We found these pieces of journalism and analysis helpful in making sense of the new conditions and realities we are all facing. We hope you will too.How Philly can ‘morally secede’ from Trump’s America
An overview of some of the key things Philadelphia can do to “Morally secede from Trump’s America” from Daily News columnist Will Bunch…
“States and even municipalities do have tools to counteract parts of the Trump agenda that their own citizens rejected at the polls last week. In fact, with Republican control of all three branches of federal government, this may be the only serious way that a regressive agenda can be fought for the next two, four or (gasp) eight years.
How to win in these populist Trump Times
Jonathan Smucker on the dangers and opportunities of living in populist times…
“To be living in populist times is to be living in an era when political authority is no longer seen as legitimate by most people… During such a crisis, populist movements and leaders emerge, from both the right and the left, in order to forge a new popular alignment of social forces. Populists explain the causes of the crisis, they name ‘the establishment’ as the problem, and they articulate a new vision forward … Left-wing populism and right-wing populism thus share certain rhetorical features … but their contents and consequences could not be further apart.”
Trump: The Social Media President?
Past presidential candidates have won by mastering the new media of their time. Here’s a look from early in Trump’s campaign of how he’s done just that, from CNN commentator Van Jones…
“The Trump phenomenon flabbergasts pundits like me. We thought the billionaire was leaving the world of Entertainment, climbing over a wall and joining us in the sober domain of Politics. But in fact, the opposite happened. “Trump, The Entertainer” stayed exactly where he was. Instead, he pulled the political establishment over the wall and into HIS domain. The political class is now lost in the world of reality television and social media.”
A Dying Mule Always Kicks Hardest
The Reverend William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina, reminds us that…
“Less than a majority of Americans elected a mortal, not a god, when they cast their ballots for Donald Trump. They did not un-elect the foundational principles of our Constitution, nor have they overwhelmed the moral convictions of our faith.
ThinkProgress will no longer describe racists as ‘alt-right’
Here is how one news outlet is refusing to do the PR work for those who hate. We think other newspapers should follow their lead.
“The point here is not to call people names, but simply to describe them as they are. We won’t do racists’ public relations work for them. Nor should other news outlets.”