Anomie and the threat to American Democracy

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

James Carville, 1992.
Writer's Note: For a fuller explanation of the concepts of anomie, one great starting place is the personal website ( of Prof. Dr. Christian Wickert who adapted his class curricula to create the pages. The links below are to his content. Further reading is available on Prof. Wickert's website. Or comment below and I'll see what I can find. There are a number of basic and moderately advanced videos on this topic at YouTube.

The original concept of Anomie (“a-nuh – mee”) comes from Émile Durkheim, a French sociologist of the late 19th Century. Durkheim was trying to explain the increase in suicide as the early stages of industrialization swept France. A modern way of looking at Durkheim’s theory is that as technology changes impact the lives of individual people, it creates economic shifts that make societal changes. The old ways no longer work and individuals become desperate as they watch the economic and social deterioration of their lives.

In the 1930s, the American sociologist, Robert Merton, expanded the concept from a focus on the individual to a focus on social structures. Society has “rules” or “norms” or expectations of behavior. In return for following these norms, the individual has a meaningful life.

When this social contract or the “collective consciousness” is no longer in sync with the social and economic reality, people’s lives are disrupted. This creates tension in the life of the individuals. As that tension grows, the willingness, even the ability to adhere to the past’s social norms melts away.

In the academic field of criminology, a major branch of sociology, anomie in the United States is being tied to economic inequality and perhaps more telling, the significant decrease in upward economic mobility.

By the 1980’s Robert Agnew added another dimension to the related theories of anomie. Specifically the role of an individual’s stress in General Strain Theory. Agnew also ties together a number of threads of thought including the psychology of stress and emotions, and methods of social control.

These theories from the social sciences give us a structural framework to understand the rising discontent in western civilization and especially in the United States. It explains rising suicide rates, addiction rates, violence in the homes, and increasing criminality in our streets. It explains individual isolation and the breakdown of the sense of community.

The answer to this politically is, it isn’t society’s fault that bad things happen. It is the responsibility of the individual who made bad choices. We need to help these bad people from making bad choices by increasing the consequences for doing bad things.

And so the argument about what is wrong with America goes back and forth. It’s illegal immigration. It’s drugs. It’s poor parenting. It’s gen K’s fault. It’s healthcare. It’s the deficit. It’s socialism. It’s capitalism. It’s guns. It’s bad cops. It’s lazy kids. It bad education. And on an on ad nauseum.

The reality is that it is bad policy. Policies that have killed the “American Dream” during the past two generations. Policies that destroyed hope, not just for a better future for “my “our” children, but policies that destroyed hope for a better future, period.

We need to correct the policies that destroyed the middle class here in the United States.

It’s the economy, stupid.

Anomie explains the breakdown of social morality and the shared sense of community when important implicit social promised are not fulfilled. Is it really any wonder that with the death of the American middle class dream, that people are upset? To the point to trying to do something about it?

Of course not.

Happy people do not start revolutions.

There is no single cause of this mess we call our daily lives. But if we want our civilization to survive our lifetimes, we need to start making investments into the future.

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March 9 Program from the Montana Historical Society

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EXTERNAL Under the Rotunda: Day 43 of the 68th Montana Legislative Session


Under the Rotunda: Day 43 of the 68th Montana Legislative Session]

Your Daily Rundown of What’s Happening at the Montana Legislature
Welcome back to Under the Rotunda, your daily rundown of the comings and goings of the Montana State Legislature.

Democratic Wins:

It was a long day at the Capitol as the Legislature met for over ten hours, with approximately 150 bills being voting on 2nd reading today. Among those votes, Democrats were able to score some big legislative wins, by not only stopping bad Republican bills, but also passing good bills themselves.

