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Submitted by athena1 on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:54am
[note: please donate to corrente if you're not already as fucked as I am and living in bank-account seized hell over medical bills. This is not a game. This is a war.]
I'm reading the Grapes of Wrath for the first time ever.
"what land's outside the door? How if you wake up in the night and know — and know the willow tree's not there? Can you live without the willow tree? Well, no, you can't. The willow tree is you. The pain on that mattress there — that dreadful pain — that's you." - The Grapes of Wrath Read below the fold...
Submitted by Alcuin on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 11:18am
Grassroots Economic Organizing has published a very interesting interview with John Curl, author of For All the People, published by PM Press. Worthwhile reading ... it covers a lot of ground and draws parallels between the events leading up to the foundation of the Populist Party in the late 19th century and the events that we will be facing in the decades to come. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Sun, 11/25/2012 - 2:14pm
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 11:34pm
Cross-posted from Real Economics.
A week ago, Matt Stoller provoked a lot of discussion with his The Progressive Case Against Obama, a masterful accounting of this administration’s dismal policy record “on the grounds of economic and social equity.” Income and wealth inequalities, Stoller points out, have not just continued under Obama, but have actually become some fifty percent worse than during the Bush regime. Read below the fold...
Submitted by MontanaMaven on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 5:45pm
Secession is often derided by liberals as some kind of cock-a-mammy right wing nut idea from Texas. But the idea of being free to leave an organization or union or union of states should not be dismissed out of hand. In modern times, thoughtful people have come up with pretty solid theories to support this kind of freedom that both right and left should think about. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 9:49am
Submitted by scarshapedstar on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 11:20am
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 10:17am
Cross posted from Real Economics.
In response to President Obama’s rather inept explanation that nobody can build a successful business outside the supportive legal and physical environment created and funded by all the rest of us citizens of the republic, Mitt Romney declared that, “I’m convinced [the President] wants Americans to be ashamed of success.” Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Mon, 06/11/2012 - 11:47pm
Submitted by MontanaMaven on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 2:23pm
(I've taken some excerpts from a piece I did in July 2008 on Sheldon Wolin's "Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. Wolin was a professor of politics at Princeton U. He was also Chalmers Johnson's professor. This book is especially important now that the Occupy movement is here and we can see the similarities and differences between now and the sixties.)
How did we get to this state of what Wolin calls inverted totalitarianism with its Superpowerness? Wolin says it corresponds to the consolidation of the media into a handful of corporations. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Alcuin on Mon, 12/26/2011 - 6:12pm
Thank goodness for holidays and vacation time! I'm reading a long-put-off book, Toward an American Revolution: Exposing the Constitution & Other Illusions, by Jerry Fresia. In reading his brief account of the Shays' Rebellion of 1786-1787 and how it, along with other uprisings, influenced what transpired at the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia, I was struck by parallels between Shays' Rebellion and the OWS movement. Curious, I went looking for books on the subject and found two, one by Leonard Richards and one by David Szatmary. Read below the fold...
Submitted by votermom on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:58am
Submitted by JuliaWilliams on Sun, 08/14/2011 - 9:00am
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:46pm
(523 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
I spent two hours last night protesting Henry Kissinger’s appearance at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. Kissinger is hawking his new 600-page book on American Chinese relations and in which he assuredly buffs, revises and rationalizes his lengthy and deadly role in global history. “Hawking” is the right verb for the aged but dangerous Mr. Kissinger.
There were about 60 of us. We caused a bit of a stir on a refreshingly mild and busy Tuesday evening as the pedestrian and vehicular traffic streamed along Lexington Avenue. Read below the fold...