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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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Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by USA
The Washington Post (8/10/16 ) published what has to be one of the most naked examples of projection ever displayed by a major American paper. The Post ’s editorial board, in another effort to bash Russia , lumped its President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s increasingly autocratic ruler President...
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Leftists Against Clintonism: It's Not Just About the Lies, It's About the Record
Speaking at Georgetown University in October of 1991, shortly after he announced that he would be pursuing the presidency, Bill Clinton put forward what he called " A New Covenant ," an agenda that proposed an alternative to both "small government" conservatism and "big government" liberalism. He...
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Revolution at a Crossroad
While distasteful for many, Clinton may represent progressives best path forward, at least in swing states...
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2020 Vision: Four Steps to Get There
Bernie Sanders started losing the election over 200 years ago , when Alexander Hamilton proclaimed "The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right." And when James Madison argued for a republic that would make it "more difficult for all who feel it to discover their own...
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It's as If They're Trying to Lose: Democrats' Optimism Ignores the Struggles of Millions
Writing in 2008, months before the year's presidential election, Ezra Klein — an ostensibly clear-headed, data-driven policy wonk — lavished effusive praise upon Barack Obama, praise that verged on the metaphysical. "Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really...
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Whose Century Is It? Life on an Increasingly Improbable Planet
Vladimir Putin recently manned up and admitted it. The United States remains the planet’s sole superpower, as it has been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. “America,” the Russian president said , “is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that.” Think of us, in fact...
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Imperial NATO: Before and After Brexit
Our interests and survival depend on Common Security diplomacy rather than the repeated and deadly failures of militarism
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Wary of Trump, Business Leaders Are Flocking to Clinton-Style Neoliberalism
Elections are, in the words of Noam Chomsky, "occasions on which segments of private sector power coalesce to invest to control the state." Since the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC , this description of corporate decision-making has become increasingly profound, with floods of...
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One More Warship: Remarks at the Launching of a ‘Stealth’ Destroyer
(Editor's note: The following remarks were delivered on Saturday, June 18, 2016 outside Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine during a protest against the christening of the U.S. Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer battleship. The author, along with eleven other people, was subsequently arrested during an...
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