Robert Gould


Dreamstate

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“I grew up in the first American Dream, where returning soldiers from World War II were greeted by new suburbs, with cute ranch-style homes on quiet cul-de-sacs, surrounded with green grass and white picket fences. That American Dream was filled with square deals: military service earned veterans’ benefits. A union job earned a square deal of pay and benefits. Income disparity between the rich and poor was minimal (relative to the present), as we all sacrificed in the war effort, so we all deserved fair treatment in the workforce. Of course, “we all” were nondisabled, heterosexual, white people, as racism, anti-semitism, sexism, homophobia, and a hatred of foreigners still persisted in this American Dream. It was an exclusionary White dream to be sure. An additional flip side of this dream was the largess gained from the new American Empire, with massive income streams driven by our growing worldwide domination and exploitation as we surged past Britain and Japan and China was not yet on the horizon.”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/29/dreamstate/
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2016/01/27/first-american-dream-12716/
RICentral http://www.ricentral.com/letters_to_the_editor/the-american-dream-is-being-redefined-in/article_3d95a3f0-c6a9-11e5-bd30-bbb3f3cfba47.html
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/128581
Date: January 27,28,29,2016
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The Circularity of Hating the Hater

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“Timothy Egan, writing for The New York Times, says that Donald Trump is getting the “Hitler vote” (NYT, December 12, 2015), as Trump has become part of the American neo-Nazi campaign to “Make America White Again.” Egan exclaims, “I hate these guys (neo-Nazis),” in ironic parallel with the neo-Nazi hatred toward non-White, non-Christian Americans. This symmetry of emotion might make us wonder whether Egan, and other liberals, are adding to the amount of hate in the world, just as we suspect that the campaigns of Donald Trump, and even Bernie Sanders, add to the amount of global hate by demonizing others—foreigners or bankers. Can there ever be a political campaign based on compassion and understanding, rather than finding subjects of hatred that seduce the most voters?”

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Quad City Times http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/the-circularity-of-hating-the-hater/article_3ee435d7-fb10-51a4-ac20-2eab20d923eb.html
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/01/the-circularity-of-hating-the-hater/
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2016/01/01/the-circularity-of-hating-the-hater/
Date: January 1,3,2016

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