New Mexican. What was far less widely read was the important follow up post that was published on Thursday. I’d say that this past week offered up three MUST READs: 1) If Generosity & Kindness Guided Policy, Our Tax System Would be Progressive and Our Taxes would Serve Our Communities, Not Corporations; –the Thursday blog 2) The Red Deal by Nick Estes; and 3) Rebecca Solnit’s Our Forever War: how white male hegemony uses violence to cling to power. Brief summaries of last week’s posts follow with links to each post.
If Progressives Are “Radical,” America is “Radical” From Roxanne Barber
Tuesday, August 6. For far too long, the right has controlled how the political conversation is framed, much to their advantage. Roxanne refutes the labels and frames commonly used by the right to disparage ideas embraced by most Americans. The post was published as a My View by the Santa Fe New Mexican yesterday. Click here to read the full post from Roxanne.
If Generosity & Kindness Guided Policy, Our Tax System Would be Progressive & Our Taxes Would Serve Communities, Not Corporations
Thursday, August 8. This post followed up on Roxanne’s discussion of the use of language. It posed the question: Is it radical for government to organize our communal resources to effectively benefit the majority? Is it radical to use our resources to care for the sick, educate our children, protect our planet and support our seniors as they age? It also described how corporations and the wealthy have taught us that helping individuals makes them lazy and weak, while subsidizing corporations makes for a stronger economy. While research shows that they are wrong on both counts, they still hold sway. Why? Click here to read the full post. I strongly encourage our readers to review this post if they missed it. For some reason it was not opened by as many folks as is typical.
What Is Wrong With White Males?
Saturday, August 10 Your Weekend Reading. Just as we are now offering up a series of important video on Sundays, on Saturdays, we will post links to some of the better articles I have read during the past week in researching for blog content.
In this post we link to an article on emerging efforts to quash dissent in the US, making protests against ICE, white supremacists, racists, and climate atrocities illegal, a chilling prospect to say the least. We also provide a link to Rebecca Solnit’s brilliant article on how the US has been at war since its first steps in North America and that this war has continued with US efforts to control slaves and slaughter and deracinate the indigenous people. She then explores how that national policy is manifest not just in white racists, but too many white males. Brilliant article. Click here to read the full post.
Sunday at the Movies: Stephen Colbert, Tom Steyer and Nick Estes
Sunday, August 11. Sunday Stephen Colbert took on the NRA, Trump, and US inability to address gun violence…one of his best lampoons. Then a look at Tom Steyer, Dem. presidential candidate. And closing with Nick Estes, author of The Red Deal and Our History is the Future. In this Democracy Now interview, Estes talks about the Red Deal and oppressive US policy imposed upon indigenous peoples. Very good interview. Click here to review the full post.