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Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Oct 18, 2014
Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations; and strategies that make politics meaningful.

By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire

Mar 13, 2014
People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.

Beyond the Shock Machine

Sep 13, 2013
Some 50 years after the infamous Milgram experiments, Australian psychologist Gina Perry writes, "The standard account suggests that ordinary people can be manipulated into behaving in ways that contradict their morals and values -- that you or I could be talked into torturing a man But could we?"Can "you or I be talked into torturing a man"? author Gina Perry wonders .

Karzai’s Cabinet Woes Continue

Jan 16, 2010
It looks as if Afghan President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet strategy is still in desperate need of repair. The majority of his nominees have once again been rejected by the parliament, casting doubt on his ability to lead in the country's fractious political environment.

Milgram Experiment Revisited

Dec 19, 2008
A new study mirroring the infamous 1963 Milgram experiment has suggested that humans will still follow authority's beckon, even to the point of killing another person. The new report, timely considering the current debate around torture in the U.S., argues that it's not that humans are bad, but that "a massive social influence [is] going on."

U.S. Softens Stand on Internet Control

Jul 28, 2006
An administration official has indicated the United States may loosen its control over the Internet. The statement comes as something of a surprise after last year?s announcement by the Bush administration that the U.S. has no intention of relinquishing authority over its own invention.