America Ranks 36th in Feeling Free to Choose What to Do With Your Life

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 3:35 pm

Without a basic sense of economic security most people are effectively deprived of options. When it comes to addressing the “freedom from want,” America still trails behind much of the world.

 

From 2011: Who Won the War in Iraq? Iran.

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 7:19 am

When wars end, usually there is a winner and a loser. Greeks burn down the city for the win; Trojans accept a dummy horse for the epic loss, like that. As we near the end of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, and note the beginning of the State Department occupation (the formal mission handover is Oct. 1), it is a good time to decide who lost and who won, and what that means for the future of Iraq.

Bullshit

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 12:02 pm

We are most definitely not the same country. Osama bin Laden won the minute Dick Cheney pissed his pants on the way to the bunker.

A Civics Lesson From America’s Airports, and the TSA

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 1:28 pm

As part of America’s commitment to equal treatment for all, I was somehow again selected for random additional screening. It was a good thing, as it meant at least I was still not on the no-fly list.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

United States Blocks German Author, Critical of NSA Surveillance, From Entering the Country

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 5:25 pm

German-Bulgarian author Ilija Trojanow, who has been highly critical of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance apparatus, was blocked from taking an American Airlines flight from Salvador, Brazil, to a conference with German academics in Denver.

Thoughts on Madonna’s Art for Freedom

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 8:15 am

Madonna has teamed up with photographer Steven Klein to release artforfreedom.com — a project that witnessed its wide release Wednesday night in a 17 minute video available for free download through Bit Torrent.

The project has been in the works for quite some time- initially hinted at by Madonna in a Reddit AMA before it was it further teased in three separate online videos.

This film is really beautiful – and honestly I was moved at points – but there’s a lot to unpackage. While there may be a temptation to dismiss it outright as a disingenuous marketing ploy – I think doing so ends the conversation prematurely.

Yeah, wild blue yonder and all that usual bs

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:30 am

The disturbing thing is that incidents like the above are considered parts of the “freedom” the military is always proclaimed unthinkingly of protecting as a political ritual.

Late Night FDL: MYOB

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 8:00 pm

This week has been shaping up to be one of the best examples yet of the real divide between red and blue, which isn’t as much ideological as it is one of basic human understanding. The American conservative movement is utterly unable to grasp the difference between: A) Things that are their business, and B) Things that are other people’s business. And they’re apparently entirely unafraid to be conspicuously insufferable about it.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Marcus Rediker, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

By: Sunday January 20, 2013 1:59 pm

Marcus Rediker’s new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, revisits one of the most stirring episodes in American history: the revolt aboard the Cuban schooner Amistad in July 1839, during which a small group of enslaved Africans seized control of the vessel and tried to sail home. Tricked by one of their former captors, whom they had relied upon to steer the ship, they drifted northwards instead of eastwards – all the way to Long Island, where they were apprehended by the U.S. Navy at the end of August. The Africans were taken to a jail in Connecticut and spent the next year-and-a-half challenging the U.S. legal system to secure their freedom – and at last to win their passage home.

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