All Articles on Ronald Reagan

Practical Bernie Sanders voted for Obamacare, but he didn’t give up on his long-term goal of universal health care. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Radical—He’s a Pragmatist Who Fights to Un-rig the System
Sanders would use both markets and government to reverse the upward redistribution of income to the already rich.
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Mr. Reagan set the modern stage for the oligarchy we now experience. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, cc) Views
The Commons and the Danger of Misplaced Outrage
Sweeping condemnation of government ignores the indispensable purpose of government that is the cement of our country by serving everyone.
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Iranian mourners attending an anti-US demonstration aftr the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus. 290 civilian passengers and crew members, including 66 children, died. (Photo by Barry Iverson/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) Views
Ukraine Airliner Tragedy Evokes Memories of US Iran Air Shootdown, Cubana Flight 455 Attack
On July 3, 1988 the US guided missile destroyer USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655, an Airbus A300 flying in Iranian airspace and carrying 290 civilians from Tehran to Dubai via Bandar Abbas, killing all aboard.
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The crimes of Iran-Contra were shocking when they were revealed in real-time, but the murky ending has allowed the story to drift into relative obscurity, especially as the American right-wing embarked on a campaign (which I wrote a book about) to create a mythical Ronald Reagan who’d be worthy of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Reagan’s Forgotten Iran-Contra Escape May Reveal More About Trump’s Fate Than Watergate
The principles first laid bare in Iran-Contra—a deference to the raw exercise of power, including a willingness to overlook the rule of law—have become America’s cruel guiding spirit in the 21st century.
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In nation after nation throughout modern history, every time government has been taken over by oligarchs and corporations, democracy has died—usually to be replaced by a strongman form of oligarchy or outright fascism. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
A Democracy-Killing Duo: How the Supreme Court and the Morbidly Rich Are Ruining Democracy in America
This is not democracy; it’s oligarchy or, at the very least, a corporate state.
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Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Views
What the Dismantling of the Berlin Wall Means 30 Years Later
And the return of war-as-the-answer.
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The Oligarchs have accumulated massive power, all at the expense of the people. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
When the Fringe Is Mainstream and the Mainstream Is Fringe: On Orwell and US Oligarchy
The Democratic Party and the mainstream press are doing their best to make all records tell the same tale, and they’re doing it as part of a systematic coup by the oligarchy that has been four decades in the making.
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Democracies will only begin to revive when we reverse the Reagan Revolution and return to the classical economic and political systems that existed in the Western world before the neoliberal 1980s. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Views
If We Want US Democracy Back, We Must Undo Attack on Middle Class Launched by Reagan
So long as the governments of America and other countries are captives of oligarchs and big corporations, and hang onto anti-worker, anti-middle-class neoliberal policies, citizens will continue to drift toward hard-right “populist" politicians.
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Bush’s tough guy image worked magic in both of his elections, so no one pointed out the danger of his toxically masculine rhetoric. (Photo: USCG/Telfair H. Brown/public domain) Views
The Tough Guy Presidencies
If Trump is the current iteration of the tough guy president, then what would the next iteration be? Some would have you believe it cannot be any worse than Trump. Those people would be wrong.
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Donald and Ronald
Just how different is Trump's presidency from Reagan's?
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