Paul Street

Paul Street

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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"Nobody in Congress is talking seriously about passing bills to remove private cash from the public elections—or even to mandate reasonable “dark money” disclosure." (DonkeyHotey/cc) Views
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Who Will Protect Elections From U.S. Oligarchs?
I recently heard on cable news that special counsel Robert Mueller wanted to interview some “Russian oligarchs” about their supposed influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Liberal talking heads at such organizations as MSNBC and CNN keep warning that nothing has been done yet to protect...
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A Paraguayan protester dressed as "Uncle Sam" during a 2005 march in Asuncion, Paraguay, against U.S. military forces. (Jorge Saenz / AP) Views
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony
There are good reasons for any good progressive to bemoan the presence of the childish, racist, sexist and ecocidal, right-wing plutocrat Donald Trump in the White House. One complaint about Trump that should be held at arm’s-length by anyone on the left, however, is the charge that Trump is...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Capitalism: The Nightmare
The neoliberal, arch-capitalist era we inhabit is chock-full of statistics and stories that ought to send chills down the spines of any caring, morally sentient human. Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of the world’s population is poor, living on $10 a day or less , and 11 percent (767 million...
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Yemen War Views
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem —including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945. Murder, Direct and Proxy Direct A grisly distinction exists between those Uncle Sam has...
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Monday, August 29, 2016
It Takes a Ruling-Class Village to Staff the White House
A recurrent theme in major speeches given last month at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia held that Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton look to “we the people” instead of rich, powerful and purportedly great individuals like Donald Trump to guide the United States...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas
The American version of democracy focuses on elections and candidates. As the venerable left intellectual Noam Chomsky observed in June, “Citizenship means every four years you put a mark somewhere and you go home and let other guys run the world. It’s a very destructive ideology … a way of making...
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