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America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm

I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage of Americans setting their tap water on fire and at least agree to stop pursuing energy policies that we know endanger our health and safety—if not out of altruism, then out of self-interest.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


Cutting Kids’ Health Care Will Make Deficits Bigger

In the name of curtailing deficits, politicians across the country are hacking away at programs that aim to make children healthier.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



Sean MacEntee (CC-BY)

Time to Crack Down on Child-Focused Ads

Is Snoop Dogg the new Joe Camel? Is Ronald McDonald? What about Facebook—has that website become synonymous with an infamous tobacco industry cartoon that preyed on unsuspecting kids?

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Stewart Butterfield (CC-BY)

Turning the Camera on the Police

What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people—or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



swatch trm (CC-BY)

Bin Laden Mission Evokes More Questions Than Answers

As hard as President Obama tried to portray last week’s events as proof “that America can do whatever we set our mind to,” the mission and its cloudy aftermath have raised troubling questions about the “whatever” part.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Carl T. Jacobson

The High Cost of Cheap War

Nations will inevitably be more willing to use warfare as a foreign policy tool if they possess instruments limiting the cost of waging war.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


Ikea Joins the Race to the Bottom

Ikea’s Scandinavian-socialist flavor was soured when the Los Angeles Times this week published a damning story about the company’s manufacturing plant in Danville, Va.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Real Madness of March

Lowell Bergman is the rare skunk who regularly finds his way into the power elite’s garden parties. In his damning special now available on PBS’s “Frontline” website, viewers are shown the side of “amateur” athletics that’s almost never discussed inside the beery bubble of sports media.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons of Libya

Launched almost exactly a quarter-century after Ronald Reagan first bombed Tripoli, America’s new war in Libya was guaranteed to be yet another fist-pumpin’, high-fivin’ remake of a big-budget 1980s action movie.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


A New Red Dawn

Wielding its increasing market leverage, China is now countering our First Amendment ethos with a push for what L.A. Times reporter Ben Fritz calls pervasive “self-censorship.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Six Sadistic Proposals From State Government

States are indeed the “laboratories of democracy.” The problem is that today, those laboratories are increasingly run by mad scientists.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


The ’80s Origins of Today’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Overwrought Reagan/Bush-era pop culture first equated “terrorist” with “Muslim,” using sporadic atrocities committed by individual Islamic extremists to demonize all Muslims.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


The Submerged State

The Great Paradox—that is what future generations will likely call this era, and rightly so.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


Building a Powerful Left in the United States

Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, David Sirota, Larry Gross and Scott Tucker go looking for America’s missing movement in this special collaboration between Truthdig and Pacifica’s KPFK.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Building a Powerful Left in the United States

Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, David Sirota, Larry Gross and Scott Tucker go looking for America’s missing movement in this special collaboration between Truthdig and Pacifica’s KPFK.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


From Quality to Quantity—and Maybe Back Again

Amid last week’s flood of business news, one story stood out as reason to hope for more than just a momentary uptick in your 401(k): Apple, you may have heard, announced record first-quarter profits.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


Finding the Forgotten Majority

The new media economy encourages ever more violent vitriol because that’s now become the most reliable way to build a following and, thus, generate profit.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


Washington Loves a Paradox

In a Washington circus that features as many morons as oxymorons, we have self-described deficit hawks who promote tax cuts, alleged war opponents who back war escalations and supposed anti-government conservatives who press to expand the National Security State.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


A Snow-Filled Glimpse of America’s Future

“Welcome to the New Normal.” Those words should be displayed at New York’s airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast’s latest “snowpocalypse.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


Faces of Economic Death

If you’ve turned on the tube these last few weeks, you’ve probably been a collateral casualty of the biggest televisual war of attrition in recent memory.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


Why the ‘Lazy Jobless’ Myth Persists

During the recent fight over extending unemployment benefits, conservatives trotted out the shibboleth that says the program fosters sloth.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


To Deter Crime, Get Tough on Wall Street

What would happen if the criminals who destroyed the economy were thrown in jail—or the electric chair? We’ll never know.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


