Loss of democracy in the US

 On Common Dreams, 20 Oct 2017 Republicans lawmakers in U.S. Congress pose for a group photo. Assertions made by the contemporary GOP, writes Atcheson, “are bald-faced lies, knowingly told, and meant to hide the fact that they are paid servants of the oligarchy. And that’s the real story here.” (Photo: U.S. House) It’s not news to most people that the …

How to Reverse Inequality in 4 Not-So-Easy Steps

Don’t get distracted by income, author Chuck Collins says. It’s power and hidden wealth driving inequality. Chris Winters posted Sep 20, 2017, Yes Magazine Inequality in the United States has become a household concept, if for no other reason than Sen. Bernie Sanders centering his presidential run around fixing it. There’s plenty of visible evidence of it, but author Chuck Collins …

Chuck Collins: Arm yourself with the facts about the tax cut – 80% of it goes to the top 1%, who already pay less than everyone else

For decades, writes Collins, “big corporations have made middle class taxpayers and small businesses pick up the slack for funding care for veterans, public infrastructure, cyber security, and hurricane mop-ups. Let’s not give them another tax break for their trouble.” (Image: CD / CC BY 3.0) For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax …

Poverty in America

Over three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and about half of this group has reported “material hardship” (running out of food [or worrying about running out of food], not being able to afford a place to live or medical treatment, or having utilities turned off). Worse yet, they don’t have savings to handle the future or crises that arise, whether plumbing, car repairs, …

Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

20 of America’s top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They’re scared: “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”

13 Oct 2017, by Sean Illing, Excerpt from Vox.com …Adam Przeworski, a democratic theorist at New York University, suggested that democratic erosion in America begins with a breakdown in what he calls the “class compromise.” His point is that democracies thrive so long as people believe they can improve their lot in life. This basic belief has been “an essential ingredient …

Another con: here’s where your tax dollars for defense are really going

By William Hartung, The Nation, October 2017 Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already …

How we learned not to care about war and the human and financial cost

Sixteen years of autopilot wars, but who’s counting? By Andrew Bacevich.  Published on Monday, October 09, 2017 by TomDispatch 16 Comments Thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed in recent months by imprecise bombings by the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul. (Photo: arif_shamim/Flickr/cc) Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts.  First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one …