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Tell It Like It Is: Donald Trump’s Bloodsport Appeal

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Keyed-up patrons of the bloviating orange-hued candidate regularly say Donald Trump “tells it like it is.”  But what does that even mean? Taken at face-value, a person who “tells it like it is” should be a person speaking the truth, right? But given Trump’s propensity to turn reality to a putty his tiny hands find malleable, why do his defenders continue to insist he “tells it like it is”? In the ten months Donald Trump has been on the presidential campaign trail, his ignorance has proven limitless. It’s not just that Donald Trump is objectively (and often) wrong, fact-checking has shown him to be alarmingly misguided. Nonetheless, Trump…
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15 Promised Outcomes By Candidate Donald Trump

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If you move beyond the nationalism and xenophobia fueling his rise, another reason Donald Trump has been so successful is because he doesn’t get bogged down in the details. He refuses to get into the weeds because he knows that is not the purview of his audience. Donald Trump instead promises outcomes like an authoritarian strongman. All of his campaign speeches, once you get past his personal congratulatory rhetoric, revolve around a set of results absent any explanation for how they will be achieved. Here are 15 “explain it as a child” outcomes The Donald promises during his stump speeches. 1….
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The Conservative Zero-Sum View Of Social Democracy

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In the United States of America, any talk of expanding the social safety-net is met with ardent opposition from conservatives. In their view, a growing welfare state is antithetical to freedom and liberty. They believe it’s a zero-sum game. Before Medicare passed, Ronald Reagan warned of the dangers of what he called socialized medicine. “[B]ehind it will come other government programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day as Norman Thomas said we will wake to find that we have socialism.” Never mind that Medicare was not and is not by any definition…
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Human Dominion Trumps Socialist Idealism

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Well, at least so far. It really is s a beautiful idea. In fact, it’s the only sustainable idea, the conception that the means of production, distribution, and exchange of goods ought to be owned, regulated, and controlled by the community. The world would be a better place if most of its inhabitants embraced a socialist perspective of economic and natural resource sustainability. Because the idea of limitless growth, an entirely capitalist idea, is totally foreign on a planet of finite resources. Unfortunately, primitive beliefs prevail. There is no greater example then when we turn to dominion politics, something as old as the human race…
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Is Bernie Sanders A Socialist?

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America, you’re a fickle thicket. While Donald Trump swaggers around the country slinging neo-fascist hooey at a zealous horde, we have Bernie Sanders preaching the socialist gospel and calling for a revolution. It was just yesterday when the word “socialist” was being used to scorn, now today it’s embraced as a badge of honor. Or so it seems if we are to make sense of the success of Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist. But, maybe that’s the problem. Is Bernie Sanders really a socialist? A socialist is someone who supports the political philosophy of socialism, which is a governmental system that advocates community…
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