democratic ideals

We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.

We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country — the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institutions; the flagrant disregard for truth or decency; the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.

None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal.

November 7, 1917 - October Revolution

Pictured - Storming the Winter Palace. Illustration by Villi Trubkovich in The First Days of October, written by Vladimir Bonch-Bruyevich.

The first Russian revolution of 1917 toppled the Tsar in March. The second, in November, ended the period of Provisional Government in Russia and started the Bolshevik era.

On November 6, the forces acting under the Bolshevik Milrevkom (Military Revolutionary Committee seized important strategic areas in Petrograd. The organ, first created to defend the Russian government from the right, now became the instrument of its demise. When Russian Prime Minister Alexander Kerensky ordered loyalist troops to arrest Bolshevik leaders before a planned soviet congress meeting that day, he ignited a revolution

Pre-empting Kerensky’s small forces, Red Guards took over the state bank, the telephone exchange, and posted guards on bridges over the Neva. A small flotilla and more than 9,000 sailors from the Kronstadt naval base joined the revolutionaries on November 7. Than evening, more than 18,000 Bolshevik supporters surrounded the Russian Duma in the Winter Palace. Barely 1,000 loyalists, mostly women soldiers, defended Kerensky’s government. It had been abandoned by everyone else.

At 10 o’clock that night the cruiser Aurora, manned by Bolshevik sailors, anchored in the Neva and fired several blank rounds near the Winter Palace. By 1 o’clock the Bolsheviks had stormed the gates, and the resistance gave up without a fight. The Bolshevik coup was an almost entirely bloodless affair.

Kerensky scuttled out of Petrograd in an American envoy’s car. After an abortive attempt to take back the capital, he fled for France, and then the United States. Lenin became Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, de facto head of the city. Leon Trostky became Commissar for Foreign Affairs. “It could not possibly last,” said the British ambassador’s daughter, a witness to the day. “Petrograd itself might perhaps be forced to submit to such a rule for a short time, but that the whole of Russia should be governed by them was not credible.” The world both misunderstood and underestimated the new Russian rulers.

Why did the Russian Provisional Government fall so quickly? When it replaced the Tsar in March, Western liberals had rejoiced at the emergence of a mighty new popular democracy. Yet within six months it had gone the way of the Romanovs. The October Revolution was not inevitable, and had Kerensky even decided not to try and stop the soviet congress on November 6, his regime may have survived. Doubtless more trouble was the decision to carry on the war, which by late 1916 had become wholly unpopular among Russians. The failure of the Provisional Government to convene the Constituent Assembly and hold real elections during its tenure was equally fatal, and undermined its stated democratic ideals. By November 1917 many Russians had decided on those who promised change now.

also: I think harry’s biggest flaw isn’t what he says, but what he doesn’t say. He may support democratic ideals but he seldom stands for them, he may recognize that a joke seems inappropriate, but he won’t go out of his way to stop it from happening. Obviously he’s human, and I get that we all have our flaws. Idk….these are just my thoughts on this. It’s something he needs to/I hope he works on

The election of the DNC Chairperson is pivotal choice for the Democratic Party. After the drubbing Dems took all the way up & down the ballot in 2016, the choice *should* be an inflection point - where Dems realize that centrism (aka Clintonism) is a losing strategy from last century.

We need an actual, real deal progressive. An easily recognizable, polar opposite to Trump. Not someone else who has worked for the same banks and has the same questionable business interests as Trump and Clinton. Not more of the same old same old.

Progressives shouldn’t have to work so hard to get Democratic Party leaders to adopt progressive ideals, and Democratic Party leaders shouldn’t be so concerned with what conservative voters think.

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Fractured Ideals: Japanese American Internment through a Government Lens: Part 1 - A Challenge to Democracy

Americanism … loses much of its meaning in the confines of a Relocation Center.

A Challenge to Democracy (1943)

February 19, 2017, is the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066. Issued in 1942, soon after the United States’ entry into the Second World War, EO 9066 authorized the Secretary of War to designate military areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded” and “provide for residents of any such area who are excluded therefrom, such transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary … to accomplish the purpose of this order.”

