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Once an emancipatory project predicated on the right to study and engage the past critically, history under the reign of neoliberalism has receded into a depoliticizing culture of consumerism, a wholesale attack on science, the glorification of military ideals, an embrace of the punishing state, and a nostalgic invocation of the greatest generation.

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During performance reviews and other such discussions, focusing on what people may have done wrong makes them defensive and blinkers the mind, making it harder for them to change, psychologists say. Instead, conversations about what people would like to achieve are more likely to result in improvements.

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John Summers, editor-in-chief of the critical, satirical magazine The Baffler, appeared on Boston's WGBH News to introduce his journal to television audiences, saying that when people ask what the publication is about, he "remind[s] them that this sort of thing existed for a long time in the American cultural scene."

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We often speak as though the source of so many of our problems is complex and even mysterious. I'm not sure it is. You can blame it all on greed: the refusal to do anything about climate change, the attempts by the .01% to destroy our democracy, the constant robbing of the poor, the resultant starving children, the war against most of what is beautiful on this Earth.

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As if the Honduran coup leaders couldn't get any more nostalgic for the 1980s, they have closed down two domestic media organizations critical of the interim government, a move that shadows pretty much every Latin American coup in the past half-century.

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Being popular and Internet-savvy, writer Dan Froomkin surely holds a place in today's struggling newspaper business that's secure. At least that's what you'd think. Instead, The Washington Post has fired him. The move removes one of the only mainstream commentators to criticize Barack Obama from the left.

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CNN's political panel takes Hillary Clinton to task over what Jeffrey Toobin calls her "ridiculous" and "embarrassing" attack on Barack Obama's comment that some Americans are bitter about federal mishandling of the economy. And when John McCain's criticism of the Obama comment comes up, Jack Cafferty nearly blows a gasket.

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Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of "Cable News Confidential" (excerpted here).

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