All Views Articles

Thursday, December 13, 2018
China already has the world's largest installation of wind turbines. (Photo: Sandia Labs/flickr/cc) Craig K. Comstock
Can China Save the Planet?
It now appears that China—while still leading the world in both coal consumption and carbon emissions—is also leading the way forward to the clean energy future
Read more
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
We mobilized faith leaders to the border on December 10, and for the following week groups lined up to host actions around the country expressing love and solidarity with migrants. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kerri Kennedy
This Holiday Season, I’m Standing With Migrants
Mary and Joseph fled their country to keep their child alive. We should embrace families making the same difficult choice today
Read more
Of course, even as we are in the process of creating a RCP8.5 world, that world is not inevitable. It is not our fate because we can change course.(Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Alycee Lane
Climate Activists Must Organize Like It’s 2099
The environmental policies of the Trump administration–as well as those championed by many state governments—are policies at war with all life on earth
Read more
Secretary Perry claims that oil and gas production helps the economy “while protecting our environment.” (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr) Alison Grass
Petrochemical Booster Rick Perry Rides to the Rescue of the Fracking Industry
Trump’s Energy Department is backing a dirty petrochemical plan
Read more
The devastation of Henoko is part of a larger, world-wide U.S. imperialist footprint. What happens in Okinawa matters for Indigenous peoples everywhere. (Photo: AFP) Moé Yonamine
Stand with Okinawa
The Henoko base construction is framed by the history of colonization and racism against Okinawans, as well as by our ongoing resistance as we attempt to end the long era of U.S. occupation
Read more
As part of a New Food Deal, we could erase these inequities by shifting land use, investment, and subsidy patterns away from corporate giants and towards regenerative agriculture’s local networks of farmers and food growers. (Photo: Public domain) Alison Rose Levy
How Regenerative Agriculture Could Be Key to the Green New Deal
Both the Green New Deal and the New Food Deal can reorient the basics— and put Americans, our democracy, and the earth on the path to health
Read more
Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater
Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism
Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure?
Read more
“I love Bernie, but I’m not Bernie Sanders,” former Vice President Joseph Biden retorted to a Brookings Institution audience this past May. “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. (Photo: Getty Images) Sam Pizzigati
If Democrats Fracture, This Will Be the Fault Line
Will those who worry—intensely—about wealth’s concentration gain the upper hand within the Democratic Party’s leadership?
Read more
The “justice” system Trump’s opponents want to nail him with and then use to impeach him, wasn’t designed to choose leaders or get rid of them — so why do it? (Photo: Donald Trump/cc/flickr) Rick Salutin
I’m With Progressives Against Impeachment
The raging crescendo in the U.S. to impeach Trump or convict him of crimes is offensive
Read more
Lucy Duncan
I Walked Right Up to Militarized Police at the Border
Behind the agents, we could see our brothers and sisters watching from the Mexico side of the wall. We could hear them singing
Read more
Educator Kelley Fisher leads striking Arizona teachers to the State Capitol during a Phoenix rally on April 26, 2018. Organizing power will be key to the Left's success in 2020. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)   Jane McAlevey
How To Elect Democrats Who Actually Answer To Workers
To hold policy makers accountable, workers must be able to build fighting organizations in which workers, not full-time staffs in sealed-off political departments, call the endorsement shots
Read more
As people set upon Khashoggi, he started fighting for air, repeating, “I can’t breathe” at least three times. (Photo: Twitter) James McEnteer
On Being Breathless in the Age of Trump
“I can’t breathe” is the perfect t-shirt or gimme cap retort to MAGA, the last gasp of a nation striving to regain its integrity in the face of a president and a party that has none
Read more
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The horror of war is unimaginable. Those who have been to a battlefield know its terrors: the sounds, the smells, the casualness of the killing, the hunger, the uncertainty, the peril. (Photo: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad/ Getty Images ) Vijay Prashad
Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets
Fighting indifference with justice on International Human Rights Day
Read more
John Buell
The Yellow Vests Rise Up Against the Elites and Neoliberal Austerity
What this movement started out as is not necessarily what it will become
Read more
A crowd gathers in Leipzig, Germany to commemorate the 70,000 people who courageously joined together in 1989 to peacefully demand freedom and democracy, a catalyst for the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Image: LTM/PUNCTUM) Frances Moore Lappé
Courage Is Contagious
Civil courage is the capacity to do what serves the common good, even if one must stand alone
Read more
Think of it, to introduce an even broader term, as a wave of “biological annihilation” that includes possible species extinctions on a mass scale, but also massive species die-offs and various kinds of massacres. (Photo: Subhankar Banerjee, 2002) Subhankar Banerjee
Biological Annihilation: A Planet in Loss Mode
On the great vanishing happening before our eyes
Read more
Polls show that Israel is losing ground in U.S. public opinion – most especially among the demographic groups that form the Democratic coalition. (Photo: The IMEU/Twitter) James Zogby
Turning a Corner in Public Opinion Toward Israeli Occupation
These cases—the decision of a major company to respect international law and a mainstream commentator speaking out for justice—are but two examples of the changing political landscape in the US
Read more
Mike Lofgren
The Bad Ideas-Industrial Complex
Why must taxpayers subsidize rabidly partisan think tanks?
