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“Economic patriotism”: The last refuge of a tax scoundrel

July 24, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joel Schlosberg and Thomas L. Knapp  

"It is true that the corporate-state alliance has been strained by the panoply of neoliberal economic policies. But 'globalization' requires doing away with borders only very selectively, when it suits corporate purposes. The American superstate and its international 'trade partners' are more than willing to ignore borders when corporations benefit by moving goods from low-cost labor centers to high-profit sales centers. But that same state and those same partners consider borders of paramount importance when it comes to capturing the tax revenue that pays for all the perks their corporate symbiotes depend on for their continued existence." (07/23/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29571  

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No, Millennials are not all libertarians

July 24, 2014
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The Nation
by Alex Holt  

"I was 9 years old when President Clinton was impeached. I distinctly remember the news anchor’s discomfort when he tried to explain that he was interrupting regular programming to begin coverage of the Senate’s consideration of perjury charges. When I asked my dad what the president had done and why everyone was mad at him, he told me that Clinton had 'kissed another woman,' and married people weren’t supposed to do that. To me, it didn’t seem like a big enough deal to warrant canceling Saturday morning cartoons. A few years later, I watched the Supreme Court pick our president after we learned just how poorly a ballot could be designed." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ns9slvu  

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Hillary’s Sister Souljah moment

July 24, 2014
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Our Future
by Robert Borosage  

"The 2016 election is two-and-one-half years off, but already Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is getting pummeled. Her book tour, designed to provide soft interviews burnishing her record as secretary of state, has been plagued by missteps. She’s criticized for having no 'big idea,' for being out of touch after earning enough in the last year to be part of the .001 percent, even for underwhelming book sales. Her foreign policy hawkishness has stirred the embers of progressive doubts. Worse, she seems on the wrong side of the divide between the Wall Street and the Warren (after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, darling of progressives) wings of the Democratic party. The adversarial press seems a lot more 'ready for Hillary' than Hillary is for the fray." (07/23/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140723/hillarys-sister-souljah-moment  

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Nationalize the Ivy League

July 24, 2014
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In These Times
by Chris Lehmann  

"Higher education in the United States is the scapegoat of first resort for the country's lagging indicators of prosperity, individual achievement and civilizational excellence. The American university had it coming. It has pillaged the pedagogy of the liberal-arts tradition in favor of corporatized research, trustee courtiership and legacy big-donor admissions. And contrary to the myth that a degree from an elite college is a port of entry to access the American good life, higher learning accelerates the scourge of economic inequality. For all the resources and pious rhetoric showered on the American university as an engine of opportunity and upward mobility, the numbers tell a different story." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nwyr2lw  

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Israel, looking for hope in a sea of bad faith & despair

July 24, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side?" (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owcooxm  

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$18 billion in job training = lots of trained unemployed people

July 24, 2014
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Reuters
by Peter Van Buren  

"President Barack Obama told Americans in his July 19 weekly address that every worker deserves to know that 'if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.' A nice sentiment -- and politically safe. It’s just the wrong answer. Those 'better jobs' don’t exist, and training doesn’t create jobs. Despite all that, every year the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on job training, with little impact. In 2007, then-candidate Obama visited Janesville, WI, location of the oldest operating General Motors plant in America." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q48r6cn  

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Surge to the border: Crisis or reunion?

July 24, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Why isn't Mexico doing more to deter unaccompanied minors from Central America from traversing Mexico to cross the U.S./Mexico border? If this is a humanitarian crisis, then shouldn't Mexico be taking in its neighbors? Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade met with The Chronicle Editorial Board on Tuesday, so I had a chance to ask him." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv6wuzs  

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The secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

July 24, 2014
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The Intercept
by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux  

"The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither 'concrete facts' nor 'irrefutable evidence' to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept." (07/23/14)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/23/blacklisted/  

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Masses for nitwits

July 23, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (07/22/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/masses-for-nitwits/  

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The real isolationists

July 23, 2014
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Come Home America Come Home America
by Chad Nelson  

"If we’re being precise with our language and defining it properly, then isolationism ought to be the goal of any person who understands the routine and predictable fallibility of government. It is a philosophy grounded in historical fact, one based on a multitude of experiences which all point to the extremely limited ability of governments to accomplish their ends. Real isolationism thus seeks not the walling off of America from the rest of the world and its problems, but instead, to isolate only the American government from inserting itself into those problems, thereby creating a bigger shitstorm than already exists. But those who create the political lexicon today have turned the term on its head in Orwellian fashion." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owmqohp  

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A parody of populism

July 23, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alexander Reid Ross  

"The Sagebrush Rebellion began in Moab, Utah, and created an upheaval in land management policy that is still felt today. Perhaps its most significant outcome can be seen just three hours away in PR Springs, yet hardly anybody knows the place even exists." (07/23/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/23/a-parody-of-populism/  

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An abortion act that’s fast-tracked to nowhere

July 23, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"Senate Democrats wish to eliminate almost every legislative gain made on the state level by pro-life activists in recent years. But the bill they propose as a solution is an attempt to federalize abortion and an unconstitutional attack on states' rights. It is also doomed to fail except, of course, in the goal of rousing the Democratic voting blocks of liberals and women." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lddtgb3  

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ISIS: Yes, Mr. Blair, you did build this

July 23, 2014
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Last month, in a tone which might best be called unlikely insistence, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reassured the public that 'we' -- the UK and United States -- 'have to liberate ourselves from the notion that we caused' the destabilization of Iraq by the ISIS insurgency. Well, actually you did." (07/21/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29482  

