Category Corporatism/Capitalism

▶ Mark Fiore Cartoon: ALEC Rock

Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today.  Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.  Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace). Published on Jul 24, 2012 “ALEC Rock” Produced by Mark Fiore (http://www.markfiore.com) and the Center […]

The New Citizens United: Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Spending Limits for Rich Donors

A corrupt Supreme Court backs the rich; fascism reigns in elections. —RiseUpTimes By Mike Ludwig, Truthout.org | Report  02 April 2014 McCutcheon Rapid Response at the Supreme Court/Public Citizen (Photo: Flickr) Demonstrations were held across the country Wednesday as the Supreme Court continued chipping away at federal campaign finance reforms with a 5-4 ruling striking down the federal cap […]

Henry Giroux. Taking Notes 32: Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Modeled after a savage neoliberal value system in which wealth and power are redistributed upward, a market-oriented class of managers largely has taken over the governing structures of most institutions of higher education in the United States. by Henry A. Giroux  PhilosophersforChange.org  March 25, 2014 As universities turn toward corporate management models, they increasingly use […]

Oil Industry Conjures Illusion of Public Support for KXL Using ALEC Politicians

ALEC Pushes State Resolutions as Oil Industry Ghostwrites Opinion Pieces for Legislators Posted by NICK SURGEY  PRWatch.org  March 12, 2014    Millions of U.S. citizens have voiced their opposition to the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline in recent months, with more than 2 million publiccomments opposing the project hand delivered to the State Department last week. At the same […]

▶ Henry Giroux: Neoliberalism, Youth and Social Justice

In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability “to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations.” Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times […]

Dark is the New Green: Lucrative Lobbying from the Shadows

While the number of registered lobbyists last year was only 12,279, the true figure is closer to 100,000, says Professor James Thurber of American University’s School of Public Affairs, and an advisor to the American Bar Association’s Lobbying Reform Task Force. by recoveringConservative   for Progressive Policy Zone Sunday, February 23, 2014 Former Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) swore when he retired in […]

▶ Mark Fiore Cartoon: Jack Gerard’s American Petroleum Institute (Keystone XL)

Click Watch on Vimeo to view this video. Keystone XL and tar sands oil are emissions-free wonders that will do everything good you ever thought possible.  (At least according to the American Petroleum Institute.)  Let’s take a look at the organization that has been lobbying their heart out to get Keystone XL approved. The environmental review […]

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Comcast-Time Warner Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

…consumers surely will get fleeced if the merger goes through. America already suffers from worse Internet service, speed and affordability than other developed countries.    by Katrina vanden Heuvel Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by The Washington Post One thing is certain about Comcast’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable: It doesn’t pass the smell test. Comcast claims that […]

Greg Grandin: The Terror of Our Age

The Two Faces of Empire:  Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them By Greg Grandin  TomDispatch.com  January 26, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman […]

▶ Cornel West speaks at Drone Summit, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance”

Dr. Cornel West and Q and A with Medea and Dr. West Cornel West was a featured speaker at a summit on drones, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance.” He talked about the relationship between the military and Wall Street.  codepinkaction  Published on Nov 25, 2013 View Full Event (3 Programs) Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise […]

▶ Dog Whistle Politics: How Politicians Use Coded Racism to Push Through Policies Hurting All

Rise Up Times Editor’s Note:  This week Rise Up Times will be focusing on articles about racism, particularly in America. This video from Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! is an important beginning.  On today’s show (January 14, 2014) is an extensive interview with Erin Brockovich who has called a town hall meeting in Charleston, West Virginia, […]

12 Corporate Espionage Tactics Used Against Leading Progressive Groups, Activists and Whistleblowers

Corporate spies for Dow, Kraft and others have tried to discredit, shame and infiltrate civic groups using an array of dirty tricks. By Steven Rosenfeld  December 3, 2013  AlterNet  Posing as volunteers. Stealing documents. Dumpster diving. Planting electronic bugs. Hacking computers. Tapping phones and voicemail. Planting false information. Trailing family members. Threatening reporters. Hiring cops, CIA […]

▶ Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded | Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

Published on Dec 7, 2013 On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says that while people are disgusted with the centers of power, unless there is a constructive alternative, any eruption will be nihilistic and could be fascist.  TheRealNews Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts […]

▶ Democracy Now! ALEC’s “Institutional Corruption,” From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Published on Dec 11, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – The secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has just ended a week-long meeting in Washington where corporate lobbyists worked with state lawmakers on model bills that will later be introduced in states nationwide. ALEC has reportedly drafted a number of new bills designed to prevent President Obama from cutting emissions, […]

[Video] Jon Stewart Explains Difference Between Corporations & People: People Can’t Escape Justice w/ Money

Published on Dec 4, 2013 December 4, 2013 – Jon Stewart helped explain Wednesday night the exact difference between corporations and people: when people get in trouble with the law, they can’t pay a shitload of money to settle everything out of court. But corporations? Yes they can! Stewart went through example after example of big […]

Dave Lindorff: Americans Want Improved Social Security and Medicare and Less Military Spending

A recent poll, for instance, by Public Policy Polling, released on Nov. 20, found that voters, by an “overwhelming margin,” support expanded Social Security benefits, not cuts in the 77-year-old New Deal program. Dave Lindorff  Thursday 21 November 2013  NationofChange.org While I cannot claim to be an expert on the retirement systems of other nations, it […]

Moyers: How Dollarocracy is Destroying America

The money and power behind this week’s election results confirm what everyone knows: democracy is under siege. Corporations buy elections with virtually unlimited cash and big media conglomerates reap billions from political advertising. Published on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Moyers & Company This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks to John Nichols and Robert McChesney about America’s transformation into […]

G. Ross Stephens: The Business of America is War . . . and War is Big Business

“We know more about killing than we know about living.”  — General Omar Bradley, 1948 Written by G. Ross Stephens   Saturday, 02 November 2013  RSN.com ‘Engine’ Charlie Wilson, former CEO of General Motors and member of President Eisenhower’s cabinet, said, “The business of America is business.” Fast forward to the present and he might say, ‘The business […]

Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State

Democratic leaders are full-fledged players in the national surveillance state, right along with Republicans. By Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen, Jie Chen  October 21, 2013  AlterNet.org Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Alternet Editor’s note: This is the first in a new series from AlterNet’s New Economic Dialogue Project, edited by Lynn Parramore.  Long before President Obama kicked off his 2008 campaign, many Americans took […]

[Video] Democracy Now! Military Industrial Pundits: Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Urged Syrian War

Published on Oct 18, 2013  democracynow http://www.democracynow.org – New research shows many so-called experts who appeared on television making the case for U.S. strikes on Syria had undisclosed ties to military contractors. A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative identifies 22 commentators with industry ties. While they appeared on television or were quoted as experts 111 […]