Read more
It's going to be a rough 18 months or so before someone comes out on top. (Illustrated | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo, REUTERS/Mike Segar, John Sommers II/Getty Images) Ryan Cooper
Democrats' 2020 Battle Royale Is Going to Be Brutal, Dirty, and Totally Worthwhile
Since there is no avoiding policy and ideology, let's have that fight — in every state and over every inch of political ground
Read more
This is a full-scale attack on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms. (Photo: Paul Zinkin/ Associated Press) Kate Ruane
Congress Is Trying to Use the Spending Bill to Criminalize Boycotts of Israel and Other Countries
If the First Amendment means anything, it’s that the government cannot suppress political expression it doesn’t like
Read more
A Central American girl travelling in a migrants' caravan, rides a bus outside a temporary shelter in eastern Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 6, 2018. (Photo: Guillermo Arias / AFP - Getty Images) Michelle Chen
Trump's Caravan Problem Isn't Which People Are Coming, But What Kind of Country America Will Choose to Be
The plight of asylum seekers in Tijuana reflects the dying promise of this country as a land of refuge from suffering
Read more
The 1% of queries Pichai seems happy to censor is critical. (Photo: Sundar Pichai/PTI photo) William Nee
Google CEO Has Serious Questions to Answer on China Censored Search
If Google decides to go ahead with Dragonfly, it will signal a massive capitulation on human rights and the company’s own AI principles
Read more
Monday, December 10, 2018
The drastic changes to Chicago’s landscape have placed the city directly at the heart of a national conversation over the corporatization of education. (Photo: Rachel Docherty / Flickr) Negin Owliaei
Inequality at the Center of Chicago Charter School Strikes
Teachers won the first charter school strike in the U.S. by demanding everything from pay raises to sanctuary for students
Read more
Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas, speaks at a campaign event in Dallas, Nov. 2, 2018. During his campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), O’Rourke said repeatedly he wouldn’t run for president in 2020. But on Monday, he said he had “made a decision not to rule anything out.” (Photo: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times) Dan Derozier
Beto O’Rourke Is Like Obama. That’s Not Necessarily a Good Thing
Before choosing O’Rourke as their next presidential nominee, Democrats would do well to reflect on the perils of preferring style over substance
Read more
The Camp Fire—so-named because it started near Camp Creek Road near Pulga, a former ghost town turned artist enclave—has forever changed the lives of tens of thousands of people. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Debi Smith
By Accident of Fate: The Fires in Paradise
We cannot sit idly by hoping government will save us from ourselves (or them).
Read more
As such, should the nation lose its president and vice-president to impeachment, we’d have President Pelosi. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP) Thom Hartmann
With an Impeachable Trump and Pence, Are You Ready for President Pelosi?
It seems like a remote possibility now, but the twists and turns of a major federal investigation could land us with a very different kind of president
Read more
"Every Sunday morning, we went to church to exorcize hate—of ourselves and of white racists.” (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Chris Hedges
The Heresy of White Christianity
“Those who have lived in the cultures of the oppressed know something about freedom that the oppressors will never know.”
