The First Week in Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy Was Very, Very Kleptocratic

Ethics experts and good-government watchdogs spent months warning that Donald Trump would face a swirling mess of conflicts of interest once he took office. One week into his presidency, the full scope of that ethical catastrophe is already coming into focus.

Source: Donald Trump’s first week as president was full of conflicts of interest.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 

Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength. Whereas, when they lie dispersed, without concert, order, or discipline, communication is uncertain, counsel difficult, and resistance impracticable. Where men are not acquainted with each other’s principles, nor experienced in each other’s talents, nor at all practised in their mutual habitudes and dispositions by joint efforts in business; no personal confidence, no friendship, no common interest, subsisting among them; it is evidently impossible that they can act a public part with uniformity, perseverance, or efficacy. In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public. No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours, are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Source: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke | Open Culture

The Open Source Protest To Oust Trump 

They did, however, all agree on one simple thing:  Trump shouldn’t be President.

This agreement and huge size of the protest is what I call the plausible promise of an open source protest.  It demonstrates, to many of the people attending the protest and many on the sidelines, that removing Trump from office through protest may actually be possible.

This is a big deal, a plausible promise makes the likelihood of an effort forming to remove Trump from office through aggressive protest, much more likely.

It’s also a big deal because open source protests are nearly unstoppable. Once a protest like this gets going here, it won’t stop until it drives Trump out of office, just like it ousted the leaders of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Libya.

Source: The Open Source Protest To Oust Trump – Global Guerrillas

Murder in Russia from Putin to Rasputin 

Shortly before midnight on February 27, 2015, as Boris Nemtsov and his girlfriend were crossing the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in the shadow of the Kremlin, a man stepped out of the darkness and shot the prominent opposition politician four times, killing him instantly. Nemtsov had been scheduled to lead a large demonstration the following day against the war in Ukraine and economic conditions at home. What should have been a protest march became a funeral.

The assassination was not an isolated event, but one in a long line of political killings in recent years. Kremlin critic Galina Starovoitova was gunned down in November 1998. Sergei Yushenkov, co-chairman of the Liberal Russia party, was shot in April 2003. Three months later, Duma deputy Yuri Shchekochikhin died under mysterious circumstances, possibly from thallium poisoning. In October 2006, journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow, and several weeks later Alexander Litvinenko was fed polonium-210 by two former KGB agents in a London hotel and died a slow, agonizing death. Many more cases could be cited.

Murder as political tool has by now been recognized as an important feature of the Putin regime. Opponents are branded traitors, fifth columnists, and foreign agents. They are subjected to intimidation and harassment. If they fail to get the message, harsher punishments follow, sometimes even death.

Source: Murder in Russia from Putin to Rasputin | Work in Progress

And it’s just as well. No civilization lasts forever, and our time is clearly up. What are we, really? A genocidal war machine run by a plutocracy and cheered on by a citizenry that has the political sophistication of a five-year old. A nation so cruel that in some states, it is a crime to feed the homeless, and where the police routinely gun down unarmed civilians. A place where torture is now legal, and where the government has the right to arbitrarily rub out anyone it dislikes—including American citizens on American soil. A country almost completely lacking in community and friendship, where no one trusts anyone else, and where daily relationships are of the dog-eat-dog variety. And where the focus of the left is not on the relations of class and power, as it had traditionally been, but on politically correct language, and the legalities of who has the right to use transgender bathrooms. What, indeed, remains of the US today, where “democracy” is but a façade, a hollow shell?

Source: DARK AGES AMERICA — Blog for Morris Berman