Views for 2012-01-27

Friday, January 27, 2012
Peter Hart
Pentagon Budgets and Fuzzy Math
By the tone of some of the media coverage, you might have thought Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a plan to slash military spending yesterday. On the front page of USA Today ( 1/27/12 ),...
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Roger Bybee
Liberals’ Inequality Narrative Ignores Role of Free Trade, Unionbusting
The Occupy movement forcefully injected a long-taboo topic—America’s appalling “banana republic”-level economic disparities—into the mainstream political debate.
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Olivier De Schutter
Taking Back Globalization for the Many
DAVOS – The World Economic Forum’s annual gathering is normally little more than a toast to the benefits of increasing global GDP, trade, and investment. But this year’s meeting comes at a time when...
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Lawrence Lessig
After the Battle Against SOPA—What's Next?
January 18, 2012 could prove to be an incredibly important day, and not just for copyright policy or the Internet. On that day, two critically important things happened: First, with its 6-2 decision...
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Ellen Brown
The Shadow Banking System: A Web of Financial Fraud
The Wall Street Journal reported on January 19th that the Obama Administration was pushing heavily to get the 50 state attorneys general to agree to a settlement with five major banks in the “robo-...
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Dave Zweifel
What Citizens Can Do to Fight Citizens United
One of the most asked questions in my email inbox is what can the people do to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision that declared corporations people and opened the floodgates...
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Dennis Bernstein, Bill Means
Whitewashing History in Arizona
Arizona is closing public school ethnic studies programs that accuse whites of oppressing Chicanos and Native Americans on the grounds that these historical lessons constitute racist hate speech. But...
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Michael Parenti
Free-Market Medicine: A Personal Account
When I recently went to Alta Bates hospital for surgery, I discovered that legal procedures take precedence over medical ones. I had to sign intimidating statements about financial counseling,...
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Matt Taibbi
Is Obama's 'Economic Populism' for Real?
There is a lot to digest in a recent series of events on the Prosecuting Wall Street front – the two biggest being Barack Obama’s decision to make New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the co-...
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