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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 October 2013
Happy Black Tuesday!
MIKE WHITNEY
Historians often point to October 29th, 1929, as the beginning of the Great Depression, but it really wasn’t. Black Tuesday, as it is known today, was merely the capitulation-phase of a stock market collapse that had begun more than a month earlier. Equities prices ...
The Risk of Snowden Fatigue
BINOY KAMPMARK
Oh, the fury of the states at the peeping toms of Uncle Sam, the lusty search for data, material and subject matter.  The latest Edward Snowden spectacular has seen the Spanish government haul the US ambassador before its offices to deal with “doubts” arising from hi...
The Republic of Denial
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
To inform people is hard slugging.  Everything is lined up against the public being informed, or the policymakers for that matter. News is contaminated by its service to special interests and hidden agendas. Many scientists or their employers are dependent on federal mon...
Now is the Time to Film at Fukushima
HARVEY WASSERMAN
We are in desperate need of documentary filmmakers at Fukushima. The Japanese government is about to pass ...
Why Greenspan Owes America an Apology
DEAN BAKER
Alan Greenspan will go down in history as the person most responsible for the enormous economic damage caused by the housing bubble and the subsequent collapse of the market. The United States is still down almost 9m jobs from its trend path. We are losing close to $1tn a...
The Corporate State of Surveillance
RALPH NADER
America was founded on the ideals of personal liberty, freedom and democracy. Unfortunately, mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data threaten to undermine civil liberties and our privacy rights. What started as a necessary means of reconnais...
The Politics of Britain’s Badger “Cull”
LESLEY DOCKSEY
Digging ever deeper into the facts about the badger culls, the more I come across evidence showing they are being carried out on the basis of false figures, manipulated evidence and a lot of, to quote Hillary Clinton, “mistelling of the truth”. The more I discover, th...
Bolivia’s Cynical Utopia
JOHN SEVERINO
Many people have sung the praises of the progressive government that came to power in Bolivia in 2006. Under the leadership of Evo Morales, unionist and former coca grower who led the relatively new MAS party to a sweeping victory, the Bolivian government has instituted a...
Washington Does Not Like Snarky
JOHN GRANT
To: Jofi Joseph, Washington DC Dear Mr Joseph: I read of your firing as a low-level national security adviser in the White House thanks to your “snarky” tweeting about various Obama administration officials above you in the pecking order. I unders...
Watershed Moment for Canada’s NDP
YVES ENGLER
This past week may come to be seen as a watershed moment in the NDP’s capitulation to neoliberal capitalism. Canada’s nominally social democratic party effectively supported a major corporate ‘trade’ accord all the while opposing an International M...
Is American Yoga Racist?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
It was late summer, and the young white middle-class women that run the Power of Om Yoga Studio in idyllic Santa Barbara, CA were bored.  Suddenly, they struck upon a novel idea.  Let’s invite our friends and neighbors to dress up like “Black people.”  And not ju...
NSA Does the Grand Tour
MICHAEL BRENNER
NSA returned to center stage last week thanks to revelations that it has tapped the phones of European leaders.  The resulting ruckus raises three questions: why? how far will the targeting governments go in demanding redress? how will Washington respond? In considering ...
A Poet in the Great Bear Rainforest
LORNA CROZIER
The big grizzly is perched on the other side of the river bank, so near he can hear the rain on my jacket. He raises his blunt head and courses the air. Stares at me and sniffs. Above the stench of rotting salmon, my smell has been drawn into a grizzly’s nostrils...
Libya is Liberated! But Please Don’t Visit!!
PATRICK COCKBURN
It is revealing to read Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advisories addressed to British citizens about security, or the lack of it, in countries where the Government otherwise plays down the dangers. I used to enjoy reading scary FCO advisories about Iraq eig...
Killing Andy Lopez
SHEPHERD BLISS
Another child has been killed. Andy Lopez was playing with a toy on Oct. 22 near his home in a Latino community in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Northern California. A sheriff’s deputy pulled the trigger and hit the 13-year-old seven times, fearing that his toy assault rif...
Hi-Tech Fun and Games with the NSA
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Voutenay sur Cure, France. The reports that the US National Security Agency is spying on foes and friends with happy abandon should not come as a surprise. The news channel France 24 described the affair as “Old Revelations; New Outrage,” which sums it...
Bank Regulation, Drone Warfare, Cracks in the Alliance
NORMAN POLLACK
The Obama administration isn’t inexperienced, it is criminal.  This accounts for its failures, all glaringly visible in just the past week, which POTUS himself will not admit as failures but weasel out of through posturing or otherwise invoke specious arguments.  Much...
Miracles in Minneapolis and Seattle?
WILLIAM KAUFMAN
To vote or not to vote? To run or not to run? Those are the questions —whether it is nobler (and more effective) for the left to (a) venture into an antiquated, gerrymandered, bought-off, computer-rigged American electoral maze, where progressive third parties get lost ...
A Tale of Two Media Conferences, 43 Years Apart
PAUL KRASSNER
“In the time when new media was the big idea that was the big idea” –lyric from U2 song,”Kite” In June 1970, a charter flight was on its way from San Francisco to the Alternative Media Conference at Goddard College in P...
Politics, Money and the New Media
DOUG DOWD
DOLLAROCRACY: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by John ...
Beyond Russell Brand’s Revolutionary Change
ELLIOT SPERBER
Russell Brand’s recent calls for revolutionary change (in his BBC i...
Keystone XL: The Art of NGO Discourse
CORY MORNINGSTAR
Keystone XL Investigative Report Series | THE ART OF NGO DISCOURSE | Part I  | ...
Lou Reed: a Flash in the Dark
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Sometimes, a person has to disintegrate for their own good, and — assuming survival — rebuild themselves out of the wreckage of the old life. I did this during the late 1980s, and so far that reworked me has remained a reasonably reliable and prosaic vehicle for my su...