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Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich.

The U.S. and My Syrian Aunt

Philip Farah | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Philip Farah

In 1948, when most of my extended family fled from Palestine, my grandmother and several aunts and uncles took refuge in Damascus, Syria. Their first ...

Official List: Did Your Congressman Sign a Letter Telling Obama to Back Netanyahu?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

These letters are just silly. AIPAC writes them. The legislators sign them. Few give them any thought except that not signing will cause problems. Signing is easy.

The Business Lobby In Copenhagen (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Story by Kate Willson Video by Kate Willson and Andrew Green of the ...