The Way Americans Worship Sports Heroes Versus the Way We Treat Intellectuals Speaks Volumes About US

The difference between the way Americans regard athletes versus “intellectuals” is a touchstone for how we see ourselves by Kareem Abdul Jabbar Guardian edited by O Society April 17, 2019 On 19 April 1980, more than 50,000 Parisians marched through the streets to mourn the loss of one of their own. Was it for a famous … Continue reading The Way Americans Worship Sports Heroes Versus the Way We Treat Intellectuals Speaks Volumes About US

Climate Crisis and Conflict Cause Immigration Crowd Surge (Conservative Moral Hierarchy 15)

by O Society April 13, 2019 One of our readers pointed out Steve Bannon - political strategist for Donald Trump and Robert Mercer, major player in the Cambridge Analytica and Breitbart stories - is currently going toe-to-toe with the Pope. Bannon is a self-described Catholic, so what's up with that? Shouldn't he bow his head … Continue reading Climate Crisis and Conflict Cause Immigration Crowd Surge (Conservative Moral Hierarchy 15)

The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago: A Reader’s Guide for the Distraught

By Ann Jones Tom Dispatch edited by O Society April 12, 2019 Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a Veblen Moment. That’s Thorstein Veblen, the greatest American thinker you probably never heard of … Continue reading The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago: A Reader’s Guide for the Distraught

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency by George Monbiot Guardian edited by O Society April 11, 2019 Thousands of people march through London to protest against underfunding and privatisation of the NHS. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Images My life was saved last year by the Churchill … Continue reading Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

Modern Monetary Theory is used by Wall Street to Take Advantage of Groupthink

by Patricia Cohen NYTimes edited by O Society April 9, 2019 The package of eccentric ideas known as modern monetary theory — for example, that annual deficits are too small, and that the United States can essentially print money to pay off its debt — has been on the receiving end of a remarkable level … Continue reading Modern Monetary Theory is used by Wall Street to Take Advantage of Groupthink

Neoliberalism Replaced Democracy as the American Citizen was Replaced by a Faceless Consumer

Neoliberalism replaces the citizen with the consumer — pushing people out of political life and into the marketplace. Visitors walk through the newly opened luxury shopping mall at the Hudson Yards development on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan on March 18 in New York City. Spencer Platt / Getty Daniel Zamora interviews Niklas Olsen Jacobin … Continue reading Neoliberalism Replaced Democracy as the American Citizen was Replaced by a Faceless Consumer