“Here’s the good news: All this makes Donald Trump incredibly vulnerable.”


The missus and I were chatting over dinner, and I was describing Mayor Gahan’s forthcoming crusade to dismantle public housing in New Albany, which he’s doing first by starving the NAHA board, then packing it with sycophants like the ubiquitous and unprincipled flatterer Bob Norwood, and using the new comprehensive plan to disseminate artlessly contrived lies about a non-existent citizen mandate to remove the public housing component — all because poor people don’t vote often enough, or they get in the way of all that luxury, and therefore they gravely offend Dear Leader’s pasty white suburban propriety (probably back in middle school a girlfriend got stolen away from Gahan by an immigrant, or some such characteristically New Albanian small-pond memory) — and the two of us simultaneously reached precisely the same conclusion.

You simply can’t convince us that Gahan didn’t vote for Donald Trump, in the company of a good many other City Hall stalwarts prone to pretending they’re Democrats. Consequently, as I post these reminders of ways to resist Trump, surely you understand my real point, don’t you?

Trump’s Crony Cabinet May Look Strong, but They Are Scared, by Naomi Klein (The Nation)

From climate justice to the Fight for $15, movements had CEOs on the ropes—and we can still beat them.

Let’s zoom out and recognize what is happening in Washington right now. The people who already possess an absolutely obscene share of the planet’s wealth, and whose share grows greater year after year—at last count, eight men own as much as half the world—are determined to grab still more. The key figures populating Donald Trump’s cabinet are not only ultra-rich—they are individuals who made their money knowingly causing harm to the most vulnerable people on this planet, and to the planet itself. It appears to be some sort of job requirement …

… Stolen homes. Stolen wages. Stolen cultures and countries. All immoral. All extremely profitable. But the popular backlash was mounting. Which is precisely why this gang of CEOs—and the sectors they come from—were rightly worried that the party coming to end. They were scared …

… So now they are cutting out the middleman and doing what every top dog does when they want something done right—they are doing it themselves … So what do we do about it? First, we always remember their weaknesses, even as they exercise raw power. The reason the mask has fallen off, and we now are witnessing undisguised corporate rule is not because these corporations felt all-powerful; it’s because they were panicked.