“Imagine Living in a Socialist USA!” Rehabilitating a Forbidden Word

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00 pm

As a faithful reader of many so-called ‘progressive’ journals and books, my frustration with the Empire into which I was born increases daily. So many voices in the wilderness! So many groups devoted to decisive change, each with its own leader and agenda, often acting together but incapable of forming an organized whole. A mortally wounded European welfare state facing real fascists can still call upon the vigor and might of trade unions harking back more than a century.

But when Volkswagen tries to unionize its U.S. factories, American bosses can prevent it, caring little that the German car manufacturer might decide to pass on creating more U.S. jobs. Enabling such behavior is a government that arms local police forces with military hardware and perfects ever better means of spying on its citizens.

 

Michael Moore: It’s Time for Single Payer Health Care

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 6:54 am

In an op-ed in the New York Times to commemorate the new year and beginning of Obamacare coverage filmmaker and activist Michael Moore suggested it was time for everyone to acknowledge that “Obamacare is awful.” That the program is a pro-insurance nightmare that does nothing to rein in the costs from a rent-seeking insurance industry that allows the overcharging for procedures and pays its corporate executives exorbitant amounts of money.

Murdoch’s NY Post Backs Michael Moore’s Bush-Saudi 9/11 Claims

By: Monday December 16, 2013 7:00 am

Well this is strange. On Sunday the New York Post, a property owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, published an investigative report alleging the involvement of Saudi Arabian government officials in the 9/11 terrorist attacks titled “Inside the 9/11 Coverup.”The thesis of the piece is that the 9/11 hijackers were not only mostly from Saudi Arabia but had received financial and operational support from Saudi government officials and that after the attacks the Saudi government used its political connections in the Bush White House to coverup their involvement.

ICE Officers Detain Oscar-Nominated Palestinian Filmmaker & Threaten to Deport Him

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 4:32 pm

Emad Burnat is the Palestinian director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “5 Broken Cameras.” He is the first Palestinian to be nominated for an Academy Award.

He traveled to the United States this week because the Academy Awards ceremony is this weekend. It is common for nominees to be in attendance. But on Tuesday night, US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detained and held him at the Los Angeles International Airport. They threatened to send him back to Palestine before the ceremony.

Late Night: The Dogs That Didn’t Bark

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 8:00 pm

Watching MSNBC last night, I was as surprised as I was delighted to see that in the wake of NBC News’ revelations about Obama’s drone-killing program, the indefensible policy was being directly confronted, and harshly, even by those often afflicted with the Obamabot disease. 

FDL Movie Night: American Autumn, an OccuDoc

By: Monday July 30, 2012 5:00 pm

On September 17, 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement first encamped in New York City’s Zucotti Park, soon renamed Liberty Square. Within weeks, Occupy groups were spreading like wildfire throughout the United States so that, even today after the breakup of the encampments, almost every major city in the United States has an active Occupy cell. In those first months, thousands took to the streets and made groundbreaking use of social media to orchestrate major actions nationwide; the United States became the latest country to develop a major people’s movement since the wave of protest began in the Middle East earlier that year. The Occupy name, and the ideas behind it, quickly became international.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Charles Ferguson, Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

By: Saturday June 23, 2012 1:59 pm

Charles Ferguson is a former Clinton Administration policy consultant and Brookings Institution senior fellow with a lifetime membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and a political science PhD from MIT. What enabled a guy with such impeccable establishment bona fides to make a documentary as comprehensively censorious of The System as Inside Job, the Academy Award-winning 2010 documentary about How It All Went To Hell is, I suspect in part, because he has also done considerable time in Silicon Valley, having founded the company that developed the web software Front Page before selling out to try his hand at filmmaking.

The Occupy Movement’s ‘Staying Power’

By: Sunday April 1, 2012 11:30 am

Additionally, I’ll add, since the media finds the clown show that is the GOP primary more interesting and important, now is the moment for each group to examine how they started, what has happened, what kind of impact they had and what they could do better to be a force of change within their community. The media doesn’t really expect anything from Occupy right now. The broader American population thinks Occupy is largely a thing of the past. So, this is a good time for rebuilding and renewing aspects of the movement that need to be polished and refreshed before big actions that are planned in the coming months.

State of the Occupation: Sunday Night Roundup (Updated for Maine Bombing)

By: Monday October 24, 2011 6:15 am

  Chemical bomb thrown into OccupyMaine camp early Sunday a.m. Sgt. Glen McGary said police responded around 4 a.m. today to an explosion in Lincoln Park at Congress and Pearl streets. Though no one was injured, McGary said the homemade bomb, which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container could have caused serious [...]

FDL Membership – Webinars Past, Present, and Future

By: Friday August 26, 2011 8:40 am

I just finished compiling all the great questions and sending out answers to guests of the conference call last week with Lt. Dan Choi.

What a riveting and passionate event!

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