Tag Archives: Koch brothers

Tomgram: Trump’s Own Military Mafia, by Danny Sjursen

“A brief look at key ‘86ers offers insight into President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex in 2020 — and it should take your breath away.”

VA to shift billions of dollars to private care for veterans

Critics, which include nearly all of the major veterans’ organizations, say that paying for care in the private sector would starve the 153-year-old veterans’ health care system, causing many hospitals to close.

Greg Palast | The Pig That Burst the Keystone Pipeline— and the Kochs

Why the PIG didn’t squeal and Yes, the Kochs, behind the Keystone Pipeline expansion.

Greg Palast | Billionaires vs. Billionaires: How TrumpCare’s Defeat Was Actually a Victory for the Koch Brothers

The Kochs pocket billions while we fry: burning the Canadian tar sands reserve will, all by itself, raise the temperature of the entire planet by 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Henry A. Giroux | Why Teachers Matter in Dark Times

Public schools and higher education are “dangerous” because they hold the potential to serve as laboratories for democracy.

Duane Cady | The biggest burden on the environment: War

Cady: The U.S. Department of Defense is the single largest consumer of energy. Ninety-three percent of U.S. government energy consumption is military (Air Force, 52 percent; Navy, 33 percent; Army, 7 percent).

Ed Felien | Terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel: Why capitalism needs racism

There have been twice as many deaths from white male, right-wing terrorists than there have been from Islamic terrorists since 9/11, and, yet, we’ll spend more than $3 trillion in 2015 fighting Islamic terrorism… NOKOMIS EDITION (2nd Monday) July 2015, VOL. XXV, ISSUE 21 By Ed Felien Southside Pride  July 13, 2015 How do you get […]

Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the Promise of Insurgent Public Memory

Giroux: The current historical moment calls for a politics that is transnational in its scope, global in its sense of responsibility and capable of creating new democratic public spheres in which it becomes possible to show private troubles can be connected to larger social issues, and public connections and modes of solidarity can be sustained beyond the private sphere. Only then will the promise and possibility of creating a radical global commons in the service of a radical democracy come into view.

Common Dreams: 12 Days of Christmas Apologies

And If the Super-Greedy Refuse to Apologize and Make Amends for Their Treatment of Less Fortunate Americans?

Let Visions of Occupy II Dance in Their Heads.

Rolling Stone: Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money. Tim Dickinson has written a great article in a mainstream publication. It really introduces the Kochs to a […]

John Nichols: The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’

Once dismissed even by many reformers as an appropriate yet impossible initiative, the movement for a “Money Out/Voters In” amendment to the Constitution has grown so strong — and been proven to be so necessary — that it has now achieved what most organizers of amendment movements only imagine.   By John Nichols  BillMoyersNews  July 12, […]

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 […]

Mitch Jones> If You Thought What ALEC and the Koch Brothers Are Doing Was Bad …

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has drawn large protests in Japan. (photo: activist post) By Mitch Jones  16 July 13  Food and Water Watch via  Reader Supported News e’ve all seen the results in states across the country of the influence that ALEC and the Koch Brothers have amassed. And if you think the results of their […]

Did Public Television Commit Self-Censorship to Appease Billionaire Funder David Koch? Parts 1 & 2

 democracynow  Published on May 30, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal say plans for their new documentary to air on public television have been quashed after billionaire Republican David Koch complained about the PBS broadcast of another film critical of him, “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” by acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney. Lessin […]

Democracy Now> Corporate Exodus Continues From ALEC as Secretive Right-Wing Group’s Policies Come to Light

Published on Jul 11, 2012 by democracynow DemocracyNow.org – Five more corporations have severed ties with the secretive right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. The group has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months as the public has become aware of its role in advancing the “Stand Your Ground” gun law initially cited to protect Trayvon […]

John Nichols> Bernie Sanders on the ‘Aggressiveness Among the Ruling Class’

Bernie Sanders on the ‘Aggressiveness Among the Ruling Class’ John Nichols on June 8, 2012 – 10:23 AM ET   The Nation Governor Scott Walker says that, with his victory in Tuesday’s recall election, he will “tell Wisconsin, tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up […]

ALEC Disbands Task Force Responsible for Stand Your Ground, Voter ID, Prison Privatization, AZ’s SB 1070

ALEC Disbands Task Force Responsible for Stand Your Ground, Voter ID, Prison Privatization, AZ’s SB 1070 April 18 email from CMD to WAMMToday:   Today, the Center for Media and Democracy had the distinct honor and privilege of being attacked by the Wall Street Journal editorial board for our successful campaign to exposed the extreme agenda of […]

Bill McKibben> Payola for the most Profitable Corporations in History> And Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More

Tomgram: Bill McKibben, How You Subsidize the Energy Giants to Wreck the Planet Posted by Bill McKibben at 9:20am, April 5, 2012. Just in case you’re running for national office, here are a few basic stats to orient you when you hit Washington (thanks to the invaluable Open Secrets website of the Center for Responsive Politics).  In 2011, the […]

Help Expose the Koch Bros w/ new film!

The film features expert interviews, investigative exposés and extras about what the billionaire Koch brothers are doing to our democracy. Ben Betz, People For the American Way Submitted by David Culver This week (March 25-31) marks the release of the latest feature film from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald and our friends at Brave New Foundation: […]

Video> OccupyMN Targets ALEC Corporate Influence In Government

OccupyMN Targets ALEC Corporate Influence in Government Uploaded by UpTakeVideo on Feb 6, 2012 Occupy organizers say corporate money has too big of an influence on Minnesota’s government and there needs to be reforms. Scott Hargarten of OccupyMinneapolis and OccupyMN says those reforms target the corporate influence that groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) . […]