Views for 2011-08-22

Monday, August 22, 2011
Carol Smith
I Will Be Sitting in Front of the White House
Here in Nebraska, the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has largely focused on the danger of an oil spill contaminating our groundwater resources. Nationally though, growing numbers...
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Richard Wolff
Austerity: Why Capitalism Is Choosing Plan B
Last week, Democratic governors in New York and Connecticut repeated the austerity politics of Greece's Prime Minister Pappandreou and Portugal's former Prime Minister Socrates. In doing so, they...
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Amanda Marcotte
Texas, Sex, and Separation of Church and State
Governor Rick Perry of Texas has thrown his hat into the presidential contender ring, and his nascent campaign has quickly came to demonstrate why the blurring of the distinctions between church and...
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Stewart Acuff
A Sad Scene in America, the Past Dishonored and the Future Neglected
Our nation has just been shook by a completely home grown, manufactured and totally avoidable economic crisis--the politization of the USA's ability to pay its debts. This has resulted in the...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Learned Helplessness and the Imperial Mind
As some of you have perhaps noticed, I am fascinated by the Baroque, and, more specifically, with how so much of the cultural production in today's America resembles the fruits of that movement which...
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Paul Buchheit
Why the Rich Should Pay Higher Taxes
Wealthy Americans will recoil at the suggestion, likely responding with the tired mantra that the top earners pay most of the income tax. But two points can be made in response to that: (1) federal...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Libya War Argument
In April, 2003, American troops entered Baghdad and Saddam Hussein was forced to flee; six months later, the dictator was captured ("caught like a rat in a hole," giddy American media outlets...
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Danny Schechter
'Monetizing' Electoral Politics: TV Networks Are Out to Sell, Not Tell
Already the projections are in—not for who is going to win the election in 2012---but for how much it is likely to cost. Public Radio International concludes: “Campaign spending in the 2012 US...
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Mazher Ali
Let's 'Make Them' End the Great Recession
Did you breathe a sigh of relief when President Barack Obama signed the debt deal into law earlier this month? If not, you weren't the only one.
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Brian Tierney
Unions End the Biggest Strike in Years—but the Battle for Verizon Workers Continues
The nation’s longest and largest strike in the age of austerity ended this weekend. But the labor standoff continues as 45,000 Verizon landline technicians and customer service employees on the East...
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Karen Greenberg
Crisis of Confidence: How Washington Lost Faith in America’s Courts
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus. The event that “changed...
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Bill Quigley, Davida Finger
Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty
Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. It is impossible to understand what...
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