Category Corporations/Capitalism

Chris Hedges: Julian Assange and the Collapse of the Rule of Law

“Lliving in truth in a despotic system is the supreme act of defiance. This truth terrifies those in power.”

The military-industrial-media complex renders the American populus ill-informed in matters regarding war

“How real is all this influence? Does the military-industrial-media complex (MIMC) actually affect the information we receive and our perception of war?”

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -5: Portfolio of Conflicts

“They ignored the real threat: The U.S. Armed Forces’ rampant carbon-based military activity contributes to anthropogenic climate change, which melts Arctic ice, which opens up northern sea lanes, into which the Pentagon projects its polluting arsenal, which puts more carbon in the atmosphere.”

Taxes Redux: More Money for War! and the Tax System is Racist!

“The Pentagon budget sucks up more than an outrageously outsized 50 percent of the total Fiscal Year 2021 discretionary budget.” and how the US tax system is racist.

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -4: The New BOSS

“Capitalists profit when they adeptly shift costs onto others (humans, other animals, the planet itself). This includes enforcing poor labor safety, crushing labor unions, and polluting the natural world. We, the people, see so much pollution and harm because that’s how the system is designed. Those are intentional byproducts of capitalism.”

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -3: Bribery and Propaganda

When war is your business, peace is your enemy, writes Christian Sorensen. Third in a five-part series on the military-industrial-congressional complex.

G-7 commits to global minimum tax of at least 15 percent

“The G-7 consists of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The announcement is in line with the priorities of the Biden administration, which proposed a global minimum tax rate of at least 15 percent last month.”

70% of Americans Say Arms Sales Make Us Less Safe. We’re the World’s Top Dealer. By William D. Hartung

“One area where President Biden could readily begin to fulfill his campaign pledge to reduce the harm to civilians from U.S. arms sales would be firearms exports.”

DN!: “The Second”: Carol Anderson on the Racist Roots of the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

Black people demanding their freedom, being willing to have an uprising to gain their freedom,” says Anderson. “What I saw was that it wasn’t about guns. It was about the fear of Black people.”

Chris Hedges: “Dying for an iPhone”

“The suffering of the working class, within and outside the United States, is ignored by our corporatized media, and yet, it is one of the most important human rights issues of our era.”

Biden Dangerously Accelerating the New Cold War with China, by Joseph Gerson

“While there is much in Joe Biden’s and the Democratic Party’s domestic policy agenda to be admired and supported, rooting it in Trump initiated anti-China hysteria undercuts our national security.”

Henry Giroux: Tucker Carlson Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg in Right-Wing Media’s War on Truth

Carlson’s public flirtation with right-wing violence prompted the conservative columnist Max Boot to claim that Carlson “is inciting violence and abetting terrorism. He hits a new low every time he takes to the airwaves.”

A People’s Guide to the War Industry–2: Profits and Deception

“In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” George Orwell

The Terror of the Unforeseen: Rethinking the Normalization of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era, by Henry A. Giroux

“Through protests, strikes, and education, Giroux proposes an international social movement that joins together various modes of resistance to illuminate a democratic renewal,…”

A People’s Guide to the War Industry, by Christian Sorensen

“The main role of the federal government under capitalism is to maintain the capitalist economic system and set the general conditions by which large corporations and billionaires are able to accrue more and more profit.”

Polly Mann: History Lessons

Today Washington controls some 800 to 1,000 U.S. military installations in foreign countries and overseas territories, and we know their purpose isn’t peace. By Polly Mann   WAMM Newsletter  Vol. 39  No. 2  Spring 2021 Polly Mann in a dress that her mother made. High school graduation ball, 1937, Hot Springs, Arkansas. I graduated from high […]

Diana Johnstone: Washington’s Green Branches in Europe

“The Greens are in perfect harmony with the Biden administration’s new ideological crusade to remake the world on the American model. Echoing Russiagate, and with no evidence, the Greens accuse Russia of malevolent interference in Europe, while advocating their own beneficent interference in Russian domestic policy on behalf of some theoretical ‘democratic opposition.'”

World Moves Forward on Climate, Powerful Institutions Lag Behind

“To all of the institutions currently failing us, trust me when I tell you that the time to divest is now. In another few years or perhaps, just another 365 days by the next Earth Day, the opportunity to divest while it still counts—for your morals and your money—may have already disappeared.”

Chris Hedges: Don’t Be Fooled By Joe Biden

“It is not until people are reintegrated into the society, not until corporate and oligarchic control over our educational, political and media systems are removed, not until we recover the ethic of the common good, that we have any hope of rebuilding the positive social bonds that foster a healthy society.”

What Cold War? A Truth Commission Clip

War. Who profits? (Who dies?)