Don Hazen

Editorial: Don't Let the Tech Giants Undermine AlterNet's Fight Against Trump

This fall we shared the disconcerting story of how new threats to democracy were undermining independent, progressive media like AlterNet.

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Editorial: Google's Threat to Democracy Continues to Hit AlterNet Hard, But We Are Pushing Back

A few weeks ago, AlterNet put out an SOS. We were getting slammed by Google’s new algorithm intended to fight “fake news.” We were losing millions of monthly visitors, and so was much of the progressive news media. Lost readership goes directly to the bottom line.

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Organic Food and Farm-to-Table Pioneer Alice Waters Is Creating a Revolution in School Lunches

When I spoke with Alice Waters, we didn’t focus on her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse, or her profound impact on the way we eat today, starting with the concept of farm to table. Rather, we talked about her passionate, decades-long campaign to provide organic school lunches to kids across the country.

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Editorial: Google's Threat to Democracy Hits AlterNet Hard

The story we are sharing with you is very disconcerting for independent media and America’s future, and frankly unprecedented in AlterNet’s history.

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Donald Trump Is Leading a 'Cult of Toxic White Masculinity' That May Destroy Our Institutions and Endanger Our Safety

For every lie he tells, every promise he breaks, every newly submitted exhibit in the case proving his corruption, Donald Trump’s base only adores him more. Trump is historically the most unpopular president in modern American history, but polls suggest he may also be among its most fervently supported. If there’s anything Trump’s campaign and presidency have proved, it’s that 35 percent of voters in this country will back him passionately, no matter what he does.

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What Can We Learn from 1967's Summer of Love to Help Us Through Our Current Political Nightmare?

Editor's Note: Danny Goldberg is the modern version of the Renaissance man. He has a long and colorful history as an activist, author and influential music executive. Goldberg came of age at the height of the hippie era in 1967, experiencing the powerful and haunting mix of excitement, hope, experimentation and despair. He captures it all in vibrant detail and political nuance in his newest book, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea (Akashic Books). AlterNet's executive editor Don Hazen interviewed Goldberg in his offices at Gold Village Entertainment on July 12.

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Michael and Me: Moore Crashes Broadway With an Anti-Trump Political Rally, and a One-Man Show Like No Other

Michael Moore, whose one-man production “The Terms of My Surrender” opens Thursday night at the Belasco Theatre, is making history as the first progressive political icon to have his own Broadway show. Getting to the Great White Way suggests Moore is the most visible, marketable, lefty politico alive today. The show serves as both recognition and reaffirmation of Moore’s successes: an Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine; the highest-grossing documentary in history, Fahrenheit 9/11; and a collection of New York Times bestselling books. It’s a list of accolades that has turned Moore’s scruffy, baseball-capped visage into one of America’s most recognizable personal brands.

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The Mess We Are In: Destructive Bush Trauma Paved the Way for Trump Trauma

As a public intellectual, playwright and longtime foundation executive, Colin Greer has a unique view on politics and grassroots-oriented change. Formerly a CUNY professor and an expert on education and immigration—he wrote The Great School Legend along with nine other books—he was a founder of Change Magazine and Social Policy Magazine, and was a contributing editor to Parade Magazine for 17 years. Since 1985, he has been president of the New World Foundation, one of the few philanthropies in America that primarily funds grassroots organizing. He also chairs the boards of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Lark Theatre. Greer is a board member of the Independent Media Institute, the parent organization for AlterNet.

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Aaahhhhpocalypse Now!: 10 Dark Visions Headed Your Way

Things are not looking good out there. Manmade climate change has already led to widespread devastation, with more unimaginable horrors on the way. For half a generation, the United States has been immersed in futile wars that have only made the world more unsafe, and recent saber-rattling suggests more conflict is on the horizon. This country has too many guns, too many prisons and too few people holding nearly all the wealth. On top of it all, a hotheaded bully is charged with deciding when to whip out our great big missiles.

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Editorial: What Can We Really Do About Trump? And What Is Trump Doing to Us?

Many of us feel like we’re in an unfamiliar and disorienting situation. We’ve never imagined, much less experienced anything remotely like the behavior and attitude of Donald Trump. In this new reality, we live in a state where our leader—the most powerful person in the world—lies consistently, is completely unreliable and cannot be trusted.

