Views for 2009-05-28

Thursday, May 28, 2009
William Astore
Educating Ourselves to Oblivion
Hardly a week goes by without dire headlines about the failure of the American education system. Our students don't perform well in math and science. The high-school dropout rate is too high...
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Harvey Wasserman
The 8 Green Steps to Solartopia
The noble vision of a Solartopian green-powered Earth is at last upon us. Our eco-future is defined by the four Great Green Truths: we have a global crisis, it has a solution, the solution is...
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Peter Marcuse
Socialism One Sector at a Time
The closest we've come to a serious movement that adopted socialism as a goal was in 1968, and Rudi Dutschke - "Red Rudi" - was a charismatic leader in that movement in Berlin.
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Mary Jo Leddy
Let Iraq War Resisters Stay in Canada
Jeremy Hinzman was a soldier in the United States Army's elite infantry division, the 82nd Airborne. In 2002 and 2003 he served in Afghanistan in a non-combat role after applying for conscientious...
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Mark Weisbrot
The US and UK Need More Stimulus
In the last week the news that has roiled financial markets on both sides of the Atlantic was a warning from Standard & Poor's, the credit rating agency, that the UK could lose its AAA credit...
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Christopher Cooper
First We Got The Bomb And That Was Good
I woke Monday morning to the sound of BBC radio hyperventilating over North Korea's latest underground test of a nuclear bomb. This concern was extended and amplified as the day progressed: radio,...
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Margaret Krome
Children Plant Carrots and Democracy
As important as Michelle Obama's arms are to news reporters, the children helping plant and maintain the White House vegetable garden have an even more compelling story. They may be planting...
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Robert Parry
Obama Caves to 'Scaredy-Cat Nation'
A paradox of the modern United States is that it wields unprecedented military power in the world yet its people are constantly kept frightened about unlikely foreign dangers. Its politics, too, are...
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Roane Carey
Israel: Prussia on the Mediterranean?
It is an assumption almost universally acknowledged among the liberal American intelligentsia that while the Israeli occupation is repressive and abhorrent, Israel itself is an open, fully democratic...
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Laura Flanders
The President of Paradox
It will be an historic occasion when Sonia Sotomayor takes her seat. Assuming she's confirmed, she'll be the first woman of color and the first person from the Latino community to become a Supreme...
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Thomas Frank
The GOP's Feigned Outrage
Those who followed news coverage of the "tea party" protests last month will recall that one target of the partiers' ire was the TARP bailout of the banking system -- a policy of the Bush...
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Ted Rall
An Early Call for Obama's Resignation: With Democrats Like Him, Who Needs Dictators?
We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama's inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical...
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Mark Morford
The Big Gay Shrug
Here's a fun thing to do to calm your frazzled, saddened nerves in the wake of the CA Supreme Court's very unfortunate, but also merely annoying and karmically fleeting Proposition 8 decision : Head...
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Danny Schechter
Will This Financial Crisis Lead to True Reform or Plunder without End?
NEW YORK - It is almost axiomatic to argue that renewal comes out of chaos. And reform and change are born in crisis. The financial meltdown of 1907 led to the formation of the Federal Reserve Bank...
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Tom Gallagher
Make the Afghanistan War Supporters Hear Us – At the Polls
Is it Polyanna-ish to look for hopeful signs in the congressional votes that overwhelmingly supported President Obama’s supplemental appropriations request for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Perhaps...
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Ralph Nader
Avoiding Corporate Liability
Once upon a time early in the 19th century, corporations came into existence by state legislatures approving charters, which were granted for a limited period of time and for limited purposes. These...
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