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by Ed Knudson

1) First Things Doesn't Like that Trump Surrounds Himself with Prosperity Gospelers, Snake Oil Salesmen
    1/17/2017
2) Newt Gingrich Gets Trump Wrong: Why Southerners Hate the Federal Government
    12/27/2016
3) From Peace on Earth to an Election Based on Violence
    12/23/2016
4) Bill O'Reilly Admits the Truth: For Republicans Elections are All about Race
    12/23/2016
5) No Mandate for Trump, Says Jeff Merkley
    12/22/2016
6) 2010 Prediction: White People with Self-destructive Fantasies will Elect a Figure Like Trump
    12/17/2016
7) Gore Vidal on Ayn Rand: God is "I"
    12/14/2016
8) Russian Atheistic Ideas Now Dominate the American Political System
    12/14/2016
9) Trump Over Performed the Most in Counties with the Highest Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality Rates
    12/9/2016
10) Back to the Catacombs for the Real Church
    12/8/2016
11) Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square
    11/23/2016
12) A Prayer for Standing Rock
    11/12/2016
13) Trump Will Be Impeached within a Year
    11/11/2016
14) David Brooks on the Authoritarian Anti-Politics of Trump
    11/10/2016
15) An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement Begins with Protesters in Streets Nationwide
    11/10/2016
16) Hillary Lost Because of Her Husband's Economic Policies
    11/9/2016
17) Evangelicals Elect a Racist Pervert as President
    11/9/2016
18) Very Serious National Decline
    11/9/2016
19) The Silly Controversy about Hillary's Emails
    11/7/2016
20) Trump Offers to Rescue Lower Income White People in a Secular Rapture
    11/2/2016
21) The Crisis of Conservative Intellectuals
    11/1/2016
22) James Comey Should Resign or Be Fired
    10/30/2016
23) Traveling Luther's Life 500 Years Later
    10/24/2016
24) The Death of Tom Hayden
    10/24/2016

Article  Mass Protest along the Presidential Inaugural Route will be a powerful rejection of the Trump Agenda on Day One of his administration.  1/19/2017

Article  by Kojo Koram:  The line was becoming clear. Marx and Hegel had paved the way for the progressives, who in turn paved the way for the Frankfurt School, who had then attacked the American way of life, said Breitbart.  1/19/2017

Article  by Laura Tanenbaum:  A wave of disruptive protest fifty years ago helped put womenís liberation on the map--and showcased a radical feminist vision of that remains relevant in the age of Trump.  1/19/2017

Article  by Jack Jenkins:  Pastors and congregations of historic Protestantism must now view themselves as a major support system for resistance movements against an illegitimate presidency.  1/18/2017

Article  by Roger Smith:  Americans are much, much more liberal than the corporate media thinks. The American political system is not delivering the kind of politicians the people really want.  1/16/2017

Article  by Tom Gjelten:  Prosperity gospel heretics have been chosen by Trump to participate in inaugural events. Historic Protestants must turn against Trump for sake of both country and church.  1/13/2017

Article  by Sam Gindin:  Pastors should not allow business leaders to determine congregational priorities. Books by Jane McAlevey help understand 'deep organizing' in the time of Trump.  1/9/2017

Article  by Juan Cole:  Fascism gets tossed around lightly as an insult on the internet. This is the real thing, folks. We are Italy, 31 October, 1922. Bad things are about to happen. The press won't cover it.  1/9/2017

Article  by Achille Mbembe:  Inequalities will keep growing worldwide. Social conflicts will increasingly take the form of racism, ultra nationalism, sexism, ethnic and religious rivalries, xenophobia, homophobia, deadly passions  1/3/2017

Article  by Crawford Kilian:  What comes after capitalism in its final crisis, now under way, is a prolonged period of social entropy or disorder without public institutions capable of solving problems says Wolfgang Streeck.  1/2/2017

Article  by Kate Shea Baird:  The election of Trump has not occurred in a vacuum. Across the West, we are witnessing a wholesale breakdown of the existing political order; the neoliberal project is broken, Organize the city.  1/2/2017

Article  by Gene B. Sperling:  Tom Price is Trumpís choice for secretary of health and human services. He wants to deeply cut Medicaid and other health care for the poor, seniors, disabled, and others. Happy New Year!  12/31/2016

Article  by Neil J. Young:  The public witness of historic, orthodox Christianity is being destroyed by so-called 'conservative evangelicals'. 81% voted for Trump, a racist, sexual pervert.  12/30/2016

