The Plutocrats Still Lead With Control

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 5:31 pm

Two months ago, a report by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page uncovered a major issue in the American political system. Specifically, it uncovered how much power the elites in society hold in the U.S. compared to the average citizen.

It is very interesting and provides useful insight into the structure of the U.S. system and how it creates political inequality.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 1:59 pm

When it comes to telling the inconvenient set of truths that increasingly set Israel apart from what we consider to be a Western democracy or a society akin to the USA or western Europe, no good deed remains unpunished. Max Blumenthal, in two books published four years apart, has exposed two authoritarian Old Testament-based cultures for their anti-democratic underpinnings. The first book, unveiling strange Christian and Christianist currents in our political world was widely praised. The second, examining somewhat similar forces in Israeli political, religious, cultural and educational life, is being widely damned.

Fact Checked: Hannity Causing Immediate Harm to Consumers

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 2:05 pm

In a galling display of disregard for the public interest, Sean Hannity has been broadcasting provably false information on radio and TV about the Affordable Care Act. Salon’s “Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare” uncovered how he distorted the stories of three couples to imply that they were worse off under Obamacare’s new rules. In fact, the couples are now able to get more coverage for less money, but Hannity did not retract his report.

The American Religious and Economic Right Fractures

By: Sunday November 25, 2012 6:40 pm

Losing the election seems to have really shaken the American conservative movement deeply and the most significant long term effect, that I perceive, is watching some important, born again, wooly-evangelicals slowly morphing into what, in Europe, would be classified as Christian-Democrats.

It might be that the descendents of people who voted for William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long and FDR may again be susceptible to the “populist” messages of Democrats bearing “gifts.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric Laursen, The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan

By: Saturday May 12, 2012 1:59 pm

Social Security is one of those topics that most people think they know about. Everyone“knows” Social Security is “going bankrupt,” that the government “raided the trust fund,” and that “it won’t be there when we retire.” These folks include both the ideologues determined to dismember the program and the casual consumers of mainstream media, which has been largely content to write he-said, she-said stories giving equal weight to the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and“experts” wearing tin-foil hats.

But there’s a potentially more dangerous cohort than the Fox-educated crowd out there, says Eric Laursen.

Progressive is the Most Positively Viewed Political Label in America

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 10:30 am

Branding is not everything in politics, it is important.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jeanne Devon, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years

By: Sunday June 5, 2011 1:59 pm

In the sea of Sarah Palin books that have been released since she slammed into the national consciousness, Blind Allegiance is unique. With access to the woman, the gubernatorial candidate, the governor, the VP candidate and the quitter, Frank Bailey was a true insider. He showed up at Palin campaign headquarters literally on Day One with a paintbrush and a mop. By virtue of his loyalty and work ethic, he played an integral role in her campaign, and rose in the ranks to become Palin’s powerful Director of Boards and Commissions during her administration as Governor.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julian Zelizer, The Presidency of George W. Bush: The First Historical Assessment

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 1:59 pm

Midway through his presidency, when Bob Woodward about how history would judge the War in Iraq, George W. Bush responded: “History. We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.” Instead, in a 2006 essay in Rolling Stone, the prominent historian Sean Wilentz argued that a substantial majority of U.S. historians already considered the Bush administration to be a “failure” (81% in a poll conducted by the History News Network). Wilentz predicted that Bush would “be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.”

What’s Worse: Steele’s Afghanistan Comments or the Reaction?

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 7:38 am

Chairman of the Republican Party Michael Steele made some awkward comments about Obama’s policy in Afghanistan, irking the right wing. With reaction from the left no better, we see that the War in Afghanistan is simply not a left/right issue at all.

Cool to Be Con? Plurality of Americans Now Identify as “Conservative”

By: Saturday June 26, 2010 12:45 pm

There has been a significant increase in the number of people choosing to label themselves as “conservatives” according to a new report from Gallup.

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