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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 January 2008
ORVs on the Public Lands
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Right now various National Forests and BLM districts are beginning to put together travel management plans. Most of these plans are focused on corralling the growing abuse of our public lands by thrillcraft-ATVs, dirt bikes, dune buggies, swamp buggies, jet skis, ...
Power to the (Palestinian) People!
JEFF HALPER
The people of Palestine have done it again, taking their own fate in their hands after being let down by their own "moderate" political leadership and, indeed, the entire international community in their struggle for freedom. Early this morning they simp...
Musharraf, the Steadfast Ally?
PATRICK IRELAN
Late Wednesday night, January 23, the Associated Press released a story about Pentagon plans to use an increased number of U.S. troops to train Pakistani armed forces. Adm. William J. Fallon issued orders to officers under his command to start planning for this la...
Obama as Anthologist of Uplift
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Rock Hill, S.C. "In the sixties we used to go around saying, ‘Power to the People!’ and now forty years later, here it is–welcome Barack Obama!" This was the white introducer for Obama at a campaign event at Winthrop University i...
Is It Really So Hard to Believe That Iran Stopped Its Nuclear Weapons Program?
DAVID ISENBERG
Like the Energizer Bunny, the ripples from the Dec. 3 publication of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear program just keep going and going and going. Aside from the obvious fact that the prospect of a U.S. military attack...
What Gives the US the Right to Claim a Moral Monopoly Over the World?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction." Five Western military leaders. I read the statement three ti...
Indonesian Intelligence Service Threatens to Kill Human Rights Activist
ALLAN NAIRN
Last night, local time, during a ceremony celebrating democracy, one of the most noted killers in Indonesia, Col. Chaiwaran of BIN intelligence (Badan Intelijen Negara, State Intelligence Body), waited quietly in plainclothes. (Chaiwaran, a US-trained Kop...
Obama Strikes Back
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"I wish it didn’t have to be a choice. I think a lot of people who are torn between us feel that way. But it is a contest, and the contrasts have to be drawn and the questions have to be asked because, obviously, I wouldn’t be in...
The Power of Love
NORMAN SOLOMON
The last time my mother was in a hospital, an essay by Thich Nhat Hanh moved in front of my eyes. "Our mother is the teacher who first teaches us love, the most important subject in life," he wrote. "Without my mother I could never have known h...
Another Turn of the Screw
KENNETH COUESBOUC
Adam Smith was the first to argue convincingly that wealth depends on human activity’s ability to transform the material environment. A constant remodelling of nature that has given mastery over the whole planet to one particular animal species, human beings...
The Great Disappearing Act
DAVID ROSEN
The political shake-out is underway. The first presidential-candidate beauty contests of 2008 have take place and the big-game hunt of February 5th will likely anoint the next major-party candidates. The principle issues shaping the debate are the economy, occupat...
Where Did All the Good Times Go?
ALAN FARAGO
"Were the good times a mirage?" is the front page, above the fold headline in today’s New York Times. The article summarizes the point of view we buff to a shine in our blog (eyeonmiami.blogspot.com): that overdevelopment in Florida was grounded in...
How the West Was Re-Sold
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"I don’t know why I should even bother to eat this. I should just apply it directly to my hips." Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show Let me make a simple and practical suggestion to the Preside...
Hillary’s Harem
FARZANA VERSEY
Just suppose Jane Felix-Browne was famous or head of state and she decided to take her partner along on an official visit, would that be acceptable? No. Even the French would not permit it. Jane is the wife of Omar, son of Osama bin Laden. He has a pretty clean re...
St. Louis Mayor Booed Off MLK Platform
DON FITZ And ZAKI BARUTI
As the mayor approached the MLK Day podium the boos were so loud that the moderator stepped up to ask the crowd to let him speak. Over 500 people began chanting "Slay Must Go!" as dozens waved signs saying "End Racial Division – Recall Francis...
Divide and Conquer Politics
AL GIORDANO
Las Vegas, Nevada. The chairs in the Concorde Ballroom of the Paris Casino were arranged as if for a wedding, but were more a prelude to an ugly divorce. On one side of the at-large caucus room were supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton, led by an or...
Cheney Impeachment Gains Traction
MARJORIE COHN
Nine out of 23 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee favor starting impeachment hearings against Vice-President Dick Cheney. Six of the nine are co-sponsors of H.R. 799, which contains three articles of impeachment. Articles I and II of H.R. ...
Power Politics in the Klamath
FELICE PACE
Klamath Glen, California. Two years in the making, the people of the Klamath River Basin and Northcoast are finally getting a look at the proposed Klamath River Restoration Agreement which representatives of a couple of dozen agencies, tribes, irrigation, f...
Keeping Shakespeare in a Box
RICHARD NEVILLE
This year, Santa left me a gift I actually wanted: The complete works of Shakespeare on DVD, all 37 productions from the BBC. I tore open the box and plunged into the glossy Viewing Notes, with its details on the conception of the series and the source of finance....
The Bush Dollar Trap
DAVE LINDORFF
The first government response to America’s sinking economy was denial. We were told as recently as a month ago by administration officials and Wall Street charlatans that the economy was robust and that there would not be a recession. Now we are told that th...
Deregulation and the Financial Crisis
ROBERT WEISSMAN
It would be nice to write off the current crisis on Wall Street and global financial markets as something that only matters to the investor class. Unfortunately, the effects are already being felt in lower-income communities around the United States. Worst-...
Farewell to Old Economic Nostrums
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With his tax rebate policy, President Bush has put economic policy back on a Keynesian basis. Will it work? During the two decades it was in effect, supply-side economics had restorative effects on the American economy. Its predecessor, Keynesian demand man...
Cindy Sheehan Challenges Democratic Party Complacency
BEN TERRALL
Though it seems to have made little impression on the Democratic Party’s leadership, grassroots pressure for impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney and President Bush continues to grow in the U.S. On January 15, the anti-war group Code ...
Bolívar’s Sword
PAUL WOLF
"Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took the world by sur...
King Day in Columbia, South Carolina
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Columbia, South Carolina. It was a good day for John Edwards. The candidate didn’t march with the throng from Zion Baptist Church to the Statehouse Grounds for the King Day rally, sponsored for the past few years by the NAACP. Obama was the only hopef...