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Is the Opposite of Capitalism Democracy? A Review of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anis Shivani

Moore explicitly states that we ought to turn to democracy as the alternative to capitalism. But the opposite of capitalism is not democracy, it is socialism.

"I Did Everything But Fart In His Face"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Clinton told Taylor Branch about an interview with Rolling Stone's William Greider: "I did everything but fart in his face." The revelation about Clinton's interaction with Greider isn't groundbreaking, but it is telling.

The Mystique of "Free-Market Guy" Obama

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

Liberal activists need to be smart enough to see Obama for the status quo politician he is -- and to act accordingly.

Should Mexican Trucks Be Allowed Throughout U.S.?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The recent release of a Transportation Departments inspector general's office government audit has brought to a head, once again, an issue which ignites deep feelings and loyalties in the best people.

Specter-Sestak Attack Each Other From The Left on Free Trade

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our economy and moving away from the debt-driven boom bust cycles of the past.

Trucks, Drugs and NAFTA: Time for Congress to do the Right Thing

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Mexico did not take lightly to the U.S. closing our border to their trucks -- that's why they're called "trade wars."

Dude, Where's My Industrial Policy?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Face it, if we do not have an active and engaged industrial policy we are handing the business over to those who do. It is time to start discussing a national plan for manufacturing.

Illegal People: An Island of Rationality

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

The hostility of globalization forces corporate management to compete for the cheapest possible products at the expense of exploited workers.

A Fashion Foreign Policy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

To protect American workers, in the luxury sector and elsewhere, our government trade negotiators should revisit outsourcing rules.

NAFTA And The Drug Cartels: "A Deal Made In Narco Heaven" -- Exclusive Excerpt and Live Chat at 3pm EST

Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Grim

The NAFTA debate was difficult enough without having to talk about the sprawling Mexican drug trade and its attendant corruption. And how NAFTA would also end up benefiting the cartels. So President Clinton ordered his people not to talk about it.

Blood and Treasure: Free Trade Human Plasma Across the US Mexican Border?

Aram Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Aram Roston

The United States is the world's leading exporter of human plasma - providing about 70 per cent of global supplies, the biggest player in what is now a multibillion dollar business.

It Stinks to High Heaven

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

The Mexican meat industry generates 130 million tons of fecal and urine matter each year, which often ends up in rivers and on coasts causing terrible environmental damage.

Lesson Learned

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

We're bailing out the economy boat desperately with stimulation, but the financial leadership opposes plugging the hole in the hull from offshoring.

Shared Responsibilities for Shared Problems

Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus and Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus and Hector E. Sanchez

We cannot allow the swine flu pandemic to cast a shadow on one of the most important civil rights issues of our time -- immigration reform.

Pass the Employee Free Choice Act

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is easy to justify on the basis of guaranteeing the basic human rights of working Americans.

Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When Obama takes a progressive step, it has been made possible by progressive activism. When Obama takes an anti-progressive step, it has been facilitated by progressives muting their criticism.

Bad Assumptions Guide US Policy on Day of Obama Visit to Mexico

Ted Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ted Lewis

we need an approach that decriminalizes undocumented workers and prioritizes stabilizing Mexican communities as part of a broader program of economic recovery.

It's the Global Economy (Stupid) -- or Is It?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The contemporary idea of the "global economy" is based on a misapplied analogy to the historical development of national economies.

Nafta's Promise To Mexico Still Unfulfilled 15 Years After Taking Effect

nytimes.com | ELISABETH MALKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

EXICO CITY -- Mexico's former president, Carlos Salinas, used to promise that free trade and foreign investment would jump-start this country's develo...

Mexico Subjects 90 US Products To Tariffs After Trucking Dispute

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is imposing tariffs of 10 to 45 percent on dozens of U.S. exports ranging from fruit and wine to washing machines in retali...

Mr. Obama, Start Walking Your Bottom Up Talk

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Bottom up approaches work because they do something different than usual, or because they support bottom up community, cooperation, sharing and community.

Obama Reaffirms Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

A war of words has raged over whether President-elect Barack Obama will hold to his campaign promise of opening up the North American Free Trade Agreement for renegotiation.

How Globalization Set the Stage for the 2008 Economic Collapse

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

A good case can be made that the massive globalization of labor and financial markets, coupled with "free markets uber alles" policies, formed a toxic mixture that made the collapse inevitable. Here's why.

Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama may soon find that he is committing a big sin against one of the major premises of the reigning ideology, and will create a head-on collision with one of the cherished dogmas of market fundamentalism -- "free trade."

Do Globalist GOP Traitors Intend to Flat Out Kill the USA's Auto Industry?

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

What do you call someone who unnecessarily puts one of America's biggest industries at serious risk and sells out millions of his country's workers abilities to make an honest living?