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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 November 2007
Avoiding a Recession
PETER MORICI
Recessions are not inevitable adjustments built into the clockwork of a modern economy. Businesses no longer make products on long lead times and stumble into excess inventories of cars and appliances, triggering layoffs and pauses in consumer spending. Com...
First, Restore the Constitution and Reinstate the Judges
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
The lawyers’ movement in Pakistan—which by its courage has inspired the lawyers of the world to show solidarity for the rule of law—is at the verge of collapse. Political operators from all over the world have landed in Pakistan to share the spoi...
Israel’s Strategy for Permanent Occupation
JEFF HALPER
One may well think that the struggle inside the Jewish community of Israel is between those of the political right, who want to maintain the settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank so as to "redeem" the Greater Land of Israel as a Jewish country,...
The Horror and the Hope
HELEN REDMOND
First the horror, lest any believe there is not a massive and continuous health care catastrophe in this country that kills and forces people to live lives full of preventable pain and disfigurement. A short article with haunting photos in the New York Time...
In the Fox’s Lair
WILLIAM S. LIND
One reason parts of Iraq have quieted down, at least for a while, has received widespread attention: the Sunni split from al-Qaeda. AI-Qaeda’s own tactics alienated its base, which is usually a fatal political mistake, and for once we were wise enough not to...
A Peace Process That Makes Peace Impossible
NICOLA NASSER
Palestinian – Israeli peace-making can only deliver if Palestinians are united, but the current Annapolis “peace process” was launched first of all as a blueprint for perpetuating the inter- Palestinian divide. Commitment or non-commitment t...
Family Learning
RALPH NADER
They are free, valuable, personal and too often not mentioned or used. I speak of the insights, wisdom and experiences of families over several generations. Now that Thanksgiving weekend is over, how many families recounted some of their traditions for thei...
Rudy or Hillary: Pick Your Poison
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In new books writers as disparate as Naomi Wolf and Pat Buchanan conclude that America as we know her is disappearing. Both writers hope, but are not confident, that enough Americans will catch on in time to find the leadership to pull America back from the brink....
Remembering Victor Rabinowitz
MARJORIE COHN
On November 16, 2007, Victor Rabinowitz, one of the giants of the legal profession and a unflagging fighter for social justice, died at the age of 96. One of the founders of the National Lawyers Guild 70 years ago, Victor defended unpopular clients when other lawy...
Martin Amis Does a Coulter
RONAN BENNETT
What do you make of the following statement: "Asians are gaining on us demographically at a huge rate. A quarter of humanity now and by 2025 they’ll be a third. Italy’s down to 1.1 child per woman. We’re just going to be outnumbered." W...
On the Road to the Torture School
JOE DeRAYMOND
There are about 900 miles of interstate highway between eastern Pennsylvania and Columbus, Georgia. Route 78 runs east-west to Route 81 along the south slope of the Blue Ridge, 81 slides south and west through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and then through...
Memo to Striking Entertainment Writers
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
Dear Entertainment Writers on Strike: Recently returned to so-called civilization from the canyons of Utah, I had the opportunity, after long hiatus, to enjoy the product of some of your writing as it gets shoveled into the American maw via television (no TV in my...
Midnight in Beirut
KARIM MAKDISI
At midnight last Friday night, Lebanon entered the uncharted waters of a constitutional crisis as the outgoing President Emile Lahoud’s term ended without the appointment of a successor. Earlier in the day, the scheduled meeting of parliament to elect a new ...
A Dollar the Size of a Postage Stamp
MIKE WHITNEY
Lately it seems as though everyone wants to take a poke at the dollar. Last week, it was the Brazilian supermodel who demanded euros for her jaunts on the catwalk instead of USD. The week before that, hip-hop impresario, Jay-Z, released a video dissin’ the d...
The Pentagon’s "People System" Still Doesn’t Work
Col. DAN SMITH
Jordon Fox–does the name mean anything to anyone other than his family and personal associates? Probably not, unless you happened to be listening to yesterday’s news summaries when his name was mentioned. What about Tyson Johnson III or Robert...
The Myths of Military Progress
RON JACOBS
Making occupation and calling it peace. Killing fewer and calling it progress. Rotating troops and calling it a withdrawal. Setting up new death squads and calling them allies. Lowering standards and calling it opening new opportunities. All of the above p...
Howard’s End
BRIAN McKINLAY
John Howard is gone. A mean-spirited little toady and lickspittle to the Monster Bush, Howard’s end when it came was more like watching a blood sport,than an election result. Picture the scene. In Australia’s capital, Canberra, a huge cro...
Ruddslide and Dull Alec
BINOY KAMPMARK
Last Saturday, the drama of the Australian elections was played out. By the evening’s end, the result was clear: John Howard) had been steamrolled by Labor’s Kevin Rudd. The Howard era in Australian politics had come to an end. One government minister,...
The Final Battle in Bolivia
ROGER BURBACH
Evo Morales, the first Indian president of Bolivia, is forcing a showdown with the oligarchy and the right wing political parties that have stymied efforts to draft a new constitution to transform the nation. He declares, "Dead or alive I will have a new cons...
The Fall of a Racist Union Buster
RICK KUHN
Not only did conservative Australian Prime Minister John Howard lose the election last Saturday, he may have lost his seat as well. Labor now controls all nine Australian governments: State, Territory and federal. Industrial relations was the key iss...
Return to Alacatraz
BRENDA NORRELL
With the prayers, blessings and dances of the Shingle Springs Rancheria Miwok, Pomo, Pitt River and Calpullies, the Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering began, after 3,500 people crossed on boats to Alcatraz Island before first light. With the scent of sage filling t...
Good-Bye to All That
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Pat Buchanan is too patriotic to come right out and say it, but the message of his new book, Da...
Northern California Pot Chronicles
MARK SCARAMELLA
A cautionary tale, versions of which have happened in Mendocino County, and will continue to happen all over the Emerald Empire. On January 9 of this year, Rex Farrance, 59, a long-time technical editor of PC World Magazine, was murdered in a home invasion ...
Pakistan’s Wounded Dictator
SAMEER DOSSANI
After more than two weeks of supreme military command, Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf has had enough. Enough of international pressure to lift martial law, that is. Claiming to "have introduced the essence of democracy in Pakistan, whether ...
What Do You Know of War?
MONICA BENDERMAN
The doors have opened on another holiday season. Utility workers have spent hours hoisting holiday decorations to the tops of buildings and attaching lights to all the telephone poles in town. It won’t be long before the entrance displays of massive armored ...