  • At the end of today’s marathon session, Rep. Ed Butcher (R-Winifred) moved to blast HB 448, Revise laws related to right to work, the bill that would make Montana a right to work state. HB 448 was previously tabled by the House Business and Labor Committee earlier this month. The blast motion failed 28-71 with all Democrats voting against the motion.
  • A united Democratic caucus helped kill attempts to politicize our judicial system and bring party politics to local municipal elections. On a 16-34 vote, the Senate killed SB 302, Require partisan general elections for judges. Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Emerich (R-Great Falls), SB 302 would have allowed for non-partisan primaries for judicial offices, with the top two candidates allowed to run under a party label in the fall general election. The Senate also killed SB 317, Require partisan elections of certain city officials, sponsored by Sen. Chris Friedel (R-Billings). The bill would have required candidates for mayor and city council to declare their party preference. The bill was killed by a 20-30 vote.
  • SB 483, Generally revising alternative project delivery laws, sponsored by Sen. Chris Pope (D-Bozeman) passed 2nd reading on a 30-20 vote. The bill sets up the ability for the state to enter public-private partnerships on large public development projects such as hospitals and prisons.
  • HB 484, Establish broadband advisory commission, sponsored by Rep. Katie Sullivan (D-Missoula) renews the state’s broadband advisory commission, which provides recommendations on how to distribute federal broadband funding. The bill also directs the state to prioritize Montana-owned providers and rural projects when issuing grants. The bill passed 2nd reading on a 74-26 vote.

Senate Democrats Protect Stream Access:

On Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Steve Fitzpatrick (R- Great Falls) passed his bill SB 497, Revise property laws relating to easements out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 497 would have weakened Montana’s public stream access and empower private landowners to block citizens from our waters.

The bill was a direct attack on Montanan’s right to access streams and rivers for fishing, hunting, floating, and outdoor recreation. SB 497 would essentially create a five-year sunset on any stream access easements that have been marked by a sign. After that five years, private landowners would be allowed to remove the public access sign and put up a No Trespassing Sign.

The burden to challenge this in court would then fall to the public. The bill explicitly removes the right for the public’s legal counsel to recoup attorney fees if the suit is successful.

The public would be forced to defend each of our public trails and roads in court, at immense cost.

The bill was scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday. During the debate, Senate Minority Leader Pat Flowers (D-Belgrade) said:
“There aren’t many things more dear to the Montanans than being able to access their streams and rivers the way we’ve been able to do all of our lives. The last thing we want to do is have a hearing that no sportsman or sportswoman knew was going on, and then strike down their rights. If we’re going to do this, we need to do this with a bright light and everyone in the room.”
Fortunately, Senate Democrats led the charge in defeating the bill 14-36, with 20 Republicans joining the Democratic caucus in opposing the bill.

Shocker: Montana Legislature Out of Step with Montanans:

With the House and Senate in the midst of cramming through hundreds of bills before Friday’s transmittal deadline, a new statewide public opinion poll released by the independent advocacy organization Middle Fork Strategies shows a majority of Montanans strongly disagree with plans like the one touted by Governor Greg Gianforte and the Legislature’s majority for addressing the state’s $2.5 billion budget surplus.
Fifty-seven percent of Montana voters instead prefer a plan that directly invests in affordable housing, tax cuts for working families, public education, and critical public services like mental healthcare. Conversely, only 36 percent support a plan like the one Gov. Gianforte has proposed, which focuses tax cuts disproportionately on top-earning Montanans and includes no direct investment in affordable housing.
Other key takeaways from the poll include:

  • More than six-in-10 Montanans believe the state’s schools are inadequately funded.
  • 71 percent oppose tax dollars being reallocated from public schools to private and religious education.
  • 84 percent of respondents believe that some of Montana’s budget surplus should be invested in nursing homes and long-term senior care after 11 such facilities have closed in the last year.
  • 88 percent support maintaining and protecting Montana’s successful Medicaid expansion program.

In addition to the state budget and surplus, the poll also examined Montanans’ opinions on several other top issues being debated by the 2023 Legislature, including proposed amendments to the state constitution, abortion rights, and elections in Montana.
Sixty-three percent of respondents oppose amending Montana’s constitution, and when asked about specific amendments that have been proposed, even greater numbers express disagreement:

  • 75 percent oppose changes to the constitutional right to privacy that would restrict abortion access.
  • 66 percent oppose revising the right to a clean and healthful environment to make it easier for private corporations to develop and profit from the state’s natural resources.
  • 92 percent oppose an amendment that would allow the Governor to appoint justices to the Supreme Court, rather than directly elected by the people.

Resounding majorities of those surveyed oppose the creation of a statewide sales tax and proposals to move toward partisan elections for judges and local offices like school boards.
The survey also asked Montanans about the popular streaming series “Yellowstone,” which has been the subject of heated debate in the state, both credited and blamed with boosting Montana’s tourism industry and fueling the housing crisis. Ninety-two percent of Montanans have heard of “Yellowstone,” but only 31 percent of respondents say they watch the show. Of those Montanans who have watched or know of the show, 56 percent say it does not represent Montana accurately.
The results of Middle Fork’s poll on current issues facing Montana can be found here, and a memo summarizing key takeaways can be found here.

