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Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

-Ambrose Bierce

Cable News’ No. 1 Host Flirts With Fascism

ARI PAUL, © FAIR
October 20, 2021

When Fox News host Tucker Carlson (Fox News, 9/27/21) interviewed Polish President Andrzej Duda, Carlson began by lamenting of the United States, “Has a better country ever been led by worse people?” That’s why, he explained, he tries to interview “leaders on this show from other countries who actually care about their people.”

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I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

-Diogenes

America’s Cold Civil War

RICHARD C. GROSS, © Counterpunch
October 20, 2021

“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”
– Plato

So many millions of people have been duped into believing Donald Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election, it seems as if we’re reliving the North-South hatred over slavery. We know how that ended.

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Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

-Ambrose Bierce

The Proud Boys Are Coming for Public Schools

BY JEFF BRYANT, © The Progressive
October 19, 2021

When violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to attempt to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, some of the rioters were members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group prone to street brawling and pro-Western, anti-Muslim, and misogynistic rhetoric.

The insurrectionists were thwarted, but now extremist groups—including the Proud Boys—are aiming their threats and violence at a new target: public schools.

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Only the educated are free.

-Epictetus

Book-banning Karen and Virginia school board member sets her sights on Toni Morrison’s ‘Bluest Eye’

Rebekah Sager, © Daily Kos
October 19, 2021

Virginia Beach at-large school board member Victoria Manning—aka book-banning Karen, aka non-reading pro-censorship Karen—is going after American literature she clearly doesn’t understand.

Daily Beast reports that Manning, founder of the “Wokeness Checker” website, along with co-board member Laura Hughes, sent an email to Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence to demand that four books be removed from circulation or used in the classroom “due to their pornographic nature.”

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