Views for 2012-02-22

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Ari Berman
The Buying of the President 2012: Meet the Super-PAC Mega-Donors
The more we learn about Super PACs , the uglier the picture gets.
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Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom
Ever since the first tent was pitched in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, the Occupy protests have been giving life to a “99 percent movement.” Expect to hear a lot more from them: plans for a 99...
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Glen Ford
The Need for a Black Agenda
Malcolm X, whose assassination is commemorated this week, warned us that, "If we don't stand for something, we may fall for anything." Forty-seven years later, most Black politicians and mainline...
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Brian Miller
Uprooting Inequality and Its Ideological Underpinnings
In the past few months, we’ve heard more than ever about economic inequality. This increased awareness is a breath of fresh air, but it’s not enough by itself. We can’t just point out the existence...
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Jodi Jacobson
Religious "Freedom" to Deny Women Health Care: The Ham Sandwich Defense
In his testimony at the February 16th, 2012 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the contraceptive coverage mandate under health reform, the Most Reverend William E.
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Randa Musa
My Husband, Khadr Adnan, Has Shed a Light on Israel's Disregard for Human Rights
The name of my husband, Khadr Adnan, has now become known across the world . Four months ago he was unknown outside of our homeland, Palestine. His hunger strike of 66 days has transformed him into a...
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Dave Zweifel
Sad Email Underscores How GOP Divides Us
My recent column suggesting that it’s time we stop demonizing public workers in Wisconsin generated a huge response from around the state. Many thanked me for writing it, others suggested I take a...
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Jim Naureckas
Media's Weird Ethics: Pretending to Be Someone Else Is Worse Than Facilitating Global Catastrophe
There's a popular verb in headlines about climate researcher Peter Gleick's admission that he used trickery to get damning documents out of the climate change-denialist group the Heartland Institute...
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Jim Hightower
Cooperatives Over Corporations
We're being told by today's High Priests of Conventional Wisdom that everyone and everything in our economic cosmos necessarily revolves around one dazzling star: the corporation.
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Randall Amster
Debt of Gratitude: Less Earning, More Learning
I’d like to share a story, a personal story, a common story, an American story. For nearly two decades, I have carried the burden of a crushing student loan debt, well over six figures and impossible...
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Tom Engelhardt
When Does Violence Matter?
In December 2001, 110 of 112 revelers at a wedding died, thanks to a B-52 and two B-1B bombers using precision-guided weapons to essentially wipe out a village in Eastern Afghanistan (and then, in a...
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Jules Boykoff
Where Victors Are Victims: Santorum and Republican 'Dissent'
Recently, while cavorting with a solemn band of pastors in McKinney, Texas, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lashed out at the “secular left” as an atheist plague distilled into the human form of...
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David Macaray
Two Negative Perceptions of Labor
Included in a front-page Los Angeles Times feature article (February 21, 2012) on AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka was this sobering observation: According to a 2011 Pew poll, only 45-percent of...
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Phil Rockstroh
Cash Of The Titans: Against The Noxious Fantasy Of Limitless Growth
The concept of endless economic growth, accepted as sacrosanct by both U.S. mainstream political parties, and internalized as the dominant mode of mind by the general population of the corporate/...
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