Now They’re on the Record:

Long time readers of Under the Rotunda are well versed on HB 432, which was sponsored by Rep. Laurie Bishop (D-Livingston). HB 432 and the corresponding bill in the Senate SB 437, sponsored by Sen. Jen Gross (D-Billings) would codify the Montana Supreme Court’s 1999 Armstrong decision into state law. Unsurprisingly both bills were tabled in committee.

At the end of both the House and Senate session on Wednesday, a motion was made to blast both bills onto the floor of their respective chambers, officially putting members of the GOP caucus officially on the record as to where they stand on Montana women having the privacy to control their bodies.

In the House, the blast motion failed with the entire Republican caucus voting against the motion, while in the Senate only two Republicans Sens. Terry Vermeire (R-Anaconda) and Dan Salomon (R-Ronan) voted with a united Democratic caucus in favor of the blast motion.

What’s Coming Up:

At the end of Wednesday’s Senate session, Senate Majority Leader Steve Fitzpatrick promised that Thursday would be another long day filled with "controversial bills." Here are some of the most outrageous bills we will be watching tomorrow:

SB 465, Require implementation of Medicaid community engagement requirements, sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Trebas (R-Great Falls) was a late filed bill that would essentially end Medicaid expansion in Montana at the end of 2023, kicking off 100,000 Montanans off their health insurance. The bill passed the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Safety Committee and was scheduled to be voted on Wednesday but was pushed back to Thursday. A legal note is attached to the bill, since SB 465 states that the Department of Health and Human Services would be required to carry out this legislation without obtaining a waiver from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services, a likely violation of federal law.

SB 458, Define sex in Montana law, sponsored by Sen. Carl Glimm (R-Kila) is another Freedom Caucus supported anti-trans law. SB 458 would codify that there are only two sexes, male and female and establishes a legal definition for male and female, which would eliminate trans, intersex, and non-binary Montanans from the law. The bill passed Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to be one of the last bills voted on Thursday.

HB 595, Generally revise judicial election laws, sponsored by Rep. Scott Kerns (R-Great Falls) is one of the last bills that attack the judiciary to be voted on. The bill would require candidates for currently non-partisan positions on the Montana Supreme Court to run as partisan politicians. The bill was initially tabled by the House Judiciary Committee but was brought back and passed by the committee and moved to the House floor.

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24-week abortion ban, charter schools and right-to-work fails again: House hustles to deadline: The house passed a 24-week abortion ban, money for charter schools, among dozens of other bills during the first leg of their day-long floor session on Wednesday.

Senate kills stream access code changes, moves forward on nursing home and hospital charges bills: The Montana Senate heard more than 60 bills on second reading Wednesday to kick off a series of nearly full-day floor sessions as both chambers work to get all general bills passed to the other chamber before Friday’s transmittal deadline.

Broadband spending sideboards get initial House approval: Lawmakers in the Montana House gave a preliminary thumbs-up Wednesday to a bill that would expand legislative oversight of the state’s federally funded broadband internet program, which will likely direct hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidizing rural Montana connectivity in the coming years.

Rep. Derek Harvey Brings Working-Class Perspective to Montana’s Citizen Legislature: A typical work day for Derek Harvey as a firefighter in Butte is filled with protecting Montanans in emergencies.

Legislators react to GOP’s break with Racicot:State legislators from Western Montana are  — like the former governor himself — unsurprised by the Montana Republican Party’s public break up with Marc Racicot.

The Party Faithful: From where former Governor Marc Racicot sits on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at his home outside of Missoula, the world of Montana politics looks more unrecognizable than he ever could have imagined.

Kangaroos, cartels, not popular on Montana House floor: Representatives in the House weren’t in favor of kangaroos — at least in apartments — or cartels or ranked choice voting.

Committee votes on four wolf bills as legislative deadline nears: The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee voted on four wolf-related measures Feb. 28 ahead of a key legislative deadline.

