Thom Hartmann

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Slavery can exist only in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of that police state was the explicit job of the militias.(Photo: Rodney Dunning/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
How Fears of Abolition Shaped the Second Amendment
“Give me liberty or give me death.” —Patrick Henry Article 1, Section 8, of the proposed Constitution had southern slave owners concerned about the future of their economy. Slavery can exist only in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of that police state was the explicit job of the...
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Tuesday, June 04, 2019
How Guns Literally Go to Men's Heads
People are asking why the shooter in Virginia Beach used a gun to settle his workplace score. The answer is probably pretty simple. When a man has a gun, he literally holds the power of life and death in his hand. That kind of power is extraordinarily seductive. With a gun in his hand, a man can...
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 U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden sit during a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Trade Representative Michael Froman in the Oval Office of the White House December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, Obama was meeting about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). ( Views
Thursday, May 30, 2019
If Democrats Want to Beat Trump, They Better Not Nominate a ‘Free Trade’ Candidate
“[Americans’] patriotism would certainly prefer its [tariffs’] continuance and application to the great purposes of the public education, roads, rivers, canals, and such other objects of public improvement as it may be thought proper to add to the constitutional enumeration of federal powers.” —...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
This Is How Republics Die
The American republic could die, just like Rome. Wavering for some time on the verge of becoming a complete oligarchy, America is on the verge of flipping from a democratic republic to a strongman or autocratic form of government, something that’s happened to dozens of democracies in the past few...
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Friday, May 17, 2019
The GOP Is on the Road to Mass Lockups for Women Who Have Miscarriages
The GOP’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is on its way. During Mike Pence’s first year as governor of Indiana, his state put a young woman in prison for having a miscarriage, alleging that she’d taken an abortion-causing drug. Purvi Patel didn’t have a trace of...
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
Republicans Have Put Our Country on a Path of Warp-Speed Decline—And They Want You to Think It's Worth Cheering For
Listening to Republicans, it’s apparent they don’t have much respect for the intelligence of the American people. Over 70 percent of Americans want a national health care system like every other developed country in the world has, but the GOP tells us that we just aren’t smart enough to make it...
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Has "Cover-Up General" William Barr Struck Again?
Back in 1992, the last time Bill Barr was U.S. attorney general, iconic New York Times writer William Safire referred to him as “Coverup-General Barr” because of his role in burying evidence of then-President George H.W. Bush’s involvement in “Iraqgate” and “Iron-Contra.” General Barr has struck...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’
America is having a heated debate about the meaning of the word socialism. We’d be better served if, instead, we were debating the meaning of freedom. The Oregonian reported last week that fully 156,000 families are on the edge of homelessness in our small-population state. Every one of those...
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Saturday, February 09, 2019
The Founders Created the Electoral College to Prevent a Foreign-Influenced Candidate From Winning—It Didn't Stop Trump, so Let's Scrap It
America’s Founders and Framers thought they could use the Electoral College to prevent somebody like Donald Trump from ever becoming president. Unfortunately, they were wrong, and now we’re paying the price. Given how the Electoral College hasn’t protected us from getting a president beholden to a...
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The new fifth-generation 5G cellular technology will bring a revolution to America every bit as transformational as was the transition from dial-up modems to high-speed broadband. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
How Libertarian Theology and Trump Are Destroying the Internet—and America
Check out this lede from Buzzflash in 2021: “Americans woke up this morning to the City of Chicago’s entire electrical system having shut down, along with the water systems of Boston and San Francisco, and all air traffic control in the Northeast. Several million homes with smart thermostats and...
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