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Carl Gibson, 27, is co-founder of US Uncut, a creative direct-action movement that mobilized thousands against corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in over 100 cities during the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the award-winning, Sundance-selected documentary We're Not Broke, which is available on Netflix. He is also author of the book, How to Oust a Congressman, about his experience organizing the ouster of a corrupt member of Congress in New Hampshire during the 2012 elections.

Carl is the lead investigative reporter for Occupy.com, a contributing editor for ReaderSupportedNews.org, and an occasional contributor to MSNBC, RT, and HuffPost Live. He has been profiled in Fox Business, MarketWatch, and Crikey.com. Carl earned his Bachelor's in Journalism from Morehead State University in 2009, and is a dedicated Nichiren Buddhist. Follow him on twitter at @uncutCG.

Entries by Carl Gibson

How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 8:39 AM

China has overtaken the U.S. as the world's top economy. But in taking a few examples from China, as well as investing in jobs that stay in America and taking steps to insure economic stability for the majority of American workers, the U.S. can come out on top again. And...

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How the iPhone Helps Perpetuate Modern-Day Slavery

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:28 PM

"How do we have this amazing microtechnology? Because the factory where they're making these, they jump off the fucking roof because it's a nightmare in there. You really have a choice -- you can have candles and horses and be a little kinder to each other, or let someone suffer...
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One Percenter Sacrifices Some of His Wealth to Raise Minimum Wage

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Who knew that a former executive at General Electric, a company widely-known for its tax dodging and outrageous lobbying expenses, would take a bold, selfless stand against income inequality as president of a public university?

Raymond M. Burse, interim president of Kentucky State University...

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How Walmart's Bosses Get Rich Off Welfare Abuse

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Forget about the guy at the grocery store using food stamps to buy lobster. Walmart, the world's largest retail company, is even more dependent on government welfare so it can make jaw-droppingly obscene profits. In fact, government handouts are the main reason Walmart is so profitable, and the billion-dollar corporation's...

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Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion From Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

(11) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:18 PM

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of "government living within its means," is a farce. All austerity means is taking money away from public services, and giving it to private business. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two...

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How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

(50) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:22 AM

Imagine making a bet with a hardline trickle-down believer like Paul Ryan on a state's projected economic growth. You would bet that one state that raised taxes on its richest residents would have unprecedented new job creation and a vastly improved economy, while Paul Ryan would bet that a state...

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Nine Reasons Our Foreign Policy Makes Us Look Like Complete Hypocrites

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:45 AM

In Chapter 7 of the Book of Matthew, during Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks directly to hypocrites who judge the actions of others while being oblivious to their own faults.

"How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,'' and behold,...
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House of Cards-Style Corruption in Virginia

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:48 AM

In the Netflix show "House of Cards," Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood -- a shrewd and cunning politician who methodically manipulates his way into higher levels of power like a chess game, often through blackmail, bribery, and other forms of skullduggery. Phil Puckett, a Virginia state senator, is...

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Fake Political Outrage Is the Real V.A. Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:48 PM

Since the Afghanistan war began in 2001, over 2,700 veterans have taken their own lives. Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that in 2010 alone, 22 veterans committed suicide each day -- that's another wounded warrior gone every 65 minutes. Luckily for Army Reserve...

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Our Fraudulent Two-Tiered Justice System

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 12:39 PM

We're all familiar with the golden rule, right? I'm not talking about the "do unto others" bit from The Bible, but the "He who has the gold makes the rules" one. Nowhere is this golden rule more evident than in the American justice system. And it won't change until we...

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The Case for a Basic Guaranteed Income for All

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:14 PM

If you have to pay taxes for existing, you should be guaranteed a basic minimum income for surviving.

It wouldn't amount to much, but guaranteeing every American citizen 18 and older $1,000 per month, or $12,000 a year, is the most reasonable, practical, and commonsense way to address the inequality...

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How Obamacare Saved a Small Business Owner From Financial Ruin

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:29 PM

After the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the larger debate, as the enrollment deadline of March 31 looms, is whether or not the reforms in President Obama's health care law are indicative of whether or not the government can play a positive role in the healthcare...

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Climate Activism Works

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:14 PM

On Sunday, March 2, 398 people were arrested in front of the White House to demand President Obama reject the Keystone pipeline. And less than two weeks later, nearly a third of the U.S. Senate stayed up all night to talk about the necessity to take...

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4 Ways to Evolve Beyond Capitalism

(24) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:44 PM

In my previous post, I explained how all of the economic problems we currently face are natural results of capitalism. From rising poverty in the midst of record-high corporate profits, polluted air and dwindling water, private prison systems that rely on mass incarceration, students going deep into debt...

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Let's Make Capitalism a Dirty Word

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Americans have literally becomes slaves to capitalism.

Immediately upon entering adulthood, Americans are forced to compete for increasingly-scarce employment. The purpose of most employment isn't to create value for society or future generations, but to create profits for a scant few executives and shareholders. In order to be...

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Rest in Power, Chokwe Lumumba

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:04 PM

On February 25, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Lumumba, died due to heart failure. He had battled prostate cancer, and complained of chest pains before going to St. Dominic's hospital. He was mayor for less than a year.

When I lived in Jackson, Mississippi, Lumumba...

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A Midwest Republican Senator Crusades Against the Corruption of Money in Politics

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:57 PM

A Republican Resists Big Money

Dale Schultz, a Republican state senator from Richland Center, Wis., has held his seat for 23 years, and served in the state assembly for 10 years before that. He's stood for election 12 times. He was also the only Republican in the Senate to vote...

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Why President Obama Should Veto the Farm Bill

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

In the passage of the current Farm Bill, Congress literally just took $9 billion in food stamps from hungry and poor families and gave it out to big agribusiness giants in the form of more corporate welfare. But with a stroke of his pen, President Obama...

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The State of the Union Speech I Wish Obama Would Deliver

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 6:59 PM

My fellow Americans:

I deliver this address at a time of great distress in our nation. Never before have we faced challenges of such severity as we do today. As I speak, there are hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans with no shelter, having to survive another night of...

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Colder Winters Caused by a Warmer Planet

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:25 PM

"Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum."-- Kurt Vonnegut

Let's play a game -- it's called "How long can CNN talk about a freak wave of arctic weather across more than half the country without saying the words 'climate change?'" I watched for 30...

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