House Human Services advances bill to fully fund Medicaid rates in Guidehouse study: The House Human Services Committee on Tuesday passed a bill to fully fund Medicaid reimbursement rates recommended in an in-depth study by a national consultant — plus the cost of inflation.

Billion-dollar tax rebate, spending package heads to governor’s desk: A suite of bills allocating a billion-dollar chunk of Montana’s $2.5 billion-plus surplus toward tax rebates and other spending measures cleared the final Senate votes standing between them and the desk of Gov. Greg Gianforte this week.

House gives initial approval to 2 competing charter school bills: Two competing Republican-sponsored charter school bills both cleared an initial vote in the state House on Wednesday.

House approves $96M pension bill: Montana would spend $96 million of its surplus to stabilize pension funds for law enforcement under a bill that got preliminary approval in the House on Wednesday, following on the heels of a bill to pump $300 million into the state employees’ retirement system.

Multiple bills presented to address inflation on public school funding: A number of bills aimed at addressing inflation’s impact on public education have reached various levels in the state legislature this week.

Bill to prevent mRNA vaccine recipients from donating blood is killed: The House Human Services committee has killed a bill that would have made it illegal to donate blood or tissue if the donor had received any mRNA vaccines or treatments.

How 2017 state budget cuts are still affecting Gallatin County’s mental health care: Andy Kemp became a case manager supervisor at the Gallatin Mental Health Center in 2017, and by the end of that year that position would be near obsolete.

Bill allowing duplex housing in city zoning clears 2nd reading in Senate: A bill that legislators say could help alleviate Montana’s housing crisis clears its second reading in the state Senate.

Montana House, Senate hold first day of marathon floor debates ahead of transmittal deadline: The Montana House and Senate worked for hours Wednesday, debating dozens of bills ahead of a key deadline at the end of the week.

Vaccination status in child support bill gets initial House approval: A measure that would keep vaccination status out of child support and custody cases is one step closer to Gov. Gianforte’s desk after clearing second reading, 72-28, in the House.

Lawmakers advance bill making trespassing with a UAV a criminal offense: It may soon be a criminal offense to trespass using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) such as a drone.

Campaign finance reform bill passes Senate vote: A bill that revises campaign finance laws passed its second reading in the Montana Senate by a 33-16 vote.

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Last Chance to Kill Anti-Vaccine Bills

From: Kiely <kiely>
Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 3:30 PM
Subject: Last Chance to Kill Anti-Vaccine Bills
To: Danny Choriki <danny>

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HB715 and SB450 were voted out of their committees yesterday. SB450 will be heard on the Senate floor this evening and HB715 will be heard on the House floor no later than tomorrow evening.

Legislators need to hear from the vast majority of Montanans that support vaccines, not from the vocal minority of misinformed anti-vaccine supporters that want to dismantle the vaccine requirements that keep all Montanans safe from preventable diseases.

This is our last chance to kill these bills before transmittal. Please message your representative and senator as soon as possible!

If you don’t know the names of your legislators you can look them up with your address here.

Thank you for your action,

Kiely Lammers


MT Families for Vaccines

Talking Points:

  • Making it easier for parent to opt-out of vaccines puts all Montanans in danger of preventable diseases.
  • Including exemption options with vaccine requirements sends a message to parents that vaccines are not important and can easily be skipped without risks.
  • When it’s easier to opt-out of required immunizations, vaccine rates go down and risks of outbreaks increase.
  • It’s important for parents to make medical decisions in collaboration with their pediatrician or family doctor.
Contact Your Representative
Talking Points:

  • Vaccines protect not only oneself but families, neighbors, and communities. They are especially important for children, older adults, those who are immunocompromised, and those who may not be able to get vaccinated. We count on these numbers to keep everyone safe.
  • Childcare providers should be able to choose if they allow unvaccinated children into their establishments, especially when providing care in their own homes.
  • Allowing unvaccinated children in childcare settings poses a large risk to children ages 0-5 years who are unable to fully vaccinate because parents and doctors are following guidelines for initial immunizations and boosters.
  • This legislation is unnecessary because processes exist for vaccine exemptions, meaning a child’s parent or guardian may request an exemption in writing for medical or religious reasons.
  • This will cost taxpayers money. This is an unfunded mandate for state health departments that will be tasked with investigating and containing a disease outbreak. For example, the cost of a whooping cost outbreak in a single school is $51,000; the cost of a measles outbreak in Minnesota in 2017 was $1.3 million; and; the annual cost of an average flu season is $87 billion.
  • The weakening of school entry requirements will lead to an increase in the transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases, causing kids to miss school and parents to miss work.
  • The vast majority of Montana parents support routine vaccination of children and adolescents, and more than 94% of kindergarteners in public schools nationally are vaccinated as required by current state laws.
  • School immunization requirements have a long and successful history and were implemented to prevent communicable diseases, including measles, whooping cough, and polio.
  • Montana would be out of step with the rest of the nation. The list of states that permit nonmedical exemptions is shrinking, not expanding—no state has added a new philosophical exemption/conscientious objection for routinely recommended immunizations required for school entry in 20 years.
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Youth Case Manager at Youth Dynamics in Billings, MT and 19 more new jobs