Read more
As hard as it may still be to believe, HE looms over our lives, our planet, in a way no other human being ever has, not even a Joseph Stalin or a Mao Zedong, whose images were once plastered all over the Soviet Union and China. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)  Tom Engelhardt
In the Shadow of Donald Trump: A World Unnoticed
News from the far side of nowhere
Read more
Bin Salman is using his willingness to throw the Palestinians under the bus as a way of bonding with Kushner and getting the latter’s support in the Trump White House. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
Is Kushner Covering for Bin Salman Murder Charge so Israel can Usurp Palestinian West Bank?
Kushner is a big backer of Israeli Apartheid and the Israeli squatter settlements, and for people with his commitments, Muhammed Bin Salman is a godsend
Read more
Skipping out on tax obligations will start right away, as over 99.8 percent of estates are not currently required to pay any estate tax. (Photo: Common Dreams) Paul Buchheit
The Inequality to Be Suffered by Our Children
Greater equality of wealth and opportunity can only be achieved through progressive policies, now and in 2020
Read more
Joe Kennedy III Michael Winship
Joe Kennedy and the Precarious Promise of "Moral Capitalism"
Kennedy may not be the messiah Democrats seek for 2020. But he could make a good John the Baptist
Read more
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Deonna Anderson
Europe's History With Refugees Has Something to Tell the US
Germany, Serbia, and Sweden hosted tens of thousands of migrants three years ago. Can the U.S. take a page from the E.U. as caravans mass at our border?
Read more
no nukes sign Lawrence Wittner
Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
Although a widespread movement has developed to fight climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster—yet
Read more
Karen Kwiatowski and Ray McGovern Consortium News
READ: Karen Kwiatkowski Delivers Speech After Receiving 17th Annual Sam Adams Award
To tell the truth is simple, honorable, and good for the health of the republic. The fact that it drives the security apparatus and the government crazy is just icing on the cake
Read more
Barr and HW Bush Tim Lau
William Barr Is Out of Step on Criminal Justice Reform
Trump's nominee for attorney general would continue Jeff Sessions's hardline approach, his record suggests
Read more
Stewart Phillip, Serge 'Otsi' Simon
Alberta Tar Sands Production Cuts Here to Stay: Indigenous-Led Movement Will Make Sure of It
We need a rapid but just transition away from the tar sands that supports workers, communities, and First Nations
Read more
Niki Ashton Niki Ashton
After Weekend With Bernie, Niki Ashton Talks Progressive International: 'Our Movement Is a Global Movement. It Must Be.'
No longer can progressives afford to work only in silos
Read more
Chief of Staff John Kelly Juan Cole
Top 8 Ways John Kelly Was an Embarrassment as White House Chief of Staff
What the administration needed was a moral voice, someone who would push back against the conspiracy theories that guide so much of Trump's policy. Kelly was not that man
Read more
Outgoing Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan Neil J. Young
Paul Ryan Was Always More Political Hack Than Policy Genius
Ryan has presented himself as a serious policy wonk and a devoted disciple of Reaganomics—but he rolled over for Trump, allowing and protecting abuses of office in order to get his treasured tax cut package
Read more
Saturday, December 8, 2018
gary, indiana Jeff Biggers
Climate Storytellers Inspire Roadmap to Action
"How can you be a catalyst for this regenerative city?...What is your role—and the role of artists, innovators, engineers, teachers, preachers, and entrepreneurs? What is growing in your garden? And can I walk there?"
