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Henry Giroux/Commentary

  Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary   by Henry A. Giroux Donald Trump was elected president of the United States a year ago today. His ascendancy in American politics has made visible a culture of cruelty, a contempt for civic literacy, a corrupt mode of governance and a disdain for informed judgment that has been decades in the making. It also points to the withering of civic attachments, the undoing of civic culture, the decline of public life, the erosion of any sense of shared citizenship and the death of commanding visions. As he visits Asia this week in a trip that those in the White House, as usual, feared could careen spectacularly off the rails, the world is once again witnessing how Trump’s history of unabashed racism and politics of hate is transformed into a spectacle of fear, divisions and disinformation. Under Trump, the plague of mid-20th century authoritarianism and apocalyptic populism have returned in a unique American form. A year later, people in Asia and the rest of the world are watching, pondering how such a dreadful event and retreat from democracy could have taken place. How could a liberal society give up its ideals so quickly? What forces have undermined education to the extent that a relatively informed electorate allowed such a catastrophe to happen in an alleged democracy? George Orwell’s “ignorance is strength” motto in 1984 has materialized in...

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Galanty Miller’s ReTweets

    by Galanty Miller There are way too many holidays that obligate us to spend time with our families./ I went through the 5 Stages of Death. I saw the musical CATS in five different theaters./ I have an idea for a horror movie in which the family’s 8-foot tall, fire-breathing evil statue of Satan COMES ALIVE!!/ I started a summer camp for kids who’ve never had the chance to experience summer./ When I drive, I keep my shotgun in the front passenger seat next to me./ Do you think Superman has a weakness for kryptonite pussy?/ I’m into Amateur-stitution because I don’t like to pay./ I save a ton of money on toilet paper by just going to the bathroom at other people’s houses./ Valentine’s Day is just a big ploy by the greeting card companies to get us to think we love our spouse./ I put a voodoo doll of myself over a fire because I’m feeling a little chilly./ I’ve found the secret to happiness is a job you love, healthy eating, getting a good night’s sleep, and abandoning your family./ March 4. That’s when I officially stop wishing people a “happy new year!”/ I tried to kill myself by driving into a concrete wall. Luckily, though, I was wearing my seatbelt./ It’s hard for me to have normal conversations with people because I’m terrible at...

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Michael Jantzen’s Energetic Art

Michael Jantzen says of his work, “I want to reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness.” That underlying sentiment is the foundation for work that challenges spatial relationships, material science, social relationships, architectural norms and artistic purpose.

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David Gittens/S. Korea Mon Amour

Photo: Kisoon Choi “Only Hearts” Art/Peace Project Sharing the peacemaking visions of 3,500 Sarasota, Florida students with students in Chungju, South Korea   Taking our Florida-grown art/peace project to Chungju, South Korea, as a featured segment of my artist’s residency at the Ureuk World Music house, was a wonderful cross-cultural opportunity. Whilst the director of the music house and I had fairly clear ideas on the ways of introducing this project to students in Korea, I was not prepared for the ways in which my heart would be impacted by the wonders encountered again and again on this odyssey,...

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