This week the issue is not Trump. It is ourselves.


by John Pilger


On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

And: “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”

Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt.

Compare such drivel with the declarations of the Congress of American Writers, held at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1935, and again two years later…

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2 thoughts on “This week the issue is not Trump. It is ourselves.

  1. The first part was good. However, for Libya: “The effort was initially largely led by France and the United Kingdom, with command shared with the United States.” It is France which has really gone into Africa again recently. Libya was done because the Swiss had something on France’s Sarkozy. The US’ role has been to arbitrate Europe for over 70 years. Notice as the poor troops of the Euro Empire America shares the spoils. Empires never share. The US shared Iraq spoils. Only Poland is appreciative for obvious reasons. They want to stay a country.

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