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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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Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen, an emeritus professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, collaborates with Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute. He is the author of several books, including The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men and  Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully. He can be reached at or through his website.

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Instituting Liberty: Contested, Changing, Conflicted Definitions

Reasonable people can disagree, and a university should be a place where those disagreements are celebrated. That would be a good starting point for a Liberty Institute.

Robert Jensen ·

'A Certain Terror': A White Male Perspective on Being an Ally

White men, at all levels of "success," should stop looking for scapegoats, for easy targets to avoid accountability. We should realize we need to save our own lives.

Robert Jensen ·

From Our Post-9/11 Archive: 'Stop the Insanity Here'

Will the United States ever learn from history?

Robert Jensen ·

Restless and Relentless Minds: Thinking as a “Species Out of Context”

We must face the inevitability of fewer people consuming less energy and fewer material resources.

Robert Jensen ·

'Cancel Culture' Cannot Erase a Strong Argument

I'm not concerned about myself but about the progressive community's capacity for critical thinking and respectful debate.

Robert Jensen ·

The Danger of Inspiration: A Review of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

Naomi Klein's new book is essential reading, but does it go far enough in confronting the grim realities we truly face?

Robert Jensen ·

On Good Guys and Bad Guys

If we want to end men’s violence against women we have to acknowledge the effects of patriarchal socialization, and such critical self-reflection is rarely a pleasant task, individually or collectively.

Robert Jensen ·

When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?

The unfortunate, but likely answer: Never.

Robert Jensen ·

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