Climate & Capitalism: Hung for a Sheep as for a Lamb

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:46 pm

Global warming and capitalist history

I don’t know if you caught Chomsky’s most recent column, as reproduced in the pixels over at Alternet: “U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth’s Climate.” There’s some good stuff there, but Chomsky finds it hard to remain focused when he’s pouring on the dire warnings. After some dire warnings about Mideast politics, he proceeds to discuss the most recent IPCC draft report. Here’s some good news: the IPCC is now on the side of the “keep the grease in the ground” movement, the movement I suggested back in 2009.

 

Sally Kohn Goes to Jail: Another Way to Take On SXSW

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 7:45 am

Why do folks go to SXSW?

Film, music, interactive– the festival is broken up into different portions so you can select when to show up based on what you want to spend your time doing. No matter when you go, there are parties aplenty and there’s even a real life Mario Kart!

But not Sally Kohn.

Syria: Can we talk?

By: Sunday September 8, 2013 4:00 pm

I mean it. Can we simply talk about this? There are so many things to consider and ponder. We have a responsibility as US citizens and fellow human beings to those whom we might hurt, to be uncomfortable while we determine whether military action on our part is the right thing to do. It is also incumbent upon us to consider whether there are other things we might do. So, can we dig in and look at all that we know and enumerate all that we don’t know and speculate on all the possibilities which might explain both the current realities and the impacts of possible courses of action? Can we do this without being upset with each other for seeing things differently? Can we allow ourselves to remain open and to let more in than what we think we know or feel?

Smear Campaign Against Glenn Greenwald Begins

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 6:08 am

The problem with speaking truth to power is power doesn’t like it. Glenn Greenwald is no stranger to such a notion as he already was the planned target of HB Gary and friends for his support of Wikileaks and civil liberties. Now he is being targeted by a force even more loathsome than corporate black ops wannabes, the tabloid press.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michaela Walsh, Founding a Movement: Women’s World Banking, 1975-1990

By: Saturday January 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Back in the summer of 1975, a group of women met at the first United Nations Conference on Women in Mexico City. A Danish economist named Ester Boserup had just published an analysis noting that while women performed over 65% of the world’s work, they earned only 10% of the income, and owned less than 1% of the world’s property. And women were routinely denied commercial banking privileges. One of the attendees, Michaela Walsh, had what was at the time a radical observation: unless women got access to money and credit, they would never have power.

Over the next decade, the network she created, which has come to be known as Women’s World Banking, became one of the pioneering forces in helping women entrepreneurs enter the financial world and get credit they would not otherwise have been able to access. Today, WWB is an integral part of what we all know as microfinance.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ben Freeman, The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 1:59 pm

In The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America, Freeman unpacks the ways in which governments from around the world attempt to use finance capital to ensure that the sausage factory on Capitol Hill churns out American foreign policy in their favor. The book is unrelentingly thorough, engaging, and sober. “There is no arch-villain here,” Freeman warns at the start, “no dark lord, no one to unmask at the end of the show. There are only politicians seeking reelection, lobbyists seeking more revenue, and foreign governments competing for influence over the most influential government the world has ever known.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rory O’Connor, Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media

By: Sunday August 5, 2012 1:59 pm

When I sat down to read Friends, Followers and the Future by Rory O’Connor, I thought I knew what to expect. This is how I earn my living- by advising others on how best to integrate social media into their lives and work. The world that is social media is at best a microcosm of the world at large and at worst a poor substitute for the offline world, and I figured that it would be easy to read this book, digest it into manageable pieces and write this intro for today’s book salon.

I was wrong.

Power And Perspective

By: Friday May 11, 2012 6:00 pm

The National Association of Manufacturers courageously condemns the undemocratic tyranny of five teenagers in California.

What Is to Be Done about the Oligarchy?

By: Sunday December 4, 2011 11:15 am

Consumers don’t change things. Citizens change things.

Firedoglake Book Salon Welcomes Glenn Greenwald, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 1:59 pm

The United States was founded on the principle that no individual is above the law. We are, as John Adams said, “a nation of laws, not men.” But that principle is under assault, as Glenn Greenwald explains in his powerful new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful.

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