[-empyre-] Trumpulism

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Wed Mar 15 14:16:34 AEDT 2017

I teach a class in "Collective Action and Advocacy," at Stony Brook University in the Sustainability Dept.. It is often heart-wrenching. I use a lot of texts, including, “This is an Uprising,” by Engler & Engler, and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War." I strongly recommend both. I think it will be cold strategy, strategy, strategy, and thinking of it as a chess game going forward. I have been making my students do Boolean exercises in analyzing tactics in various campaigns from Ghandi and King, to the present day media: IF, THEN, AND, OR, BUT, THEN.

“What the world needs is a good housekeeper.”
Aviva Rahmani, PhD
Affiliate INSTAAR, University of CO. at Boulder
Watch “Blued Trees”:  https://vimeo.com/135290635

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 9:37 PM, simon <swht at clear.net.nz> wrote:
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> Dear <<empyreans>>,
> Outside of (reacting with moral disgust or nausea) a reactive opposition, what can be done to form and inform an active (political) nonopposition to political powers which claim the right to be considered nonpolitical? and which in so claiming are claimants to a constituency of the politically exhausted (the Left)?
> Nietzsche had it that god died of pity; do we now try and raise her with disgust?
> A journalist commented on the Trumpulist derogation of news media that it is part of a general strategy of delegitimation: unlike Europe, the US has no experience of the fabrication of popular truths to support political regimes. 
> Too readily to accept we live in a posttruth world is to accept also that the delegitimation of news media is to some degree justified, that they have justified this to some degree themselves--and even doing so in the smallest degree, because of pluralist leanings, sociohistoricocultural relativism, or economic realism, is a quiescence, if not acquiescence. In other words, Trumpulist declarations of the falsity of fake news, even if they are not believed, serve just as well, since they raise it as plausibly possible: it is not us lying to you, but the others, the ones cynically declaring for truth, who are the true liars. After all, we, the winners, have nothing to gain, have nothing more to prove and have to prove nothing more: the burden of proof is with the losers and the liars in the media. And after all, Trump has no need for them--he has his own media.
> Best,
> Simon
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