Nazi scholars, lawyers, and officials were heavily influenced by United States law when they were developing policies and laws concerning Jewish people

“In a 1928 speech, Hitler stated that Americans had “gunned down the millions of Redskins to a few hundred thousand, and now keep the modest remnant under observation in a cage …” Other scholars agree that for ‘generations of German imperialists, and for Hitler himself, the exemplary land empire was the United States of America.’ by Robert J. Miller, Indian …

The climate crisis is the only truly global climate shift during the last two millennia: previous anomalies were regional

“It’s true that during the Little Ice Age it was generally colder across the whole world,” research team leader Raphael Neukom of the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern said, “but not everywhere at the same time. The peak periods of pre-industrial warm and cold periods occurred at different times in different places.” For example, …

The Joy of Hatred

NTimes, 7/19/19 W.E.B. Dubois said: “While Negro labor in America suffers because of the fundamental inequities of the whole capitalistic system,” he argued, “the lowest and most fatal degree of its suffering comes not from the capitalists but from fellow white laborers.” It is white labor, he continued, that “deprives the Negro of his right to vote, denies him education, denies …

America’s Colonial Climate Crisis: What should the United States’ island territories expect from rising sea levels and global warming?

Also Arundati Roy, second article, from the Boston Review, July 2019: Making people feel helpless, powerless, and hopeless is part of the propaganda. Let’s face it: the free market is not free, and it doesn’t give a shit about justice or equality. By Chris Gelardi, July 11, 2019, The Atlantic The second of the two US atomic bomb tests conducted at …

We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, by Ryan Grim. Also US History in 10 Movements.

Loc: 650 Democrats, even as they became the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty,”31 still nearly won the 1968 presidential election, such was the support for the party’s creation of a robust welfare state. Loc: 680 As we look across history for examples of Democrats losing elections as the result of an unwillingness to stand behind a set of values, …

What Does Oligarchy Mean? That We’re Screwed. The typical American has no influence at all.  Robert Reich links to better times.

By Robert Reich, What Does Oligarchy Mean? That We’re Screwed. The typical American has no influence at all.   “We can have democracy in this country or we can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few.” (Photo: Illustration by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images) “Oligarchy” means government of and by a few at the top, who exercise power for their own benefit. It comes …

Doctrine of Discovery at heart of Saskatchewan court case

Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery could occur through adopting Call to Action 45 of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report – that is “to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples such as the Doctrine of Discovery.” APTN National News | March 21, 2019 by Kathleen Martens Sylvia McAdam in the Saskatchewan park. (Bryan Eneas photo) By Kathleen Martens APTN …

Highlights from The Patterning Instinct

Highlights from The Patterning Instinct Alexander and Ashoka: Two divergent ​conceptions of power:  A Study In Contrasts A pattern that emerges from history is the propensity of Europeans to use innovative technologies to change the rules of the game and thus gain a power advantage. This proclivity seems to arise from a deep structure in European cognition that identifies power as a …

Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …