The Best Progressive Gifts For The Holiday Season

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Around this time of year, we are told ‘the holiday season is the time for giving”. Indeed, the old adage has it that it is far better to give than to receive. Times have changed, however, and much progress has been made. To paraphrase Obama, whatever we once were, we are no longer a nation of giving. Thanks to the generosity of the government and the quantitative easing that finances this benevolence, we are a nation of receivers. Soon the dream of everyone receiving a living wage will become a reality as we collectively suckle on Janet Yellen’s proverbial teats.

As the holiday season approaches, however, some of us still feel an urge to provide gifts to friends and family. Giving can still be acceptable provided it is done correctly. Above all, we must avoid giving in to the excesses of consumerism. We deplore the vile materialist culture that sees slaves in developing economies exploited in subhuman conditions just to produce the plastic crap that we crave in the West. Let our gift choices therefore reflect the progressive values we espouse.

To help our readers at AT, we have conducted many hours of research to find the most progressive gifts you can offer. Here are our final selections.

1) Gloss Rags T-Shirt

To start our list is this wonderful T-shirt, as chosen by the staff of ThinkProgress.

ThinkProgress write: “Gloss Rags, a small fashion label based in Washington, D.C., has a simple tagline for its T-shirts: “Fight Amnesia.” The shirts are emblazoned with the names of unarmed black Americans who were killed by the police under suspicious circumstances, exposing just how deadly the criminal justice system can be for people of color. Some have become household names — and subsequent rallying cries for racial injustice — while others have faded into obscurity. Buy a T-shirt and play a small part in the collective act of refusing to forget their lives

ThinkProgress have many more super ideas here.

2) Replenish Janet Yellen’s proverbial teats

The US Treasury site helpfully provides a means for us to help pay off the public debt, which currently stands at close to $20 trillion. Last year, generous individuals helped pay off $3.8 million of this debt so why not join them this holiday season? Remember: the government always knows how to spend money better than you do and will ensure it goes to the most needy in society.

There are two ways for you to make a contribution to reduce the debt:

  • At Pay.gov, you can contribute online by credit card, debit card, PayPal, checking account, or savings account.
  • You can write a check payable to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, and, in the memo section, notate that it’s a gift to reduce the debt held by the public. Mail your check to: Attn Dept G
    Bureau of the Fiscal Service
    P. O. Box 2188
    Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

3) A donation to the Clinton Foundation

Pretty obvious really.  You can either make donations directly to the main site or else choose a specific cause such as sponsoring their work with children in Haiti.

4) Sponsor a lab rat

Rat

Many children love the idea of sponsoring an endangered animal at this time of year, whether it is a snow leopard, tiger, or even a wh..black rhino. Why not show your true progressive colours by sponsoring an animal that is NOT so cuddly and cute? The lab rat is deeply oppressed by having shampoo squirted into its eyes all day and makes the perfect present for your transgendered child.

richandrenee

What terrific gift ideas. Being able to go online and give the Treasury a little something extra in your loved ones name is just perfect. Although, as Paul Krugman says, there really is no need to pay down the debt and we’d actually all be better off if the debt were to increase. But it’s still nice to know that your extra Treasury donation helps the poor.

It’s hardly surprising that the selfish right-wingers who foolishly worry about the debt are the last ones to go online, get their credit cards out, and do something about it.

trav777

I’m glad also that the commenter did not attempt to equate the plight of African American rhinos with white rhinos. The latter are privileged and deserve to be extinct.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

White rhinos always get sent to the best zoos. Whenever you hear about a black rhino getting in trouble, remember his underprivileged upbringing.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

100% agree – paying back debt could result in a deflationary collapse. Consumption produces wealth, not investment and savings. The faster the money flows into short term consumption, the wealthier we all are. This has been proven time and time again by top economists.

expatlogger
expatlogger

That Janet Yellin looks so nice, I could easily suckle on her proverbial teats, collectively as Pbier suggested, or even individually one at a time, should the need arise.

