Bill Moyers: The Great American Class War

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 pm

If you’ve heard the phrase “class war” in twenty-first-century America, the odds are that it’s been a curse spat from the mouths of Republican warriors castigating Democrats for engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors like trying to tax the rich. Back in 2011, for example, President Obama’s modest proposal of a “millionaire tax” was typically labeled “class warfare” and he was accused by Congressman Paul Ryan, among others, of heading down the “class warfare path.” Similarly, in 2012, Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential hopefuls blasted the president for encouraging “class warfare” by attacking entrepreneurial success. In the face of such charges, Democrats invariably go on the defensive.

 

Marianne Møllmann: How Governments and Individuals — Meaning Each of Us — Deny the Persistence of Racism and Abuse

By: Monday July 16, 2012 10:20 am

When you work on human rights issues, you notice a certain pattern in government denial of abuse. First line of defense: it didn’t happen. Or if it happened, they did it to themselves. Or if they didn’t, we certainly had nothing to do with it. Or if we did, we didn’t mean to. It doesn’t matter if the issue is torture, forced evictions, or garden-variety employment discrimination. The response from those in charge is often, if not always, the same.

Late Night FDL: Lunch for the Princes of the Potomac Pays Profits to Peers of the Realm

By: Saturday March 10, 2012 8:00 pm

On an idle whim, wondering what the Pampered Princes of the Potomac, otherwise known as US Senators, were having for lunch in their exclusive dining room, I looked up the menu.

It’s easy to imagine the setting, clubby with attentive staff, and a table of the ultra-privileged starting off with some lovely Seared Sea Scallops over Broccoli Rabe, with Truffle Butter – $12.00.

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