U.S. POLITICS: “What if We Actually Taxed the Rich?” / Robert Reich ☮

Income and wealth are now more concentrated at the top than at any time over the last 80 years, and our unjust tax system is a big reason why. The tax code is rigged for the rich, enabling a handful of wealthy individuals to exert undue influence over our economy and democracy.

Conservatives fret about budget deficits. Well, then, to pay for what the nation needs — ending poverty, universal health care, infrastructure, reversing climate change, investing in communities, and so much more — the super-wealthy have to pay their fair share.

Together, these seven ways of taxing the rich would generate more than $6 trillion over 10 years — enough to tackle the great needs of the nation. As inequality has exploded, our unjust tax system has allowed the richest Americans to hoard wealth, at the expense of the rest of us. It’s not radical to rein in this irresponsibility. It’s radical to let it continue.

U.S. POLITICS: “BLACK LIVES MATTER, TREASON AND THE TIME FOR ACTION” / Matthew Cooke ☮

1. The comparison between Black Lives Matter and the Capitol riots is gaslighting 101.

2. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how to overcome racism and poverty.

3. President Roosevelt brushed the swamp aside and demonstrated how to defeat fascism and inequality.

4. President Abraham Lincoln created the greatest stimulus package of all time.

5. President Andrew Johnson failed to prosecute Robert E. Lee.

Will we learn from our past successes and failures?

U.S. POLITICS: “WAKE UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS” / Matthew Cooke ☮

WAKE UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS The deliberate mass deception campaign you’ve been a part of is a public health crisis. Red flags you should be noticing:

• You seek spaces that only include group members, pushing everyone else away
• You don’t trust anyone other than group “superiors.” Scientists, doctors, respected field experts are not trustworthy.
• Your conversations are primarily focused on your group leaders, or the divine “salvation” available only within your group
• Your group includes Nazis We all share the need to have answers, excuses and ways out of painful situations.

When those needs are exploited to distort your sense of reality and excuse and inspire destructive behavior, it’s time for an intervention.

U.S. POLITICS: “Trump Tax Returns: 10 Things You Need to Know” / Robert Reich ☮

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich breaks down 10 things you need to know about Trump’s serial tax dodging. He paid $0 in income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, and claimed a $70,000 tax deduction for hairstyling. He faces federal and state prosecution for bank fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, as does his entire family. In many ways, Trump’s tax returns show once again that he represents the worst side of America — a cheat, conman, someone who doesn’t give a fig about the United States, who puts himself first every chance he gets, and a hypocrite. Not surprisingly, Trump claims this bombshell is “totally fake news.” But the easiest way to refute it would be to make his tax returns public, which he refuses to do. Now we know why.

US HISTORY: “When White Supremacists Overthrew a Government” / Vox ☮

In November 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a mob of 2,000 white men expelled black and white political leaders, destroyed the property of the city’s black residents, and killed dozens–if not hundreds–of people. How did such a turn of events change the course of the city? For decades, the story of this violence was buried, while the perpetrators were cast as heroes. Yet its impacts resonate across the state to this day.

SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

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Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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