Read more
Friends of the Earth campaigner Verner Wilson III Verner Wilson III
I Went Dungeness Crabbing in Washington. Here's Why I'm Concerned About Increased Shipping From Trans Mountain Pipeline
Risking our abundant natural resources to fossil fuel shipping is reckless to coastal economies
Read more
Wisconsinites Jill Richardson
Republicans Don't Want Your Vote to Count
They're trying to overturn the will of voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, and maybe a state near you
Read more
Christopher Brauchli
We and the Uighurs
Chinese detention camps sound not unlike the ones the Trump has created in the United States
Read more
activists holds signs asking, "what is your plan?" John Atcheson
Climate Change Is Likely to Come Sooner and Be Worse Than Latest Worst-Case Forecasts Suggest
We have no time to act—that's why a Green New Deal is absolutely necessary
Read more
Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) co-chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) Christopher D. Cook
The Democrats Need a Clear Economic Vision. Here's Where to Start
The rising left wing of the party is leading the way, and the People’s Budget and Green New Deal show how Democrats can transform the economy
Read more
Charter school teachers in Chicago are striking Steven Singer
Charter School Lobby Silent as Charter Teachers Continue Strike
If the operators of Acero charter schools in Chicago agree to a living wage for teachers and lower class sizes, it sets a standard for the industry
Read more
drone Michael Sisitzky, Simon McCormack
New NYPD Drone Policy Represents a Serious Threat to Privacy
One of our biggest fears is that these devices could be used to spy on protesters legally exercising their constitutional rights
Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018
Donald Trump’s first budget proposed zeroing out money for capital improvements and cutting money for public housing operations by 45%. (Photo: Harry Benson/Getty Images) Laura Flanders
HUD Official to Move Into Public Housing?
Patton moving in for a month on her $161,000 salary won’t shed a spotlight on inhumanity as much as on herself and on the Trump agenda, which, like that of most Republicans, is about promoting the private at the expense of the public
Read more
$3.5 Trillion overall, $10,739 per person, now exceeding 18% of GDP while providing worse outcomes, lower quality and shorter life expectancy than any other industrialized country. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/flickr/cc) Michael Lighty
$3.5 Trillion on Healthcare Each Year and We’re Still Uninsured, Underinsured, and Unhappy
Our health is not a commodity to profit from, nor is it a welfare program to be minimized or privatized
Read more
The real point of the 925-word story, by Gannett Washington reporter Ledyard King, was conveyed in the print edition’s subhead: “Policies Could Carry Risk for Leaders of New House." (Photo: VALENTIN FLAURAUD, EPA-EFE) Miranda Spencer
Don’t Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems
By continually harping on the challenges the Democratic climate hawks face, based on a questionable, unsubstantiated analysis of the political risks, USA Today’s article seems designed to push back on a Democratic push to do anything at all about the climate catastrophe
Read more
Those who stand in the way of protecting people and countless other species from the worst consequences of climate disruption, especially those with the power to do something, are committing crimes against humanity. They aren’t fit to lead. (Photo: The White House via Flickr) David Suzuki, Ian Hanington
Politicians Who Deny Reality Aren’t Fit to Lead
When faced with conclusive evidence of a major threat to citizens, a true leader would do everything possible to confront it
Read more
Wisconsin's Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott L. Fitzgerald, left, speaks as Gov. Scott Walker, center, and state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos watch at a 2015 appearance in Madison, Wis. (Photo: Morry Gash / AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
The GOP's Plot to Destroy Our Democracy Is Coming Into View
What is happening in Wisconsin symbolizes the latest tactics of a party that has set itself up for minority rule at the expense of democracy
Read more
Make no mistake, this is an absurd false equivalence. Did she inaccurately enumerate Pentagon waste in a political argument? Certainly. Did she willfully, intentionally and repeatedly attempt to mislead the public, smear minorities, or traffic in racist propaganda or conspiracy theories, as in the above examples of Trump’s rhetoric? The question answers itself. (Photo: Screengrab) Reed Richardson
Trump, Ocasio-Cortez, and Factcheck False Equivalence
WaPo rates Ocasio-Cortez's misconstrued Pentagon study as bad as Trump's biggest lies
Read more
Without getting too speculative, it’s not hard to see how a 2020 Sanders bid would be helped by all of these reforms. (Photo: Screengrab) Steven Rosenfeld
Sanders and DNC Level Playing Field for 2020 Presidential Debates
Details as small as the debate schedule matter, as was shown by the 2016 election
Read more
Statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Allison Corkery
What Does Eleanor Roosevelt Have to Do with Black Lives Matter?
