Many of us—read: anyone paying attention—are worried about problems like climate disruption, biodiversity loss, toxins in our foods, income inequality and the hollowing out of towns. Such troubles seem impossible to solve, hopeless to untangle. But maybe our woes are not so complicated. Perhaps these interrelated challenges stem from a basic design flaw. And we can fix it.
Continue reading “The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity’s Malaise by Judith Schwartz”
The archplutocratic tax cut Washington politicians are working on this holiday season ought to be a call to arms for the United States’ populace. The nation’s economy is already so savagely unequal that the top 10th of its upper 1 percent owns as much wealth as its bottom 90 percent. Its corporations are raking in record profits. Half of its citizens have no savings. Half its population lives in or near poverty. Twenty-one percent of its children are growing up at less than the federal government’s notoriously inadequate poverty level, and 41 million Americans—12.3 percent of the population—are “food insecure.”
Continue reading “Magical Thinking Is Stopping Us From Taking to the Streets by Paul Street”
Microsoft’s CEO has warned the technology industry against creating a dystopian future, the likes of which have been predicted by authors including George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Satya Nadella kicked off the the company’s 2017 Build conference with a keynote that was as unexpected as it was powerful. He told the developers in attendance that they have a huge responsibility, and that the choices they make could have enormous implications.
They won’t listen of course. The collection of big data along with management, selling and distribution and the systems architecture to control it is now worth exactly double global military defence expenditure. In fact, this year, the big data industry overtook the worlds most valuable traded commodity – oil.
Continue reading “No Need To Wait – Dystopia Is Almost Upon Us”
Donald Trump is waging a global war on truth. He is the anti-truth president. From Trump steaks to his “university” to his support of the “birther” movement against Barack Obama, he’s perpetually selling lies. Now he’s selling lies on a global stage. By making everything potentially a lie, e.g. climate change as a “Chinese hoax,” Trump is doing his best to demolish facts, paving the way to do whatever he pleases.
Trump believes he can have his own facts and tweet them too. We can blame Trump for being the vain, venal, and vile man that he is, but America elected him (yes, not all Americans, but enough to carry the Electoral College). He’s a con man, a crafty one, and the media can’t look away, nor can the rest of us.
Continue reading “Donald Trump and His Global War on Truth by W.J. Astore”
This world is one great battlefield,
With forces all arrayed;
If in my heart I do not yield,
I’ll overcome some day.
—Charles A. Tindley, 1901
The vultures have started circling. In a sane world, legislation that adds $1.5 trillion to America’s debt (already over $20 trillion and rising by the second) would not be celebrated as “just what the country needs to get growing again.” Yet here we are.
The new U.S. tax plan is a scam—a corporate coup—that benefits a few rich and powerful Americans who make the most and want to pay the least. They are the owners of our country, the plutocrats and oligarchs that run this nation and tell politicians what to do, such as increase the military budgetfrom $793.7 billion in 2017 to $824.6 billion in 2018. We, the 99 percent, are not in the club. Anyone who wants a fair and just society becomes an enemy of the state.
Continue reading “America’s War on America by Eric Ortiz”
Robert “Iceberg Slim” Beck’s 1967 autobiography Pimp: The Story of My Life chronicles Beck’s rise, fall, and redemption. Much of the book reads as a kind of coming-of-age story, with Beck trying to ply his trade, making mistakes, and then using the “wisdom” of mentors to correct his course. The reader learns about the world of the pimp, not through Beck, but through his teachers. And one key dilemma Beck lays out for his readers is what might be called the thoroughbred problem.
Continue reading “American Pimps: The NFL, Donald Trump, and Iceberg Slim by Shawn Hamilton”
What about mind? If the world is vibration, is also mind and consciousness a form of vibration? Or on the contrary, are all vibrations, the observed world, a manifestation of mind?
Continue reading “A New Concept of Consciousness By Ervin Laszlo”
The take-away: Trickle-down economics DOES NOT work.
Will you get lost in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Most people I asked don’t even know what that is, but it’s happening all around us right now. This system is about technological evolution… evolving us an in my humble opinion, may even destroy us before climate change & environmental destruction do.