Though the text of EO 9066 does not contain the word “Japanese,” the intent and effect was the creation of a sweeping program to remove 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent from their homes in coastal California, Oregon, and Washington State in the name of national security. Though the language of the time called this an “evacuation” or “mass migration,” those affected were forced to leave their communities as the Federal government moved them to heavily-guarded camps in isolated areas hundreds of miles away.

The Film Record

The newly-created War Relocation Authority (WRA) heavily documented the government’s program of Japanese American incarceration from 1942 through 1945, so we have many opportunities to understand how the camps looked, how they were laid out, and what the Federal government said about them.

The WRA collaborated with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the Office of War Information (OWI), the War Department, and the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry to make films intended for several different audiences. The films are most definitely propaganda, but they reveal points of tension between the actions of the government and the democratic ideals the nation was fighting a war to defend.

A Challenge to Democracy

A Challenge to Democracy was produced by the WRA with the cooperation of the OWI and OSS. It is the most comprehensive United States government propaganda film about the Japanese American internment and relocation program. The narrator states that what we are witnessing is “evacuation” of Japanese Americans to “wartime communities” or “relocation centers” and insists that “they are not prisoners, they are not internees.” The images in the film tell a different story.

At one point, the narrator states “relocation centers are not normal and probably never can be.” In fact, the government’s longer-term plan was to move the Japanese Americans deemed loyal into towns and cities in the interior of the United States. A Challenge to Democracy likely was directed towards the Caucasian residents of these communities in an attempt to make them more accepting of displaced Japanese Americans. 

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Obama's Post-White House Photo Album Suggests He's Already Gotten The Best Birthday Present of All: Freedom

Photos: Barack and Michelle Obama’s Life After the White House

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JUNE 30

Barack Obama and his family are in the middle of an adventure-filled, nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Their latest stop is Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, where the former president and his family were invited to stay by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In this photo, President Widodo is seen taking Obama on a golf-cart tour of the palace’s grounds.

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The two men also explored the 200-acre palace on foot.

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As president, Obama met with Widodo several times, forging an international friendship.

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Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age six after his divorced mother remarried an Indonesian man. He returned to his native Hawaii when he was 10 to live with his grandparents.

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Obama also met with Widodo’s wife, Iriana, at the palace. She is the former governor of Jakarta, where Obama grew up.

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JUNE 29

One day earlier, the former president and daughters Sasha and Malia visited Prambanan Temple in Central Java, where they were given a tour by a team of archaeologists. Obama is pictured here bowing in greeting to a staff member outside the temple.

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The former president and his daughters also took a walk through Becici Pine Forest in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, on Java Island.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama walks during his visit to Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Obama and his family are currently on vacation in the country where he lived for several years as a child. (AP Photo)

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JUNE 28

The Obamas stayed in Yogyakarta, where the former president’s mother, Ann Dunham, spent years doing anthropological research.

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The Obamas flew into Yogyakarta on a private jet before driving to their luxury hotel in the historic city’s downtown area. After settling in, they visited the ninth-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, where they snapped photos and the former president waved to locals. Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, overlooks the green hills of Java and the active volcano Gunung Merapi.

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JUNE 27

One day earlier, the Obamas visited Tirta Empul temple in Bali, where former First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia all wore matching yellow sarongs.

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A popular tourist attraction, Tirta Empul is one of the island’s ancient water temples, and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water.

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While his family (and his Secret Service detail!) sported local garb during the outing, Obama wore a simple, short-sleeved white polo shirt with jeans.

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Obama shook hands with locals as he made his way inside the temple.

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JUNE 26

Earlier in the trip, the Obamas went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali.

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The family was invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the Obamas to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip.

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Sasha Obama (right, front) catches the eye of the photographer.

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JUNE 19

Michelle Obama took to Instagram to share photos from a recent bootcamp weekend that she hosted for her “crew” at a friend’s house outside Washington, D.C. The bootcamps are a tradition carried over from the former first lady’s White House years. “Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first,” Obama said.

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MAY 26

Barack Obama was all smiles as he played a round of golf at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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MAY 22

Michelle and Barack Obama took a stroll in Siena, Tuscany during their six-day vacation to Italy. The couple were greeted by crowds of cheering fans as they left the Duomo di Siena. And the former first lady turned heads in an of-the-moment, off-the-shoulder top.

