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The Economics of Contempt

If it’s spring, it must be time for Barack Obama’s annual drive-by of black America, where he piously lectures them on the state of their lives. He didn’t disappoint this year, treating the nation to two speeches on civil rights in a single week.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Killed the American Dream

Here’s your shining city on the hill in a nutshell: a privately owned gulag where petty drug offenders are locked up for life so some chiseling hedge fund manager can report record profits to his shareholders.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The True State of the Economy

There is a tradeoff for all the loot Obama’s friends have been pilfering from working people, and that tradeoff is trust. Americans no longer have confidence in the government, the market or the justice system. And while the effects might not appear in the next month or two, there are sectors of the economy that are showing signs of weakness already.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Housing Market Recovery Is ‘A Complete Hoax’

Homeownership is at its lowest level in 18 years, but housing prices are rising. Why? Because banks are creating real estate scarcity by buying up homes and selectively stalling foreclosures.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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A Recovery for the Piggies, Not You

The economic crisis “ended only for the top 7 percent of households that have substantial holdings of stocks and bonds,” former Reagan Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts writes. “The other 93% of the American population is still in recession.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Terror Campaign

The president maintains a “global system of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder” to demoralize and coerce those who would oppose the American-led neoliberal empire, political economist Rob Urie writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Scheer Trumps Krugman in Stockman Debate

Journalist Mike Whitney praised the Truthdig editor in chief for being “the only voice on the left” to defend former Reagan budget director David Stockman against an “army of toffeenose pundits” who failed to honor the essential truth of Stockman’s controversial New York Times op-ed.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Truth Telling Is Offensive

Paul Craig Roberts was an assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Like many Americans, he has been wounded by the government he helped create, and he’s tired of being called offensive and depressing for talking about it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Yet More Power for the Global 1 Percent

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led free trade agreement that would exempt multinational corporations from having to comply with policies governing industry in signatory countries, looks set to be rammed into law without comment or notice from much of the American media.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Recession’s Toll on Your Health

A broken economy means broken bodies—bodies that give way under stress, inadequate and unavailable health care, and in some places, fewer available supplies to treat the increased numbers of ill. Greece points the way.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Celebrated Scientist Renounces National Academy and War

Last month, University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins resigned from the National Academy of Sciences to protest the election to the group of Napoleon Chagnon, a peer whose specious arguments in favor of a natural human tendency toward violence have helped militarize the discipline and legitimize wars of aggression.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Confirmed Insanity of Austerity

Austerity threw the 17 countries that use the euro back into recession in the third quarter of 2012. As a result, unemployment is expected to rise 12.2 percent, leaving half of young people in Spain and Greece without jobs, and public debts—the expressed target of the reductions—are growing as well.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Orwellian Consequences of the War on Drugs

Without much notice, the drug war has expanded government search and seizure powers, turned children into their parents’ monitors and urged many Americans toward blind obedience to authority, Kevin Carson writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Powerful Money but Weak Speech at Obama’s Second Inauguration

The ceremony Monday—brought to us by Bank of America, Coca-Cola, AT&T and other corporations at a total cost of $124 million—was an exercise in misrepresenting the dangers of global warming, the purpose of education and the future of America’s wars, writes Dave Lindorff at CounterPunch.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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How Banks Capture the Economy

The second installment of Michael Hudson’s status report on the U.S. economy identifies debt as the financial sector’s key weapon in the push to extract wealth from governments, companies and families.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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A War on Christmas in Israel

In Israeli cities such as Haifa and Nazareth, officials and religious authorities have tried to ban celebrations of non-Jewish holidays by forbidding decorations in public buildings and threatening to revoke kosher certificates from businesses.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Paying the Price for Unwavering Dissent

CounterPunch, the muckraking political newsletter founded in 1994 by investigative journalist Jeffrey St. Clair and recently deceased iconoclast Alexander Cockburn, has paid a “savage price” for maintaining its deeply critical view of President Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign season.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Alexander Cockburn at Ease

Fashion, tips for surviving a police encounter, and why we might all be better off when the American empire crumbles are among the subjects the late CounterPunch editor Alexander Cockburn rapped about in a conversation in the Deep South sometime during the summer of 2006.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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CounterPunch Editor Dies

Alexander Cockburn, editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, lost a two-year battle against cancer when he died in Germany on Friday night.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE


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A Conversation With Patrick Cockburn

One of the UK’s most seasoned reporters (The Independent, Financial Times) discusses the dangers of working as an “unembedded” journalist in Iraq and looks at the prospects of war with Iran. (A Counterpunch magazine video interview) Part 1, Part 2

Posted on Feb 17, 2007 READ MORE


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