Saturday, July 11, 2020
Saturday, July 4, 2020
The End of Truth; The Triumph of Lying
By ROBERTO DR. CINTLI RODRIGUEZ
The legacy of the impeachment saga will not be whether senators ignored or accepted the evidence, but rather something even much bigger; that truth indeed no longer appears to matter, inside or outside of the courtroom. This is bigger than whether a corrupt conman stays in office or whether he is elected to a second term or even an unconstitutional third term or if he illegally seizes power for life.
No. What is even bigger, or what goes hand-in-hand with these developments, is that the erosion of the concept of the truth has arguably rendered a free and independent press irrelevant and has left Congress virtually impotent, but has also actually brought us to the brink of the collapse of democracy itself. That’s how much the truth matters.
This erosion of the importance of truth has not happened overnight. It has eroded by carving out exceptions and conveniently looking the other way. For instance, one lie from one president is actually considered greater and more offensive than the thousands of lies and counting by another president. This has been playing out in real time before our very eyes and ears these past few years. For instance, while in office, former President Bill Clinton lied before the Grand Jury and was impeached as a result. Conversely, the current occupant of the White House has told the public more than 16,000-plus lies while in office, with hardly a whimper. Aside from his corruption and insults against Mexicans, Muslims, migrants, African Americans, women, the disabled, the LGBT community, etc., common decency would have dictated that his serial lying alone during his campaign should have disqualified him from being able to run for office. But here we are now. FOR THE REST OF THE COLUMN, GO TO: https://www.populist.com/26.04.rodriguez.html
Friday, June 19, 2020
C-19 AND WHY RED, BLACK & BROWN?
June 1 The Progressive Populist
By ROBERTO DR CINTLI RODRIGUEZ
I spent 29 years as a writer before returning to school to get a Ph.D. I remember the first thing I was taught in working on my dissertation was to focus like a laser beam on the topic I had chosen to study.
In my case, it was the role of maiz in the development of culture(s) in what is today the Americas. Way too broad, I was told, though I stuck to my machetes and ended up creating a dissertation that spanned the 7,000-year history of maiz on this hemisphere.
For 29 years, I had already been doing precisely that, always examining the bigger picture in my attempt to comprehend the nature of social justice. This same idea has come to mind in the middle of the coronavirus crises, in which most of this nation’s citizens appear not to be able to see the forest for the trees.
While we as a nation are attempting to solve this crisis, one of the things that we have learned is that the American Indian and Black and Brown communities of this nation are being especially hit hard by this pandemic. This should come as no surprise to anyone. Also, not to be forgotten is that Asians also are being subjected to unprecedented levels of hate crimes, compliments of the president’s scapegoating of China. THE REST OF THE COLUMN CAN BE FOUND IN THE JUNE 1 ISSUE OF THE PROGRESSIVE POPULIST AT: https://www.populist.com/index.html
YOU CAN GO DIRECT TO THE COLUMN AT: https://www.populist.com/26.10.rodriguez.html
The C-19 Apocalypse: Beyond a Sci-Fi Reality
By ROBERTO Dr. CINTLI RODRIGUEZ
Thirty-seven years ago, I wrote a sci-fi story called nuclear dreams. It was about the aftermath of nuclear destruction, something that eerily resembles today’s reality.
I’ve always been athletic and so I always have a need to be outdoors. Today is no different. I cycle daily because it’s either that or my laptop, TV and Bad News.
That’s not to say that I’m not cautious. Quite the opposite. When I bike, I wear a bandana-covered surgical mask and gloves when I need them, and I always keep a safe distance from everyone, whether I’m biking, walking and especially sitting (I do this because I noticed weeks ago that when people without masks approach me, they usually cough. Cabrones!). FOR THE REST IOF THE COLUMN, GO TO: https://www.populist.com/26.11.rodriguez.html FOR THE JUNE 15 ISSUE OF THE PROGRESSIVE POPULIST, GO TO: https://www.populist.com/index.html