Category capitalist system

Chris Hedges: Sheldon Wolin on Inverted Totalitarianism, with Wendy Brown

[Wolin] argued that America’s system of inverted totalitarianism is different from classical forms of totalitarianism. It finds its expression in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state.

Code Pink: The Cost of War of Home, with United for Peace and Justice

What are the effects of the costs of war on the home front?

Hedges: The nature of neoliberalism and its consequences, with Wendy Brown

“In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West.” How we find ourselves in our present state of an antidemocratic state.

Democracy Now! Focus COP26 UN Climate Summit

“The richest countries are building a climate wall against the consequences of climate change rather than dealing with the causes and rather than providing the money that would enable people to stay,” says Nick Buxton, with the Transnational Institute and co-author of their new report, “Global Climate Wall: How the world’s wealthiest nations prioritise borders over climate action.”

Not So Much ICE, Boycott Pillsbury, Climate Crisis and Militarism, WAMM Newsletter

Boycott Pillsbury! WAMM Newsletter Volume 39 Number 5 Fall II 2021 Minnesota-based General Mills owns Pillsbury, which operates a factory illegally within an Israeli settlement on militarily-occupied Palestinian land. According to the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights, this places General Mills in violation of international law: UN Security Council Resolution 2334. A “boycott” is […]

Reining In the Pentagon, by Mandy Smithberger and William Hartung

“It’s estimated that, in the decades to come, more than 1,700 U.S. military installations worldwide may be impacted by sea-level rise. Future rounds of base closings, both domestic and global, should be planned now with the impact of climate change in mind.”

Thom Hartmann: The News Is Too Vital To Be Left to the “Free Market” and Must Again be Owned and Run by Actual Journalists

“Infotainment “news” media won’t talk about many of the most vital issues of our day, and treats politics as if it were the NFL instead of the most vital tool for our democracy. We must reverse the past 40 years’ destruction of our news ecosystem.”

Trees vs Capitalism: ‘Nature Does Not Negotiate’, by Susu Jeffrey

“These decisions are being executed by ego rather than eco—logic. Here we are in the midst of a climate catastrophe with worldwide efforts to plant six billion trees to mitigate carbon toxicity poisoning earth’s atmosphere, and we are removing and moving trees like doll house furniture.”

Chris Hedges: Neofascist seizure of America’s state governments, with Paul Street

“In the “red” states such as Texas and Florida laws are being passed to suppress voting, outlaw abortion, forbid honest discussion of white systemic racism in public education, ban local governments and school districts from enforcing minimum wage ordinances, prohibit local vaccine and mask mandates, cut pandemic-related unemployment benefits, reject federal Medicaid dollars to help the poor receive health care, and persecute undocumented workers and their families.”

How to Stop the Climate Crisis in Six Months, by Extinction Rebellion UK

“This video gives you the key elements of success which people are adapting as they step into their responsibilities to force political change. Nothing is more important. We can not longer afford to lose.”

Understanding the Line 3 Aquifer Breach and Spills

Throughout the construction of Line 3, Enbridge has acted irresponsibly and illegally, created disasters, and covered them up. 

“People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke and Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

It’s so tragic that, on the one hand, the Biden administration is like, ’We’re going to have Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but we’re still going to smash you in northern Minnesota and smash the rest of the country.’”

Winona LaDuke: Line 3 opponents can savor this defeat

“Uncertainty about Line 3 caused by Indigenous people and water protectors encouraged massive divestment from the tar sands by non-Canadian investors. Everybody from Shell Oil to the Koch brothers bailed out. Last month, my alma mater, Harvard University, began divestment of fossil fuels. Harvard wouldn’t even divest from South Africa, those stubborn old dudes. This is, well, monumental.”

Hedges: The Anonymous Executioners of the Corporate State

“The six-month sentence was the maximum the judge was allowed to impose; she ruled that his house arrest cannot be counted as part of his detention. From start to finish, this has been a burlesque. It is emblematic of a court system that has been turned over to lackies of corporate power, who use the veneer of jurisprudence, decorum, and civility to make a mockery of the rule of law.”

Harry Potter and the Secret of COP26, by David Swanson

“Merlin’s pants!”

Hedges, America’s Fate: Oligarchy or Autocracy, with Richard Wolff

Capitalism produces economic
inequality: it’s a political system

Hedges and Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

“The Red Scare, Giroux warns, is alive and well in America.”

Chris Hedges: Undercurrents of American Fascism, with Gabriel Rockhill

“Is this a moment of rising fascism in American society? And is prefigured by the attempt by the ruling elites in the 1930s to carry out a fascist coup with the breakdown of capitalism? Is this where we are headed?”

How Corporations Won the War on Terror, by William Hartung

“To put such a figure in perspective, the $75 billion in Pentagon contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin that year was significantly more than one and one-half times the entire 2020 budget for the State Department and the Agency for International Development, which together totaled $44 billion.”

The Messy Truth About Carbon Footprints

“So by all means, skip that next beef burger, or take a pass on that cheap flight to Cancún. But then ask yourself how you can magnify the impact of what you do.”