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MAY 12

Michelle Obama gave remarks at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C., where she spoke out against the Trump administration’s decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements. "Every elected official on this planet should understand,” Obama said. “Don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”

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May 8

Barack Obama looked relaxed and casual in sunglasses and a white button-down shirt without a tie during his two-day trip to Milan in May. Obama mixed business and pleasure on the trip, meeting with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and discussing climate change at a conference, while also squeezing in some sightseeing.

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MAY 7

Before heading to the Profile in Courage Awards ceremony in Boston, the Obamas attended a reception with members of the Kennedy family, including John F. Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, who later presented the former president with the annual award.

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May 7

At the same event, Obama showed off his golf swing — sans golf course — backstage in the green room.

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Michelle and Barack Obama shared a smile at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s dinner gala, where the former president was honored with the annual Profile in Courage Award.

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On stage with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama accepted the Profile in Courage Award for “his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.”

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After accepting the award, Barack Obama appeared to give his wife an approving once-over on stage.

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MAY 5

Michelle Obama spoke during MTV’s 2017 College Signing Day, promising to continue her efforts to promote higher education. “I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all,” she told students as she took the stage, “and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in.”

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May 5

College Signing Day was always cause for celebration in the Obama White House, a tradition they’ve continued while out of office. During the event, held at the Public Theater in New York City, Obama gave hugs to college-bound students in the STEP dance group. The all-girls dance squad from Baltimore will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Step.

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After the hugs were given out, Mrs. Obama joined some soon-to-be-graduates in a mid-jump photo opp.

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MAY 3

Barack Obama and his former chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, visited the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago — where both men married their wives.

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MARCH 20

Michelle Obama celebrated the first day of spring by going for a walk with dogs Sunny and Bo. “Look who has a spring in their step,“ she said in an Instagram photo of the outing. "Celebrate the #FirstDayofSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving.”

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MARCH 15

Barack Obama enjoyed an afternoon round of golf at a local country club in Oahu, Hawaii. Mid Pacific Country Club General Manager Jim Swieter told PEOPLE at the time that Obama seemed more relaxed in his post-presidency. “He was much more approachable and accessible to members and guests around the club,” Swieter said.

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MARCH 8

Michelle Obama marked International Women’s Day with a surprise visit to 12 female students at Cardozo Education Campus, a combined middle and high school in Washington, D.C.

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March 8

After a round of hugs, Obama and the young students sat down to talk about education and their goals for the future.

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MARCH 5

The American people are here for Barack Obama’s post-presidency style, especially this sleek leather jacket he wore on a visit with wife Michelle to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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March 5

Barack Obama’s chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge told PEOPLE in May: “He’s had that jacket for quite some time … I just don’t think he’s had the opportunity to wear it. When does the president ever get to go out in his leather jacket? It’s not something we see.”

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FEBRUARY 27

At Ballou STAY (School to Aid Youth) in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama spent two and a half hours talking with adult students working to finish their high school degrees.

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Later during the school visit, Michelle Obama offered a hug to a student who was very happy to see her.

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FEBRUARY 14

Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Valentine’s Day to send her husband a sweet message. “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentines,” she captioned a picture of two pairs of feet (presumably belonging to the Obamas) on a sandy beach. The photo may very well have been snapped during their recent 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands.

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JANUARY 29

After a quick post-presidency getaway to Palm Springs with daughters Sasha and Malia, Barack and Michelle Obama set off for a 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands. They stayed at Richard Branson’s luxurious Necker Island retreat, where Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing.

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The Regression of the Castes

Evola describes that each of the four characteristic ages in the cycle of decline have been presided over by each of the four distinct castes.

The First Age

⦁ Associated with the regal figure who ruled by divine right.
⦁ Spiritual and temporal power united, ruler exhibits virile and “solar” character.
⦁ Legitimacy of the ruler derived from the divine superworld, the state viewed as an apparatus connecting the lower and higher worlds.
⦁ Last echoes of this tradition found in the Roman Empire and in the Ghibelline ideal in the later Holy Roman Empire.

The Second Age

⦁ Associated with the decline of the regal figure and rise of the warrior caste (Kshatriya).
⦁ The divine character of the state and regal figure was lost. Rulers seen as military leaders and lords of temporal justice.
⦁ Loyalty to the state no longer had a divine and religious character but instead a warrior one based around loyalty and honour.
⦁ This age presided over the great European monarchies.