Socioeconomic rights enshrined internationally in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago are increasingly animating U.S. campaigns against inequality
Read more
In another casualty of our times, we suffer from what the favored son, Bush 43, called “the bigotry of low expectations.” (Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
The Mean, Rough Legacy of George H.W. Bush
The brutal realities of Bush’s “kinder, gentler” America
Read more
"What Republicans didn't win at the polls, they would seek to preserve by pilfering."(Photo: Screengrab) Mary Bottari
Wisconsin Schools the Nation on Hypocrisy and Partisan Power Grabs
"This is just not the process we should have in an advanced democracy."
Read more
Alvaro Sanchez
Why Don’t We Riot Over Wealth Inequality?
Because we feel the economic pain from a gas tax increase more intensely and immediately than structural systems that help a very small set of people to accumulate wealth
Read more
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Saturday’s two-hour event, which interspersed the women’s testimony with song, prayer, and calls to action, laid bare the human cost of L.A.’s housing crisis. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign) Aleta Sprague
In Los Angeles, the Poor People’s Campaign Makes a Powerful Case for Housing as a Human Right
From skyrocketing rents to the lack of public toilets on Skid Row, women who’ve experienced poverty and homelessness offer valuable insights for policymakers--but are they listening?
Read more
We need comprehensive solutions animated by a genuine vision of social change, not business as usual. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Chuck Idelson
Democrats Will Ignore Broad Progressive Reforms at Their Peril
After a decade in which it lost more than 900 federal and state elections, the Wall Street-dominated wing of the Democratic Party continues to insist on adherence to a political path that landed them in wilderness in Washington and most state capitols
Read more
Bill McKibben
How The Iconic 1968 Earthrise Photo Changed Our Relationship To The Planet
"At least on a human timescale, we’ll never have a planet as intact and full of life as that one we glimpsed from space. Our trajectory is definitely downward. But there was so, so much beauty there, and there’s still so much left ― for now."
Read more
The crazy keeps piling up. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Rebecca Gordon
Life at Trump Speed: On Mental Whiplash and Forgotten Outrages
Unlike the speed of earlier days, which sharpened the attention, Trump speed makes it impossible to focus on anything for very long, not when the next outrage is already heading for you at full tilt
Read more
These customer service issues erode confidence in the system, leaving Social Security vulnerable to benefit cuts that opponents of the program have been advocating. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Max Richtman
New Legislation Would Clamp Down On Social Security Field Office Closing
Congress should pass it, the president who promised to protect Social Security should sign it, and SSA’s budget should be increased to implement it
Read more
Elizabeth Bruenig
Why This Progressive Texan Can't Get Excited About Beto O'Rourke
I'm not sure we need another Obama, or another of any Democrat we've had recently: I think the times both call for and allow for a left-populist candidate with uncompromising progressive principles. I don't see that in O'Rourke.
Read more
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ride a New York City subway together in October 2017. (Photo: Richard Drew / AP) Naomi LaChance
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defends Amazon Deal at Sanders Event
“Every day it’s something else. This Amazon deal took the cake for me. … You give away $3 billion? $3 billion? To the richest man in America? For a company that will most likely come here anyway?”
Read more
The challenges that face us are immense. Now, more than ever, we need hellraisers like Mother Jones and Noam Chomsky to fight like hell for the living. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How Would Mother Jones Eulogize George H.W. Bush?
Mother Jones would have us pray for George H.W. Bush, who died at age 94, but also for his victims, many of whom, children included, were buried without pomp, or were simply disappeared
Read more
Under Bush, the U.S. committed genuine war crimes. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
It’s Good to Argue About Dead Presidents
New debates, especially on overlooked subjects, bring new vibrancy to our civic life. In death, even flawed politicians can do us that final service
Read more
The Trump administration and its corporate allies are trying to con all of us into believing that for-profit corporations can carry out Medicare’s mission. They want to weaken, and ultimately dismantle, the superior government program. (Photo: Screenshot) Diane Archer, Richard Eskow
Don’t Let the Trump Administration Corporatize Medicare
Medicare Advantage plans force enrollees to gamble with their health and their savings
Read more
Codepink's women for Peace at the Nomination Hearing for new US Ambassador to Yemen. (Photo by Ann Wright) Ann Wright
Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People
Confirming Christopher Henzel as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis
Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty) Vijay Prashad
G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world
Read more
President Donald Trump shakes hands with then-Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (Photo: Evan Vucci / AP file ) Trita Parsi
Trump's International Anti-Iran Coalition Looks Like It's Falling Apart. He Doesn't Have a Back-Up Plan.
