We Are The Resistance. Expect Us.
We Are The Resistance. Expect Us.
Wonderful post from author Harling Ross of Man Repeller on the death of one of my biggest childhood crushes and still all – time favorite TV actresses, Mary Tyler Moore. Like Ross writes, she leaves us at a time when her legacy is more important than ever. RIP Mary RIP.
This is a harrowing piece from New York Times columnist Roger Cohen in which he asserts that during the tenure of the Trump administration, Americans will have to literally fight for their civilization and for the literal right to ask why. I agree with him 100 %. Fight on brothers and sisters, fight on.
His last three paragraphs say it all :
Trump’s outrageous claims have a purpose: to destroy rational thought. When Primo Levi arrived at Auschwitz he reached, in his thirst, for an icicle outside his window but a guard snatched it away. “Warum?” Levi asked (why?). To which the guard responded, “Hier ist kein warum” (here there is no why).
As the great historian Fritz Stern observed, “This denial of ‘why’ was the authentic expression of all totalitarianism, revealing its deepest meaning, a negation of Western civilization.”
Americans are going to have to fight for their civilization and the right to ask why against the banal belligerence of Trump.
This is a searing and brilliant piece from writer Kevin Baker about some of the after effects of America electing Donald Trump as their president. My favorite passage, in which refers directly to his election, are these words:
Today’s passive, unhappy Americans sat on their couches and chose a strutting TV clown to save us.
What they have done is a desecration, a foolish and vindictive act of vandalism, by which they betrayed all the best and most valiant labors of our ancestors. We don’t want to accept this, because we cannot accept that the people, at least in the long run of things, can be wrong in our American democracy. But they can be wrong, just like any people, anywhere. And until we do accept this abject failure of both our system and ourselves, there is no hope for our redemption.
Wonderful post from the blog Damsel In Dispute about the Women’s March on Washington and the need for more men to get involved with the cause of feminism.
Seeing even only a handful of men in the crowds at the Women’s March in Washington DC and worldwide has given me so much hope for mankind. Yes, some have said that the Women’s March didn’t need the attendance of men, and some have gone as far as to say men shouldn’t have been in attendance at all. But I say the fact that there were more than one or two men worldwide who decided to march for the opposite gender is a victory for feminist fighters everywhere. Emma Watson, feminist, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and founder of HeForShe, who was in attendance at the March in DC, would agree with me.
To those who haven’t heard of HeForShe, it’s a campaign that Emma Watson initiated in 2014, which addresses…
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Instructive piece from New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on how to fight back against Donald Trump. My favorite passage :
If Trump’s presidency mirrors its dangerous prelude, one of the fundamental challenges will be to respond to him, his abettors and his agenda in the most tactically prudent way and not just the most emotionally satisfying one. To rant less and organize more. To resist taunts and stick with facts. To answer invective with intelligence.
And to show, in the process, that there are two very different sets of values here, manifest in two very distinct modes of discourse. If that doesn’t happen, Trump may be victorious in more than setting newly coarse terms for our political debate. He may indeed win on many fronts, over many years.
Inspiring piece from New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow concerning the Women’s March on Washington. My favorite passage :
The marches, whose participants vastly outnumbered inauguration attendees, offered a stinging rebuke to the election of a man who threatens women’s rights and boasts of grabbing women’s genitalia.
And the marches, which included quite a few men and boys as well, also represented more than that. They were a rebuke of bigotry and a call for equality and inclusion. They demonstrated the awesome power of individual outrage joined to collective action. And it was a message to America that the majority did not support this president or his plans and will not simply tuck tail and cower in the face of the threat. This was an uprising; this was a fighting back. This was a resistance.
Members of Congress, laboring under the delusion that they operate with a mandate and feeling compelled to rubber-stamp Trump’s predilections, should heed well the message those marches sent on Saturday: You are on notice. America is ticked off.
And after that, Blow closes with these fantastic lines :
It is possible that Trump has reactivated something President Obama couldn’t maintain, and Hillary Clinton couldn’t fully tap into: A unified, mission-driven left that puts bodies into the streets. The women’s marches sent a clear signal: Your comfort will not be built on our constriction. We are America. We are loud, “nasty” and fed up. We are motivated dissidents and we are legion.
Some of the best signs from this past weekend’s Women’s March on Washington. I love them all.
Wonderful post from author Khe Hy in which he encourages everyone to take time to reflect on their micro-habits as part of the process of developing personal success systems.