Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett is a Berkeley Quaker, activist, and writer.  In other life he was a Silicon Valley executive — co-founder of Cisco Systems.

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There needs to be a new conversation about racism, in specific, and the system of white male privilege, in general.  While economic equality should be one aspect of this conversation, it should also include race, gender, and class. Views
Friday, October 06, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr asked “Chaos or Community?”
Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his last book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Reading it again, in the hate-filled Trump era, brings the painful recognition that in many regards the civil rights struggle has stagnated for decades. Dr. King wrote the book a year before...
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Donald Trump Now Owns White Supremacy
Even though despicable, Donald Trump's white-supremacist proclivities have an upside: Trump now owns white supremacy. That's an opportunity for progressives to do more than protest; it opens a window for social justice. Indivisible, and other resistance efforts, have based their grassroots...
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Not only does the Republican ideology favor "big money" in politics but it discourages average Americans from participating in the political process; for example, because they are too busy earning a living to adequately inform themselves about national issues. Views
Friday, September 15, 2017
The Aftermath of Hurricane Donald
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Americans have an initial estimate of the damage. However we have yet to assess the costs of "Hurricane" Donald Trump. Moody's Investor Services estimates that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused approximately $200 billion in damage. Of course, beyond...
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Game of Trump: The Battle of Charlottesville
We're more than half way through season 1 of "Game of Trump" and each week's episode brings new surprises. The aftermath of the battle of Charlottesville caused Emperor Trump to reveal his true character. Meanwhile, the resistance found new energy. Immediately after the dreadful white supremacist...
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 "Donald Trump has brought bigotry and hate into the mainstream.  He has legitimized the politics of resentment. It's time for progressives to stand up to Trump's hate-filled conduct," Burnett writes. Views
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Make America Safe Again
Through six months of Donald Trump the progressive resistance has been united by opposition to his policies. The good news is that we have stopped his legislative program. The bad news is that most Americans don't understand what progressives stand for, other than opposing Trump. Now's the time to...
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Saturday, July 22, 2017
As Trump Decompensates, GOP Disintegrates
We're sailing in uncharted presidential waters. Donald Trump has moved beyond incompetency to the designation: "a danger to himself and others." One small solace, before Trump blows up the planet he'll probably first destroy the Republican Party. Former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough...
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Sunday, July 09, 2017
The Resistance Bookshelf
If you’re part of the Trump resistance, here are four books you should add to your summer reading list. Strangers in Their Own Land (2016): Most of us are perplexed by Trump voters. My first two suggestions clarify the underlying psycho-political dynamics. In Strangers in Their Own Land, U.C...
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Saturday, July 01, 2017
Searching for the Soul of the Democratic Party
Writing in Politico, Bruce Bartlett complains the Republican Party has lost its way because it has ceased to champion ideas; he says the GOP has become the Party that panders "to the lowest common denominator in American politics." What Bartlett says is true, but the Democratic Party has also lost...
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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Five Months of Trump: The Tipping Point
Five months into the Trump regime, we've reached the tipping point. It may take more than a year to play out, but the presidency of Donald Trump is coming to an end. Meantime, congressional Republicans—acknowledging the Administration is running out of runway—have decided to ram through as much...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
When Will Trump Lose His Base?
After the Trump White House careened through another terrible week, Washington, DC insiders wonder how long Trump can survive. The answer is: as long as he holds his base. Trump and his voters are locked in a deadly embrace: his base desperately wants to believe he will address their grievances and...
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