How Democracy Dies

Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

The American Conservative, By Patrick J. Deneen, September 12

If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry [...]

How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World

A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas.

Mother Jones, By Mariah Blake, September/October ’14

One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state [...]

Obama Despair

It seems like so very long ago, many of us here at The Agonist gave up on Barack Obama. It was long ago – six years now – which is a long time considering the progress the United States could have made had Obama been the leader he promised to be. My disillusionment was almost [...]

Who The Fck Is Campbell Brown?

Esquire, By Charlie Pierce, August 6

To paraphrase from my grandmother, the former shepherd lass from the hills and hollows of north Kerry, who the fck is Campbell Brown when she’s at home?

Well, on the basics, she’s from Ferriday, Louisiana, the hometown of Jerry Lee Lewis, and she graduated from Regis University in Denver [...]

If You Had Told Me This Appeared on The Federalist Website….

…I would have laughed in your face. But it did:

Why abandon K-Street, and acknowledge, then reject, the Big Business perception of the GOP? They’ve had the Republican Party’s back for some time, right? In the past, the largest companies favored one party over the other because they understood a pro-capitalist, low-regulation government benefits [...]

BP’s Latest Estimate Says World’s Oil Will Last 53.3 Years

OilPrice.com, By Andy Tully, July 13

According to BP, drivers whose vehicles rely on burning oil have a little more than a half-century to find alternate sources of energy. Or walk.

BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, [...]

Losing Sparta

The Bitter Truth Behind the Gospel of Productivity

VQR, By Esther Kaplan, Summer 2014

When Lisa Norris was a kid in Cookeville, Tennessee, her father worked at Acme Boots, and that plant and her childhood were intertwined. One of her earliest memories is of wandering around the factory among bins of leather, breathing in the [...]

Hey, Remember How VW Wanted to Open More Factories in the United States?

And remember how they supported unions, the (informed) workers supported unions, and hell, most of America wanted to see those plants opening up here because, jobs? And it was only a small handful of conservative morons who were all Socialism!!!!!, which of course neglects the fact that the same “socialism” was expanding production into [...]

MERS Loses Major Case in Pennsylvania

Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, July 7

The mortgage beat has been quiet of late, but I must confess to being remiss in writing up two recent losses suffered by MERS. One of the big reasons that MERS has taken comparatively few losses in court is that it has often settled cases where it looked [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks going on in Ottawa

CBC, By Kristy Kirkup, July 3

Trade officials from Canada and other Asia-Pacific nations are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive free-trade proposal that could create one of the world’s largest trading blocks.

The TPP currently comprises 12 countries, including Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New [...]

Film, Facts, and Factoids

I was talking the other day about how people select their facts and their beliefs, how they use (or don’t use) science. I referred Dr. Strangelove and President Muffley’s line when he learns about the Soviet’s automatic doomsday device, “This is absolute madness. Why should you build such a thing?”

The name of the New [...]

Harris v. Quinn: Will the Supreme Court Abolish Public Sector Unions on Monday?

Naked Capitalism, By Lambert Strether, June 29

I cruised by Scotusblog today and saw this note:

At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect orders from the June 27 Conference, followed by the opinions at 10:00 a.m. We will begin live-blogging at this link at approximately 9:15. The only remaining undecided cases of the Term [...]

How to become super, super wealthy

CNN, By Josh MacIntosh, June 9

Staunton,

Your mother and I are so proud that in less than a week you’ll be graduating college, and from my alma mater, no less! So this seems an opportune moment to share some thoughts about what you might look for in a career. And as luck would have [...]

Are We Underestimating America’s Fracking Boom?

Check Out Sasol’s Energy Complex in Lake Charles, La.

The Wall Street Journal, By Dennis Berman, May 27

Start with exotic Nazi technology, take a detour with South African apartheidists, and add a bit role for Iranian imams. What you have is—what else? —one of the most improbable and important American business stories of the [...]

Indian president lays out new economic agenda

Pranab Mukherjee tells parliament government will encourage foreign investment and engage energetically with neighbours.

Al Jazeera, June 9

India’s new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament.

Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday [...]

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