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Archives from May 2013
Krugman’s Austerity Blinders
JOSHUA SPERBER
The liberal case against austerity has recently gained momentum with the exposure of Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s calculation errors in their influential pro-austerity paper, “Growth in a Time of Debt.” Amon...
Ecocide And The Soul Of A Nation
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and r...
Capitalism Described, Capitalism Disassembled
RON JACOBS
The fundamental problem of capitalism is that “it is structured, in its very operation, to make it impossible for millions, even billions, to be free in any meaningful sense.” This statement appears in the concluding chapter of economist Geoff Mann’s imp...
The Left Had No Choice But To Die
MATT FORD
“This is the politics of exhaustion. We have become a generation of leftovers” “We remain strangely impassive in the face of our own extinction” – Jeffre...
President Obama Will Have to Prove He’s a Changed Man
DAVE LINDORFF
Some on the left are writing hopefully these days that perhaps President Obama has finally realized he needs to back off on his warlike posture on drones and the War on Terror. They are seeing his talk about scaling back the use of drone killing machines and of reconsider...
So What If Freedom Isn’t Free?
SHELDON RICHMAN
“Freedom isn’t free.” We’ve all heard this glib line. It usually is uttered as an admonition to those who criticize some government imposition that is defended in the name of national security. The last time I heard it I had just condemned military conscrip...
Bernanke’s “Stimulus” for the 1%
MARK VORPAHL
When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take. “What stimulus programs?” I thought. Where are the jobs programs? Whe...
Mad Men’s Alpha Male Blues
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
For the past five years, the weekly dramatic series “Mad Men” has been the toast of American television.  In its first four years on the air, the show won an unprecedented four straight Emmys for Outstanding Drama.  Its top stars, including Jon Hamm as Don Draper an...
Undercover Drug Cop Arrests Autistic Student
ANTHONY PAPA
When it comes to the war on drugs, I thought I had seen it all. But I was shocked beyond belief when I read a ...
Fracking “Shock Doctrine” Unveiled
STEVE HORN
The shale gas industry has performed the “shock doctrine” at the 11th hour of the ...
The Bodies of War
DANNY ALEXANDER
In March, paralyzed Iraq veteran Tomas Young received national attention for a “Last Letter” he wrote to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, calling out their “insane vision” and demanding that they “beg for forgiveness” from both the Ameri...
Zimbabwe and Its Exiled
CHARLES R. LARSON
You come across a title like this ( We Need New Names) and a writer whose given name is NoV...
Three Poems by Paul Lojeski
POETS' BASEMENT
Friendship by PAUL LOJESKI Frank called to say George was going soon. That he’d refused more treatments: they were useless, nothing would cure him or even make him more comfortable. So he’d taken to...
Obama Hands Out the Hemlock
PAUL GOTTINGER
In Plato’s Trial and Death of Socrates Socrates is charged with corrupting the youth for the ghastly crime of encouraging his students to ask questions. The philosopher defended himself by saying he is actually a gift to Athens because like a gadfly to a horse, h...
Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?
CONN HALLINAN
“Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan as the international military alliance winds down it combat mission there, officials said.” -Agence France Presse, 3/1/13 There is no...
Syrian Rebels Turn on Their Political Leadership
PATRICK COCKBURN
Syrian rebel groups have strongly criticised their political leadership outside Syria, saying it has no real connection to the rebellion and calling for half of its members to be drawn from fighters inside the country. The rebuke follows a chaotic week for th...
Obama’s Personal Responsibility Snake Oil
AJAMU NANGWAYA
United States president Barack Obama appears to never pass up an opportunity when addressing Afrikan Americans to shift the responsibility for their success to personal effort and not the removal of structural barriers that are connected to white supremacy, sexism and cap...
Canada’s Gunboat Diplomacy
YVES ENGLER
People seldom think of Canadian foreign policy when the term “gunboat diplomacy” is used, but they should. It is not just the USA, Great Britain, France or other better-known imperial powers that use military force as a “diplomatic” tool. For example, Postm...
California’s Fracking Frenzy
JOSHUA FRANK
California’s Gold Rush may have ended well over a century and a half ago, but there are new prospectors in town and these suits aren’t toting tattered tents and rusty old pans. Instead the new Golden State pioneers employ geologists and lease expensive extractio...
Return of the Housing Bubble?
DEAN BAKER
Recent data showing house prices rising at their fastest rate since the collapse of the bubble have many people asking whether we are seeing another bubble. That is a good question. At the national level the answer would almost certainly be no. Different indexes sh...
Republic of War
SHELDON RICHMAN
Republicans are upset about President Obama’s May 23 foreign-policy address, yet politics aside, it’s hard to say why. “We show this lack of resolve, talking about the war being over,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ...
Gaza Held Hostage to Egypt’s Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Air of uncertainty is engulfing most matters related to Egypt. Since the Egyptian revolt started over two years ago, the country remains hostage to a barefaced power struggle with many destructive implications that have polarized society in unprecedented ways, perhaps in ...
Why I’m Incorporating Myself
BRIAN J. FOLEY Inc.
I’m sick of being shoved around by big corporations. They get to pollute the air I breathe; fire my friends, depriving them of health care and retirement funds; pull out of the community I live in, “downsizing” the workforce and leaving the city it probably never pa...
A Big Win for Seattle Teachers
DYLAN MURPHY
On Monday, May 13, Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced that “High schools may opt out of MAP [Measures of Academic Progress Test] in 2013-14.” This announcement was greeted with spontaneous celebrations by teachers and students at Garfield High ...
A Jurisprudential Cesspool
NORMAN POLLACK
When someone steals something, in this case a precious object, we call him a thief (to put it mildly), but when what has been stolen, and that by the highest officials of government and law, we can and should call them despots, for what has been stolen, most obviou...