Category Archives: U.S. Politics

the high cost of subsidizing huge corporations

There are so many ways we subsidize obscenely wealthy corporations that don’t actually need the money other than built-in greed in the corporate structure.  For example: Johnston explained how the process typically works: “You come in as Walmart or Home … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Feb 10–16

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. –Franklin D. … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Feb 3–9

“We are beckoned to see the world through a one-way mirror, as if we are threatened and innocent and the rest of humanity is threatening, or wretched, or expendable. Our memory is struggling to rescue the truth that human rights … Continue reading

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a shot across the bow for Puerto Rico

Oh, this is sublime…. On Monday, however, U.S. District Judge Gustavo Gelpí—a George W. Bush appointee—issued a shot across the bow that throws the legality of this federal abuse into question. In a fiery ruling, Gelpí accused the federal government … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 27–Feb 2

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta <Prev | Next> More below the fold: Like 0

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a little bit of history in tax studies

Man, those republicans REALLY don’t like anything that disagrees with them, do they? If you are a Republican member of the United States Senate, you do everything in your power to suppress that report—particularly when it comes less than two … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 20–26

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 13–19

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material. –Susan Sontag   <Prev | Next>   By the way, I strongly encourage you to … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 6–12

The government of the United States is not a bargaining chip. A president cannot close the government when he doesn’t get his way, and then offer to open it as a concession when he does. That would not be a … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 1-5

“In the United States of North America, every independent movement of the workers was paralysed so long as slavery disfigured a part of the Republic. Labour cannot emancipate itself in the white skin when in the black it is branded.” … Continue reading

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Likeability is dogwhistle for sexism

Indeed. The fact is that Elizabeth Warren is likable. She speaks frankly and in moral terms, avoiding the cajoling sliminess of politicians such as the reptilian Texas senator Ted Cruz, or her probable Democratic primary opponent, New Jersey senator Cory … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 8–14 2017

Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember– <Prev | Next> 1. POETUS raging about how little on-air time his spox got. ‘No one can listen to that much bullsh*t’: Internet … Continue reading

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Authoritarianism: Jan 1–8 2017

Original article at: Authoritarianism: Jan 1–8 Changes. Next> Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. I got this idea from Amy Siskind who is keeping her own weekly list. She’s … Continue reading

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