All Articles on Ronald Reagan

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Media Concentration is a Totalitarian Tool
AUSTIN, Texas — Now here's a dandy example of the kind of thing that never makes it to the front page or the top of the news broadcast, but that affects absolutely everyone. The Federal Communications Commission, led by Michael ("my religions is the market") Powell, is fixing to remove the last...
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Senator Lott and the Legacy of Race
Even many Republicans are rightly appalled by Trent Lott's nostalgic appeal to Southern segregationism and the Dixiecrats. The Lott controversy, however, raises larger questions about the ways both major parties continue to incite and appeal to race in various guises in order to achieve fragile...
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How Did Iraq Get Its Weapons? We Sold Them
THE US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban affairs -- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under...
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Economic Inequality in US
Like those magicians whose hand is quicker than the eye, the acolytes of American capitalism make arguments that are fascinating - and deceptive. The historian Francis Fukuyama, darling of American bankers and industrialists and conservative politicians, famously proclaimed "the end of history"...
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Bush Mimics Reagan and the Corporate Stranglehold on U.S. Media Tightens
Bush rallies America in a perpetual war against "evil ones" and the "axis of evil." Ronald Reagan used the cold war to lambast the "evil empire" of the Soviet Union. Their administrations are strikingly similar not only in their use of adjectives, but also in denouncing Washington and "big...
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Bush's Radical Shift in Military Policy
GEORGE W. BUSH is widely regarded as the avatar of a conservative restoration, but he is the opposite. This presidency marks a radical overthrow of traditional American values and policies. Civil liberties are obviously at issue in the new regime of homeland security, but the most drastic shift...
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Enron's Fall: FDR's Ghost
When the Enron story first broke, Vice President's Cheney's spin-mistress, Mary Matalin, dismissed it as unimportant. Referring to Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal (which really was unimportant), it doesn't even involve a "blue dress," she insisted. But the Enron scandal is important; and not...
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New Targets of Terror: Media Outlets and a Poor Country to Build Back for Big Oil
Anti-U.S. sentiment, protests and anger are spreading across Pakistan even among anti-Taliban moderates and pro-western, English-speaking liberals. They wonder why the U.S. continues to bomb a poor country like their next-door-neighbor-to-the-west, Afghanistan. Today, as U.S. Secretary of State...
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Pitching Softballs: Why are Journalists Going Easy on Bush?
Imagine that while Bill Clinton was president, Secret Service agents had gone to fetch Chelsea Clinton's boyfriend from jail, where he'd been arrested for public drunkenness. One could imagine days of righteous indignation on talk radio and pundit television about misuse of the Secret Service and...
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Triumph of (George) Will: When Media Might Makes Right
A skeleton is rattling in George Will's closet. But it's difficult to hear above the steady applause from his elite boosters inside the media business. Widely viewed as one of the nation's most influential journalists, Will churns out syndicated columns that appear in hundreds of daily papers. He...
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