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Danny, here’s your March issue of Montana Statements

From: MSU Alumni Foundation <msuaf>
Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 6:02 PM
Subject: Danny, here’s your March issue of Montana Statements
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MSU Alumni Foundation
Find out about Montana State events you want to join on campus or in your area:
MSU Job Fair
‘Almost’ Spring Career Fair
Montana State University has planned a full slate of networking, informational and reception events as part of its annual “Almost” Spring Job and Internship Fair, held Feb. 28 through March 3, on campus. More than 200 employers from around the region and country are expected to attend.

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Top MSU stories
MSU Women's Basketball
Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships March 4-8
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Montana Shakes!
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Take advantage of late winter in Yellowstone Country
Students at the Capitol in Helena
Last month, nearly thirty MSU students made the trip to the Montana Capitol in Helena for ASMSU’s Rotunda Day, where they spent the day learning about the legislature’s political process and interacting with government officials. Click here to check out some snapshots from the trip.

In other news, a big legislative win came last week, when an amendment containing appropriations for a new Gallatin College building was added to House Bill 5 (see Section 14).

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Community Archive Project

From: Billings Public Library <refdesk>
Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 6:15 PM
Subject: Community Archive Project
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Community Archive Project

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May 12, 5:30-7:00PM, featuring Jennifer Birnel

Library Community Room

From March 1st to May 1st, we will be accepting digitized versions of the photographs you took of Billings landmarks, events, and notable figures during the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s! Participants are limited to 10 submissions, so choose carefully! A large selection of these photos will then be displayed for all to see at the May 12 Friday Night Fun event. As a special guest, Jennifer Birnel, Director of the Montana History Portal, will deliver a presentation and take questions related to the MHP website and local history preservation from 5:30-6:30PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Submitted photographs must be digitized and meet all the requirements stated on our refdesk, delivered to the 2nd-floor Reference desk on a flash drive, or uploaded through the Creative Commons Agreement and Upload form. If you have photos that you would like to submit that are not digitized, you can set up an appointment to use our Memory Lab to digitize images.

Depending on the image quality of your photograph and the description detail you provide, your photo(s) may be chosen to be permanently included in the Billings Public Library’s Historic Photo Collection on the newly renovated Montana History Portal website (formerly Montana Memory Project). If you took the photo, you will be attributed!

For more information or assistance, please reach out via email to refdesk, lanningj, or call 406-657-8294.

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From: Billings Public Library <refdesk>
Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 5:30 PM
Subject: March Adult Programs at the BPL
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Spring into Billings Public Library in March!

March Programs for Adults

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again."

-Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants

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  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 5pm
  • Stompin’ Grounds Cafe and Book Nook open Wednesday-Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, unless otherwise posted
  • Genealogy Room volunteer staffing Monday through Friday 1-3pm
  • Express Lockers available 24/7, at our downtown location and NOW in the Heights outside the SCL Health Clinic, 32 Wicks Lane. Select either location to pick up your holds at your convenience!

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Announcing BPL’s Community Archive Project!

We want to see your photographs of Billings from the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

From March 1st – May 1st, participants may submit up to 10 photos depicting the Billings area during our recent history. Submissions will be displayed during a special Friday Night Fun event on May 12th, and may be submitted to the newly renovated Montana History Portal.

You may send us your photos throughFacebook, by email, in person via a flash drive, or by filling out our online form.

See our website for more information on this exciting project!

