Views for 2010-03-29

Monday, March 29, 2010
Ralph Nader
Attention Deficit Democracy
A society not alert to signs of its own decay, because its ideology is a continuing myth of progress, separates itself from reality and envelops illusion. One yardstick by which to measure the decay...
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Glenn Greenwald
Mike McConnell, the WaPo, and the Dangers of Sleazy Corporatism
In a political culture drowning in hidden conflicts of interests, exploitation of political office for profit, and a rapidly eroding wall separating the public and private spheres, Michael McConnell...
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Jane Hamsher
Tribal Loyalty and the Corporatist Agenda: It’s Not Just For Republicans Any More
In 2007, Glenn Greenwald wrote a column about how our political debate was being constrained by the demonization of figures like Howard Dean, Al Gore or Ron Paul who were singled out and labeled "...
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Sean Gonsalves
A Field of Memes
Living in a place without a real spring, I have to simulate the vernal equinox in my mind through an annual ritual of reading baseball books.
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Debra Sweet
Welcoming a CIA Official at Fordham
I'm not sure what was worse; sitting in an auditorium for a speech by the head of CIA clandestine operations, or having most of the audience give a standing ovation afterward. There were some low...
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Mary Bottari
Could Bloomberg Lawsuit Mean Death to Zombie Banks?
My recollection is a bit hazy. How does one kill a zombie exactly? Do you stake it? Cut off its head? Nationalize it? Perhaps it's time to ask the experts at Bloomberg News .
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Gene Mulligan
Congress: Let My Tax Cut Expire
As Congress begins debate over what to do about the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, I hope it has the courage to let my tax cuts expire. It would be the right thing to do. Back in 2001, Congress...
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Sarah van Gelder
In America: Getting Beyond the Hate
If we had any question about the timeliness of the spring issue of YES!, "America: The Remix," those doubts were put aside by the race-baiting at recent tea party rallies. Less well known are the...
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Paul Krugman
Punks and Plutocrats
Health reform is the law of the land. Next up: financial reform. But will it happen? The White House is optimistic, because it believes that Republicans won't want to be cast as allies of Wall Street...
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Chris Hedges
Is America ‘Yearning For Fascism?’
The language of violence always presages violence. I watched it in war after war from Latin America to the Balkans. The impoverishment of a working class and the snuffing out of hope and opportunity...
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Chip Ward
Welcome to Glennbeckistan: Where the Tea Party Rules and Tea-hadis Roam
What if the Tea Party ruled? Imagine a land, let's call it Glennbeckistan, where white, patriarchal, religiously zealous, Tea Party-type patriots hold a super-majority in both houses of the...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Modern Slavery
In textbooks across the country, students are still taught that slavery in the US ended with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in 1865.
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Norman Solomon
A Bomber Jacket Doesn't Cover the Blood
President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush. On Sunday, during his first presidential trip to Afghanistan, Obama...
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