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On power and coercion 

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The ability to define what is real and to use that reality to justify, defend, and advance their interests is the key to the establishment and maintenance of power by those who would seek it. Donald Trump understands that well. But it is far more than Trump. “Reality” has been used to defend and indeed prescribe the way black people have been treated for a couple of hundred years. It has justified the treatment of women, of the poor, of the disabled, of those with mental health diagnoses, of virtually everyone who is in some way different or who doesn’t “fit in.”

It provides the basis for coercion. It provides the basis for the application of power to make people do what you want them to regardless of what they want to do or would choose given the opportunity. Normally power tells you that what you are doing is in…

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