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OMG! The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess - What Are We Going to Do?

If you pay any attention to media and politics, you know this is the season for hand-wringing about the future of the Democratic Party.

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Is Trump Simply the Worst Human Being We Can Imagine? 14 Experts Weigh In

No doubt, there are historians who are already willing to call Donald Trump the worst president in history. It is hard to imagine how, in such a short time, an elected president could reveal how truly bad he is; how ignorant, insensitive, mendacious, dysfunctional, self-centered, and at times borderline psychotic. But all this may add up to more than just "worst president." Trump may be the worst human being alive—the most hated person in America and throughout the world today.

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Peter Buffett Stirred the Pot Over the Role of Philanthropy

Peter Buffett is the son of multibillionaire Warren Buffett, but there’s far more to know about him that. He’s also an Emmy-winning musician and composer, an activist, and the author of a New York Times bestseller, Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment. In 2013, Peter Buffett, well known for his philanthropy, penned a New York Times op-ed indicting the charity sector as a self-perpetuating industry that mostly helps the rich launder their consciences, often at the expense of the vulnerable they pretend to serve. The piece, unsurprisingly, left its audience divided. While some pegged him for a class traitor, others marveled at the spot-on critique of what Buffett dubbed the "Charitable-Industrial Complex.”

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May Day Breaks Through As an Essential Day for Protest

May Day, falling two days after Donald Trump's destructive first 100 days, makes for much symbolism in the struggle for justice and the soul of America. While Trump and his administration arbitrarily and ineptly attack immigrants from all over the world—especially Muslims—and the administration works to undermine labor rights across the board, hundreds of thousands of people will be pushing back, striking and protesting Monday in what is shaping up to be the biggest May Day demonstrations in at least 40 years.

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The Massive Monopolies of Google, Facebook and Amazon, and Their Role in Destroying Privacy, Producing Inequality and Undermining Democracy

Most of us are active on Facebook, use many of Google’s assets (search, YouTube, calendar) and get Amazon products dropped at our doorsteps. But have we ever stopped to think about the enormous impact these three companies have had on our lives and our society?

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Guaranteed: You Have Never Read a Major Newspaper Editorial Quite Like This One About Donald Trump

The Los Angeles Times skewered President Donald Trump, the "Dishonest President," in an extraordinary, brilliantly written editorial on Sunday, calling him "untethered to reality."

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Editorial: How We Can Fight Donald Trump and Authoritarianism

We at AlterNet are very concerned that authoritarianism is taking root in the U.S. Aggressive people with destructive agendas are in charge, defunding government and eroding our rights, while trying to stamp out truth itself.

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10 Big Media Realities in the Trump Era

Editor’s Note: This article is meant to help educate people on the many complexities of the rapidly changing media system—progressive, independent, conservative, and corporate. It is, in a sense, a work in progress because a good part of this article is about web traffic and data is ever changing, and because some websites are more or less accurately counted, e.g., by Quantcast, while other sites do not allow Quantcast to measure them. We only cited reader traffic that was confirmed by an independent source.

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The Other Right-Wing Tidal Wave Sweeping America: Federal and State Preemption of Local Progressive Laws

Last week, the National League of Cities released a report tracking an outbreak of state laws stepping on and nullifying local progressive laws and policies across the country. The picture it paints in seven key areas is shocking to anyone who believes in local democracy.

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Michael Moore Steps Up With Resistance Calendar and Website Devoted to Stopping President Trump

Editor's Note: Filmmaker Michael Moore, one of the most visible and active leaders of the Trump resistance movement, has stepped up with two major contributions to the battle ahead. He has created an easily accessible website—a Resistance Calendar—where people can post news about upcoming resistance activities and find out what is going on in their community and region. Moore writes: “I’ve promised you a one-stop site, a clearinghouse of all actions—a RESISTANCE CALENDAR—where you can find every upcoming action, protest, march, sit-in, town hall, anti-Trump, pro-democracy event in all 50 states!”

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Can the Democrats Get Tough and Save Us From Trump’s Supreme Court Nominees?