The president upended diplomatic relations based on support from the leaders from Saudi Arabia and Israel. Now our position is rather precarious.
Read more
Why do we condemn Trump but laud the Bush family? Because they weren’t as mean-sounding and could take a joke? (Photo: Shutterstock) Domenica Ghanem
Is Bush’s Legacy So Different From Trump’s?
Some may mourn Bush's more “respectable” presidency. But looking back, one sees the very same race-baiting and cruelty
Read more
These real crises stand in stark contrast to the invented ones. They are actually happening, transforming our physical world, costing lives and treasure. Whereas the crises that capture headlines day after day — looking at you, oil price differential! — turn out to be wildly exaggerated for cynical political ends. (Photo: Avi Lewis
The November Crisis
We are living in a state of planetary emergency
Read more
We must be careful not to confuse the impact of climate change with the impacts of history. (Photo: Getty) Steve Minkin
A Climate of Violence: Refugees and Global Warming
While we need to focus on climate change and cutting emissions of greenhouse gases we must not ignore the compelling issues of injustice and violence driving people out of Central America and elsewhere
Read more
Many of the millions of jobs required to protect the climate will be infrastructure jobs that generally require skills acquired through apprenticeship, education, advanced training, and opportunity to work in favored jobs and industries. (Photo: Sunrise Movement) Jeremy Brecher
Climate Jobs for All: A Key Building Block for the Green New Deal
The climate crisis confronts us with a critical need that may help lift the idea of jobs for all from an idle speculation to a realistic possibility
Read more
The Trumpsters say it's time to turn this historic public service over to the magic of the free market profit motive and the efficiency of bottom-line corporate management. You know, like airlines and cable companies. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Jim Hightower
Putting the Trump Stamp on the Public
The USPS is an unmatched bargain, a civic treasure, a genuine public good that links all of America's people and communities into one. And that's why the right wing is so dead set on offing it.
Read more
What’s going in some GOP-led states is especially troubling because it shows a brazen partisan disregard for election results. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Steven Rosenfeld
The GOP’s Power Grabs Are a Measure of Political Despair Produced by the 2018 Election Clobbering
Even with voting rights victories, partisan ambushes may lie ahead
Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Helena Norberg-Hodge
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment
Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet.
Read more
If the power grabs by Wisconsin Republicans against the popularly elected incoming statewide Democrats weren’t enough, there is also a plan by Wisconsin GOP leadership to make cuts to early voting in order to limit turnout in future elections. (Photo: Screengrab) Jay Riestenberg
Lame Duck Power Grabs in The Midwest
What do Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina all have in common? Extreme partisan gerrymandering.
Read more
The wildfire that wiped out Paradise, California, viewed from space. At last count, there were 88 confirmed dead, 296 missing, The fire destroyed 13,972 homes, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other structures. (Photo: NASA) Richard Smith
An Ecosocialist Path to Limiting Global Temperature Rise to 1.5°C
An emergency plan to meet the climate emergency
Read more
Welcome to the struggle for the country’s soul. We haven’t seen anything yet. (Photo: Susan Stocker / Associated Press) Ben Fountain
Midterm America
A blue wave from another universe
Read more
Scott Klinger
Why Do Our Schools Seem Broke?
New report shows that subsidies handed out to corporations cost U.S. school districts more than $1.8 billion last year
Read more
David McWilliams
Sanders Is Building a New Political Movement and Could Run Again
Building a movement means organizing something that goes on and on and on—and there is no "winning" in a finite sense. But to succeed it must have one crucial component: a cause.
Read more
Prior to the tax cut, the biggest gift GM got from the government was a bailout in 2009 of more than $50 billion. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Robert Reich
Trump Takes on General Motors (And Guess Who Wins?)
