The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Democrats' Left Turn by Thomas B Edsall New York Times Oct 18, 2018 Today, we're going to skip the foreplay. Here's the money shot: "The dominant role of well-educated, relatively upscale white Democrats in moving the party to the left reflects the declining role of the working class in shaping the party’s ideology." Upscale … Continue reading The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Bill Clinton’s Five Major Achievements Were Longstanding GOP Objectives

by Mark Karlin and Thomas Frank Truthout https://youtu.be/38JNg210L24 What is the core philosophy of today’s Democratic Party and does it serve anyone’s interests other than a wealthy elite? Thomas Frank lays bare Democrats’ abandonment of their purported values, and the role this played in entrenching economic inequality. He discusses the Hillary Doctrine’s basis in neoliberalism, how the Democratic … Continue reading Bill Clinton’s Five Major Achievements Were Longstanding GOP Objectives

How Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens Affect American Politics

American Democracy? by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless? These questions have animated much important work in the study of American politics. Until very recently it has not been possible to test these theories against each … Continue reading How Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens Affect American Politics

Sharing is Key to a New Economic and Democratic Order

by Graham Peebles Dissident Voice October 13th, 2018 In order to meet the colossal challenges of the time, fundamental change to the socio-economic order is needed. The environmental catastrophe is the major issue, together with armed conflict, potentially nuclear. Both threaten the survival of humanity and the planet, and both are widely ignored by the … Continue reading Sharing is Key to a New Economic and Democratic Order

The Elite World Order in Jitters

Review of Peter Phillips' book Giants: The Global Power Elite by Robert Hunziker Dissident Voice September 14th, 2018 According to a brand new book by Peter Phillips, the world is now controlled by a handful (actually several handfuls) of powerful/ rich elites via interlocking capital exchanges spanning the globe. https://youtu.be/Np6td-wzDYQ This ultra small coterie dictates world events … Continue reading The Elite World Order in Jitters

NY Times expose reminds us upper-class tax evasion is and has been the norm

by Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone Oct 10, 2018 When New York Times reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner published their exhaustive, gazillion-word expose on the Trump family tax practices last week, there was only one word for it. “Tax bombshell,” blared Yahoo! By my count, this was roughly the 4,790th “bombshell” of the Trump … Continue reading NY Times expose reminds us upper-class tax evasion is and has been the norm

The Rich Have an Escape Plan

https://youtu.be/dIbdJCfi6E4 Reality Asserts Itself - Rana Foroohar On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Foroohar says many wealthy people understand that the climate crisis, deep recession and war are real threats, but they believe “apres moi le deluge [after me comes the floods];” the Financial Times columnist and author of “Makers and Takers” says many of the … Continue reading The Rich Have an Escape Plan