Tag Archives: American politics
The Two-Party System Is Facing Its Biggest Challenge In 70 Years.
From Maine to Missouri, states are bucking the establishment to push radical electoral reforms.
The people who run America have constructed a political system that’s like a glitchy killer robot, one even they can’t control anymore.
The pattern is clear: Federal and local law enforcement target the First Amendment-protected activities of social justice movements because they pose a political threat, not a violent one.
In fascism the politically disempowered and disengaged, ignored and reviled by the establishment, discover a voice and a sense of empowerment.
Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics, and their push to change the system. Moyers & Company November 21, 2014 Moyers & Company November 21, 2014 Government has become a clearinghouse for corporations and plutocrats with deep pockets to buy the politicians who grease the wheels […]
Congress is now controlled by politicians who raise money and win reelection by granting political favors to their supporters. For example, high-priced lobbyists for Wall Street first devised the deregulation that made too-big-to-fail banks possible, and then fashioned the faux financial fix-it legislation that followed the 2008 economic crisis. These new laws featured a “highly complex stew of new regulations” that could not be well implemented and “would likely not solve the underlying … problem even if they were.”
Bought, Sold and Sedated by NICK RUIZ WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 26-28, 2013 Counterpunch.org Nick Ruiz: It’s great to talk with you today, John. I came across your CounterPunch article, The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats recently, and have been keen to talk to you about it and related fronts. So, if I understand your take […]
The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful Washington’s Dilemma on a “Lost” Planet [This piece is adapted from “Uprisings,” a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Noam Chomsky’s new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books). The questions are Barsamian’s, the […]