Sherrod Brown: True populism is looking out for the little guy no matter where she works and no matter who he is; we’ve let them steal that away.

Excerpt from Dissent magazine Sherrod Brown (OH): It was the non-union workers who made the difference. And a big part of that is where they’re getting their information. We’re not talking to them loudly enough, we’re not full-throated enough in defending working-class voters. There’s a view in Ohio that people on the coasts look down on them. And this is curious …

Follow the money: Why the collusion story begins with money, not politics

MAY 10, 2017: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US President Donald Trump, and Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak (L-R) during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House. Getty Images By Sean Illing on Vox, 18 July 2017 “To understand the roots of the collusion, set aside Putin and follow the money.” That’s what Seva Gunitsky, …

The founding myth of the United States

By Benjamin Naimark-Rowse, 3 July 2017, This article was originally published on Political Violence @ a Glance. The Boston Tea Party (Wikimedia Commons) Tomorrow, cities and towns from coast-to-coast will host fireworks, concerts and parades to celebrate our independence from Britain. Those celebrations will invariably highlight the soldiers who pushed the British from our shores. But the lesson we learn of …

The old are eating the young: Around the world, a generational divide is worsening.

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View, 13 June 2017 Pay up.  Photographer: Yui Mok/PA Images Edmund Burke saw society as a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born. A failure to understand this relationship underlies a disturbing global tendency in recent decades, in which the appropriation of future wealth and …

A conversation with Noam Chomsky – June-July 2017

By George Yancy, NYTimes.com, 6 July 2017 George Yancy: Given our “post-truth” political moment and the growing authoritarianism we are witnessing under President Trump, what public role do you think professional philosophy might play in critically addressing this situation? Noam Chomsky: We have to be a little cautious about not trying to kill a gnat with an atom bomb. The …

Democracy, the energy transition, and the America we want

What does this day — intended as a celebration of democracy, our republic, and the founding ideals of the United States — mean when the Trump administration is expanding and entrenching corporate power in ways that are antithetical to our democracy? How do we most effectively transform our society to end economic injustice and inequity, systemic racism and oppression to …

Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population

By Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams, 13 June 2017 Last year it was 8 men, then down to 6, and now almost 5. While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of 06/08/17, the …