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Socialism Creeps Into Dilbert’s Office
Tom Gallagher: (Dilbert)... Wally one day announced, "I decided to become more of a socialist." ... (But what is socialism?) ... the current corporate-profit-driven economic system has not been, and will never be up to the twenty-first century challenge of maintaining the country and the planet in equitable and sustainable directions ... Martin Luther King's remark that the inequality of American society meant that, "We have socialism for the rich and rugged free-enterprise capitalism for the poor." ... The core of socialism is simply the extension of our political democracy into public control of the economy—by methods that may be appropriate to a set of varying, evolving circumstances... Visit Website ]
Dec 9, 2021, 10:55am

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Why It’s So Hard to Tax Billionaires
Christopher Orlet: ...it is hard to tax billionaires because billionaires rule America and they don’t want to be taxed ... the billionaire ruling class is hostile toward democracy because true democracy means sharing power with the masses ... This billionaire class runs the country stealthily (through dark money groups, campaign contributions, owning the media, etc.), because doing so outright would make Americans wake up to the fact that their democracy has been hijacked by oligarchs... Visit Website ]
Nov 17, 2021, 12:24pm

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Confronting Ignorance and Ignorant Confrontations
Wim Laven: I teach political science, peace studies, and conflict transformation. I have a dry sense of humor like my father did, sometimes I say, “remember, ignorance is a treatable condition.” ... It is not always an easy job. The considerable exposure to propaganda and misinformation that most students experience problematizes things. ... Critical thinking and unlearning can be big parts of progress. ... Critical thinking values expertise as opposed to uninformed sources. ... Critical thinking distinguishes from dogma and propaganda. ... It is important to distinguish facts from opinion, but it is also important to distinguish knowledge from opinion. It is not merely a matter of the influences of bias, but of entire methodologies—pseudoscience and science are different... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2021, 4:22pm

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Was America’s Longest War for Opium, Oil and Propping up the Stock Market?
John Potash: The fact that the Taliban then were hostile to bin Laden, and wanted to turn him over but were refused, indicates that the Bush administration had ulterior motives for invading Afghanistan. ... These motives apparently included gaining access to resources, particularly opium, to boost the US-dominated Western financial system. ... The U.S. had also identified vast Afghan mineral resources, including copper, cobalt, gold and, perhaps most importantly, critical industrial metals like lithium. ... The timing of the Afghanistan invasion leaves the impression that a motive was to regain control over the opium-producing poppy fields. ... “The power of narco dollars comes when you combine drug trafficking with the stock market” ... Visit Website ]
Oct 17, 2021, 12:48pm

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Horizon 2100: The Future Image that We Want
This is the transcript of Cynthia Chung’s lecture: at “Horizon 2100: The Future Image that We Want” delivered in Moscow August 24th, 2021 ... This foundational backbone of any future city will require a means for producing its own clean water and adequate amounts of food, it will require sufficient energy production to power these needs which is reliable and sustainable and it will require a means in changing its present relationship to how we use and dispose of our resources... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2021, 12:37pm

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The Incantational Bewitchment of Propaganda
Edward Curtin: "We’ll know our disinformation is complete when everything the America public believe is false."- William Casey, CIA Director, February 1981 ..... All propaganda succeeds because it satisfies needs that it has first created. ... If you follow the daily rat-a-tat mainstream news reports and react to them, you will be caught in a labyrinth that has been set to entrap you. ... For many decades, the corporate mainstream media and the CIA have been synonymous. ... Fear is their favorite tactic. ... They have spent decades using technology to invade and pare down people’s inner private space where freedom to think and decide resides... Visit Website ]
Sep 3, 2021, 3:14pm

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How America’s 50 Largest Inherited-Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality
Chuck Collins: A new IPS/Inequality.org report finds that the U.S. continues to suffer from the extreme and growing wealth and power of inherited-wealth family dynasties – and the growth of their extreme wealth accelerated during the pandemic. ... Dynastically wealthy families wield a great deal of political power, and use it to further their interests. ... The report profiles dynastic family members who spend millions lobbying for favorable tax, labor, and trade policies, give to candidates, campaigns and PACs, serve on policy advisory boards; and even serve in government themselves... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2021, 11:23am

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Recognizing Lies about Latin America: Seven Tips
Laura Wells: Even when we’re being lied to by almost every available source across the media and political spectrum, we can still become better lie detectors. ... A focus on lies about Latin America is important because we do care about how the US treats other people ... (1) Words like dictator, authoritarian, regime, strong-man, and tyrant are used to describe the non-US-aligned governments ... (2) Sanctions have been imposed on the country. ... Media and politicians do not mention sanctions, however, when the nation is described as a “failed state” or a “broken socialist state.” ... (3) Fraud is alleged when presidents are — or might be — elected who are not the first choice of the US... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2021, 2:25pm

