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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 2012
What’s Wrong with the Economy?
MIKE WHITNEY
The reason the US economy is still sluggish 4 years after Lehman Brothers defaulted, is of lack of demand. Demand dropped off after the housing bubble burst and has never really recovered. Economist Dean Baker calculates that hit to demand is somewhere in the neighborhood...
Terror in a Christmas Tree
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel’s large Palestinian minority is often spoken of in terms of the threat it poses to the Jewish majority. Palestinian citizens’ reproductive rate constitutes a “demographic timebomb”, while their main political programme – Israel...
Carnage in the Congo
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The UN has condemned Rwanda’s role in the carnage in the Congo for supplying arms and aid to the M23 rebels fighting the Congolese army in northern Congo yet provides the Rwandan military ten$ of million$ in arms and aid for the thousands of Rwandan “peacekeepers” o...
Psychoanalyzing Obama
WILLIAM MANSON
In the past decade or so, millions of people endured shockingly brutal, lawless warmaking and state terror on the part of Bush and his accomplices.  While millions were caught up in the whirlwind of destruction released by Bush et al., others back in the Homeland shook ...
The Politics of Partition of Historic Palestine
MAHMOUD N. MUSA
Paris. “At some point, Mr Abbas must admit to his people that most of the refugees will never return to Israel: that is the price of partition”. This statement appeared on page 14 of the issue of the Economist dated Sept...
The End
LINH DINH
The world just ended, and I’m still here, so maybe I’m already in hell, where I have reserved a booth jammed with half-forgotten faces, or maybe I’m shunted to heaven, thanks to a bureaucratic mix-up. Swedenborg said that heaven or hell can appear just like a...
The Bloody Legacy of Wayne LaPierre and the NRA
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Listening to NRA chief Wayne LaPierre lash out at any notion of gun control during that staunch gun advocate’s first public appearance in the wake of the horrific Connecticut school shooting triggered flashbacks to defiance I once heard from 1960s-era segregationist Geo...
What Egyptians Say About Their Referendum
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Are you voting Yes or No on the constitution? Of course, yes, said a bearded young man in Shoubra while lining up to vote for the referendum. Have you read the constitution? No I haven’t but it is enough for me that it employs sharia as the...
Oligarch Smackdown: Live!
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow. Who said the filthy rich are good for nothing? Their antics are very entertaining! The Nouveau Riche have always been notorious headline-stealers, but the newest crop of Russian oligarchs make the robber barons of previous generat...
Egypt’s Revolution Stumbles
MARK VORPAHL
The call for a new constitution was a key political demand of the Egyptian people when they overthrew the thirty-year dictatorship of Mubarak. Motivating this was the desire to begin dismantling the repressive bureaucratic state machinery they had suffered under and repla...
All Voting Got Me Was Jury Duty
CHRIS CHECKMAN
Let’s begin here with a confession: I’ve only voted ONCE since 1988. Okay, vent your spleens in any way you choose. You are right; but, only to a certain point, as I have had my reasons. Get your venom out; but, after that, take a breath. Then...
All I Want for Christmas
BENJAMIN WILLIS
Dear Santa, I just wanted to shoot you off this quick note to ask you for a gift this Christmas before tomorrow in case something catastrophic happens. I know that this year has been especially challenging for your crew as far as figuring out who’s been naugh...
Democrats, Social Security and the Fiscal Cliff
ROB URIE
With democrats ecstatic that political dysfunction has postponed their cutting the social insurance programs that Americans have paid for and count on for a few weeks, discussion of the intricacies of ‘chained CPI’ (Consumer Price Index) versus other measures of infla...
How the Colombia Trade Agreement Accelerates Human Rights Abuses
DANIEL KOVALIK
In October of 2011, President Obama, over the objections of the U.S. and Colombian labor and human rights community, submitted the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for passage by the U.S. Congress.   Congress quickly passed the FTA — which was originally negoti...
Guns, Race and America’s Collective Psychosis
ISHMAEL REED
When I appeared on a panel with Chris Hedges during the Miami International Book Fair, I told him and the audience that I appear in a book called ...
The Crass Cynicism of Right-to-Work Laws
ANDREW LEVINE
Teddy Roosevelt called their counterparts a century ago “malefactors of great wealth.”  They tried to buy the 2012 election for Mitt Romney, and the Senate for the GOP.  That was unwise, inasmuch as they have been getting all they could hope for from Barack Obama an...
Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future of Progressive Politics
STEVEN DUREL
Linguistics professor Noam Chomsky has been America’s premier political dissident since the Vietnam War. As a vocal critic of US foreign policy, the self-described “libertarian socialist” has been beloved by generations of students and activists. In the wake of the ...
Another Look at “Sustainable” Animal Farming
LEE HALL
Smeared with animal fat and loaded with poison, an M-44 is a tiny land mine.  The sodium cyanide-filled lure is one weapon of choice for Wildlife Services—a U.S. government agency deployed to battle predator animals around farms. Many casualties are collateral: ...
The Conviction Gap
NORMAN POLLACK
“I don’t think I’ve been on vacation.” No, Obama, you have been too busy servicing corporate wealth and major banking interests–as well as keeping the US embroiled in war, intervention, and your signature, armed drones for targeted ass...
Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action
RALPH NADER
Po Murray, a mother of four children in Newtown, Connecticut, the location of the shooting rampage that took the lives of 20 youngsters and six adults, met with about forty of her townspeople in the local public library to take their grieving to a new level of resolve tha...
The Border Security and Criminal Alien Consensus
TOM BARRY
Democracy in America works. One has only to observe the surge of bipartisan support for immigration policy reform following the November elections. Election results revealed the new demographics of a multiracial, multiethnic America that is pushing aside the anti-i...
Why the Washington Post Killed the Story of Murdoch’s Bid to Buy the US Presidency
JONATHAN COOK
Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand. Bernstein highlights a story first disclosed earlier this month in the Washington Post by his for...
What Would a Country Without Labor Unions Look Like?
DAVID MACARAY
What would a country without unions look like?  Before answering, we should clarify labor’s role, both historically and presently.  The purpose of a labor union is and always has been  to raise the standard of living for working people.  Simple as that.  And by “...
One Year After the West Coast Port Shutdown
PETER LITTLE
In the last few weeks of November and December, strikes have broken out or been threatened at the Ports of Oakland, LA, Portland, Seattle and beyond. These struggles of port workers (SEIU clerical, short haul truckers, ILWU longshore/security guards/clerical), against reg...
Police State India
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the middle of December 2012, New Delhi was once again choking on a thick stratum of smog. Everyone around me was coughing, while I was supposed to be filming, for one of my documentaries. But in such conditions, filming became almost impossible, unless one was yearning...