Trump ordered the privatization of two million protected acres today.

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    In a string of truly despicable acts since he’s taken office, this, to me, is one of his worst. Gutting protected wilderness and national monuments.

    President Trump’s administration is shrinking Bears Ears National Monument by up to 92%, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by half.
    It will be the largest reduction of a national monument to date.
    The Navajo tribe has vowed to fight the decision in court.

    It surprised me to find out that Obama actually had an excellent record on this subject, which Trump and the GOP are reversing. In fact, Obama set aside more land than any other American president. I was against so much of what he did, seeing it as far too conservative, and Obama as far too willing to cave into Republicans. But on this subject, on this aspect of environmentalism, he gets major kudos.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/us-presidents-who-preserved-most-public-lands-antiquities-act-2017-10

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    Well i agree its a bad thing, among the gazillion bad things Trump is and will continue to do.

    But (and i ‘think’ you agree) Trump was just a symptom or reflection of the long trend, the long Dem-Rep Corporate trend.

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    “…An American inequality gap that first began to almost imperceptibly widen in the 1970s has, by now, reached Grand Canyon proportions. Before it hits its ultimate moment, it may make the nineteenth-century version of a Gilded Age look like an era of moderation. Since 1980, stunningly enough, the share of national income of the richest 1% has doubled. If all that American wealth hadn’t gushed upward, if it hadn’t produced a raft of billionaires, as well as hordes of multi-millionaires and millionaires, with so many interests to protect, we would never have experienced such prodigious top-down funding of elections; the building of a 1% democracy, that is, would have been inconceivable. If the Republican Party hadn’t been sold to the Koch Brothers and the Democratic Party hadn’t gone all neoliberal on us, can you really imagine working class voters putting their faith in a billionaire to make America great again for them? I doubt it.

    Similarly, if this country hadn’t been pursuing its never-ending war on terror so assiduously and unsuccessfully these last 16 years, while Washington was being transformed into a war capital, the national security state was rising to prominence as a kind of shadow government, and the funding of the US military hadn’t become the only truly bipartisan issue in Congress, Trumpism would never have been conceivable. In our American world, The Donald’s tendency toward authoritarianism is often treated as if it were a unique attribute of his. To believe that, however, you would have to overlook the growth in this century of a distinctly authoritarian spirit in Washington. You would have to ignore what it meant for the national security state to be ever more embedded in our ruling city. You would have to forget about the American intelligence community’s development of an historically unprecedented surveillance machinery aimed not just at the world but at American citizens as well….”
    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42768-unfounding-father-why-we-need-to-stare-at-you-know-who

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    PS — dont know if you know who Don Blankenship is, BT (he’s from my neck of the woods), but this i think reflects ‘the situation’ now, in the USA.

    He’s running for Senate 🙂

    link:http://grist.org/briefly/convicted-coal-baron-don-blankenship-is-running-for-u-s-senate/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily

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    #78397
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    Economic inequality is THE issue of the day. It drives everything else, and it’s almost never been this bad. But, again, this is baked into the capitalist pie. Capitalism generates massive inequality “naturally.” So we’re talking about degrees, and those are primarily dependent upon the amount of democratic checks and balances to capitalist power. But as long as we have capitalism, no amount of checks will rid us of horrific levels of inequality, or pollution and environmental destruction. The only answer is to replace capitalism itself with actual democracy.

    Leave it alone, and you’re going to have sultans and slaves. Tweak it a bit, and you get stuff in between that. But the system itself guarantees steeper hierarchies of wealth, privilege, access and power than any other economic system before it. And it’s the first “imperialist” economic system in history. All on its own. Via its own internal dynamic and mechanics. It must grow or die and unify all previously independent, local markets under one roof. For most of its history, it did this through violence. This means it must also extract natural resources more and more aggressively. It has zero incentives to protect them.

    There are now roughly six people in the world with as much wealth as the bottom half (3.75 billion people.) The 18th century denizens of Versailles would blush at such obscene levels of inequality. Marie Antoinette would likely apologize for his talk of cakes and such.

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    PS — dont know if you know who Don Blankenship is, BT (he’s from my neck of the woods), but this i think reflects ‘the situation’ now, in the USA.

    He’s running for Senate :>)

    link:http://grist.org/briefly/convicted-coal-baron-don-blankenship-is-running-for-u-s-senate/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily

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    Did not know about him. Pretty sick stuff. The mountain top removal issue is widespread in your home state, as you know. One of the great tragedies of our time. And Trump promised to bring back Big Coal.

    This isn’t going to end well.

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