Views for 2011-08-02

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ralph Nader
Retreat, Surrender, Can He at Least Plead?
The headlines came quickly after President Obama concluded the deficit-debt deal with the Republicans Sunday evening. There were few shades of gray. The New York Times editorial was titled "To Escape...
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John Feffer
Debt and Empire
To: General Petraeus, Langley HQ From: Operative 650, Kabul office Re: Memo XE1955 General Petraeus:
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Christopher Brauchli
Principle Justifies Penury
It ain’t by princerples nor men My preudunt course is steadied- I scent wich pays the best, an’then Go into it baldheaded. — James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers A Politician’s Dictionary:...
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Sam Pizzigati
Doing Debt Ceiling Battle the FDR Way
Against a Congress where zealously rich people-friendly conservatives hold the upper hand, how much can a President of the United States committed to greater equality realistically hope to accomplish?
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Sarah Churchwell
The Willful Ignorance That Has Dragged the US to the Brink
Here's a monumental historical irony: a moment in the origins of the United States that every American schoolchild learns to view with pride, the Boston Tea Party, has now become a symbol of our (...
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David Krieger
The Indoctrination of Missile Launch Officers
The US Air Force has a history of indoctrinating its missile launch officers to assure that these officers will have no moral qualms about following orders to use weapons of mass annihilation. In a...
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Jayati Ghosh
The Truth About the Global Demand for Food
Ever since the global food crisis of 2007-08, a perception has persisted in many parts of the world that one of the main underlying reasons for the price spikes in major food items – especially food...
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Tom Engelhardt
Lowering America’s War Ceiling? Imperial Psychosis on Display
By now, it seems as if everybody and his brother has joined the debt-ceiling imbroglio in Washington, perhaps the strangest homespun drama of our time. It’s as if Washington’s leading political...
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Eric Holt-Giménez
Walmart's Food Deserts: Greening the Bottom Line
Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that SUPERVALU, Walgreens and Walmart committed to open or expand 1,500 supermarkets across America's food deserts -- low-income areas without easy...
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Linda McQuaig
Tycoons Laughing All the Way to the Bank
There are likely few characters less loved in America these days than hedge fund managers — widely regarded as among the archvillains of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. So, months ago, when Washington...
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