Category U.S. Economy

The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs by Chris Hedges

Oligarchs use power and ruling structures solely for personal advancement.

‘This Is Not a Time for False Equivalence’

This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode.

Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized

Instead of getting burned out, frustrated, and isolated, when we gather, we get energized.

Polly Mann | Hunger Pangs in the Belly of the Beast

Enacting the pending legislation, the advocates say, “will push millions of already struggling people deeper into poverty, and without question, will make hunger far, far worse in this country…” By Polly Mann  WAMM Newsletter  Volume 35, Number 6  December 2017 The financial publication Forbes reports this astounding fact: “The three wealthiest people in the United States—Bill […]

Flowers and Zeese | From Neoliberal Injustice To Economic Democracy

Mahatma Gandhi’s program of nonviolent resistance, satyagraha, had two components: obstructive resistance and constructive programs.

Chris Hedges | Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope

The message of the consumer society, pumped out over flat screen televisions, computers and smartphones, to those trapped at the bottom of society is loud and unrelenting: You are a failure. Popular culture celebrates those who wallow in power, wealth and self-obsession and perpetuates the lie that if you work hard and are clever you too […]

Chris Hedges | Our Ever-Deadlier Police State

The grotesque distortions of the judicial system and the aggressive war on the poor by the police will get worse under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Collateral Damage: U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Russia Strike Western European Allies by Diana Johnstone

U.S. politicians view the rest of the world as America’s hinterland, to be exploited, abused and ignored with impunity.

Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Peacestock 2017

An eye-opening object lesson in U.S. military strength around the world with a special in depth report on Ukraine. 

Who Rules America? A Breakdown Of Wealth In The U.S. House And Senate

As you can see, those whom the American people have elected into office are often among the “upper crust” of society.

Frieda Berrigan | Why Tax Resistance Under Trump Needs Its Antiwar Edge

Tax resistance — in all its forms — does matter.

Jason Ditz | Congress Wants Another $1 Trillion To ‘Reboot’ The Military

This trillion dollars easily breaks the budget on already prohibitively high military spending, and it’s just one of many schemes likely to be adopted.

Juan Cole | World More Violent in Past Year, but Middle East Drives Deterioration (Video)

If the GPI is right about what produces peace, you’d have to conclude that the US is heading toward increased violence.

Sarah Van Gelder | Amid Election Chaos, Communities Show Where the Real Power Is

van Gelder: In every community I visited, I found people working hard to lay a different foundation for our society.

A conversation with Noam Chomsky on organizing for a next system

An initial signatory to the Next System statement, Chomsky explores the connections between culture, mass movements, and economic experiments—which in “mutually reinforcing” interaction, may build toward a next system more quickly than you may think.

VIDEO | Mark Fiore: Hiding, Secret and Shell

Most of these people with offshore accounts are just trying to avoid paying taxes, but many of them are corrupt politicians and other criminals.

VIDEOS: Chris Hedges & Michael Hudson | Days of Revolt: How We Got to Junk Economics

A politician’s job is to deliver whoever voted for you to your backers, who are on Wall Street. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, but especially if you are a Democrat – that’’s really the Wall Street wing of the American political system. The Republicans are for the corporate monopoly, oil and gas wing of it.

Polly Mann: Where Will All the Money Go in 2016?

The United States could put an end to poverty in this country by a substantial reduction in its enormous military budget. To do this would require a well-funded campaign, and how could the peace movement begin to amass funds sufficient to challenge those provided lobbyists by the military-industrial complex? Lobbyists, in turn, use whatever means are legal (usually, that is) to influence the lawmakers to enact legislation benefiting the arms makers.

Video. Chris Hedges | Days of Revolt: Neoliberalism as Utopianism

Saul: And what they did, most universities, was they did an intellectual cleansing of the economic historians to remove the possibility of doubt, the possibility of speculation on ideas, leaving these sort of hapless–mainly hapless macroeconomists, who fell quite easily into the hands, frankly, of the ideologues, the neoliberals, neoconservatives…

Marc Ash: Socialism? Let’s Cut to the Chase

“A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.”
– Noam Chomsky