What does it mean to be American, if we’re not the best? If we are no longer the most powerful, if we are no longer the most prosperous, if we are no longer ‘good’ on some level – who are we? That kind of dislocation is going to be very difficult for a lot of Americans, especially because it’s happening at the same time as another very important American belief is diminishing – that our lives will always get better.
Live from Istanbul, journalist Suzy Hansen explores life abroad under the influence of America’s post-WW2 foreign policy, and explains what America’s decline, and Donald Trump’s ascent means for a nation historically isolated from the world and effects of its own policies.
Suzy is author of Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
Marco Rubio, the American politician, attorney and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives once said; “Every nation on the Earth that embraces market economics and the free enterprise system is pulling millions of its people out of poverty. The free enterprise system creates prosperity, not denies it.”
Statements such as these are common amongst politicians, especially wealthy ones who hold wealth driven values. But one man’s prosperity is another man’s misery in a world blighted by an economic model that demands eternal growth.
Continue reading “Perpetual Prosperity And The ‘Strategy of Tension’ by Graham Vanbergen”
Stay asleep, by all means. If you wish to die, sleepwalking over the cliff edge of extinction is one way to go.
Stay afraid, by all means. If you wish to die, cowering in fear until poverty starves or the police state kills you is one way to go.
Stay addicted, by all means. If you wish to die, choking numbed-out and addled by drugs, alcohol, food, and so-called pleasures is one way to go.
Stay ignorant, by all means. If you wish to die, entering the gas chamber in blissful ignorance is one way to go. Continue reading “The Corporate State Will Kill Us by Rivera Sun”
Through the insights of whistleblowers, investigators, prosecutors, military and industry insiders SHADOW WORLD reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates widespread suffering. The film unravels a number of the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them. It illustrates why this trade accounts for almost 40% of all corruption in global trade, and how it operates in a parallel legal universe, in which the national security elite who drive it are seldom prosecuted for their often illegal actions. SHADOW WORLD posits alternatives through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as through the voice of Eduardo Galeano who contributed selections from his stories for the film.
Ultimately SHADOW WORLD reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how weapons of war are turned against citizens of liberal democracies and how the trade inhibits rather than enhances security for us all. In shedding light on how our realities are being constructed, the film offers a way for audiences to see through this horror, in the hopes of creating a better future.
This thought-provoking film highlights the lives of twelve homeless people living in Florida. Their stories all begin differently. None of them expected to become homeless, but life happened……
Writer Andrea Flynn explores the persistence of hidden, racialized barriers to economic equality in the US, and explains why a ‘class only’ attempt to address inequality for all Americans fails to confront the legacy of systemic racism – via mass incarceration, spatial segregation and the wealth gap – blocking Black Americans from prosperity and equal access to the economy at large.
Andrea is co-author of the book The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy
The Paradise Papers, a stash of over 13 million documents from 19 tax-haven nations and two offshore law firms leaked this month to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, present an archive of global avarice.
Today, the richest one percent own half of the world’s wealth. The Paradise Papers show how this global elite uses offshore tax arrangements, often perfectly legal, to circumvent both the obligations of citizenship as well as the consequences of ownership. The demands which apply to the rest of us—the obligation to pay our taxes, to pay our debts and our civil liabilities—do not apply to them. In many ways, the class war has been won, and the spoils of the victors sit safely sheltered in the Cayman Islands.
Continue reading “The Paradise Papers Are Proof That Capitalism and Racism Fuel The Global Plutocracy by Sam Adler Bell”
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
— John F. Kennedy
It’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year filled with violence and ill will.
It’s been a year of hotheads and blowhards and killing sprees and bloodshed and take downs.
It’s been a year in which tyranny took a step forward and freedom got knocked down a few notches.
It’s been a year with an abundance of bad news and a shortage of good news.
It’s been a year of too much hate and too little kindness.
Continue reading “Don’t Just Give Thanks: Pay It Forward One Act of Kindness at a Time by John W. Whitehead”