FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ilan Stavans, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 1:58 pm

This book uses cartoons and narrative to make the points on some of the things we absolutely know about US history that did not happen the way our myths lead us to believe. We follow the narrative of Stavans from the earliest colonial times, through the founding of the United States, the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War through to the “War on Terror.” (This is not an inclusive list by any stretch.)

 

If a Genocide Falls in the Forest

By: Wednesday August 6, 2014 8:59 am

There’s a wide and mysterious chasm between the stated intentions of the Israeli government as depicted by the U.S. media and what the Israeli government has been doing in Gaza, even as recounted in the U.S. media. With the morgues full, Gazans are packing freezers with their dead children. Meanwhile, the worst images to be [...]

A Mixed Reaction From the Americas on Gaza

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 3:49 pm

As a 72-hour ceasefire begins between Israel and Hamas, the devastation in Gaza can be seen with stories, photos and comments. More than 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and more than 50 Israelis, nearly all soldiers, are dead.

What is interesting is the reaction toward the destruction occurring in Gaza as government officials, celebrities and even civilians take a stance. Specifically, the reaction in North America and South America merit discussion about the stances taken by governments on this issue.

The Plutocrats Still Lead With Control

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 5:31 pm

Two months ago, a report by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page uncovered a major issue in the American political system. Specifically, it uncovered how much power the elites in society hold in the U.S. compared to the average citizen.

It is very interesting and provides useful insight into the structure of the U.S. system and how it creates political inequality.

US Suspects Balkan Floods Caused by Al Qaeda

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 3:34 pm

Satire in response to the devastating floods in the Balkans, where they’ve received 3 months’ rain in 3 days (making California and most of the Western US Jealous), the US Government is on the alert for the perpetrators.

Poll: United States Seen As Greatest Threat To World Peace In 2013

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 10:47 am

Once again the United States has topped the list in a world opinion poll as the biggest threat to world peace. Apparently the War On Terror has succeeded in making people terrified of us. The disclosures of NSA’s plan for global information awareness by whistleblower Edward Snowden probably did not help things much either.

Defending the 1%, the bottom 1%

By: Monday October 7, 2013 7:15 pm

I support the 1 percent.

It is time in the United States they become a part of our “radical revolution of values.”

I am talking of course of the bottom 1 percent of Americans who live on less than $2 a day.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Vincent E. Green, Corruption in the Twenty-First Century: Combating Unethical Practices in Government, Commerce, and Society

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 1:59 pm

Corruption is a relative crime: a bribe in one country might be a gratuity in another or a lawful act of lobbying in yet another. However, these norms are not set in stone. Public servants and businesspeople adjust to new systems. Citizen expectations change. Democracies evolve. These changes require enforcers like Vincent Green. But they also require whistleblowers and everyday people who refuse to acquiesce to wrongs. Green’s book shows why we should fight for a more transparent and accountable democracy, and many concrete and important steps towards this goal.

U.S. Aid to Egypt: Let Them Eat F-16′s

By: Sunday July 14, 2013 4:00 pm

There is something almost obscene about the announcement out of Washington that the U.S. is going ahead with plans to deliver more sophisticated military equipment to Egypt, despite the military coup that overthrew President Mohammed Morsi.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills: Recessions, Budget Battles, and the Politics of Life and Death

By: Saturday June 29, 2013 1:59 pm

David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu’s new book The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills is a thorough examination of the toll that recessions take on people’s health. They show, convincingly, that there are many, many channels through which health outcomes can deteriorate when the economy goes into a deep recession. They also show that the manner in which the government reacts to an economic downturn is a critical factor in determining health outcomes. Deterioration in health in a recession, though common, is far from inevitable.

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