The Baffler, By Chris Lehmann, The Baffler No. 24, 2014
By any reasonable measure, the neoliberal dream lies in tatters.
In 2008 poorly regulated financial markets yielded a world-historic financial collapse. One generation, weaned on reveries of home ownership as the coveted badge of economic independence and old-fashioned American striving, has been plunged into foreclosure, [...]
From FireDogLake, By kspopulist, April 7
Weekend, overnight exploits by purchased ideologues and rank amateurs in the Kansas State legislature stripped KS public school teachers of due process rights. This will require all teachers to renegotiate their contracts without any union or other support and make them subject to termination if they don’t. Or if [...]
New York Times Op Ed, By Nicolás Maduro, April 1
Caracas – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.
Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the [...]
Hege-Money: Hege-money, (“leadership” and “rule”) is an indirect form of government, and of imperial dominance in which the hege-money-lender (lending institutions) subordinate states by the power of money, rather than by the threat of force.
This is an extrapolation of the behaviour of two sets of Powers. It considers the hidden agendas on both sides, [...]
Pando Daily, By Mark Ames, March 22
Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed [...]
The White House announced today that the site for the Obama Presidential Library will be built in multiple cities, with multiple wings to the library, to continue the momentum of bipartisanship started under the Obama Administration.
A White House spokesman said :
We’re providing the list of cities and wings we can identify. In keeping [...]
Robert Reich, March 13
It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs.
Despite claims to the contrary, the US has a state-sponsored and supported religion.
Like all religions, it has its dogma, a group of fundamental beliefs, that are accepted “on faith,” without any physical proof. And like all religions, it has its clerics/priests, an organized structure for its support, and the priests have their own body [...]
Rolling Stone, By Matt Taibbi, February 12
Banks are no longer just financing heavy industry. They are actually buying it up and inventing bigger, bolder and scarier scams than ever
Call it the loophole that destroyed the world. It’s 1999, the tail end of the Clinton years. While the rest of America obsesses over Monica [...]
To understand Afghanistan, it helps to understand a little economics:
I’m no big fan of “Obamacare,” still consider it a horribly botched piece of legislation, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to jump onto any silly bandwagon that provides an opportunity to bash it. I’m referring to the latest such effort of using the CBO report which says that Obamacare “will cost 2.5 million jobs” [...]
David Simon on America as a Horror Show January 31, 2014
This week on Moyers & Company, David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, talks with Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America. After President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, it’s a reality check [...]
If conservatives want to help the poor they should improve education, cut inequality, and ensure access to contraception.
The Guardian (Comment is free), By Jill Filipovic, January 30
It’s time for marriage promotion programs to die.
The first problem is that they don’t actually convince people to get married; nor do they get fathers to [...]
For the Love of Money – NYT
IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the [...]
Bacon’s Rebellion – The Burning of James Town, Howard Pyle
The US has been negotiating from position of weakness with its Asian and now European “Partners” to establish a New World Order, where corporations are Sovereign, and people are chattels, or cattle (pick one).
This secretive cadre has run into trouble, as the countries [...]