Corporate conservatives have taken notice of the Bernie Sanders campaign, and have started accusing him of "buying votes" by "promising" "free stuff." Is it true? Here are some examples of what the corporate/billionaire-funded right is saying.
It is still very likely that Clinton will get the nomination and Bloomberg will sit out, but a three- way race between two billionaires and a democratic socialist would certainly be ironic; not just because the socialist would be facing two billionaires, but because one billionaire would probably hand the other billionaire the election, further exposing how the political system favors the very rich.
Today people think "politics" is a kind of warfare, funded by the superrich, revolving around parties, politicians, and professionals as detached experts. Citizens need to reclaim politics as the way to negotiate differences to get something done and work out how to live together.
Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today. The Koch brothers and the extraordinary machine they have built in cahoots with fellow billionaires and others, have spent hundreds and hundreds of millions to get their way, all part of one long story told in pursuit of a specific end: to make the needs of the very, very few our nation's top priority and to thwart or destroy any group effort among the poor and middle class to do or say otherwise.
Senator Markey deserves a great deal of credit for taking on this complicated but critically important issue. The approach he proposes is not only long overdue. It is muscular enough that it should grab the attention of Kabila and his cronies. Now let's hope that Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama do the right thing and act on this plan.
At the heart of the moral and political tensions depicted in Andrew Anthony's recent article in The Observer, 'Is Free Speech in British Universities ...
Last night's Democratic presidential primary debate in New Hampshire included the first question on campaign finance policy so far in the 2016 race.
If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.
As we head towards another presidential election, it would be important for us not to lose sight of major decisions made by the Supreme Court in the last few years during the second Obama administration
According to the White House, on 4 February 2016 the much debated Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, TPP, is due to be signed in New Zealand, at a Trade Minister level. However, in the United States, the Agreement is yet to be passed by Congress.
No doubt, judicial power has grown quietly and discreetly over time. Federal judges seem to have the power to overturn state bans against gay marriage when state legislatures create laws defining marriage as that between a heterosexual man and woman.
Bernie Sanders will save America from becoming a coin flip democracy because his value system is the antithesis of Clinton's coin flip evolution on almost every major topic. In terms of fundraising after Iowa, and delegates, he won the first contest.
The concept of free spaces now has enormous relevance in higher education, where issues of free speech have exploded in the wake of student protests about racial discrimination and other issues.
While I'm here, even in the few days I have left here in Tasmania, I want to talk more to other people about their take, while I try to come closer to my own. Mood-swings generated by temporary victories, doesn't seem to me to be a good answer.
January 30, 1976 is to plutocracy in the United States what July 4, 1776 was to its democracy. The fortieth anniversary of Buckley v Valeo, the 1976 ...
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