American corporations exist to advance the interests of their shareholders, who aren’t prepared to sacrifice profits for more and better jobs for Americans
Read more
“There’s an intensive effort by Israel and pro-Israel groups to get governments, universities, legislative bodies to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel and its state ideology, Zionism.”(Photo: Mr. Fish) Chris Hedges
The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See
The series is an inside look over five months by an undercover reporter, at how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with U.S. domestic Jewish groups to spy on, smear and attack critics who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement
Read more
Haspel and her CIA analysts, in contrast, appear to believe that Bin Salman is a major threat to US interests in the Middle East because he is unbalanced and a brutal murderer. (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images) Juan Cole
Congressional Noose May Tighten Around Saudi Crown Prince as Haspel Testifies
This deep divide in the Trump administration probably will prevent it from implementing an effective anti-Iran boycott
Read more
“Some people say that I should be in school instead. Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can ‘solve the climate crisis’. But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions.”(Photo: @StrikeClimate) Andy Rowell
“Since Our Leaders Are Behaving Like Children, We Will Have to Take Responsibility”
Children from Canada, Australia and Sweden are taking the lead on climate change
Read more
The Republicans’ plan is fairly obvious—to keep Wisconsin’s government in an unchanging zombie state until 2022, when the Republicans hope to regain control of the governor’s mansion and attorney general’s office. (Photo: Michelle Stocker/Capital Times) Jud Lounsbury
Wisconsin’s GOP Scheme to Keep Scott Walker as Zombie Governor
Republicans are using their gerrymandered control of the state to push through a slew of power-grabbing bills before the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general can take office
Read more
Kathy Kelly
Seeing Yemen from Jeju Island
As wars rage on, every voice crying out in affliction should be heard.
Read more
Norman Solomon
What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020
The only way to overcome the corporatism that ultimately delivered the nation to Donald Trump, is for social movements to fight more resolutely and effectively for progressive change, including in the Democratic Party
Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018
Bill Blum
5 Reasons Trump Won’t Fire Mueller
Despite all you've heard about the commander-in-chief's unfettered authority to discharge any member of the executive branch with impunity, Mueller isn't going anywhere any time soon
Read more
chickens at a factory farm Jacy Reese
Emptying the Cages
A new book envisions the end of animal factory farming and all the suffering it causes.
Read more
Kirk Freudenburg
Why We Need to Go Back to Fascism 101
Donald Trump and the Tiberian lie
Read more
Zbigniew Brzezinski Alfred W. McCoy
Trump’s Trade Czar, The Latest Architect of Imperial Disaster
Five Academics Who Unleashed the “Demon” of Geopolitical Power
Read more
Jack Esler
Who Are the Extremists? Who Are the Rational Ones?
The logic of neoliberal reason gives us liberal leaders who lie to our faces telling us we can extract and pump out tarsand bitumen and still make a safe energy transition.
Read more
Barry Lando
Trump's Enablers—An Appalling Parallel
Why should we not compare Nazi officials with the leaders of the Republican Party, most of whom denounced and derided Donald Trump when he was running for office, but now seem eager to join his wrecking-ball attacks on America’s most hallowed democratic principles?
Read more
Lady Liberty getting arrested. "Being 'good'—kind and honest with those we touch directly—is admirable and desirable, but we need more," writes the author. "It's time to elevate another virtue: courage." (Democracy Spring - April 2016) Frances Moore Lappé
The Opposite of Evil Is No Longer Goodness
My point is simple. It's now time to focus on courage.
Read more
Sunday, December 2, 2018
An exterior view of the GM Lordstown Plant on November 26, 2018 in Lordstown, Ohio. Sam Pizzigati
GM, Jobs, and Corporate America’s Incentive to Exploit
Executive pay excess is driving decisions that are turning workers—and their communities—into sacrificial lambs.
Read more
Asylum-seekers wait in line Madhuri Grewal
How Trump Weaponized the Government’s Refugee Resettlement Agency
The cruelty of the Trump administration knows no bounds.
Read more
Caricatures of Charles and David Koch Anna Massoglia, Kaitlin Washburn
2017 Financials of the Koch’s Dark Money Network
The Koch network: as powerful as ever
Read more