Democracy

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 1:00 pm

We have a lot more to overcome here then than just political stubbornness and corruption.

Here’s to a Less Prettied Up, Less Distracted, Less Disguised 2014

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 6:49 pm

I wonder if in the new year we could be less distracted by the manufactured b.s. — produced by the Democratic and Republican Parties — designed to make us hate the Reds or the Blues? Just a little less? Or if we can keep our eyes on the prize more steadily, the prize being changing the economy into one that makes full employment at good wages our number one ‘left wing radical’ priority.

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.

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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Heidi Boghosian, Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 2:59 pm

Heidi Boghosian’s “Spying on Democracy” is the answer to the question, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone’s watching you?’ It’s chock full of stories about how innocent people’s lives were turned upside-down by public and private sector surveillance programs. But more importantly, it shows how this unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.

Did Paul Ryan Win the 2012 Election?

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 12:10 pm

Something that seems to be missing from the government shutdown debate is that the “clean CR” President Obama and Congressional Democrats are demanding bares a striking resemblance to the Ryan Budget. So even if the Tea Party faction capitulates and passes the clean CR they have already won. The clean Continuing Resolution comes in at $986 billion. And what was the Ryan Budget? $967 billion. A mere $19 billion difference.

Thoughtless Governing Bodies

By: Sunday October 6, 2013 10:39 am

Democracy only works when there are enough thoughtful people to outvote the thoughtless. And even then not always.

Freedom and Capitalism Don’t Mix

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 3:16 pm

Did you know that 42% of Americans believe that capitalism hasn’t worked out so well for us? According to a Brookings Institution’s July survey, more than a quarter of Americans say capitalism is working “not too well” while 16% say capitalism is working “not at all well.”

House Republicans No Longer Need to Worry About What Is Good for the Party

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 2:25 pm

Our gerrymandered single-member districts are completely broken and it is now causing a governmental crisis.

Just Because They Can…

By: Saturday August 3, 2013 4:00 pm

The Snowden revelations have made clear that Administration intelligence officials have lied to the Congress. They’ve also made clear that searches being carried out by lower-level techies go way beyond what the law allows. That’s illegal activity. Also, the potential for illegal activity, along with the thousands of low level functionaries having access to the NSA tools makes it virtually certain that those tools are being abused right now, everyday.

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