Article  by Walden Bello:  The Obama administration failed to break up the big banks, provided no relief for hard-up homeowners, and offered struggling workers more ill-advised trade deals. No surprise the Rust Belt rebelled.  12/29/2016

Article  by Jason Easley:  Nearly 40% of white voters without a college degree switched from Obama to Trump based on campaign promises that are the opposite of the Republican agenda. They cannot lie their way out of this.  12/27/2016

Article  by Luke Bretherton:  The election of Trump is a wake-up call to remember what those who are black, brown, queer, disabled or a religious minority can only forget at their peril. That oppression is likely to get worse.  12/26/2016

Article  by Jon Pahl:  The Turkish government blames the recent failed military coup on a Sufi mystic living in Pennsylvania. A Lutheran professor of Christian history tells the truth about this Muslim imam.  12/24/2016

Article  by Tobin Miller Shearer:  What do you do when a conservative group with white supremacy connections paints a target on your back? And meets with Trump officials? A professor at the University of Montana speaks out.  12/24/2016

Article  by Jan-Werner Mueller:  Like few others on the continent, Merkel seems to understand this is a decisive moment not just for Germany, and for the EU, also for Christian Democracy, one of Europeís leading governing ideologies.  12/24/2016

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos exhibits the Trump model by his attack on a transgender student in a campus speech. The media loves it, repeats it, and Trump is elected by it. Obnoxious & hateful  12/23/2016

Article  by Steven Rosenfeld:  Named after the rebellious province of Hunger Games, young people are establishing a base in D.C. to oppose the illegitimate Trump administration. Church youth groups should support this effort.  12/23/2016

Article  by Tom Heneghan:  Religion helps fill the ideological vacuum left by failure of Marxism. Putin: 'The revival of church unity today is a crucial condition for the revival of the lost unity of the whole Russian world'  12/21/2016

Article  by Robert Kuttner:  The perils of Trump should not be minimized. In a market economy, democracy is the only counterweight the people have to keep elites from making off with too much of the pie. Don't despair, organize.  12/20/2016

Article  by Brian Bienkowski:   Pacific Northwest tribes are fighting crowds, pavement and pollution to protect the centerpiece of their culture: fabled salmon runs. Oil pipelines threaten these waters, like at Standing Rock.  12/16/2016

Article  by Kieran Suckling:  Rex Tillerson represents an existential threat to the earth. Trump cynically won votes with anti-Wall Street rhetoric, is now assembling the wealthiest, most corporate-dominated cabinet in history.  12/14/2016

Article  by Neal Gabler:  The GOP has been the party of cruelty for decades. In Trump, it's found its champion. A false political philosophy now seriously threatens both justice and the social order.  12/14/2016

Article  by Adam Weiner:  Donald Trump and many of his cabinet appointees admire the thinking of Ayn Rand who rejected the ideas of public service, serving the common good, or charity. Here is her Russian background  12/13/2016

Article  by Randall Balmer:  Theyíll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical recordís clear: It was segregation. White southern Baptists and Pentacostals have a racist origin. Now we have Trump.  12/9/2016

Article  by Janet Allon:  Scott Pruitt, a harsh foe of pollution regulation, has been chosen to head the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump administration. People now will know who to blame for dirty air, water.  12/9/2016

Article  by Mark Engler:  Lessons from the George W. Bush years show how public attitudes toward the Iraq war changed substantially among Democrats. Now the Democratic Party must change big time.  12/9/2016

Article  Both racial animus and economic grievances played a role in the Trump coalition. Very big social breakdown coming. Wife abuse, hostile violence, suicides. New political organizing opportunities.  12/8/2016

Article  by Rick Perlstein:  Bad journalism may lead to the fall of this civilization. Email fixation. Steve Bannon expects new, bigger war as part of the current crisis, and does not seem at all fazed by the prospect.  12/6/2016

Article  by Jake Johnson:  Democrats lost because the Clintons and others abandoned the working class. Now 'bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism.' Organize now.  12/3/2016

Article  by Stephen R. Haynes:  The election of Donald Trump has raised questions whether or not this may be a moment when serious Christian opposition and resistance to the state is necessary for faithful witness.  11/30/2016

Article   Trump's election demonstrates that fundamentalist pastors in rural areas are preaching a false god which justifies racism, hatred, sexual immorality, anti-intellectualism, and extreme commercialism.  11/22/2016

