We all know he’s driving us crazy, but this analysis by Joel Whitebook suggests that because current reality is to painful to bear, we are constructing our on delusional realities. We hope we are still in the “too painful to bear” basket but are not quite sure. He does this by giving us a steady diet of falsities so that at some point we cannot differentiate fact from fiction. Not being able to trust scientists or professional journalists, we are soon “rendered rationally impotent.” Alexander George concludes that, “The assaults on science and the press by Trump and his followers are not local eruptions of deceit and mendacity but a well-poisoning assault on public rational discourse, a prerequisite for a healthy democracy.”
A beginning explanation of Trump’s strategy can be found in an early interview on how he handles the press. Now he has evolved from this explanation on sidestepping, distraction, and obfuscation to the current practice of outright lies.
Refugees and the war torn suffer. While Trump hypes conspiracy theories about refugees, he is also disengaging us from a history of U. S. foreign aid and democracy-promotion. These videos of refugees risking their lives by trying to cross borders — even ours — are very hard to watch. The first, of rescues of refugees fleeing Turkey for Greece, is literally heart-breaking. So too, are the efforts to save the wounded innocents in devastated Syria.
Al Shanker Memorial Post Series: February marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Albert Shanker, iconic leader of the American Federation of Teachers, and inspiration to many of our readers. He is listed among “those who inspire us” on FDE’s website because of his unique blending of teaching, public education, unionism as essential features of political democracy. To commemorate his life, the Shanker Institute published a series of guest posts from those who knew him best. Below are links to three of the posts.
You can view the full set of posts here.