Beyond McResistance (leaflet)

Trump’s election has triggered a big “Resistance Movement.” But it’s mostly new activists, who have just barely begun the process of learning what is really going on. I would like to help that process here.

The word “resistance” suggests that our problems began with Trump, but that is not so. Mostly, Trump has made the problems more obvious. He is continuing Bush and Obama’s illegal wars, mass deportations, and collusion with bankers, oilmen, and other plutocrats. Any of that would be reason for impeachment (and we should have impeached Obama and Bush). It’s true that Trump has taken things farther, but that’s how relay races work.

And yet, the most frequent accusation against Trump is “Russia Russia Russia,” for which the only evidence is an unidentified source in the CIA, the world’s biggest liars. And it’s not democracy, but our illusion of democracy, that is under attack. Gilens and Page 2014 proved we are already ruled by the rich. To end that will require a different economic system.

baby gators in the poolBeginners get their news from mainstream corporate news media such as MSNBC, NY Times, and Washington Post, without realizing what biases these media have. The owners of these media are the owners of government and big business. Oil barons deny or understate the problems of global warming. Weapons sellers prefer wars over diplomacy. And the plutocrats will never question the fundamentals of our economic system.

Evidently, we all need some not-so-mainstream news sources. Here are a few of my own favorites: Counterpunch, Truthdig, Greanville Post, Black Agenda Report, The Intercept, Caitlin Johnstone, Richard Wolff, Lee Camp.

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2017 May 24, version 1.12. I wrote this to hand out at “Resistance” rallies. The leaflet version fits two sides of 1/3 page.