#sexist

expatlogger
expatlogger

It’s OK Pbier, I decided to sponsor a lab rat instead.

jfb
jfb

Although I find highly offensive to offer a gift on Xmas day, if you can’t during the Hanukkah period or either the Eid al-Fitr, it’s still possible to take any other date during the holiday season ( which should be banned hopefully).
Some other suggestions:
https://www.amazon.com/George-Soros-Globalization/dp/1586482785/ref=la_B000AP7F58_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482239690&sr=1-3

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mug
https://www.spreadshirt.ca/ruth+bader+ginsburg+rbg+y-all+mug-A13166823?gclid=COHqtNvugtECFQOAaQodD5kHRw&affiliateId=7732&s_kwcid=AL!2836!3!62610896059!!!g!70700516530!&ef_id=V60xOAAABFKXKqgu:20161220132153:s

A good gift for my preferate son: colouring books and a teddy bear as he feel very triggered after Trump’s election
If you have a niece or a nephew under 5 year’s old, the first book they may start to read soon (a good gift):
https://www.amazon.com/Are-You-Boy-are-Girl/dp/0993192505
After all the surery is often free now.
And finally and not the least, for my favorite niece, a one way ticket for Libya where she could work on the ground with the future refugees in order to share her progressive values with them.

Mortifero
Mortifero

Always use the pronoun ze when referring to our glorious Chairperson Yellen, unless you are some kind of close minded bigot who only thinks I’m binary genders.

jfb
jfb

Pbier is about to flag himself for hate speech

trav777

Good progressive.

However, there is absolutely no question about what ethnicity she identifies as. She identifies as white every time she does something wrong, and jewish at all other times.

jfb
jfb

Progressive psychiatrists have established that the correct age to question your sexual identity is 4 year’s old, not the adolescence. Unfortunatelly they still can’t read this marvelous booklet when they are younger than 6, even if you hire a private teacher to give them an insight about the common core, although I heard that Podesta can do miracles

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

I think a sex change operation or hormone treatment is an excellent gift for young children who decide that they are of a different gender to the one they were assigned at birth. Parents who refuse to recognize that gender is a social construct need to be stripped of custody. EVERY child has the RIGHT to choose their gender identity!

trav777

for your son…it’s “no gender December” in Australia. I posted about this.

Buy him a Barbie and some estrogen with syringes. If you do not then you are a HATER

TrueDat
TrueDat

Let me get this straight: the government takes money from me that I earn and then is generous when it gives some back?

Oh okay got it.

MBD and Trav777,
I want to be generous so send me all you have and ill give you some crumbs back, so I can be generous. Dont forget to say thankyou.

I got an gift idea for Black Life Matters. How about a shirt that says: “My great greatgreat grandfather may have been owned by your great great great grandfather. Maybe. Oh and it is still affecting me cause Im a man-gina”.

#racist

#hate-speech

Black Lives Matter

This hate speech is so despicable I don’t even know what to say. What about Trayvon Martin? What about Mike Brown? What about Freddie Gray? Do you deny that there is a WAR against People of Color??? Slavery still affects all African-Americans through institutional racism and White Privilege. We are still not free. Obama needs to void the election and remain in office for a third term.

trav777

The progressive Pope should canonize these people. I have longed referred to them as St. Trayvawn, St. Brown the Unarmed, and St. Gray the Professional LifeLong Criminal Offender.

These people were heroes, deserving of all the adulation and praise that was heaped upon them, and honorary inclusion into the First Family.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

The “Mothers of the Movement” were honored by the Democratic National Convention. It seems like most people have forgotten about them. But since they are role models for raising fine young men, we need to study their secrets in parenting.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/26/politics/mothers-movement-dnc-hillary-clinton/

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

I love the boy with the T shirt in the article. He has a glaring angry expression on his face, and he knows that he is oppressed and owed reparations. White people better check their privilege and start paying because people of color are sick and tired of empty promises.

trav777

why would I give my money to anything other than an accredited charity like the Clinton Foundation?

I work HARD for my money and I am entitled to be paid a living wage for MY TIME at work. People who do things that I want should be working for free as those things are a human right.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Look, there is a certain amount of wealth in this world – why should some people get paid more than others? We all deserve to get paid a decent wage that takes care of basic necessities like food, clean water, internet access and spending money.

richandrenee

It is ridiculous that doing important work that benefits everyone, like progressive activism, is so underpaid.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Exactly. Progressive scholars should get paid what CEOs get. Capitalist scum should get paid nothing. Iti s progressive thinkers who organize society. It’s only fair that they should get paid the most!

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Do you use the roads? If so, thank the GOVERNMENT!
Do you use healthcare? If so, thank the GOVERNMENT!
Do you use the Post Office? If so, thank the GOVERNMENT!
Have you been to school? If so, thank the GOVERNMENT!

Black Lives Matter

White Privilege rests on a series of myths: The myth of “personal responsibility.” The myth of “limited government.” The myth of “individualism.” The myth of “merit.” The more cunning whites know the truth, but others occasionally need to be slapped and told, “No, you didn’t build that!”

The roads you use were built by PEOPLE OF COLOR whom YOU OPPRESSED.

