Category Archives: Civil Society

The Extreme Danger of Alternative Realities

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Rex Tillerson giving a commencement speech at Virginia Military Institute (Class of 2018):

As I reflect upon the state of American democracy I observe a growing crisis in ethics and integrity.

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.

Tillerson said it’s the responsibility of all Americans to recognize “what truth is and is not,” and “what a fact is and is not.” Citizens must also demand the country’s future be “fact-based, not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges,”

Ending on a dark note, he said that departing from the truth could mean “American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.”

The Trump Mess

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A silent video from Robert Reich: The big picture of how we got into this mess (of trump) and how we get out of it.

This is an excellent lesson in political economy: how we have been transformed from a post World War II civil society to one that is not so civil.