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Day One: Welcome To Soviet America

Martin Luz | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Martin Luz

Within hours of his taking office, The Leader and his minions were lying about the size of His crowds, and chastising the press for not being sufficiently deferential to their new ruler.

Is Trump A Populist Or A Plutocrat?

William S. Becker | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
William S. Becker

Plutocracy: A country or society governed by the wealthy. Populism: A political style of action that mobilizes a large alienated element of populatio...

What Has America Really Done? Angry "Swing" Voters Elect A New American Oligarchy

Martin Luz | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Martin Luz

You think you voted for Trump, so that he can "shake up" Washington to your benefit. Simple, right? Not so fast. Here is what you really voted for, based on the long-track record of the incoming power elite.

The Greatest Threat To Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists And Killers

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government has done more collective harm to the American people and our liberties than any single act of terror.

Trump's Economic Vision Reveals The Obvious - He's An Oligarch, Not A Populist

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Donald Trump's economic proposals, elusive and less-than-fully-formed though many of them remain, paint a clear picture. His economic vision is not "populist," contrary to conventional wisdom.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form bla...

IMF Caught in Moldova's Corruption Vortex, Time For The West To Wake Up

Luke Coffey | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Luke Coffey

Once again Eastern Europe is the location of a geo-political struggle that could define Europe's security for a generation. Moldova, a small country with a long history of foreign meddling, is at the epicenter of Eastern Europe. It is time for policymakers in the West start giving this tiny country more attention.

What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Long gone are the days when the path to the White House was open to anyone who met the Constitution's bare minimum requirements of being a natural bor...

Could Trump Be Right That Wages Are Too High in America?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 03.30.2016 | Business
Marvin Meadors

Tax cuts for the rich, the abolishment of the estate tax, the lowering or elimination of capital gains taxes, and other such Republican economic prescriptions will only serve to make the rich wealthier, just as they are intended to do, and to hasten our journey toward oligarchy.

Congressman Declares War On Revolutionary Mimes... That Talk!

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

On March 4, 2016 CNN did a report on U.S. Congressman Steve Russell, of Oklahoma, who had just produced his second annual "Waste Watch," a list of all the things he believes Americans would or should, be shocked to find their tax dollars go to.

America's Decision 2016: Democracy or Oligarchy

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

While there are two candidates who would lead us to the latter, one slowly and one swiftly, there is only one candidate trying to return us to the principles of democracy we have all but forgotten.

Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Congress does not represent us. The courts do not advocate for us. The president does not listen to us. And the First Amendment's assurance of the right to speak freely and petition our government for a redress of grievance no longer applies to us.

Republican Debaters Decimate Our Democracy!

David Kanegis | Posted 03.07.2016 | Fifty
David Kanegis

The March 3rd Republican Debate was a debacle. The two hours I spent watching it are lost to me forever -- but maybe there's an upside. I live for p...

More Flints to Come

Rudy Koshar | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Rudy Koshar

The Flint water crisis is one example of (I shudder to use the term) collateral damage from this push toward oligarchy. Clean water, clean air, safe food -- none of this comes naturally.

Court Not Serving People's Best Interests

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2017 | Women
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

Global corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans have bought and paid for enough politicians -- and apparently enough "Justices"-- that we no longer have a government that truly represents the people. If politicians were still loyal to the people, Congress would have immediately counteracted these rotten rulings. But they did not.

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?

Democracy's Shadow: The Republican Iowa Caucuses

Alan Briskin | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Alan Briskin

Imagine you are in a room with 100 people. Ninety-nine people are white, two-thirds are 45 years or older, 57 are men, and more than half are born-again or evangelical Christians. Are you at the Oscars, a retirement seminar, a Rick Warren sermon or the Republican Iowa caucuses?

Bernie Had Me at 'Revolution'

Annabel Park | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Annabel Park

One reason that so many people didn't take Sanders seriously is precisely because they believed his rhetoric is out of mainstream. Many people associate the word "revolution" with violence. They can't imagine a peaceful one at the ballot.

Paul Krugman on the 'Happy Dreams' of Bernie Sanders

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Throwing a wet blanket on progressive activists in a primary election season saying they're "unrealistic" when they're fighting like hell to turn the Bernie Sanders campaign into a grassroots social movement -- the "political revolution" Sanders is calling for -- is not only unhelpful to moving the nation forward, but disparages those who make up the democratic wing of the Democratic Party by portraying them as naïve dreamers.

Playing the Government's Game: When It Comes to Violence, We All Lose

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system's game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick you...

This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

American Kabuki and the Politics of Irrelevance

Adam Klugman | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Adam Klugman

The political dialogue in this country is absurd - an utterly meaningless, terminally distracting American Kabuki of suited clowns, power junkies and money freaks. I'm sorry. But you know I'm right.

The GOP Debate: It's What Oligarchy Looks Like

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the billionaire Koch brothers in Dana Point, California. The interests of the big-money donors were reflected in Thursday's debate - in what we did and didn't hear.

Jimmy Carter Blasts U.S. 'Political Bribery'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter spoke with the Thom Hartmann Program earlier this week about "political bribery" in the United States, saying it's creat...

The Bull Moose Is Back: America's Rising Revolution Against The Super Rich, Ruling Elites

Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A. | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A.

The middle class no longer has a voice. We now have zero influence on our own government.8 For the middle and working classes, we're back to where this nation started: Taxation without representation.