The Third Age

⦁ The warrior caste gives way to the mercantile caste, aristocracies begin to decay and monarchies decline due to revolutions, constitutions etc.
⦁ Monarchies become hollowed institutions subject to the “will of the nation”, monarch is seen as “reigning” as opposed to ruling.
⦁ Capitalist oligarchies form and the kings of coal, oil and iron replace the kings of blood and spirit.
⦁ Loyalty to the state degenerated from a warrior character to a purely utilitarian “social contract” based upon shared economic and material needs.
⦁ The merchant class employ democratic and liberal ideals to further their own interests. The needs of the economy triumphs over all.

The Fourth Age

⦁ Although still in power, the merchant caste finally gives way to the plebeians. This coincides with the rise of communistic style ideologies.
⦁ A mechanised and profane society leads to mass thinking, societies of an undifferentiated mass being swept away by currents they cannot control.
⦁ The concept of work is held as the highest ideal.
⦁ The modern perversion of all values is complete and the cycle ready to begin anew.

Our tradition teaches that using words to offend another human being is akin to a snake and its venom. The snake’s venom kills, yet the snake has no benefit from its fiendish action. So too, human beings usually benefit from every other sin imaginable, but gain nothing by harming others verbally. Because of this, lashon hara is the least justifiable of sins.

Not a day goes by when we do not receive e-mails or read Internet reports which damage reputations of individuals, without due process and without the remotest possibility of defending themselves. This goes against both our Jewish heritage and our democratic ideals in a very fundamental way.

—  Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
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Fractured Ideals: Japanese American Internment through a Government Lens, Part 2: Japanese Relocation

February 19, 2017, is the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066. Issued in 1942, soon after the United States’ entry into the Second World War, EO 9066 authorized the Secretary of War to designate military areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded” and “provide for residents of any such area who are excluded therefrom, such transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary … to accomplish the purpose of this order.”

Though the text of EO 9066 does not contain the word “Japanese,” the intent and effect was the creation of a sweeping program to remove 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent from their homes in coastal California, Oregon, and Washington State in the name of national security. Though the language of the time called this an “evacuation” or “mass migration,” those affected were forced to leave their communities as the Federal government moved them to heavily-guarded camps in isolated areas hundreds of miles away.

The Film Record

The newly-created War Relocation Authority (WRA) heavily documented the government’s program of Japanese American incarceration from 1942 through 1945, so we have many opportunities to understand how the camps looked, how they were laid out, and what the Federal government said about them.

The WRA collaborated with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the Office of War Information (OWI), the War Department, and the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry to make films intended for several different audiences. The films are most definitely propaganda, but they reveal points of tension between the actions of the government and the democratic ideals the nation was fighting a war to defend.

Japanese Relocation

Japanese Relocation was produced by the OWI and distributed by the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry. Milton S. Eisenhower, director of the WRA for its first 90 days of existence, describes the film as a “historical record” of the operation to remove Japanese Americans from military areas. The film does provide a visual record of some of the economic devastation of EO 9066. We see vacant shops and businesses, and impounded fishing boats in California. The narrator notes that “the quick disposal of property often involved financial sacrifice” by Japanese Americans.

The intended audience for Japanese Relocation was not only Americans. Narration at the end of the film frames the government’s treatment of Japanese Americans as a standard to be followed by its enemies abroad and expresses hope that the “fundamental decency” of this American example “will influence the Axis powers in their treatment of Americans who fall into their hands.”

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Rogue One: Second Viewing

- link to my other Rogue One blabberings -

Watched Rogue One for the second time today on the big screen.  Here are some more thoughts since I’m not inundated by “HOLY SHIT” feelings from experiencing it the first time. There may be some repeat thoughts.

NB, as usual: have only seen the movie and read a small portion of its prequel Catalyst so far. I try to talk about individual characters themselves, but shipping thoughts concerning RebelCaptain (Jyn/Cassian) and SpiritAssassin (Chirrut/Baze) still occur.

Warning: THIS IS REALLY, REALLY LONG. Not exaggerating in any way.