The High Cost of Low Prices

Whereas Great Depression America valued well-made utilitarian products and understood the inherent danger of bargain culture, Great Recession America prioritizes discounts at the expense of everything else.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


From Uprising to Hostile Takeover ... and Back Again

At the end of this $4 billion We-Didn’t-Start-the-Fire-worthy vaudeville known as the 2010 election, what do we have to show for it?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / 416style (CC-BY)

David Sirota Tells Conservative Democrats to Go Fuck Themselves

The columnist and radio host, who appears on this site every week, has issued a salty rant over the conservative Democrats and pundits who are already blaming liberals for their party’s losses.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


It’s the Stupidity, Stupid

What could cause the intensifying politics of free-market fundamentalism at the very historical moment that proves the failure of such an ideology? Two new academic studies suggest all roads lead to ignorance.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Tea Party Test Case

The only way to objectively define the tea party is to find a test case. And thanks to Wisconsin’s Senate race, we have exactly that.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Jamean R. Berry

The Imperial Defense of Pentagon Bloat

Beware the sophistry of budget talking points—especially those seeking to deter any criticism of defense spending.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Follow Wyoming on Fracking Regs

Frank Sinatra once said that if he could make it in New York, he could make it anywhere. Thanks to new drilling rules, environmentalists can now say the same about Wyoming.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Real Democratic Whiners

“Democrats, just congenitally, tend to [see] the glass as half empty,” President Obama said last month during a $30,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Connecticut home of a donor named (no joke) Rich Richman.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens

By their actions, alcohol companies are admitting that more sensible drug policies could cut into their government-created monopoly on mind-altering substances.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Synthetic Novelty Is Not Reality

Historian Daniel J. Boorstin famously predicted that real news and serious discourse would eventually be replaced by a “new kind of synthetic novelty” called “pseudo-events”—synthetic for their media-manufactured artificiality, pseudo for their lack of authenticity.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


The Neoliberal Bait and Switch

Thirty years into the neoliberal experiment, the Great Recession is exposing the flaws of the Washington Consensus.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

Despite Celebration, the Iraq War Continues

After we were told seven years ago that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” you might think the press would question the government’s martial stagecraft.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


Lessons From a Low-Impact Week

After spending a week trying to reduce my individual environmental footprint, I can report that it was not easy and that I did not achieve perfection—not even close.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Insanity Is Déjà

History has become a damning package of inconvenient truths—and those truths are often shunned because they threaten today’s most powerful ideological interests.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE


Elites’ Democratic Days Are Numbered

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s narrow primary victory over former state legislator Andrew Romanoff in Colorado can be summed up by Mel Brooks’ expression “evil will always triumph because good is dumb.” Make it “dumb and broke.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE


The Deception of Real-World Inception

In this epoch of confusion, our society has achieved the goal of “Inception’s” idea-implanting protagonists—only without all the technological subterfuge.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


Are Low Taxes Exacerbating the Recession?

Though the Reagan zeitgeist created the illusion that taxes stunt economic growth, the numbers prove that higher marginal tax rates generate more resources for the job-creating, public investments that sustain an economy and create incentives for businesses to grow.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


A New Deregulatory Push in the Energy Heartland

In recent weeks, politicians from the capital to Colorado have provided ample evidence that the fossil fuel industry remains as powerful as ever in the wake of the Gulf Coast apocalypse.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


After 41 Years, a Belated Victory for Butter

The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


War for Resources: From Slander to Clarion Call

Reading this week’s New York Times headline—“U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan”—many probably wondered how this information was being presented as “news” in 2010.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


Putting the ‘I’ in Environment

While British Petroleum and federal regulators are certainly at fault for their reckless behavior, every American who uses oil—which is to say every American—is incriminated in this ecological holocaust.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


From Shared Sacrifice to Hedonism

After Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt delivered a national address making eight references to the “sacrifice” that would be needed in the impending war and three mentions of the “self-denial” we would have to endure.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


The Michael Jordan of Bailouts

Someone is going to bear the massive cost of damage to the Gulf Coast economy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out to make sure it isn’t the oil firms whose rig caused the catastrophe in the first place.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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