There need to be 60 votes in the Senate to confirm a Trump nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. So the one place where Democrats can draw the line, to save us from the worst of Trump, is to reject any of his nominees, since at least eight Democratic votes are needed for approval.

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Stressed out by Finances? Maybe You're Suffering from Acute Financial Stress

One potential consequence of economic stress is a kind of PTSD, which psychologist Galen Buckwalter has termed Acute Financial Stress via findings in his research on the topic. Over the past month, AlterNet has produced a series of articles on AFS by Buckwalter, which has led to some interesting and robust discussions in the AlterNet comments section.

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Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign didn’t just defy conventional wisdom by mobilizing millions of Americans. Its organizers and activists rewrote the political playbook by situating the campaign as part of a massive, grassroots, volunteer-driven movement for social, racial and economic justice and real change. Becky Bond and Zack Exley were at the heart of the campaign’s extensive volunteer effort. They and legions of young and older supporters used a mix of digital tools to communicate, organize, inspire, track and turn out voters. They tell the story and the lessons of what worked, what didn’t and why, in their new book, Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change EverythingBond and Exley spoke with AlterNet’s Don Hazen, Steven Rosenfeld and Ivy Olesen.

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13 Top Theories for How Trump Won and Why Clinton Lost: What's Your Theory?

It’s now three weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election, and people are still reeling. In an election that shocked the world and scrambled people’s sense of reality, Trump did what millions thought impossible: he was—sort of—elected president of the United States. True, if the U.S. were like the rest of the world, the person who got the most votes—Hillary Clinton, with in this case over 2.5 million more—would be the next president. And also true, the shenanigans, voter repression, disenfranchisement and perhaps worse that accompanied this election, mean that Donald Trump starts his term having very little legitimacy in the eyes of millions.

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AlterNet Writer, Novelist and Trump Critic Jeff Gillenkirk Dies of Heart Attack

Jeff Gillenkirk was a fine journalist, writer, novelist, communicator, husband, father and friend. He was also a close friend of mine and of AlterNet's. Jeff had a heart attack and died on Tuesday, November 22. The obituary, penned by New Orleans journalist Jason Berry, Jeff's oldest friend, along with the legendary investigative reporter Mark Dowie, is below.

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The Trump Election Is Looking Very Bad, Right? Brace Yourself, It Is Going to Get a Lot Worse

How bad is it going to get? What can we do about it?

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Love Will Trump Hate, Say Oakland Protesters

Upwards of 10,000 people converged on Oakland’s Lake Merritt with scant notice this past warm sunny Sunday to stage a peaceful Love Will Trump Hate protest dubbed #HandsAroundLakeMerritt. The large audience mobilized in two days from a psychologist's Facebook post to her friends. According to the East Bay Express, "Organizer Allison White told the San Francisco Chronicle that she thought only a few friends would attend when she created the Facebook page earlier in the week." Little did she know what she got started. 

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Robert Reich: Don't Panic. Stay Active. Clinton Should Win. But the Aftermath Will Be Very Difficult.

Editor's note: Robert Reich has served in three administrations and written 14 books. He takes the long view on the 2016 election. While he trusts that Americans will reject a "madman" like Donald Trump, he has no illusions about the road ahead. AlterNet publisher and executive editor Don Hazen sat down with Reich in his Berkeley office on Friday for a discussion.

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We Can't Elect a Psychopath President: 10 Psychological Terms for Making Sense of This Traumatic Moment in U.S. Election History

It’s possible that no previous presidential candidate, at least in contemporary American history, has exhibited the range of aberrant, offensive and outrageous behaviors as Donald Trump. Belligerent, unstable and anything but presidential, Trump has turned much of the country into armchair psychotherapists. His behavior is so undisciplined and erratic, he’s even prompted licensed clinicians to break with orthodoxy—not to mention rules—to declare he suffers from a personality disorder.

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Who Controls Our Schools? How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and Enriching the Charter School Industry

(Editor's note: AlterNet has covered the school privatization story in great detail. Over time, we became alarmed at what we were seeing. The Independent Media Institute, AlterNet’s parent organization, has published an ebook, Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Educationthe full text of which you can access for free online with this link. What follows is a summary of its findings and recommendations.)

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