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Meet New York City’s Newest Neighborhood: Abolition Park
Amba Guerguerian: At the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall Park lies in a cold-stone land where law and order rule. ... On June 23, a week before the city’s 2021 budget was to be decided by the City Council, Black Lives Matter activists, largely organized by racial and economic justice advocates with VOCAL-NY, began camping in the park, demanding the city defund the NYPD at least $1 billion. ... What was born as Occupy City Hall is now known as Abolition Park. ... The park represents a cross-section of New Yorkers. Artists and thinkers of all kinds, scholars, lawyers, architects, unemployed restaurant workers and the like convene to ponder and plan, to unlearn and rebuild... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2020, 4:40pm

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Nagasaki Journey
On August 10, 1945 , the day after the bombing of Nagasaki, Yosuke Yamahata began to photograph the devastation. His companions on the journey were a painter, Eiji Yamada, and a writer, Jun Higashi. (Reprinted from previous years.) Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2020, 2:41pm

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How Immunity for Cops and Facebook Kills Americans
Thom Hartmann: When you tell people they won’t be held accountable for their actions, it almost always ends badly. That’s what’s happened with our police and our social media, two institutional pillars of personal and political society in America today. Removing those dual immunities could dramatically change—for the better—the lives of millions of Americans. ... in 1982, the Supreme Court in Harlow v. Fitzgerald redefined and expanded the immunity granted to any government employee, in a case involving former members of the Nixon administration. ... as government employees the police gained the same immunity .... Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, essentially says that the owners of services like Facebook and Twitter have very, very little responsibility for what people say... Visit Website ]
Jun 2, 2020, 12:20pm

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Indigenous Leadership Points the Way Out of the COVID Crisis
Indigenous people have been here before. White supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy and settler colonialism have systematically erased Indigenous communities, culture and voices, while confiscating their lands. ... Throughout their history of colonization, they have faced a variety of structural oppressions with clear lessons for the current crises. ... Leaders in the U.S. are oppressors, including Democrats. When I think of leaders, I think of people who run in Indigenous-led movements. Truth-tellers are leaders. They inspire change. Those at Standing Rock were truth-tellers and they inspired me into action... Visit Website ]
May 7, 2020, 3:20pm

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Rotating on Boredom’s Spit
Edward Curtin: Without the ability to forget, we become imprisoned within a collective mental habit that induces us to repeat things that are as hard to escape as is trying to unlearn how to ride a bicycle. ... As a motivating force in human affairs, boredom is hard to beat. Hatred, envy, lust, love, anger, jealousy: these are some of the alluring emotions that are often emphasized. But boredom – it is so boring! Why go there? It seems too simple an explanation for human behavior, yet nothing is more complex and powerful. ... creative boredom demands a silent patience and a state of mental relaxation that is almost extinct. It can only be experienced if one dwells and does not flee into action. It means forgetting what an oppressive society wants us to always remember... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2020, 3:40pm

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Lawsuit Fights Disenfranchisement of Native Americans
Gabriella Novello: For many Native Americans living in rural areas and on reservations, having their neighbor take their completed absentee ballot and return it to their designated drop-off location is not uncommon. The practice has been useful, since polling places are difficult to access, and mail delivery is not dependable. ... But a Montana law is effectively prohibiting this practice. The result is that “many Native Americans living on rural reservations will be effectively unable to vote,” ... The Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA), went into effect after the 2018 election, imposing a $500 fine per ballot on individuals who bring other voters’ mail-in or absentee ballots to the post office, polling place, or election administrator’s office... The law makes an exception for family members, but allows individuals to carry just six ballots (as opposed to the 100 ballots allowed prior to BIPA)... Visit Website ]
Mar 13, 2020, 3:58pm

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By the Best Definition, the Poverty Rate Should Be Tripled
Paul Buchheit: Poverty should not be defined simply by the number of dollars that an American can scrape together each year ... The World Bank defines poverty as "pronounced deprivation in well-being," not only of material needs but also of health and education and security and public voice and the "opportunity to better one's life" and the "capability of the individual to function in society." ... Census data in 2011 showed that half of Americans were in or near poverty. ... Poverty guidelines are dramatically out of touch with reality. Developed in the 1960s, they were based on the cost of food, which used to be a much greater part of the typical household budget. ... Debt causes depression, migraines, ulcers, high blood pressure, disrupted sleep, even heart attacks. That is deprivation of well-being. That is poverty of both body and mind... Visit Website ]
Jan 8, 2019, 11:51am


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