  • Quick General Thoughts 
    • I’d seen the movie a little more than a month ago and have swamped myself in fandom, so I thought I wouldn’t have Extreme Emotions from seeing it again. I even thought I’d be bored for some bits.
      • I was wrong.
    • It’s a beautiful movie, and I honestly liked every single performance by the actors and actresses. I thought they were all really good or amazing.
    • By far one of the most intense movies that I’ve seen in general, not just the Star Wars ‘verse.
  • Lah’mu
    • There’s a piece of symbolism in some Rogue One book material that talks about how the movie bookends the theme of “Jyn” and “home.” AKA: Jyn starts the movie by having a home, and Jyn ends the movie by rediscovering home. Figuratively, this is shown by Lah’mu with her parents (start) and the Scarif beach with Cassian (end) (or you could argue the entire Rogue One team becoming family, a la Baze’s “little sister”, as “home”).
      • However, now I can see there’s also a literal interpretation of this: Jyn’s Lah’mu home is next to a beach. And you remember where she dies? A BEACH.
    • If one of the Stormtroopers was taught even a little bit of forensic science, Jyn would have absolutely been found underneath that damn rock. They live on rich, loamy soil. Anyone heard of footprints or tracks? I guess Death Troopers are too busy learning how to kill people.

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Retiring (in protest) Senator Jeff Flake just gave the most important speech of 2017.

Some excerpts:

“We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country - the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.”

“We were not made great as a country by indulging or even exalting our worst impulses, turning against ourselves, glorying in the things which divide us, and calling fake things true and true things fake. And we did not become the beacon of freedom in the darkest corners of the world by flouting our institutions and failing to understand just how hard-won and vulnerable they are.”

Great story about his speech, with the video and link to the full transcript here: X

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Fractured Ideals: Japanese American Internment through a Government Lens, Part 3: The Way Ahead

February 19, 2017, is the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066. Issued in 1942, soon after the United States’ entry into the Second World War, EO 9066 authorized the Secretary of War to designate military areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded” and “provide for residents of any such area who are excluded therefrom, such transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary … to accomplish the purpose of this order.”

Though the text of EO 9066 does not contain the word “Japanese,” the intent and effect was the creation of a sweeping program to remove 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent from their homes in coastal California, Oregon, and Washington State in the name of national security. Though the language of the time called this an “evacuation” or “mass migration,” those affected were forced to leave their communities as the Federal government moved them to heavily-guarded camps in isolated areas hundreds of miles away.

The Film Record

The newly-created War Relocation Authority (WRA) heavily documented the government’s program of Japanese American incarceration from 1942 through 1945, so we have many opportunities to understand how the camps looked, how they were laid out, and what the Federal government said about them.

The WRA collaborated with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the Office of War Information (OWI), the War Department, and the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry to make films intended for several different audiences. The films are most definitely propaganda, but they reveal points of tension between the actions of the government and the democratic ideals the nation was fighting a war to defend.

The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead (produced with the OSS) is the only WRA film held by NARA that appears to have been produced exclusively for an audience of incarcerated Japanese Americans. It is made up of much of the same footage as A Challenge to Democracy but is structured as an informational film about what people resettled into communities far from home could expect. The film assures apprehensive Japanese Americans that they will find work, shelter, and helpful new friends in the towns and cities of Middle America. There is no mention of the very real prejudice against people of Japanese descent that was pervasive during World War II.

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Walter E. Hoffman U.S. Courthouse, Norfolk, Virginia
Photo by Caleb Racicot

Grand Art Deco courthouse in Norfolk.

Some background, from Wikipedia:

The Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse, formerly known as the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, is a courthouse of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia. Built in 1932, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It reflects Art Deco architecture. It served historically as a courthouse and as a post office…

…Although this outstanding Art Deco building is one of only a few Art Deco federal buildings in the Tidewater area, the building reflects a national trend in Federal building design of the 1930s that became the Art Moderne style of the 1930s and 1940s. These new federal buildings were monumental in scale, a tribute to the democratic ideals of the 1930s, with reference to the strength of the government. A Virginian-Pilot article from September 22, 1934 noted that the building was “fashioned in conservative modernistic design and giving the impression of unlimited stability and bulk.” Compared to the earlier Beaux Arts style, the designs were restrained in ornament, expressing a new attitude that was fresh, clean-lined and modern in the simplicity of the forms and materials. The building illustrates the strong rectilinear qualities associated with the Art Deco style, and later Art Moderne style, and incorporates classical features popular in earlier governmental buildings.

