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How Biden can beat Trump in the era of tribal politic

Snapshot taken by the author from the online video of the debate

First presidential debate

Source: Snapshot taken by the author from the online video of the debate

Everybody could agree about the first presidential debate for 2020 election: it was different, and it was exhausting. And everybody knew the cause was the dynamics Trump creates in his interactions with others. In this piece which was written before the first debate, I have discussed how human instinctual behaviors that subtly affect politics, overlap with the politics of these days, and are in play in these debates. 

Fear, Anger, and Tribal Politics

I have previously written about how politicians manipulate our most primitive tribal instincts to their advantage. Humans are inherently tribal with strong affinity to their perceived affiliated group. This is not only visible in nationalism, racism, and religious prejudice, but also in more adaptive forms such as devotion to a sports team, or cultural and religious affiliations. Like it or not, it is very hard to convince someone to change their religious or political affiliation, switch from one cable news to another, or change the football team they root for. 

Tribalism can be intensified during times of fear and uncertainty, perceived, induced, or real. This is an evolutionary advantage that strengthens group cohesion and within group trust to help fend off threat whether it is another tribe, predators, or a natural disaster. Fear is a fundamental, deeply wired response, evolved over millions of years to assure our best chance of survival. Fear is fast, and it functions separately from the slower logical and objective brain. That is because we cannot wait for an intellectual analysis of an approaching predator, we should just run or fight fast. Fear often presents in the form of anger: both prepare us mentally and physically to escape or fight the threat. 

Trump’s genius of manipulating the tribal instincts: Bully alpha

Republican primaries in 2016 were a shock to many: someone with minimal understanding of the simplest issues of value in domestic and foreign policy, slaughtered those with tens of years of political experience and deep knowledge of the issues one after another. His messages were extremely simple and not longer than highly exaggerated, short uneducated sentences about the immigrants, a wall, economy, and foreign policy. He even brought that perspective to addressing his opponents (Lock her up, little Marco, low energy Jeb). Some related his success to the base’s anger at the “establishment”, and some to being a popular TV character. There is also an evolutionary perspective: Trump acted as an “alpha” who used fear and anger very skillfully: he banked on terrifying people of a variety of doomsday scenarios, and then presented himself as the alpha they needed to save them.

Being a lifelong veteran in bullying and humiliation of others, Trump is capable of utilizing human deepest primitive reactions to his advantage: he triggers fear (Mexicans are coming for you), anger (they have taken things away from you), and tribalism. His MO is “us” vs. “them”, whether them is the Mexicans, the Chinese, the

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The beauty politic: South Africa’s long and complicated history with skin lighteners







  • South Africa remains the only country in the world to prohibit all cosmetic claims to skin bleaching, lightening or whitening. And we have a blend of Black Consciousness and science to thank for it.
  • But regulation hasn’t totally snuffed out demand for dangerous creams containing toxic chemicals.
  • Read this book extract from Lynn M. Thomas’s ‘Beneath the Surface: A transnational history of skin lighteners’

At a 1969 Durban marketing conference, one presenter, Mr A. Tiley, expressed an abiding optimism in South Africa’s skin lightener trade.

Tiley explained that another business consultant, a recent immigrant — likely from the United States — had offered a “misguided” prediction: political independence in Africa and the Black Power movement with its affirmation that “Black is Beautiful” signalled the trade’s long-term demise.

The country’s market was too strong and too distant from those political movements to feel their effect, Tiley insisted. Mockingly, Tiley asked whether Black Power activists could really change “purchasing pattern in the Republic of South Africa?” 

Tiley answered his own question by arguing that skin lighteners carried a “sex[ual]” rather than “political connotation”. 

Today, the sales of skin lighteners extend across Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The market for these products is expected to total US$12.3-billion (R211-billion) by 2027, according to industry research published earlier this year. This demand is despite the toxicities of many creams and antiracist activists’ condemnation of them.

Like other potentially dangerous beauty practices, skin lightening pits the promise of bodily enhancement against the threat of physical harm. 

In the 1960s, Tiley was right that desires to “look attractive and sexy” spurred skin lightener sales. What he missed was how those desires had long been shaped by cultural and political ties that crisscrossed the Atlantic, and by racial and gender inequalities. 

And over the course of the 1970s and 1980s in South Africa, as resistance to apartheid grew, Tiley’s questions would appear more naive than the newcomer’s prediction.

In the words of Khanyi Mbau: ‘Beauty is all a choice we have … [depending on] the size of the wallet’ 

About the same time that Tiley attended the Durban conference, students at the nonwhite medical school across town founded the South African Student Organisation (Saso). Saso leader Steve Biko and others were influenced by Black Power activists as well as,  for instance, African nationalism, Marxism and Frantz Fanon. 

