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Archives from August 28th, 2012
The Decline of Political Protest
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. Once upon a time there was an organization called Amnesty International which was dedicated to defending prisoners of conscience all over the world. Its action was marked by two principles that contributed to its success: neutrality and discretion....
Why Cheaters Prosper
MIKE WHITNEY
Now there’s something you don’t see every day. If I told you that the Wall Street Journal ran no less than 3 articles in the last week promoting more regulations, you’d think I was crazy. But it’s true. And, for once, the WSJ...
The War in Mali
CONN HALLINAN
The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are ...
Dr. Frankenstein and the APA’s Decade of Monstrosities
ROY EIDELSON
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written nearl...
America’s Descent Into Poverty
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States has collapsed economically, socially, politically, legally, constitutionally, environmentally, and morally. The country that exists today is not even a shell of the country into which I was born.  In this article I will deal with America’s economic co...
The Boutique Philosophy of Ayn Rand
DAVID MACARAY
Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, made news by declaring himself to be an unabashed admirer of quasi-philosopher Ayn Rand.  Reportedly, Rand’s books are required reading for Ryan’s staff.  I think the case can be made that Ayn Rand appeals to people for the s...
Tax the Rich or Privatize the State?
SHAMUS COOKE
The Great Recession and its possible continuance has brought the issue of privatization to the forefront of American politics. But most Americans aren’t even aware that this debate is happening, because the media and politicians aren’t using the word “p...
Peace Talks Begin in Colombia
DANIEL KOVALIK
According to Colombia’s El Tiempo, 75% of Colombians want a dialogue between the Colombian government and the guerillas.    And, this stands to reason, for Colombia has been devastated by over 50 years of armed conflict which has cost the lives of hundreds o...
On Translating Securityspeak into English
KEVIN CARSON
One might wonder, reading the American “national security” community’s pronouncements, if they refer to the same world we live in. Things make a little more sense when you realize that the Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak...
Among the Paulites in Tampa
JEFF TAYLOR
Tampa. I’m a delegate to the Republican National Convention. First, two disclaimers:  (1) In writing about proceedings in Tampa, I’m speaking for myself, not for my state delegation, state party, or any other group.  (2) Any criticism of Mitt ...
Privatizing the Social Healthcare ‘Brand’
HOUMAN BAREKAT
London. The musician and satirist Tom Lehrer famously quipped that satire died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.  He might have saved his breath if he had known what was coming.  This week, the UK’s Conservative-led coalition gov...
Fast-Tracking Evictions in Spain
TOM GILL
The Spanish government has come up with draft legislation that it claims will jumpstart the country’s t...
Rabbi: “Pray for the Annihilation of Iran”
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