Category Archives: Democracy

The Economics of Immiseration, the Politics of Seduction

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By Joseph Natoli The economics of immiseration would be impossible without the politics of seduction, and capitalism’s appeal to our unconscious will to power and domination is not easily countered. “The domain of seduction is the sacred horizon of appearances.” … Continue reading




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Recognition of Right – Forty Years after the Rodriguez Case

Brown v. Board of Education Congressional Gold Medal, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

By Robert Fitzgerald Introduction In 1973, a case was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States that has had a profound impact on public education in America.  Though unknown by most laypeople today, San Antonio v. Rodriguez was the case … Continue reading




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New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received a Whopping $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

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By Aaron Cantú Most of us are aware that the government gives mountains of cash to powerful corporations in the form of tax breaks, grants, loans and subsidies–what some have called “corporate welfare.” However, little has been revealed about exactly … Continue reading




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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

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By Henry Giroux This article draws from a number of ideas in Henry A. Giroux’s newest book, Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education. As universities turn toward corporate management models, they increasingly use and exploit cheap faculty labor while expanding the … Continue reading




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Coming Home to Roost: American Militarism, War Culture and Police Brutality

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By Colin Jenkins “President Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon…” – Malcolm X, December 1, 1963 “Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle… you are … Continue reading




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Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style: Supreme Court Edition?

Robert MacLean takes the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center graduation oath, October 22, 2011. (Photo Pogo gap via Wikimedia Commons)

By Peter Van Buren The Obama administration has just opened a new front in its ongoing war on whistleblowers. It’s taking its case against one man, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Marshal Robert MacLean, all the way to the Supreme … Continue reading




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The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Politics of the “Deep State”

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By Henry A. Giroux Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member for 28 years with the Senate and House Budget committees, has written an essay for Bill Moyers & Company titled “Anatomy of the ‘deep state’.”[1]  The notion of … Continue reading




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David Simon on Our Rigged Political System

David Simon. (Screen grab via Moyers & Company)

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill Moyers about the triumph of capital over democracy. “If I could concentrate and focus on one thing … and … Continue reading




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The History of Surveillance and the Black Community

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X waiting for press conference, March 26, 1964. (Photo: Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

By Nadia Kayyali February is Black History Month and that history is intimately linked with surveillance by the federal government in the name of “national security.”  Indeed, the history of surveillance in the African-American community plays an important role in the debate … Continue reading




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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

Edward Snowden at Sam Adams award presentation in Moscow

By Chris Hedges Last Thursday Chris Hedges opened a team debate at the Oxford Union at Oxford University with this speech arguing in favor of the proposition “This house would call Edward Snowden a hero.” The others on the Hedges … Continue reading




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