Black Consciousness activists reworked transnational influences to craft a political ideology that addressed life under apartheid by imagining new ways of being under a barrage of images and messages that equated power and beauty with lightness and whiteness. 

Activists embraced the philosophy “Black is Beautiful,” which had begun to circulate in popular media and was often a direct retort to the pervasive presence of skin lighteners. 

Meanwhile, Michael G Whisson and William Weil, in a 1971 book, described how many people, regardless of skin colour, still believed that “light skins were better than dark skins”. This belief, they explained, had

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Neo-Nazis Are Using Eco-Fascism to Recruit Young People

It’s time to wake up. On Global Climate Day of Action, VICE Media Group is solely telling stories about our current climate crisis. Click here to meet young climate leaders from around the globe and learn how you can take action.

On March 15, 2019, an Australian neo-Nazi in Christchurch, New Zealand, began a livestream in a mosque parking lot. What followed were some of the most horrific images ever recorded.

The video, which would be shared en masse by keyboard Nazis across the globe, showed a 28-year-old armed to the teeth killing 51 people. Less than five months later, a 21-year-old Texan gunned down 23 people in an El Paso Walmart.

The two gunmen were examples of many terrible things: Lone-wolf terrorists killing on behalf of their race, the international spread of extreme-right ideology, the gamification of right-wing terrorism, and the use of livestreaming murder as a propaganda tool.

They were also examples of the relationship between environmentalism and fascist ideology: Both of the shooters left manifestos online meant specifically for propaganda and to inspire other shooters; both manifestos cited the environment as a contributing factor to their shooting spree.

“I am an ethno-nationalist eco-fascist,” the Christchurch shooter wrote in his manifesto. “Ethnic autonomy for all peoples with a focus on the preservation of nature, and the natural order.”

Extreme-right ideologies are an obvious and growing threat. Eco-fascism—broadly, the desire for a totalitarian regime to force sacrifices from (usually minority) populations to protect the environment—is a subsidiary of that threat. While it’s not a particularly popular movement, people shouldn’t overlook it, said Alex Amend, who recently wrote an in-depth article on the modern state of eco-fascism for the research group Political Research Associates.

“Eco-fascism has an explanation for why somebody like (the Christchurch shooter) should go and kill immigrants because they are a threat (in their mind) to both the white body politic and the white homeland,” Amend told VICE News. “So it’s already proven to be deadly. It’s going to be deadly still.”

In encrypted and now leaked chats, neo-Nazis and other adherents of the far-right routinely discuss the environment and how it plays into their plans.

“As climate change is causing more environmental distress and anxiety,” said Alexander Reid Ross, a scholar who studies fascist movements, “ecology (is) playing a bigger role in fascist ideology across the board.”

Much like the term “alt-right,” eco-fascism has lost some of its meaning in recent years, having been thrown around so much that it’s become a pejorative.

“An eco-fascist might focus on ecological politics, so-called overpopulation, and maybe some deep ecology and the rejection of human rights, whereas there would be other fascists who might focus more on worker planks of the white working class,” said Reid Ross.

Amend described an eco-fascist as a fascist that has “a conception of white identity that is basically one and the same, or is directly tied to, what they view as the historical landscape that’s important to that identity.”

Some eco-fascists

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Trump Makes America More Like Russia Every Day

Russian spies have undermined America for nearly a century. Their goals during and after the cold war were the same: Subvert the United States, sabotage its power, poison the body politic. They used the weapons of political warfare: deception, disinformation, espionage.

Their American agents held positions of power and authority. They infiltrated the Justice Department, the State Department, and all of America’s national-security agencies. Turncoats at the FBI and the CIA gave the Russians keys to the kingdom of American intelligence. Their treason went undetected for many years. A Nazi-hunting congressman, Samuel Dickstein of New York, became a Kremlin spy in 1937. His work stayed secret for six decades.

Four years ago, the KGB veteran Vladimir Putin pulled off the greatest coup of political warfare since the Trojan Horse: He helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Ever since, Trump has been a priceless asset for the Russians, a point man for their war on American democracy. It’s no secret that Trump echoes Russia’s political propaganda, stands with Putin against American spies and soldiers, and undermines the pillars of American national security. No secret that he tried to erase the evidence of Russia’s attacks on the last presidential election. Now he’s trying to drown out warnings that they’ll attack the next one.

The mystery is why.

I’m not saying Putin pays him. No one has a grainy photo of Trump pocketing Kremlin gold. But there are many kinds of secret agents in the annals of political warfare. Some were compromised by money troubles or blackmailed over sex. Some served their cause without comprehending Russia’s goals—they were poleznyye duraki, useful idiots. Some were in thrall to Russia’s authoritarian ideology. And most served Russia without ever being recruited. They volunteered.

Trump serves Putin in a very specific way. He’s an agent of influence.