Defending the Fourth Estate: Reviving Local Journalism and Why It Matters

March 14th, 12:00 pm,

in the Community Room

The Billings League of Women Voters is joining with Montana Free press for a conversation about the state of journalism today, with a special lens on reporting in Montana, led by guest speakers Alexis Bonogofsky and Claire Overholt. This program is free and open to the public.

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Friends of the Library Host a Collectible Book Sale

March 11th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, in the Book Nook.

Collectibles and treasures await all book lovers! Stop in at take a look.

Lectures and Special Events

book cover for Blood Money by Kathleen McLaughlin
Author Talk: Blood Money by Kathleen McLaughlin

March 9th (7:00 pm, Community Room) McLaughlin’s book is a haunting investigation into the underground for-profit medical industry, uncovering the exploitation of America’s most vulnerable. Join us for this revealing discussion, sponsored by The Writer’s Voice.

Virtual Program: Authors Mandy Smoker Broaddus & Natalie Peeterse.

March 9th (6:00 pm, Teen Corner or online) The authors will discuss how their children’s graphic novel came to be and read a selection. Thunderous is grounded in contemporary Indigenous experiences while also centering traditional Lakota ways. To participate online, register here.

Seeds: Starts and Swaps

March 11th (10:00 am, Community Room) The Billings Community Seed Library will host a workshop on starting seeds like tomatoes, peppers, and native species. The presentation will include a seed swap and kids’ activities!

Social Awareness Series: Human Trafficking

March 27th (3:00 pm, Community Room) This series aims to embrace differences, empower and inform patrons, and enrich our community by providing opportunity for thoughtful and engaging dialog. This month, our series continues with talks on how human trafficking affects our state and local communities. This event will be presented by a member of the FBI and the DOJ.

Library Groups & Classes

United Federation of Trekkies

March 1st (5:00 pm, Community Room) A group of Star Trek fans get together, watch an episode, and discuss! This months episode is "Darmok" from Star Trek: The Next Generation season 5, episode 2. Trivia and behind-the-scenes stories, as well as the themes of the episode and Star Trek in general. Costumes encouraged.

Qigong & Tai Chi Open Practice

Thursdays in March (5:30 pm, Community Room) Qigong and Tai Chi are very similar "internal arts" that confer a raft of health benefits. Join us for weekly sessions; instructors will be present.

D&D for Grownups

Saturdays in March (1:00 pm, Large Conference Room) We are hosting Game Master Shane Noble and his Pathfinder campaign, every Saturday in the Large Conference Room. If you are a gaming newbie, don’t worry. We can walk you through getting started, and even loan you some dice.

Please Note: Our sessions are currently full, but we will make new registration available whenever we have openings.

Conversations in Spanish

Thursdays in March (3:30, Large Conference Room) Ven a la bibliotecha. Come practice speaking out loud! This is an opportunity to use your skills with someone who has also been learning the language. Any level is welcome. Your presenter is not fluent but is continually working to become so. We’d love to see you there!

BPL Film Society

March 21st & 25th We are a “watch first —meet later” group, and if you love cinema and lively discussion, this may be the group for you!

March’s film is The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson (2014, R) You can watch on your own, or join our screening; the discussion group will meet at the end of each month to replay some pivotal scenes from the film, followed by a discussion and analysis. Here’s a link for more information and registration.

  • March 21st (5:00 pm, Community Room) SCREENING
  • March 25th (3:00 pm, Yellowstone Board Room): DISCUSSION
Senior & Adult Art Group

March 27th (9:30, Community Room) Join Bonny Beth Luhman from Stickman Studios for a class in observation drawing. The class is free and supplies are provided.

Registration is required. Visit the BPL Library Calendar to sign up.

Memory Cafe

March 28th (10:30 am, Community Room) This group meets once per month, providing an opportunity for Adults experiencing memory loss and their caregivers to socialize and enjoy an activity.

For more information or to register, please call Suzanne at (406) 259-3111

Friday Night Fun
Join us for weekly programs throughout the school year. There’s sure to be something for everyone in your family! All programs take place in the Community Room unless otherwise noted.

