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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 ...

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 07.21.2015 | 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.

A New Hymn: In Halls of Wealth and Power

Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

On Sunday, July 12, thousands of churches will be hearing the gospel lectionary reading from the Gospel of Mark, 6:14-29. This is the story of King Herod killing John the Baptist because the king promised to grant the wish of a daughter who wanted to silence the prophet.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY: It's a Beautiful Thing When Democracy Prevails

Marianne Williamson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

The LGBT community waged a brilliant strategic campaign and won a well-deserved victory in America this week. May their win be a blessing on all citizens whose lives will improve because of this expansion of their democratic freedoms, and an inspiration to all of us for the work that still lies ahead.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Sides With the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons at the Wrong Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama not only expended his own "political capital" by pushing for fast-track but that of the Democratic Party too. He had a clear choice: either side with workers, environmentalists, consumers, and progressives -- or side with Wall Street, Big Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the Koch Brothers.

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

A Christian Oligarchy to Call Our Own

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The disparity in power between a corporation and its employees is huge, and only widening. Now imagine they have both the ability to enforce their religious beliefs on its employees and control the government.

The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear From the Politicians)

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Pay attention to what your local city councils are enacting. Pay attention to what your school officials are teaching and not teaching. Pay attention to whom your elected officials are allowing to wine and dine them.

What is America? A Republic? A Democracy? An Oligarchy? A Plutocracy? A Theocracy?

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

The Electoral College, gerrymandering, photo IDs and other voter suppression tactics are just some of the practices that keep America from being a democracy.

Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there b...

Age Of Oligarchy: The Alliance Between Government And The One Percent

The Daily Beast | Joel Kotkin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics

When our current President was elected, many progressives saw the dawning of a new epoch, a more egalitarian and more just Age of Obama. Instead we ha...

Nine Reasons Our Foreign Policy Makes Us Look Like Complete Hypocrites

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Before we start sending off troops to bring all the wonderful things we love about America to the rest of the world, maybe we should tend to our own affairs first. Let's take the log out of our own eye before we talk about the speck in the eye of other countries.

Fed Chair Not Sure Whether To Call U.S. An Oligarchy Or Democracy

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't know whether the U.S. political system is a democracy or an oligarchy, as a recent ...

Oligarchy and Democracy in America

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Winters

Oligarchy has always seemed far away to Americans. We readily invoke the term for Russian billionaires or robed senators in ancient Rome. But that is changing as we grapple with extreme economic and political inequality much closer to home.

Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

And at state and local levels, while the poorest fifth of Americans pay an average tax rate of over 11 percent, the richest one percent of the country pay -- are you ready for this? -- half that rate.

What Oligarchy Means for Charities

Mark Rosenman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Mark Rosenman

The Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decisions mean that nonprofits must now confront growing democratic, as well as economic, inequality. The U.S. is moving in the direction of Russia where wealthy oligarchs rule in government as well as in the market.

Watch: What the 1 Percent Don't Want You to Know

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A new book that's the talk of academia and the media shows that two-thirds of America's increase in income inequality over the past four decades is the result of steep raises given to the country's highest earners.

Watch: America's Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average U.S. worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels.

U.S. Policies Favor The Wealthy, Interest Groups, Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

U.S. government policies reflect the desires of the wealthy and interest groups more than the average citizen, according to researchers at Princeton U...

The Freedom in Our Future

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Victor Stenger

Since Poland was written in 1983, Michener couldn't have been thinking about today's America and its ruling oligarchy. But it sure sounded like that to me. Is this where we are headed as the oligarchs take over America?

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke out against the rise of the wealthy in United States politics from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the rise of the...

Government of the Rich, by the Rich and for the Rich: It's Time for 'Militant Nonviolent Resistance'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We now live in a two-tiered system of governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and its corporate allies, and another set for you and me.

Haiyan Tragedy Reveals Philippines' Hollow State: The Folly of Elite Democracy

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

A look at the systemic configuration of the Philippine political system allows you to appreciate the limits of human agency on a purely individual basis. The Haiyan tragedy was a wake-up call to the increasing unsustainability of the Philippine political economy.

What Do Bengazi, IRS, and Social Security Have in Common?

Susan Rhea | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

The Bengazi attack, the IRS Tea Party scandal, and fixing Social Security -- what do they have in common? Money. Or lack thereof. It takes money to ru...