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Shock Doctrine

Pennsylvania and Vouchers: What the Supporters are Really Saying.

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 12.28.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

"How can vouchers improve public schools if the people mobilizing the movement intend to eradicate public education?" Rachel Tabachnick On October 26...

Shock Doctrine at U.S. Postal Service: Is a Manufactured Crisis Behind Push Toward Privatization?

Democracy Now! | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For months, Americans have heard dire warnings about the impending collapse of the United States Postal Service. But many postal workers say the much-touted crisis is not what it seems.

This Economy Needs a Little More Elvis, a Lot Less Milton Friedman

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In a week that marked the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, it's once again time to sing his old hit: "We need a little less conversation, a lot more action."

A Corrupt S&P Uses Shock Doctrine to Help Push Wall Street's Conservative Political Agenda

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

S&P's opinion on debt ratings should have almost no credibility. S&P is the same private profit-making corporation that was paid tens of millions of dollars by Wall Street banks to rate its toxic subprime mortgages and derivatives, giving them phony AAA ratings.

A Bipartisan Move Against Democracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Step back from the day-to-day, hour-to-hour details of the debt-ceiling negotiations for a minute and look at the bigger picture. Our legislators are being stampeded by a manufactured "crisis" into profoundly changing the nature of our country.

Michigan's Governor Tramples Democracy

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Perhaps Gov. Snyder has forgotten the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. We pledge our allegiance not to the corporate state, not to one party or one ideology, but to the republic, one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.

'Taxpayer Advocates' Shocking Public Schools

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

I'll keep my local "taxpayer advocates" informed of how their hard work is paying off -- dismantling community-based public school systems and making sure that teachers are sharing the pain.

Weekly Audit: Hostile Takeover Threat Spurs Concessions from Michigan Unions

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Michigan's new Emergency Manager Law is already forcing major concessions from unions. The law gives t...

The Great Wealth Shift Upward: Corporatists' War on the Working Class

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

"Balancing the budget" and "deficit reduction" have become code for shifting the benefits of government spending to corporations away from workers.

Distention Deficit

John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

The deficit is now all the rage. Though post-election polls show it's jobs and economic certainty that voters want most, it's the deficit that's getti...

A President's Choice: Resist Wall Street's 'Shock Doctrine' or Keep Listening to the Usual Suspects

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

To win elections Democrats need to get the economy moving, and you can't do that in a "centrist" way. They should compromise when they must, but this time they need to make it clear that they are compromising.

The Case for Informed Citizenship

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Are we, by our own obtuseness, responsible for those who toil in unsafe conditions, who find themselves looking out at a destroyed Gulf of Mexico, who mourn for loved ones buried in an unsafe mine?

Disaster Capitalism's Catastrophic Success in Ireland, and America

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The causes and impacts of Ireland's economic crisis and America's are pretty much the same.

The Shock Doctrine in Haiti: An Interview with Patrick Elie

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Patrick Elie has long been a democracy activist. Moreover, during President Aristide's administration-in-exile during the 91-94 coup d'etat, Patrick ...

The Jobs Deficit & The Breaking Point, Pt 1.

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Like the college professor he is, Dr. Bernard Anderson, member of the National Urban League President's Council of Economic Advisors, came to this wee...

The Books Obama Should Be Reading

HuffPost's Eyes & Ears | Matthew Palevksy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

While President Obama was lounging on Martha's Vineyard we asked readers to suggest books he should read. Hundreds of people responded with suggestion...

Toxic Shock Doctrine?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Whether it's a failed public option, or a failed profit margin, one thing becomes increasingly more evident day by day. It's getting harder to tell the Dems from the dames.

This Film is an Idiot's Version of Naomi Klein's Masterpiece

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine is one of the most important political books of the past decade. But Michael Winterbottom's "adaptation" for film is garbled and mumbled to the point of meaninglessness.

David Brooks Made Me Wring My Hands: Obama and His Education Secretary Pick

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

In his most recent op-ed, David Brooks offers Americans a false choice between two distinct camps of education interests. Here's hoping our new president will sweep aside that brand of discourse.

Can We?

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

I'm not ready to return to the same non-adrenaline-rush grassroots work that propelled Obama and the Dems to such a decisive victory.

Naomi Klein Offers Colbert Disaster Investment Advice (VIDEO)

Colbert Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Author Naomi Klein visited Stephen Colbert to talk about her new book. While talking about what she finds wrong with capitalism, Stephen tricked her i...

Now is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Klein

There are no saviors who are going to look out for us in this crisis -- the only hope of preventing another dose of shock politics is loud, organized grassroots pressure on all political parties.

This Shock Doctrine Bailout Is Pure Fear, NOT a Response

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This is based entirely on a fear story -- of we don't do this, then terrible things will happen.

Naomi Klein: "Disaster Capitalism" Still On The Rise

Portfolio.com | Lloyd Grove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Marauding multinationals and their enablers in the U.S. government have a worthy adversary in Naomi Klein, a Canadian social critic whose books punctu...