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Blood, treasure and soul: The exorbitant price of the American empire

July 23, 2014
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Come Home America Come Home America
by Mike Marion  

"It is probably safe to assume that most Americans do not think of their country as an empire. As a conservative in my younger years, I might have even labeled the suggestion as anti-American, rationalizing to myself: Sure, we may have strategic military bases around the world and we may use force at times, but it is only for benevolent purposes. We get the bad guys, give the country back to the good guys, and we leave. The US does not try to rule the world. I was wrong." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pugafwa  

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8rctzm  

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How Silicon Valley millionaires stole progressivism

July 23, 2014
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The Nation
by Zelda Bronstein  

"On a Saturday afternoon in early February, more than 600 residents of San Francisco gathered at the Tenderloin Elementary School for a citywide tenants’ convention. The attendees (an eclectic mix of old and young, veteran activists and political newcomers) came from neighborhoods all over town. They joined together to fight the soaring rents and mounting evictions that have accompanied the tech incursion into San Francisco, and that are threatening to turn a city famed for its inclusive, liberal character into an enclave of wealth and privilege." [editor's note: What? Somebody has co-opted a movement -- just as the socialists co-opted the peace effort some 40-50 years ago? I am truly shocked - SAT] (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pj8dz9e  

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Note to TW stockholders: Listen to Murdoch’s muzzled minorities

July 23, 2014
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Reuters
by Rob Cox  

"Time Warner shareholders pondering whether to surrender to Rupert Murdoch would be well advised to listen to the media mogul’s muzzled minorities. Most Twenty-First Century Fox believers are relegated to owning non-voting stock in the entertainment conglomerate, the same second-tier paper on offer as part of the $80 billion takeover bid for the owner of HBO, CNN and Warner Bros. studios. Despite broad investor overlap in the two companies, the record shows a clear distaste for Murdoch’s imperialism." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m27t257  

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A brief history of progressivism

July 22, 2014
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew Syrios  

"Assuming progress is one way and reaction the other is a kind of two-dimensional thinking that breaks down very quickly. For example, the progressives of the early twentieth century generally believed things that would abhor progressives of today. Those progressives were the ones who rammed through Prohibition against those 'economic conservatives who ... pushed so hard for repeal' as historian Daniel Okrent put it. The famous progressive William Jennings Bryan was a staunch supporter of Prohibition." (07/22/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6819/A-Brief-History-of-Progressivism  

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Eric Margolis on The Scott Horton Show

July 22, 2014
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Eric Margolis The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Eric Margolis, author of American Raj, discusses Israel’s slaughter of Palestinian civilians in another 'mowing the lawn' operation, and Israel’s role in creating Hamas in the first place." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/22/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/07/21/072114-eric-margolis/  

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Let’s get our politics above the snake line

July 22, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"We’ve got to make our way to higher ground. We’ve got to get our politics above the snake line. People came to Netroots Nation to see Senator Elizabeth Warren speak, and discovered Rev. William Barber when they got here. If you are not yet tuned in to Rev. Barber you absolutely have to watch this speech (or a speech the prior week, at the American Federation of Teachers convention; I actually recommend watching both. After you watch this you will want to watch the other.)" (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/krl3rmz  

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Are the media reporting the Gaza war fairly?

July 22, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Are the media finally getting the Israeli-Palestinian story right? It's a difficult question to answer, particularly when it would be hard to agree on what 'right' means. But it does look like we're seeing and hearing more about what's happening to Palestinian civilians than we have in previous flare-ups of this endless conflict. That's what Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues in a piece saying that Israel is losing the PR war in the American media." (07/21/14)

http://prospect.org/article/are-media-reporting-gaza-war-fairly  

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The comforts of blame

July 22, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"What MH17 reveals is that the Cold War allusions, the secrecy dogmas, and the desire to make abundant hay from the information battles, has emptied the deaths of the victims of poignancy and reflective grief. A cruel atmosphere prevails, and it is proving toxic."

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/22/the-comforts-of-blame/  

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All aboard for net neutrality

July 22, 2014
posted by

In These Times
by Cole Stangler  

"The future of net neutrality (the idea that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all content equally) has never been so uncertain. In the absence of new federal action, telecom behemoths like Verizon and Comcast could soon ask deep-pocketed websites to pony up for speedier delivery of their content, leaving everyone else in the dust. Smaller sites could suffer from frustratingly slow loading speeds. Technically, there’s nothing on the books to stop this." (07/22/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16935/all_aboard_for_net_neutrality  

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Measured responses in Israel-Gaza conflict

July 22, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Dave Granlund  

Cartoon. (07/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/israel-vs-gaza/  

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Keeping a city by the sea from becoming a city in it

July 22, 2014
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Reuters
by James Sanders & Jesse M. Keenan  

"Virtually every big rainstorm in New York now seems to be accompanied by a flash-flood alert sent to cellphones. And scientists recently reported that a vast section of Antarctica’s ice sheet, now melting, might bring on as much as a 10-foot rise in the world’s sea levels in the coming decades. While the nation debates the appropriate response, the coastal cities threatened most by climate change (particularly New York) must somehow address the problem themselves. New York, at least, has begun. After Hurricane Sandy’s catastrophic impact in late 2012, it became obvious that the city must be able to minimize the serious damage caused by future climate “events” and bounce back." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n4ljdce  

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