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Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

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Nick Dearden

Nick Dearden

Nick Dearden is the director of Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement) and former director of Jubilee Debt Campaign.

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Don't Delay Developing World Debt—Cancel It

Forcing indebted countries to repay debt while the global economy operates like a giant casino is unjust.

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Leaked US Trade Talks Show How Trump Is Dictating Johnson's Approach to a Hard Brexit

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This May Feel Like the 1930s, But History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself

The left needs to end its sectarianism. Broad alliances and radical policies are required urgently.

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Amid Brexit Chaos, Britain's Political System Finally Implodes

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