Americans Wanted a Revolution, and Clinton’s Campaign Only Offered Us Obama 2.0

The seeds were planted in an underreported 2009 meeting. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet November 9, 2016   Donald J. Trump's ascent to the White House is the final victory of Lewis Powell's 1971 memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (I wrote a book about this titled The Crash of 2016), and now we all … Continue reading Americans Wanted a Revolution, and Clinton’s Campaign Only Offered Us Obama 2.0

How Betsy DeVos Does the Koch Brothers’ Bidding

by Jeff Bryant Our Future Nov 28, 2018 While the serial outrages of the Trump administration continue to make headlines, the more mundane activities of his cabinet officials and their underlings often fly under the radar. Take U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, for instance, whose nomination drew ahistory-making opposition and set off an avalanche … Continue reading How Betsy DeVos Does the Koch Brothers’ Bidding

America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality

By Maria Konnikova New Yorker As a whole, the population of the United States is wealthier today than it has ever been. But, as has often been reported, the relative increases haven’t been uniform. In 1970, the top ten per cent of the population earned a third of the total national income. By 2012, it earned … Continue reading America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality

Obama Loved Austerity and the New Democrats Remain Addicted to It

By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One and an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jointly published at New Economic Perspectives and Naked Capitalism I know the Republicans are complete hypocrites about federal deficits and debt. I know their dishonesty and … Continue reading Obama Loved Austerity and the New Democrats Remain Addicted to It

Unchecked Power

How monopolies have flourished—and undermined democracy by GANESH SITARAMAN New Republic November 29, 2018   The last forty years have seen a transformation in American business. Three major airlines dominate the skies. About ten pharmaceutical companies make up the lion’s share of the industry. Three major companies constitute the seed and pesticide industry. And 70 percent of beer … Continue reading Unchecked Power

At elite gala with ex-Bush official, Obama implores Wall Street to thank him for making them so much money

  “Just say thank you, please,” former President Obama told a room full of bankers, and boasted of making the US the world’s largest oil producer at an opulent gala with James Baker. By Ben Norton Gray Zone Nov 30, 2018 Barack Obama urged bankers to thank him for helping make them so much money during his … Continue reading At elite gala with ex-Bush official, Obama implores Wall Street to thank him for making them so much money

The vapid trickle-down culture of the plutocracy could be the end of us all

“Generation Wealth” documentarian Lauren Greenfield on how the rich are destroying civilization KEITH A. SPENCER interviews Lauren Greenfield Original Thinkers Dec 2, 2018 It is ironic as the gulf between rich and poor reaches record levels, the language of the underclass becomes infected with the culture and mores of the rich. Twenty years ago, English began to absorb and normalize verbal markers of wealth, consumption, and … Continue reading The vapid trickle-down culture of the plutocracy could be the end of us all