9/11 Anniversary and How Snowden’s Whistleblowing Has Shifted Views on Phone, Internet Surveillance

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 8:30 am

Twelve years since the attacks, this predominant mindset, which not only enables abuse but also authoritarianism in government, is declining. Polls are showing that Americans are no longer as supportive of massive surveillance put in place after the attacks. And former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden is mostly responsible for this major shift in views.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Danny Dorling, The No-Nonsense Guide to Equality

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 1:59 pm

Modern democratic society requires basic equality. Our Founding Fathers understood this point when they drafted the Declaration of Independence with the radical statement, in its time: “All men are created equal.” Citizens must feel that they have a say in political decisions, that they are represented in some way. Citizens must also feel that they have an opportunity to “win” sometime in the future, even if their causes and candidates “lose” today. The opportunity to change government and policy based on citizen interests is central to democracy, and it requires a foundation in interpersonal equality.

Danny Dorling’s provocative book expands upon these insights. He argues that “human beings are happier and healthier the more equal they are.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Richard D. Wolff, Occupy The Economy: Challenging Capitalism

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 1:59 pm

One of the long standing taboos in the US is an open discussion of our capitalist economic system. Mainstream economists talk of business cycles, recessions, depressions, upturns, downturns, etc, in an effort to avoid discussing just how unstable capitalism is. In 2009 that changed. Professor Richard D Wolff, a PhD who taught economics at UMass for many years, published a book entitled Capitalism Hits The Fan, a compilation of articles and essays written between 2005 and 2008. Since that time he has been on a whirlwind of personal appearances and radio/TV talk shows discussing just how capitalism has worked, or not worked, for people over the last 50 years.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jeremi Suri, Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama

By: Sunday October 9, 2011 1:59 pm

How has American nation-building changed the world? What can we learn from this history? How has this history been used and misused by American policy makers? And what makes nation-building work – what has undermined it?

These are just a few of the questions that Jermi Suri asks and answers in Liberty’s Surest Guardian.

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