Tag Archives: American politics

Breaking the Two-Party System

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.

Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Henry A. Giroux | The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in Trump’s America

The incivility machine Trump resurrected as tool of resistance against establishment politicians played a major role in gaining him the presidency.

Donald Trump Will Be President. This is What We Do Next.

The people who run America have constructed a political system that’s like a glitchy killer robot, one even they can’t control anymore.

Henry A. Giroux | Politics as Pathology in the Warfare State

A culture of fear, hate and bigotry has transformed American politics into a pathology.

Masculinity Metaphors Dominate Mainstream Media Coverage of Election

The frequent use of boxing and football metaphors in political discourse did not cause violence to become such an important force in our politics, but this usage is one measure of how presidential campaigns can be less about policy differences and complex political agendas than they can be about the selling of a certain kind of executive masculinity, embodied in a particular man whom the public comes to know largely through television and other technologies of mass communication.

FBI Greenlights Crackdown On Black Lives Matter Protesters

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.

Chris Hedges: The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

In fascism the politically disempowered and disengaged, ignored and reviled by the establishment, discover a voice and a sense of empowerment.

Henry A. Giroux: Hope in a time of permanent war

Giroux: Democratic hope is a subversive, defiant practice that makes power visible and interrogates and resists those events, social relations, and ideas that pose a threat to democracy.

▶ Bill Moyers: How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

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 […]

John J. Dilulio, Jr: The Rise and Fall of the US Government

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.”

Nick Ruiz> An Interview with John Stauber on the Impotence of the Progressive Movement

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 […]

Chomsky> The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful, Washington’s Dilemma on a “Lost” Planet

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 […]