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Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

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Fourth of July Creek

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Fourth of July Creek

Far from big cities or either coast, the characters of Smith Henderson’s first novel are the working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to.

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‘Let Markets Rule Us’

An old, creepy recording shows the Milton Friedman Choir singing that corporations are society’s saviors, that rule and decision making are best left to the so-called free market, and that other moral considerations for the business class should be absolutely gotten rid of.

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Time for a Populist Revival!

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

What has emerged in the new America is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration.

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Dear America: Climate Change’s Threatening Water, Plants, Animals No Matter What Party You Belong To

A Gallup poll has found that only 35 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change, and that proportion is barely up from the previous year.

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Russia Can’t Take the West Seriously Anymore, but Why Should It?

Let’s face it, the West has been sold to the highest bidder and Putin has no reason to fear us.

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An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

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World On Fire

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A Tale of One of the New ‘Have Nots’

“I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don’t. I’m a member of the American ‘Used-to-Haves,’ ” Kathleen Ann writes at The Huffington Post.

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Dem vs GOP American Dream

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Why There’s No Outcry for a Revolution in America

Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?

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‘What I Learned About Freedom From Hitchhiking Around America’

“To be ‘free’ in America is at risk of becoming meaningless,” Amien Essif, who hitchhiked from Denver to Portland, Ore., writes in The Guardian. “Our choices are increasingly limited to just two: to exploit or be exploited.”

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The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.

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How Much Money to End Poverty in America?

Just 1 percent of GDP—or a fourth of what we spend on defense every year—would lift every American below the poverty line up above it.

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Not the Farmer’s Almanac

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America’s Descent Into Madness

A predatory culture celebrates narcissistic hyper-individualism that radiates a near sociopathic lack of compassion for others, while anti-public intellectuals dominate the screen and aural cultures urging us to shop more, indulge more, and make a virtue out of the pursuit of personal gain.

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The Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick argue that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that began during George W. Bush’s administration and has been expanded by President Barack Obama “is laying the foundation for a frighteningly dystopian future.”

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Ellsberg: Snowden Made Right Decision by Leaving America

Daniel Ellsberg was able to remain in the U.S. after leaking the Pentagon Papers because, “The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago,” he argues in an op-ed Sunday. Edward Snowden would be greeted with a much different fate, Ellsberg notes, and as a result, he disagrees with those who compare Snowden to him unfavorably because of the NSA whistle-blower’s exit from the U.S.

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We Are All Aboard the Pequod

Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is a portrait of the American character, and like the crew of Ahab’s ship we are complicit in self-annihilation.

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This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.

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The Chimerica Dream

With a set of cyber-campaigns—from cyber-enabled economic theft and espionage to the possibility of future state-sanctioned cyber-attacks—evolving in the shadows, it’s hard to spin the sunny “new type of great power relationship” President Xi suggested for the U.S. and China at the recent summit.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S., Britain Spied on Diplomats at Global Summits, Report Says

After its recent revelation that the National Security Agency is monitoring the phone records and Internet activity of millions of Americans, The Guardian reported Sunday that the U.S. and Britain monitored and intercepted the digital communications of foreign officials during two international conferences in London.

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Tragic Comedy

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Don’t Ignore How Others See Us

What must the others in the Middle East theater of the American Empire think of a great city in total lockdown from an attack by primitive explosives when Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis and Yemenis experience far greater casualties and terror attacks several times a week?

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The Disuniting of America

We come together as Americans when confronting common disasters and common threats, such as occurred in Boston on Monday, but we continue to split apart economically.

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Conservatives and American Power

Do conservatives still believe in American greatness? The question is not intended to discourage the healthy debate being pushed by Rand Paul and his allies over whether Republicans in the George W. Bush years were too eager to deploy our country’s armed forces overseas. After the steep costs of the Iraq War, it is a very necessary discussion.

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Mission Unaccomplished

By invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. On the 10th anniversary of the war, we recognize that we—and so many others—will pay the price for it for a long, long time.

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Better Read Than Dead

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If a Democracy Falls in the Woods

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Oscars 2013: What the Best Picture Nominees Say About America

If an extraterrestrial landed on Earth, “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” each would be an excellent introduction to the American character. In the aggregate, they make up a composite portrait of the country.

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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King

More than 40 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

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White House / Pete Souza

We’re Not in Decline or Retreat

We are about to have a major foreign policy debate in the guise of a confirmation battle over Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense and the related argument over how long U.S. troops should stay in Afghanistan. President Obama should use this opportunity to stand up for his broader vision of how American power can be sustained and used.

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Happy New Year, America!

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The Idol Smasher

The multifaceted Ishmael Reed has spent half a century destroying myths of the American empire, especially those that cement racism in place.

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A Look at Gun Deaths in America

“You know that line, ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people?’ It’s true, so far as it goes,” writes Ezra Klein on The Washington’s Post Wonkblog. “But in the United States, when people decide to kill people, or kill themselves, they typically reach for a gun.”

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We the People, and the New American Civil War

The vitriol of the 2012 election is worse than the previous elections. Worse than the Palin-induced smarmy 2008. Worse than the swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its ensuing bitterness.

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U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

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American Happiness and the Heebie-Jeebies

Author and documentary filmmaker Ruth Whippman locates the root of American anxiety in “the great national happiness rat race,” a phenomenon that is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the contrast between British and American culture.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE



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One in Five Children Impoverished in U.S.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau report a steady decline in median household income for Americans, a yawning inequality gap and more than one in five children under age 18 living in poverty.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Labor Day and the Election of 2012: It’s Inequality, Stupid

The most troubling economic trend facing America this Labor Day weekend is the increasing concentration of income, wealth and political power at the very top – among a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people – and the steady decline of the great American middle class.

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Chris Hedges

Hedges Talks About His New Book on NPR

Chris Hedges stopped by NPR on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” with “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan. Click below to listen to the interview.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads an essay first published in 2007, in which the author and iconoclast suggested that perhaps there was a more sinister explanation for President Bush’s fiascoes than mere incompetence: He was out to destroy the American empire.

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Is America Crazy?

Are we just dangerous people living out fantasies and lies?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE


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