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HOW MODERN MONEY WORKS — Economist Alan Nasser presents a slashing indictment of the vicious nature of finance capitalism; The Bio-Social Facts of American Capitalism: David Price excavates the racist anthropology of Earnest Hooten and his government allies; Is Zero-Tolerance Policing Worth More Chokehold Deaths? Martha Rosenberg and Robert Wilbur assay the deadly legacy of the Broken Windows theory of criminology; Gaming the White Man’s Money: Louis Proyect offers a short history of tribal casinos; Death by Incarceration: Troy Thomas reports from inside prison on the cruelty of life without parole sentences. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on how the murder of Michael Brown got lost in the media coverage; JoAnn Wypijewski on class warfare from Martinsburg to Ferguson; Mike Whitney on the coming stock market crash; Chris Floyd on DC’s Insane Clown Posse; Lee Ballinger on the warped nostalgia for the Alamo; and Nathaniel St. Clair on “Boyhood.”
Archives from April 2006
Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle: 100 Years Later
CONTRATIEMPO
In 1906, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was published. Almost immediately, it had an imp...
Proposals for Rationally Improving the City of Paris
LETTRIST INTERNATIONAL
The Lettrists present at the September 26 meeting jointly proposed the following solutions to the various urbanistic problems that came up in discussion. They stress that no constructive action was considered, since they all agreed that the most urgent task is to ...
What We’re Listening To This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, DAVID VEST And TOM D'ANTONI
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR My Own Private, Springsteen-Free Jazzfest, Week One Louis Armstrong: ...
Neil Young Kicks Out the Jams
RON JACOBS
On April 30, 1970, Richard Nixon told the world that US forces were invading the country of Cambodia. Within twenty-four hours of his announcement, the streets of many cities and towns around the United States and elsewhere were filled with angry protests against ...
Break Up the Big Oil Cartel
RALPH NADER
What a week it has been for the giant oil companies! Billions in record quarterly profits rushing into their coffers. An even bigger round of quarterly profits coming up. Gargantuan executive pay bonanzas. And a pile of "forces beyond our control" excuse...
Corruption Reform?
DON MONKERUD
In November, the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff for bribing Congress sent a chill through Washington. Additional indictments were on the horizon and politicians pledged to tighten restrictions on lobbying and clean up government corruption. Backed ...
Forgotten Memories, Personal and Political
FRED GARDNER
It’s no coincidence that the new O’Shaughnessy’s includes five articles on post traumatic stress disorder and t...
Xenophobia in a Land of Immigrants
JOHN CHUCKMAN
"One of the important things here is that we not lose our national soul." George W. Bush Was George Bush speaking of some truly shattering event in American affairs? Perhaps the imprisonment and tortur...
Opening a New Movement
LEE SUSTAR
More than 120 activists from around the U.S. met in Chicago April 22 to coordinate plans for national May Day protests for immigrant and worker rights. While Congress debates "compromise" legislation on immigration that will likely include a guest...
Securing the Homeland for Whom?
SETH SANDRONSKY
Recently, U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents helped to arrest over a thousand undocumented immigrant laborers in more than two dozen states. Some of them were deported. These immigrant laborers had produced wealth for IFCO Systems North America, a ...
A Fork in the American Road
BEN TRIPP
The United States of America recently came to a fork in the road of history. One path led to the fulfillment of the promise that America has made to the world: that it would champion freedom, justice, and opportunity by its own example. The other path led to slave...
JazzFest, Tears and the Renewal of New Orleans
TOMMY STEVENSON
A year ago I wrote a somewhat self-congratulatory column about attending my 30th consecutive New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The column was full of remembrances of "Jazz Fest moments," the close circle of friends from all over the country ...
War and Immigrants Rights: "It’s the Same System Behind Both Injustices"
ERIC RUDER
Camilo Meija was the first U.S. soldier to be jailed for refusing to redeploy to Iraq. Since his release in February 2005, Camilo has organized tirelessly against the war in Iraq, taking part in last month’s Latino march for peace from Tijuana, Mexico, to Sa...
May Day with Heart
PETER LINEBAUGH
The moon and hours have revolved again, dear hearts, and May Day is upon us. Spring has sprung as usual, though a strike, a boycott, a holiday, a refusal–call it what you will–looms hopefully on Monday morrow, and that is unusual. We’ll wear whit...
The Franken Plane
ROBERT BRYCE
It’s the Franken plane. No matter how many times the V-22 crashes, no matter how many people it kills, no matter how much it costs, the tiltrotor aircraft known as the Osprey just keeps on sucking down taxpayer dollars. The tab thus far: a staggering $18 bil...
Praying for Peace or Preying on Peace?
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
The United Methodist Church should be bringing disciplinary action against President George Bush for war crimes. Evidence continues to mount that Bush, a United Methodist, deliberately used his religious faith to deceive the American people in the run-up to his ad...
What You Won’t See in Flight 93, the Film
JAMES RIDGEWAY
The only people to defend the United States on 911 were the passengers and crews of the 4 hijacked planes. The President and the Secretary of Defense, the two top officials in the chain of command responsible for defense the country were o...
Hamas’ Impossible Mission
RAMZY BAROUD
It should be established by now that most Western governments are the least interested in honoring the decided democratic choice of the Palestinian people, which elevated to power a movement that is branded ‘terrorist’ by Israel, thus by much of t...
Operation Canned Meat and Its Derivatives
WERTHER
“Mundus vult decipi” (“the world wants to be deceived”) Martin Luther (1483-1546) Item: On the evening of 31 August 1939, members of the S.S. took a concentration camp...
Off With His Head!
WILLIAM S. LIND
On the surface, the question raised by six (at last count) retired generals of whether Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should resign has an obvious answer: of course he should. He was a key man in the cabal that lied us into the war in Iraq, and he may h...
"You Get What You’re Ready to Fight For"
SARAH KNOPP
Nativo López is president of the Mexican American Political Association and a spokesperson for the Great American Boycott 2006–a national day of action for immigrant rights on May 1. Where did these protests come from...
The United States of Israel?
ROBERT FISK
Stephen Walt towers over me as we walk in the Harvard sunshine past Eliot Street, a big man who needs to be big right now (he’s one of two authors of an academic paper on the influence of America’s Jewish lobby) but whose fame, or notoriety, depen...
Why Leftists Mistrust Liberals
ROBERT JENSEN
Some of my best friends are liberals. Really. But I have found it is best not to rely on them politically. Bashing the left to burnish credibility in mainstream circles is a time-honored liberal move, a way of saying “I’m critical of the e...
Making America Safer
DAVE LINDORFF
So after as long as four and a half years in captivity, no doubt complete with torture and abuse of all sorts, 141 of the remaining 500 captives at Guantanamo are going to be released by the Bush administration, which has finally determined that they, after a...
Honor and Injustice
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Last Valentine’s Day, the Federal Court of Appeals heard oral arguments concerning one of the greatest injustices in the history of U.S. jurisprudence. The lives of five innocent men hang in the balance, awaiting the decision of the 11th Circuit. Althou...