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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Prospects for America: Sanders vs Civil War

(And that is not a threat, of course, but a prediction) An analysis of the present state of future prospects of the nation ~ An open letter in response to Daily Kos, and to anyone concerned with either justice, or peace The article I recently wrote and… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Prospects for America: Sanders vs Civil War

Dead Wild Roses: Be Wary of “Liberal” Policies – The Unerring March of Corporatism

Well we can’t be posting sunshine everyday here at DWR. A small reminder of what the people of our nations are up against. From the essay titled Revolution and American Empire by Rob Urie.

 

“Liberal economists have ‘fought the good fight’ for nominally populist economic programs for the last decade with little but growing . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Be Wary of “Liberal” Policies – The Unerring March of Corporatism

The Disaffected Lib: About that "Of the People, By the People, For the People" Business? Forget About It.

Proof positive that America is a corporatist state saddled with a “bought and paid for” Congress.

The big US banks have given the Democrats an ultimatum – silence progressives like Elizabeth Warren or we’ll cut off our funding.  Salon.com calls it “Wall Street’s political shakedown.“

If ever you doubted that our obscene campaign finance regime . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: About that "Of the People, By the People, For the People" Business? Forget About It.

Political Eh-conomy: Branko Milanovic on inequality and the new global plutocracy

Last week I interviewed Branko Milanovic, one of the world’s foremost authorities on inequality. Our conversation moved freely from global trends in inequality over the past quarter-century to the rise of a new plutocracy and the threat it poses to democratic governance. I thought it worthwhile to transcribe our chat in full.

A bit more . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Branko Milanovic on inequality and the new global plutocracy

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Inequality, global and Canadian

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/podcast150320-inequality.mp3

 

I have two guests to talking about inequality today. First up is Branko Milanovic, who speaks with me about global inequality as well as the rise of a global plutocracy. One of the world’s foremost experts on inequality, Branko is professor at the CUNY Graduate Centre, where he also heads the local . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Inequality, global and Canadian

The Disaffected Lib: Capitalism Off the Rails

Those at the very top of today’s neoliberal, free-market capitalist, global economy see the writing on the wall – capitalism has just about run its course.

It’s hard to get your head around the idea, isn’t it?  It sure is for me.  Imagine, the economic model around which our society has been structured is . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Capitalism Off the Rails

Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

I have missed reading the Mound of Sound since he put his blog, The Disaffected Lib, on hiatus about five weeks ago. A man of wide-ranging interests and passions, his posts on climate change and politics never failed to catch my attention and stimulate my own reading and research.

Yesterday I received an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Guest Post From The Mound Of Sound

The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot – You Can’t Win on Climate Change Without First Vanquishing Plutocracy

Guardian enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, took the arrival of a recrod, 400 ppm concentration of atmospheric CO2 to deliver a few thoughts on our losing battle against climate change and what really stands in the way of our hope for progress.

“The data go back 800,000 years: that’s the age of the oldest fossil air bubbles . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot – You Can’t Win on Climate Change Without First Vanquishing Plutocracy

The Disaffected Lib: They Are Not Of Us

An interesting essay from George Monbiot today on the grooming of oligarchs and why, even though they govern in our name, they don’t rule on our behalf.   They rule as they were born and raised to rule.   An excerpt.

In the Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt explains that the nobles of pre-revolutionary France “did not . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: They Are Not Of Us

Dead Wild Roses: The Precariat – Where we are going to…

Finding a way out of the the seemingly permanent global economic crisis is going to require looking at the factors that got us there. Noam Chomsky opines that the downfall really started in the 1970′s and has been on an ever increasing spiral of ruin ever since. One of the interesting parts of his . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Precariat – Where we are going to…

World Headlines Review: Debt Ceiling Debate is Moot: USG Owes More Dollars than in Existence

Image by Images_of_Money The current debate in Washington as to whether or not and under what conditions to raise the debt-ceiling has for the past week dominated global news coverage and the public mind.  Absent from the debate and mainstream coverage is a discussion of the debt limit in the context of the American . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Debt Ceiling Debate is Moot: USG Owes More Dollars than in Existence