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Beyond Influence: Rethinking Elites in the Brave New World

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

Aldous Huxley was fascinated with elites. In his novel Brave New World (1931) he creates a society of Alphas ruling over Betas, Deltas, Gammas and Epsilons in a caste system state order. The rules of society are simple.

Open Season on the Elites: Bernie Sanders Is Leading the Charge

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernard Sanders is drawing overflow crowds. He is garnering support at the grassroots level, and is raising "eye-popping" amounts of cash from small donors. Some of his enthusiastic adherents seem to believe there is no God but Bernie Sanders.

A More Fitting Name for the Budget Deal: WTF Politics

Anthony Flaccavento | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Anthony Flaccavento

The Democratic Party, as a political institution, has for all intents and purposes sold out working people, the poor struggling to improve their lot and the middle class.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Prisoners of Poverty: A Flip Side of Pakistan

Mariam Khan | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Struck with one of the highest inflation rates in the world along with scarce job opportunities, extreme levels of poverty and an endless wave of terrorism that has blanketed the city, residents of Karachi, the industrial hub of Pakistan are certainly going through turbulent times.

Chris Hayes: "Cursed With An Overclass Convinced They Are All Scrappy Underdogs"

92nd Street Y | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

MSNBC host Chris Hayes joined former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on June 21, 2013 at 92Y to discuss all things politics. In this clip, Hayes detai...

Three Critical Days in the Struggle for Land Reform in India

Alnoor Ladha | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Alnoor Ladha

The government of India made a remarkable promise on October 11 last year. It was bold and broad, and it has the potential to strike a fundamental blow at the plague of landlessness and poverty that blights millions of Indians.

Syria and the Triumph of Crackpot Realism

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

In its refined form, crackpot realism wears the camouflage of idealism: military invasions are really aimed at humanitarian rescue, spreading democracy, or peacekeeping.

We Look Out for Our Own

Gautam Mukunda | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Gautam Mukunda

The elites who control our most significant societal institutions can devote their full attention to helping the institution do its job as well as possible, or they can succumb to the temptation to use their power to divert the surplus generated by the institutions they control to benefit themselves.

A Breed Apart: Why Our Elites Are So Disconnected

Rakesh Khurana | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Rakesh Khurana

A homogenous and self-perpetuating elite is a bad thing for any society, and particularly for the United States. Alone among nations the U.S. envisions itself as the place where citizens can and should rise as far as their combination of talents and hard work can take them.

The Great Populist Wave

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

At this moment, in our land, it is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter registration, mobilization and turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Limbaugh: Liberals Want to Control Your Food!

Kristin Wartman | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Limbaugh's a little late to the game on this one, the term food justice is hardly news and he joins an already long line of conservatives who criticize any attempt to reign in Big Food.

Poll: Democrats Win on Ideas, Lose on Identity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

What Democrats, the party of ordinary Americans, need to do is re-connect with ordinary Americans. This happens on the level of identity, not ideas.

Egypt's Mobilization of the Last Minute

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Winters

The Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt have taught us that last minute mobilizations can achieve spectacular results. But they are no substitute for the long, difficult work of organizing grassroots movements.

The Bully(ing) Pulpit

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Block

The society that invented and then perfected the soft sell has shifted its marketing strategy. No more smiling faces! No more Mr. Nice Guy! The old w...

America's Elites Further Separate Themselves From Everyone Else

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Poverty is at a fifteen year high and inequality at an all-time high. And yet it has become a more-than-respectable mainstream view that we're too far in debt to spend more money. This version of respectability is deeply informed by class.

Are More Oil Spills Inevitable?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lincoln Mitchell

If the primary lesson which we take from this oil spill is that we should not drill for oil off of our shores, than we have missed the point.

The Road to Health Care is Paved with Bad Intentions

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

The focus of the deliberations are far removed from any talk of improving health. It isn't health care being produced in this process, but rather, health carelessness.

Health-Care Reform was the Key Issue in the 2008 Campaign...What Happened?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

For some, the system works best when elites make the most fundamental decisions for our society, unencumbered by the trappings of "democracy", and when the population is depoliticized, misinformed, or both.

The Birthers and the Insurance Industry: The Latest in a Long Line of Conservative Coalition

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Insurance company execs are thrilled and excited to be sending money out to right wing groups to shout down citizens coming to town hall meetings to discuss health care reforms.

Just Like Me -- I Hope Not

Adam Kernan-Schloss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Kernan-Schloss

Call me out of step, but I want a president who's better than me.

An Open Letter to Joe 6-Pack -- These Buds Are NOT for You

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The qualities you seek in friends and drinking buddies and not necessarily the ones that make a good president. The last eight years should have taught us that lesson.