That’s someone in a position of authority who’s under the sway of a hostile government. Someone who can use their power to influence public opinion or make political decisions that benefit whoever manipulates them. That’s how American intelligence defines it. The Russians, who first perfected the concept, see it a little differently. To them, an agent of influence doesn’t have to be controlled, recruited, or paid. They just have to be useful.

Leon Panetta, who ran the CIA and the Pentagon under President Obama, has no doubt about it. He told me that, by any definition, “Trump, for all intents and purposes, acts as an agent of influence of Russia.”

I’ve interviewed veteran American spies, spymasters, and spy-catchers all summer for a podcast called Whirlwind, based on my new book, The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare: 1945-2020. Almost all concur with Panetta. But they have other theories as well. There’s the useful idiot scenario. Or maybe it’s money: the Russians might have kompromat—compromising information—about Trump’s finances. And some think it might be worse than that.

All agreed with Fiona Hill, who served under Trump as the National Security Council’s director for Russia,

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Bolton Wanderers midfielder Dennis Politic gives positive update in recovery from serious knee injury

Injured Bolton Wanderers midfielder Dennis Politic has revealed an operation has been a success as he continues his rehabilitation back to the pitch.

The 20-year-old is poised to be ruled for the entire campaign after injuring his knee in pre-season during the 6-0 victory against a Loughborough University side.

The Romanian damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in the game and is due to be out for the League Two campaign Wanderers have just begun.

Politic made his Bolton debut last season in the opening day League One defeat against Wycombe Wanderers and went on to play 30 times for the Trotters in all competitions, scoring five goals along the way.

Politic has now posted on his public Instagram account after going under the knife for an operation.

And the procedure has been a successful one, with Politic posting along with pictures of him giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed: “Thank God operation has been a success. Road to recovery starts now.”

Speaking last month, Bolton boss Ian Evatt said the Trotters are prepared to be without Politic for this season.

But he stressed that pressure will not be put on the 20-year-old to return sooner that might be advisable, adding that the club and his team mates will be there to support his rehabilitation every step of the way.

He told the club website at the time: “The most important thing now is that we do not rush him and that the rehabilitation process is done properly to allow him to get fully up to speed.

“He’s a young lad with a great future ahead of him, so it is vital that we do not risk any further injury or detriment to his career by asking him to set targets that might not be achievable.

“It is equally important that as a staff, team-mates and a club, we are there for Dennis and offer him every single bit of support that he needs – practically, physically and mentally.

“I want to make sure he gets everything he needs to make a complete and successful comeback and that he feels the love around him from the whole club as he undergoes his rehab.”

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What’s A Conservative Ideology And What’s A Liberal Ideology?

Mario Uribe Escobar, the president of Colombia’s cousin and chief of the Colombia Democratica political social gathering, introduced the removing of two Congressional candidates, Rocío Arias and Eleonora Pineda, from his party on 2 February for their outward help of paramilitary organizations. Africans have confronted the distinctive terror of oppression and have worked and fought to recreate and control their very own socialization process. The search for power in Nigeria gave beginning to the most exceptional political disaster in the nation.

White males would lengthy continue to discriminate against black men in clear violation of the Constitution, however the amendments had been reminders that at a moment up to now white men had behaved toward black males in a way consonant with the democratic principles of the nation.

The speculation fails to clarify why sovereign state will prepared hand over its energy to an NGO on grounds of environmental dangers, within the new world of politics, Realism stays nothing more than a relic of the warring states learn in historical past books.

The story of the descendants of African peoples in Panama is not only the story of the first individuals of African origin in modern occasions to arrive on the mainland of the Americas, but in addition the story of a neighborhood that has long struggled to obtain primary civil rights.

America’s cold warriors efficiently built networks and coalitions of those who opposed the political ideology. Fourth, the American folks will change into more and more tougher to reach as information choices explode. The end result has also been that Africans are unable to unite and work to achieve true freedom.…

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Trinity Of Fact

Indian political future Rahul Gandhi is in great problem lately. “When Count Boniface, Roman Legate in Africa , despatched an invitation to the Vandals to come back over with a view to assist him to govern the 5 provinces of North Africa, he opened up a brand new chapter in African historical past. All of us have our biases and preferences, however relations between white and black in America had gone far beyond that.

In this system, Spaniards had been at the prime of the hierarchy, mestizos in the middle, and Africans and the indigenous populations on the bottom. The ship carrying the Africans sank, and the group escaped. And they had been black Africans that owned black Africans as slaves.

In Schechter’s new e book, accessibly organized into alphabetical sections about Mandela’s life, a passage on Mandela the negotiator exposes how much the bulk population in South Africa needed to give it to realize a democracy. It’s important I keep on repeating that the part of the sub-title of this Hub is in regards to the Historical past of Africa because it pertains to the Moors.

