Tuesday, January 19, 2016

a few links from here and there

a plea to stop calling Donald Trump a fascist, however foolish you may consider his public persona and statements to be:


But it wouldn't be American political discourse without comparing Trump to fascists, would it?
Trump, too, is benefitting from voter discontent. Polls show that many Trump supporters come from the white middle- and working-class, a group whose status and salaries have stagnated for decades; these voters are evidently looking for a leader ready to dignify, if not solve, their problems.


Trump has no clear plan of any kind. He is not about to dissolve the Democratic Party and banish the Clintons, Obama, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Jimmy Fallon to exile on Randall’s Island. Americans will not goose-step down Broadway; no screaming squadraccia of middle-aged Trump fans will occupy Grand Central; Amazon will not be nationalized as a “strategic state asset.” Trump is simply an opportunist, perfectly willing to change course (from, for example, saying America has to accept refugees to insisting he would “send them back” within the span of a month) and say anything (Hillary Clinton, who in 2008 he said would make a “great” president, “got schlonged” in the end). ...

Over at Slate, a long-form discussion of slavery in the United States, but not of blacks, of Native Americans.


It discusses the enslavement of Native American tribes and includes a short summary of a number of tribes and their approaches to slavery.  The topic is not as literally or figuratively black and white as other discussions of slavery have at times been.

There were slavery practices by Native Americans in the Northwest of the United States ... although it might be worth mentioning that the state of Oregon had its roots in utopian aims of white settlers.


Another long-form piece.
The question of whether Oregon should allow slavery dates back to at least the 1840s. The majority of Oregonians (which is to say the territory’s new white residents who were systematically and sometimes violently oppressing its Native peoples) opposed slavery. But they also didn’t want to live anywhere near anyone who wasn’t white.

Opposed to slavery ... but also didn't white non-whites in the state if it could be helped, it seems.

On a different note ...


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