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Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

Education Reformers Send Their Kids to Private School

There really are “Two Americas,” as the saying goes—and that’s no accident. Nowhere is this more obvious than in education—a realm in which this elite physically separates itself from us mere serfs.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


10 American ABCs We May Soon Forget

Here are 10 current words and phrases that my kid may never know because they might end up as relics of a lost vernacular, starting with “civil liberties.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

’Tis The Season of Fake Outrage

It’s a holiday tradition. Every December, with media charlatans turning the key, the fake outrage machine rumbles back to life.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE


Banana Republicans’ Assault on Democracy

In a speech last week to the Heritage Foundation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell used that war on terror-flavored jeremiad about an existential “threat” to describe a grassroots effort aimed at electing presidents via a national popular vote.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Rupert Ganzer (CC-BY-ND)

What Real Education Reform Looks Like

As 2011 draws to a close, we can confidently declare that one of the biggest debates over education is—mercifully—resolved.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



David Wiley (CC-BY)

Celebrating the End of Kids’ Wall Street Dreams

Amid fears of high youth unemployment creating a “lost generation,” there is suddenly a bright spot: Apparently, fewer young people are going to work in the industry that destroyed our economy.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



m.a.r.c. (CC-BY-SA)

Anger Sowing Seeds of a New Consumer Movement

A new report shows that after years of rising anger, consumer rage has reached an all-time high.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE


Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters

Something amazing happened: For 10 whole seconds, the local reporter on my TV screen actually talked about the realities of the recession.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


TV That Finally Lifts Journalism Back ‘Up’

On cable TV, “national news” is a euphemism for New York- and D.C.-focused content engineered primarily by a closed ecosystem of East Coast elites who believe the only things that matter are Manhattan gossip and Beltway games.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE


The Choice Between Democracy and Autocracy

His Majesty King John Hickenlooper, the sovereign governor of the Kingdom of Colorado, handed down an edict closing the grounds of the Capitol palace to the public and ordering his praetorian guard to arrest the peaceful Occupy Denver protesters assembled at the castle gates.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


Stopping the Insanity

Like most people living through this jarring age of economic turbulence and political dysfunction, you can probably recall a moment in the last few months when you thought to yourself that our lawmakers and corporate leaders are all crazy.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



Matt McGee (CC-BY-ND)

How Baseball Explains Modern Racism

New analysis of statistics gleaned from baseball provides a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in our institutionally racist society.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



Obama-Biden Transition Project

Two Heads of One Political Monster

By now, probably everyone reading this is already sick of America’s quadrennial political spectacle—the one in which politicians and media outlets ask us to believe that there remain vast differences between our two political parties.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE


University of Hypocrisy

In the firmament of celebrated Americana, there is Mom, apple pie, football and beer—but there most certainly is not marijuana.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



Erin Pettigrew (CC-BY)

Poll: Do You Know Who Represents You?

David Sirota got us thinking with this tweet: “My guess is that 50% of political [junkies] who follow every shred of news about Obama/GOP don’t have any idea who their state legislator is.” Do you know who represents you in your statehouse? Click here.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE


10 Years Later, It’s Time to ‘Broaden the Context’

Ten years ago this week, I, like many living in Washington at the time, was fleeing my office building.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Lesson of the Chinese Invasion

Many economic Nostradamuses have long predicted that the epitaph on America’s tombstone will ultimately read, “Made in China.” But casual observers probably didn’t think the funeral procession would happen this fast.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE


Race and the Church of Denialism

Today, many reject the fact that black people typically face bigger obstacles to economic and political success than whites. Instead, they insist that whites are oppressed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



theimpulsivebuy (CC-BY-SA)

The Vegetarian’s Dilemma

The next time you go shopping, imagine what a kid gleans from veggie burgers, veggie bacon, veggie sausage patties, veggie hot dogs, Tofurky and all the other similar fare that defines a modern plant-based diet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



kodomut (CC-BY)

Collateral Damage in the War on Anonymity

From warrantless wiretapping to ever-present surveillance cameras, our world is right now in the midst of a long war on anonymity.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



Tony the Misfit (CC-BY)

The Bizarro FDR

Barack Obama is a lot of things—eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and above all, calm. But one thing he is not is weak.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE


Toward a New Politics of Food

The easiest way to explain Gallup’s discovery that millions of Americans are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than they ate last year is to simply crack a snarky joke about Whole Foods really being “Whole Paycheck.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Finland Phenomenon

When I heard the news last week that the Department of Education is aiming to subject 4-year-olds to high-stakes testing, all I could do was shake my head in disbelief.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


Shining the Spotlight on the Corporate Pay Gap

As the deficit has exploded, incriminating facts have leaked out showing that many corporations pay more to their executives than they pay in taxes (and many firms pay no corporate income tax at all).

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE


Promoting Militarism While Hiding Bloodshed

In a breathless story somehow presented as a groundbreaking revelation, The New York Times recently reported that the Pentagon is—shocker!—using all sorts of media channels to market itself to the nation’s children.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE


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



Flickr / Luis Argerich (CC-BY)

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


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