P.S. I haven’t posted to this blog in quite a while, since I changed the format to posting mainly only when I had my own pictures or a friend’s to share. However, I have a bunch, so look for some incoming! -Wendy 

zachpage  asked:

Hey Tony! Just wanted to start off by saying I really enjoy your blog and I followed you for a while, that being said I've been exploring socialist political thought and history lately and was wondering if there was anything in particular along those lines you would recommend that I read. Thanks again

A large portion of most Socialist Ideology is Democratic Ideals. Because of this, I generally recommend two books to anyone that is considering exploring Socialism or American Politics in general:

TBH, comparative politics is how I began my journey to socialism, so I highly recommend starting with these two books. They give amazing information on what democracy is and how it is practiced worldwide. Viewing these real-world examples of various forms of Democratic governance should challenge your thinking about political systems and allow you to form opinions on why the system and ideology you promote would work. 

If you are looking to go more into direct Socialist thought here are a few books to start you off:

This is just a start. Just as a small disclaimer, I do not agree with everything contained in all of these books. Any good book on politics should stretch your understanding and push your comfort zone a little. You will not agree with everything contained, but you will have a better understanding of what outcomes different economic and political systems have.

- @theliberaltony

Here is another book, I haven’t read it yet, but it‘s on my to-do list:

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Full Transcript of Jeff Flakes Senate Floor Speech, 10/24/2017:

Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles. Let me begin by noting a somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours to hold indefinitely. We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office. And there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles.

Now is such a time. 

It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret, because of the state of our disunion, regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics, regret because of the indecency of our discourse, regret because of the coarseness of our leadership, regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our—all of our—complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. 

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sorcierecat-xx  asked:

10 facts about Ivy and/or Hal!

Hey friend! I’d love to talk about Ivy since I miss her so much. Unfortunately I can’t do much about my comic right now, especially since I am still on the borderline between making the story a visual novel & romance game. But in the meantime, I’d love to share things about my characters & world on tumblr. 

So here are Ivy’s basics, since she’s new to most. (also note: nothing I reveal about my characters are spoilers, since their personalities have nothing to do with the story)

1. Ivy’s birthplace is a country called Nivall, which is predominantly populated and governed by mages. Most humans in her world are born without magic, and so mages at one point felt the need to form their own nation. Nivall is the center of all magi-tech and magical studies in Ivy’s world, most notable for its many thriving witch colleges. Well, it was, until the country fell under a sleeping spell.

2. Ivy is the Princess of Nivall; her parents are/were King Vale and Queen Esmeralda. Though she is royalty, she was raised predominantly by her parents, and loves them to death.

3. Ivy currently lives in the Dwarven kingdom Lazulith, which neighbors Nivall.

4. Ivy’s main goal is to save her parents from the sleeping spell. She doesn’t care that she’s a princess, is mostly anti-social, and would prefer to dwell in a cave studying dark magic all day. She loves her witch culture, and most importantly, is obsessed by necromancy.

5. Ivy’s hideaway for practicing magic is an underground mine, where she’s befriended these odd glowy, four-legged moth creatures that live in the dark down there.

6. Ivy’s mixed race; her father is white, his family coming from an old forest witch clan. Her mother is brown-skinned and descends from a witch clan that practiced sea magic. Both her families would have naturally black hair, but no one can tell, because mostly everyone’s a witch - and all witches have white hair.

7. Ivy’s family is highly educated and raised her with democratic ideals. Her father is a prankster and wished he could have been an elemental warrior instead of a king; he always made Ivy laugh. Her mother is a total alchemy nerd, can do complex math in her head, and taught her much about how magic works. Her parents are/were a power couple and did not marry strictly for politics.

8. Ivy is very feminine and goth. She loves to paint her nails while waiting for her potions to boil.

9. Ivy’s personality is full of habit, obsession and determination. She is not classically brave, just gusty and willing to experiment with things (magic, specifically) that are dangerous. She is fascinated by death and darkness and things others would be frightened of, yet is scared of people and everyday living.

10. Ivy only listens to hard metal music. No soft, we scream like men banshees in the night.