  • March 3rd: Irish Craft Night (6:00 pm) Learn how to make a St. Brigid’s Cross, or craft a Shamrock wreath. We’ll have Irish treats, too!
  • March 10th: Card Game Tournament: WAR (6:00 pm). Join us for a bracket style WAR tournament and strive for victory! Prizes will be awarded.
  • March 17th: An Evening of Traditional Irish Music (5:30 pm) Soothing Irish refrains, under the Oculus.
  • March 31st: Women’s History Month Movie Night: Moana (5:30 pm) Celebrate one of Disney’s strongest female leads with Moana (2016, PG), and enjoy a fun craft, too!
The Great Billings Book Hunt 2023

Our popular, year-long, online reading challenge continues! Sign up, log your reading, participate in challenges, and maybe earn a prize.

In March, we’re Celebrating Women’s History Month! For this challenge, we would like you to read a book with a strong female lead, either fictional or historical. On the fiction side, consider family dramas like Min Jin Lee’s "Pachinko", "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones, or even a thriller like "Where the Forest Meets the Stars" by Glendy Vanderah. In Non-Fiction, start with biographies of women you admire or histories in a range of topics by authors like Stacy Schiff, Kate Moore, or Sonia Purcell.

This challenge will be open from March 1st – 31st, and badges earned will be eligible for a monthly gift card drawing.

Sign up here

Book Group News
One Book Billingsdiscussions are taking place the week of March 6th – 9th for John N Maclean’s memoir, Home Waters. On Saturday, March 11th, the author will discuss his work at 1:00 pm in the Community Room. This talk is open to all.

Turning Page Book Group is reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng for our discussion on March22nd at 6:30pm in the Yellowstone Board Room. *

Litcentric Book Group will discuss Walking Home: Common Sense and Other Misadventures on the Pacific Crest Trail by Rick Rogers on March 28th, at 6:45pm in the Yellowstone Board Room and via Zoom. *

*Unless noted otherwise, book club kit copies of each of our group’s titles are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk on a first come, first served basis.

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Electronic Vehicle Battery as Home/Grid Power Backup

Washington Post Climate Advice Columnist, Michael J. Coren, talks about how the battery in your car can become a part of the larger power grid solving short term and medium time frame problems.

Technology already exists to connect your car to your home and use the batteries in the car as a backup to your home incase of power failure. Coren writes about how the electric vehicle battery can currently be used during a power shortage or outage. He describes how to do it, and how much it will costs.

Coren also looks at how when paired with solar power generation (or other home power generation source), the EV battery can help to moderate the difference between peak generation times, and peak usage times. You will need a two way hookup between your house and the grid, and a two way hookup between your EV and your house. This has been a serious concern for alternative energy advocates. A decentralized solution would be almost poetic.

Electric vehicles can now power your home for three days

The next generation of EV batteries will feed energy to your home — and the grid

The article may be behind a paywall.

Advice by Michael J. Coren Climate Advice Columnist

Updated February 17, 2023 at 4:33 p.m. EST| Published February 7, 2023 at 6:30 a.m. EST

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Letters from an American 2023 02 02

Today the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted along party lines to remove Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her seat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Republicans voting to remove her justified their action by pointing to language she used that they say was antisemitic. She has apologized for that language. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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February 2, 2023

Heather Cox Richardson
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Today the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted along party lines to remove Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her seat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Republicans voting to remove her justified their action by pointing to language she used that they say was antisemitic. She has apologized for that language.

Earlier, House speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) used his own discretion to remove Democratic California representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

While these removals are often portrayed simply as a quest for revenge after Democrats removed Representatives Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from committees when they were in charge, there is a crucial difference between the cases. The Democrats removed Gosar and Greene—both members of the far-right group—after they threatened violence against their Democratic colleagues. Republicans removed Schiff and Swalwell over make-believe dangers and now have removed Omar allegedly over policy differences. At the same time, McCarthy reinstated Gosar and Greene to prime committee assignments.

The Republicans have accepted violence among Congress members.

Today’s vote is a window into a larger story. It appears the Republican Party has split, and the far-right wing is making a play to become what amounts to a third party. Its members demanded the removal of Schiff and Swalwell from the intelligence committee and Omar from foreign affairs: Schiff and Swalwell apparently because they have gone after former president Donald Trump, and Omar because she is Muslim and a woman of color.

Removing Schiff and Swalwell was relatively easy, since the speaker can determine the make-up of select committees himself. Removing Omar was dicier, since it required a vote of the House. Today, McCarthy gave the far right what they wanted, getting rid of Omar.