The healthcare you use was delivered courtesy of scientific studies where innocent AFRICAN-AMERICANS were INTENTIONALLY INJECTED with syphilis and other diseases so that WHITE-OWNED COMPANIES could bring pharmaceutical products to market.

The post offices you use are maintained, managed, and run largely by AFRICAN-AMERICANS, who are underpaid and overworked, even as the U.S. Postal Service is widely lauded as one of the most efficient organizations in the country.

The schools you attend are teaching concepts invented and discovered by AFRICAN-AMERICAN scientists, yet all we hear about are white inventors, like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

You didn’t build that: GOVERNMENT built that, and it did so with PEOPLE OF COLOR. It’s time to pay the reparations that are due and to stop with this childish anti-government “Donald Trump” nonsense.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

I read BLM’s comments a lot closer than I used to. He doesn’t just talk about white privilege, and he is not really an extremist. He is a lot deeper than that. I learned from his comments yesterday that BLM loves Mother Earth and its biosphere so much that he recommends eating little or nothing. I’m pretty sure he lives what he preaches, too. A real progressive hero!

Black Lives Matter

Barack Obama is the real hero. Greatest President Ever.

richandrenee

One of the differences between us progressives and the selfish alt-right is that we are not afraid to build each other up through kind words and compliments.

Alt-right freaks are so individualistically self centered and egotistical that they are unable to praise one another.

BLM is extremely academic and has a natural affiliation with the issues of social justice, be they race related, womyns rights, or LGBT+ concerns.

He lives what he speaks.

Black Lives Matter

Thank you, both. The one thing about progressives is that we always live what we speak. Just look at Hillary Clinton and Leonardo DiCaprio. All they do is speak truth to power and practice what they preach.

drb6
drb6

And please do not forget Al Gore, who is extremely carbon-dioxide conscious in his 100000000000 sq ft house.

Black Lives Matter

Thank you very much — I am already sponsoring as many as I can right now, but with Trump possibly taking office, I fear times will soon turn very, very lean for rats and progressives. Trump is terrible for the economy and even worse on CO2.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Black Lives Matter

If you are not free then get your ass over here and get to work in my yard.

Whats that? You don’t have to. Guess i dont own you.

Try not paying your taxes. Guess you are a slave after all, just not to whitey.

#racist

TrueDat
TrueDat

Human rights dont really exist, they are obly what we choose as a society and are strong enough to uphold.
In other societies, human rights are interpreted as something totally different. For example in Muslim countries woman have virtually no rights, but that is accepted there.

Problem is they are moving to other societies and winning their jihad with the womb. There woman have no say in how many children they are going to have, so large birth rates.

You would think with as much man-goat love the muslims practice that the birth rates would be lower.

Vote for the Wookie 2020!

#racist
#sexist
#islamaphobic

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Lab rats frequently participate in scientific studies that generate prejudice against them. We read about them smoking, drinking, and using illegal drugs. But I wonder how often scientists allow them to participate in clean, acceptable studies. I suspect that scientists (who are often white men) stereotype rats as evil animals. So the good lab jobs go to more socially acceptable species.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

That’s terrible. CO2 pollution is literally suffocating the planet. Wildlife such as the polar bears are dying off by the thousand, and millions of people of color in third world countries face droughts, hurricanes, volcanoes and earthquakes as a result of CO2! We need to ban fossil fuels NOW to put an end to this!

richandrenee

It’s time for the UN to universally Tax the dangerous greenhouse pollutant carbon. Before even more species go extinct.

Tidy Girl
Tidy Girl

I happen to be good friends with Josephine the plumber girl.

We raised 1M$ to meet the desperate need for progressive urinals nationwide. We hit our target easily.

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Not-full-flush-success-but-urinals-in-women-s-2499838.php

richandrenee

Fantastic work Tidy Girl – the sooner we can get urinals to be mandatory in all women’s bathrooms the better.

It’s outrageous that transgender people are made to feel excluded.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Mdb emits dangerous co2 everytime he speaks

Warning! Mbd is causing climate change

#fake-news

#fake-news

Jefferson
Jefferson

The best gifts are a Glock and AR 15 for the people of this great country to protect us and our constitution from collectivists like you. “You Collectivists”, the same people which destroyed Russia in 1917, “You Collectivists” that destroyed China in 1949. Marx, Lenin, Moa, Pot, Castro, would all be very proud of you collectivists. Thank all mighty god that you have to peddle your collective fiction in this land, a land of the Bill of Rights and a proud people to show you collectivists the door out.

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