Article  by Glenn Greenwald:  Media stars and network executives made pilgrimage on Monday to the 25th floor of Trump Tower to meet with the president-elect. They all agreed that the discussions would be 'off the record'.  11/22/2016

Article  by Joshua Holland:  A lot of low-income voters believed Trump when he promised to make America great. Theyíre in for a rude awakening. Pastors need to get ready to help.  11/22/2016

Article  by Edward Helmore:  Lots of online discussion is going on about a book called 'Achieving Our Country' where a nonsuburban electorate decides the system has failed and votes for a messiah.  11/21/2016

Article  by Joan C. Williams:  Progressives' obsession with prioritizing cultural issues infuriates many Americans whose chief concerns are economic. White workers resent professionals but admire the rich.  11/18/2016

Article  by Jonathan Matthew Smucker:  Trump has shown himself to be more powerful than his own partyís leadership, and more powerful than the Democratic Party. We are living in populist times. Democrats need new leaders.  11/18/2016

Article  by Kali Holloway:  For 18 months we have watched this demagogue with nary a workable policy to his name wage one of the most violent campaigns against us in our lifetimes, and seen his star rise because of it.  11/17/2016

Article  by Zygmunt Bauman:  Trump became the President of the US because he made it clear to Americans that he will be a 'decisionist' authoritarian leader, one ruling will, one savior.  11/16/2016

Article  by Alec MacGillis:  Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.  11/14/2016

Article  by Jerome Burce:  The citizens of my country have just picked a pig to be the next president. The man wallows in sin. He does it with glee. There is not a commandment he has failed to violate. The necessity of Christ.  11/12/2016

Article  by Steve Phillips:  The election results are a backlash against the changes associated with the demographic revolution and a blow to the movement for justice and equality. Here is how to reorganize.  11/12/2016

Article  by Brad Sigal:  Chants ranged from 'We reject the president elect!' and 'Not our president!' to chants supporting particular struggles and movements like immigrant rights, Black Lives Matter, Native struggles, more.  11/11/2016

Article  by Jeff Guo:  Donald Trump was elected by mostly uneducated voters in rural areas. A book by Kathy Cramer helps us understand how they think. But Trump will enact policies hurtful to their lives, their families.  11/10/2016

Article  by Matthew Potts:  Christians worship a loser who died on a cross, rejected by all. He warned his followers that the temple, at the center of governance at the time, would be destroyed. Now our foundations are shaking.  11/10/2016

Article  by David Remnick:  The alt-right press was the purveyor of constant lies, propaganda, and conspiracy theories that Trump used as the oxygen of his campaign. Do not think Trump can unify America.  11/10/2016

Article  by Robert Parry:  Hillary Clintonís stunning defeat reflected a gross misjudgment by the Democratic Party about the depth of populist anger against self-serving elites who have treated much of the country with disdain  11/9/2016

Article  by Ioannis Kampourakis:  Counterpublics are formed as a response to the exclusions of the dominant publics. Consider what theology creates church as a counterpublic.  11/8/2016

Article  by Todd Gitlin:  All Christian pastors should read this account of the current public media environment which creates the cultural context for possible religious beliefs. Trump spreads bullshit.  11/7/2016

Article  by Philip S. Gorski:  Discussing why evangelicals support Trump, the author points out that bloody conquest and violent apocalypse have been the basic recipe for religious nationalism American-style.  11/5/2016

Article  by Douglas Kellner:  Erich Frommís categories can help describe Trumpís character, or 'temperament,' a word used to characterize a major flaw in Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.  11/5/2016

Article  by Whitney Snyder:  Two sources told Reuters that investigators in the FBIís New York field office are 'known to be hostile' to Clinton. A book promoted by Steve Bannon is used as evidence.  11/5/2016

Article  A call to action on November 3, 2016, was issued by the Episcopal Church and others to help protect waters of the Missouri River from oil pipelines.  11/4/2016

Article  by Sam Levin:  The surprise verdict over the armed occupation has left many concerned that it will encourage other militias to take action against the government. This was an irresponsible jury.  10/29/2016

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches talks about celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  10/27/2016

Article  by Avishai Margalit & Assaf Sharon:  Responding to Michael Walzer's book, 'The Paradox of Liberation', these authors reject the idea that liberals should critically engage with religious revivalism.  10/24/2016

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