In order to justify it on grounds other than racism, though, he had to pretend the issue was antisemitic words. It’s a hard sell to convince people that the Republican Party cares much about antisemitism when it has embraced the openly antisemitic Ye, also known as Kanye West, and when Trump recently warned Jews that they must “get their act together…before it is too late.” Kevin McCarthy himself in November 2022 indulged in antisemitic tropes when he tweeted: “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican….”

McCarthy catered to far-right members in order to get the votes to become speaker; now he is giving those members what they want in order to keep them from ousting him and to get them on board for imperative legislation like a bill to raise the debt ceiling.

The power the far-right representatives are getting is making them a force distinct from the rest of the Republican Party. They demanded, and got, extraordinary representation on committees apart from the normal party apparatus, power over the Speaker and the introduction of bills, and now have normalized violent rhetoric within the party.

Their rise is a logical outcome of the history of the Republican Party. Back in the 1980s, those Republicans determined to get rid of government regulation of business and social programs did two things.

First, they insisted that any government regulation of business or provision of a basic social safety net was “socialism” because, they claimed, the tax dollars that such government action cost would come from those with money—who they implied would be white people—and thus would redistribute wealth from hardworking white men to those who benefited from such programs. This idea has nothing to do with the modern definition of socialism, which means government ownership of the means of production. Instead, it is a holdover from the Reconstruction years in the United States, when white supremacists insisted that Black voting would mean a redistribution of wealth as formerly enslaved people voted for lawmakers who promised to fix roads, and build schools and hospitals.

Second, Republicans in the 1980s made a deliberate decision to court voters with religion, racism, and sexism in order to hold onto power. Antitax crusader Grover Norquist brought business leaders, evangelicals, and social conservatives into a coalition to win elections in 1985. “Traditional Republican business groups can provide the resources,” he said, “but these groups can provide the votes.” Over the decades their focus on religion, race, and sex ramped up until it took on a power of its own, stronger than the pro-business ideology of those who fed it.

Now, a generation later, that rhetoric has led to its logical conclusion: the Republicans have created a group of voters and their representatives who are openly white supremacists and who believe that any attempt to use the government to hold the economic playing field level is socialism. They are overwhelmingly evangelicals. They back former president Trump or someone like him and are eager to break the power of the current government even if it means defaulting on our debt. They threaten violence.

With the Republican Party just barely in control of the House, that group now wields enough power that it divides the House into three groups: the Democrats, the Republicans who want to cut taxes and gut regulation, and the Republicans who want to destroy the “socialist” government, want to keep white people in charge, support Trump or someone similar, are fervently Christian, and openly court violence.

Today, the House voted to condemn socialism—another attempt to appease that far right—while Republicans then chided those Democrats who refused to vote in favor of that condemnation because they said they thought it was a setup to cut Social Security and Medicare as socialism. (They are not socialism.)

Also today, former president Trump “retruthed” the words of a person who warned that he and “80,000,000” were willing to fight for Trump and were “Locked and LOADED.” In the House, some of the far-right group are wearing AR-15 pins, but when Emine Yücel of Talking Points Memo asked Representative Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) why she was wearing one, her office answered that it was “about sponsoring a gun bill and has nothing to do with whatever blueanon conspiracy theories are being floated on Capitol Hill,” a reference to the idea that Democrats– rather than the Republicans like Greene who were QAnon adherents– are embracing conspiracy theories. The members wearing the pins have not, so far, introduced any gun bills.

This is alarming, but it is not the first time an extremist minority in Congress has organized, determined to control the country. In 1879, for example, before the parties switched into their current arrangement, Democratic former Confederates banded together, demanded the leadership of key committees—which the exceedingly weak speaker gave them—and set out to make the Republican president, Rutherford B. Hayes, get rid of key Republican policies by refusing to fund the government until he caved.

With the support of House minority leader James A. Garfield, Hayes stood firm, recognizing that allowing a minority of the opposition party to dictate to the elected government by holding it hostage would undermine the system set up in the Constitution. The parties fought it out for months until, in the end, the American people turned against the Democrats, who backed down. In the next presidential election, which had been supposed to be a romp for the Democrats, voters put Garfield, the Republican who had stood against the former Confederates, into the White House.


Twitter avatar for @atruparAaron Rupar @atrupar

hi @HouseGOP i found some anti-Semitism

5:41 PM ∙ Feb 2, 2023

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