Anti-African propaganda machines had already succeeded in implementing a psychological disengagement between Africans and anything African. I’ve not but given myself time to jot down about Carthage, and that’s one helluva and attention-grabbing historical past of African individuals. In medieval times, the name Moor was not restricted to the inhabitants of Morocco, but it was customary to refer to all Africans as Moors.

Of equal significance for the future had been the foundations of American education and tradition established throughout the colonial interval. Africans remain victims of international powers who operate solely in their very own self interest. This can be a huge drawback to most Africans as they measure below others from booming continents.…

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What Occurred In 2008?

Setting apart the common notion that politics involves government and political leadership in a company like a state or neighborhood. This meant that African values, tradition, philosophy, and so on., needed to be put down. This is a country where many are proud to claim African blood, but discriminate against their darker countrymen. Whilst at it, try and work into it a constant consciousness about the truth that, the ability of genuine indigenous music, holds swayer all points of African folks’s lives in south Africa.

We should always not blame the White man – you have to have missed the memo, You are on the track that is very ebullient for the oppressors, and you are cheering-leading on what they have achieved, which is still operational right here in South Africa, Jamaica and globally.

To this point, what the folks of Mzantsi see there may be nothing that they can be pleased with or declare as theirs — due to this fact, my insistence on the preservation of South Africa culture, custom, traditions, languages and practices and rites is just not as a result of they have any deal with on it, however as a result of they are barely recognizable, nor most of them acknowledge it. Poor schooling is disempowering folks, that’s, unless one has money to send their youngster to raised schools, those who cannot afford it, are doomed are doomed.

A political occasion could wish to rule for a few years with out giving up power. Over 853.6 million(Censors as of July 29, 2012) African folks populate the continent. The poor state of Africans is because of corruption, which parades itself in nearly all areas of the continents sector.

Present social, economic, and political arrangements are usually most popular, and options disparaged typically even on the expense of particular person and collective self-interest. This powerlessness has a direct effect on all Africans within the Diaspora who typically see no particular relationship to continental Africans, and should not advocates for them.…

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The Body’s Ability To Heal Itself

In sixth century Athens, three groups of inhabitants were created after the adjustments initiated by Solon. African parents, moms in particular, have an amazing concern about their youngsters’s childhood as a result of they are aware that Kimbuta kia muntu, bonso kimuntu, ga mataba-One’s leadership, like one’s character, finds its roots in the child-hood.” Earlier occasions within the childhood life play an important function in adulthood.

He additionally selected his Vice President, John Adams; his Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson; and his Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton in such a manner in an attempt to bind the brand new nation together, for Washington and Jefferson were from the South, Adams and Hamilton had been from the North; collectively, they held the four most powerful positions within the government department.

“That is the truth during which Reverend Wright and different African-Individuals of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late ’50s and early ’60s, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted.

While turning a blind eye to how the Democratic Social gathering embraced Byrd till his death, Democrats often lambaste the Republican Celebration about David Duke, a former Grand Ignored are the info that the Republican Celebration by no means embraced Duke and when he ran for the Republican Social gathering presidential nomination in 1992, Republican Social gathering officials tried to block his participation.

-LinkedIn is more male than female (24 percent to 19 %) and extra black than white but skews drastically towards the center ages (30 years outdated to 64 years outdated), school-educated and upper earnings (38 percent make $seventy five,000 per yr or extra).…

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Faith In Politics, Should It Be Banned?

Mario Uribe Escobar, the president of Colombia’s cousin and leader of the Colombia Democratica political social gathering, introduced the elimination of two Congressional candidates, Rocío Arias and Eleonora Pineda, from his party on 2 February for his or her outward support of paramilitary organizations. This Hub is designed not only to wake the consciousness of Africans in South Africa and Africa alone, however these Africans in the Diaspora and so forth. The country which was the poorest on the planet in 2013 is the Democratic Republic of Congo and this is an African country.

Now that we’re seeing the elections of a few days away, the world is witnessing how the white People are suppressing the African-American, Hispanic and other minorities proper to vote. But the whole notion of any race (European, African or American) discovering a full-blown civilization is absurd.

As America is a multi-cultural nation, with folks from every a part of the world, then maybe it’s time to move on from the beliefs of the founding fathers and recognise the reality of contemporary America. South Africa’s needs and the hopes of its individuals weren’t persuasive to a self-fascinated US-dominated financial order, he said.

Nearly all of our relationships with non-African individuals began with gestures of friendship. If somebody were to look into back problems with International Affairs (a CFR Publication) it will likely be plain to see that the CFR published articles a few world authorities many times.

It is the white liberal elitist social engineering that’s racist and insists that poor whites and blacks must be kept as one would maintain a toddler. The French threatened not only the British Empire but the American colonists themselves, for in holding the Mississippi Valley, France may restrict their westward expansion.…

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