Category U.S. Economy
Oligarchs use power and ruling structures solely for personal advancement.
This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode.
Instead of getting burned out, frustrated, and isolated, when we gather, we get energized.
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 […]
Mahatma Gandhi’s program of nonviolent resistance, satyagraha, had two components: obstructive resistance and constructive programs.
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 […]
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.
U.S. politicians view the rest of the world as America’s hinterland, to be exploited, abused and ignored with impunity.
An eye-opening object lesson in U.S. military strength around the world with a special in depth report on Ukraine.
As you can see, those whom the American people have elected into office are often among the “upper crust” of society.
Tax resistance — in all its forms — does matter.
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.
If the GPI is right about what produces peace, you’d have to conclude that the US is heading toward increased violence.
Most of these people with offshore accounts are just trying to avoid paying taxes, but many of them are corrupt politicians and other criminals.
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.
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…