A Nation Fails Its Youth When Millions Go to College Presidents, Not Students

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 11:15 am

A recent report by The Chronicle for Higher Education has found 42 private college presidents made over $1 million in executive pay, up from last year’s figure of 36 millionaire presidents. The list was based on 2011 federal tax data from institutions receiving endowments.

The Pathology of the Rich: An interview With Chris Hedges

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 2:52 pm

The one area though that Hedges does not go into well in this interview, and his previous pieces, is that of the Bourgeoisie capitalists. The management class and engineers and doctors and lawyers and business men and college professors who not only support, but quite often praise the elite oligarchs. Like groupies. In some ways they are even more morally bankrupt and hideous.

Tax-Hike Scare Goes Up in Thin Air

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 12:30 pm

An academic study released by an economist from the University of Massachusetts found that one of the scare tactics used by both federal and state lawmakers for not raising taxes and instead cutting back funding of public works and social services is based on a falsity.

The Pilfering Public Pension Pirates of Illinois, Tax the Rich to Save the Rest

By: Friday November 29, 2013 12:35 pm

This is the thanks they get? Our teachers and our librarians, civil engineers and school crossing guards, trash collectors and public safety protectors, public prosecutors and public defenders, snowplow drivers, accountants, file clerks, telephone operators, translators, healthcare workers, those who care for our sick and elderly and our forgotten.

State-Federal Cannabis Sweep in Colorado Illuminates the Essential Flaws of Prohibition

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 5:00 pm

This past week state and federal officials raided more than a dozen Colorado cannabis dispensaries and greenhouses and two homes. The agents, including officers from both the DEA and the IRS, had obtained warrants for 10 individuals connected with the raided properties. The Denver Post obtained a copy of the search warrant that allowed the agents to seize “everything from pot plants and cash to financial records, safes and computer flash drives”. No arrests were made during the sweep that took place over the course of several hours on Thursday.

Unclear on the Concept Cavalcade Continues to Corrupt Citizens’ Consciousness

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:08 pm

Ripped from the headlines, the news seems to suggest that rank and file democrats are following their standard bearer’s ‘style’ when it comes to solving some of the more pressing and complex problems that we face together as a nation. Its good to know that these followers have appreciated the efforts made by the Obama administration to “set the tone” as we sally forth together to solve these troubling and significant criminal and cultural problems.

Capitalism Takes on Democracy

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 10:30 am

Lambert’s post on Sunday about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) looks at the deal from an important perspective: Its effect on popular sovereignty. He links to Dean Baker’s short post and highlights this: “The main thrust of the negotiations is to impose a regulator[y] structure in a wide range of areas — health, safety, environmental — which will override national and sub-national rules.” International agreements have always had that character, of course. Treaties, conventions like the Geneva Conventions and Convention Against Torture and so on also (theoretically) supersede national and sub-national rules. They would be worthless otherwise.

The idea that trade agreements weaken national laws is also not new.

Can We Solve the Climate Crisis Under Capitalism?

By: Sunday November 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Can we solve the climate crisis while the capitalists roam the Earth, terminating ecosystems here and there? Christian Parenti, in full knowledge of the system and its urgent critique, seems to think so, and he has a piece out in Dissent titled “A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis.” Parenti suggests that the problem with climate change is so urgent, and any sort of post-capitalist revolution so far off, that activists should focus upon climate change now before any sort of revolution has any serious momentum.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jed Morey, The Great American Disconnect: Seven Fundamental Threats To Our Democracy

By: Sunday November 10, 2013 1:59 pm

The story of America, as told to us by the political establishment, is not unlike scripture that attempts to explain our circumstances in a manner that must be accepted as gospel. The truth is that America has been hijacked by powerful special corporate interests whose paths toward profit are lubricated by political accomplices complicit in a scheme that suppresses opportunity and freedom among the masses. Our state of denial has caused us to drift far from the nation we believe ourselves to be while holding tightly to an image of the nation we wish to be.

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V)

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 6:20 pm

We move on to Joseph Lhota, the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from January 9th, 2012 to December 31st. He is the Republican candidate in this election and has experience in numerous offices under major names like Rudy Giuliani.

Lhota echoes a sentiment of being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which is a theme all three major candidates build upon.

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