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Shock Doctrine and the Debt Limit

By L. Randall Wray, senior scholar, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Blithewood and Bartlett Naylor, financial policy counsel, Public Citizen - 08/05/11 11:46 AM ET

Washington's recently staged drama of dysfunction over the federal debt limit sadly distracted attention from real crises occurring outside the beltway. These include…


Added by Cromag on August 5, 2011 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Replacing Democracy with Corporatocracy -by John Perkins

Dear Friends,

As I write this, I am watching the economic chaos in Greece. I’m sure we’re all sharing the feelings of fear of economic collapse that is rampant among the other European countries – and in fact, around the world.

These events are classic cases of what I detail in my books – “Confesssions of An Economic Hit Man” and “Hoodwinked.”

Greece has been struck by economic hit men. Set to default on its debts, the Athens government is leading the pack…


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The Victory of the Commons

Nobel Prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom proved that people can—and do—work together to manage commonly-held resources without degrading them.

Added by Cromag on May 16, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

How to Build a Movement

Since the summer of 2003 I’ve crisscrossed the country speaking at colleges and theaters and bookstores, first with The Weather Underground documentary and, starting in March of this year, with my book Underground:  My Life with SDS and the Weathermen (William Morrow, 2009).  In discussions with young people, they often tell me, “Nothing anyone does can ever make…


Added by Cromag on March 19, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom?

The Trap is a Adam Curtis documentary film originally produced for the BBC in three episodes. It talks about the modern political realities, where the policies came from and the massive failures of those ideals and how they have ended up exactly where they did not want to be.

This episode 1 starts in the Cold War and shows the seeds that were sown to produce the modern political reality. Curtis examines the rise of game theory used during this time, and the way in which its…


Added by Cromag on March 13, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Rights Fight: Local Democracy vs. Factory Farms in Pennsylvania

This is a great article about the knowledge, skill and experience required to go up against entrenched powerful interests. 


They hang the man and flog the woman,

Who steals the goose from off the common,

Yet let the greater villain loose,

That steals the common from the goose.


-- Seventeenth-century English protest rhyme…


Added by Cromag on March 12, 2011 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

To Regulate or Not to Regulate: That is the Question

I have been thinking a lot about the ineffectiveness of regulatory systems, and the relationship to Ecologist Garrett Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons concept for understanding how we come to be at the brink of numerous environmental [and economic] catastrophes. In 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern Mountain Lion extinct, exemplifying a precarious system at best, and showing that impotent laws cannot…


Added by Cromag on March 12, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

How Activists Organize (updated)

Watching the videos below, and exploring the additional materials and links, is a primer for understanding how seemingly powerless activists organize and affect widespread change.  One caveat is understanding elitism and the irony of democracy;  that changing status quo from one ruling class to another does not necessarily improve all conditions or eliminate oppression and corruption […


Added by Cromag on February 21, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Toxic Textiles (complete video)

Toxic Textiles? Are the sales personnel of Germany's clothing retailers at risk of being poisoned? The textiles they sell are contaminated with highly toxic chemicals. The chemical PCP (Pentachlorophenol), which is prohibited in Germany, is applied to garments to protect them during transport to Europe. Other hazardous pesticides used in the cultivation of cotton in Asia have also been found in textiles. A camera crew picks up the trail in…


Added by Cromag on February 20, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Revolution U

Early in 2008, workers at a government-owned textile factory in the Egyptian mill town of El-Mahalla el-Kubra announced that they were going on strike on the first Sunday in April to protest high food prices and low wages. They caught the attention of a group of tech-savvy young people an hour's drive to the south in the capital city of Cairo, who started a Facebook group to…


Added by Cromag on February 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

“Spontaneity” and social change | reflections on Gramsci pt.1

by Jonathan Smucker on January 28, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of…


Added by Cromag on February 13, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Activism vs. organizing ○ reflections on Gramsci pt.2

by Jonathan Smucker on February 3, 2011

In his essay Voluntarism and Social Masses, Antonio Gramsci…


Added by Cromag on February 13, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments


PIMCO Investment Outlook - December, 2010

  • The global economy is suffering from a lack of aggregate demand. With insufficient demand, nations compete furiously for their share of the diminishing growth pie.
  • In the U.S. and Euroland, many policies only temporarily bolster consumption while failing to address the fundamental problem of developed economies: Job growth is moving…

Added by Cromag on December 7, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Bill Moyers: "Welcome to the Plutocracy!"

Bill Moyers speech at Boston University on October 29, 2010, as a part of the Howard Zinn Lecture Series (VIDEO).

I was honored when you asked me to join in celebrating Howard Zinn’s life and legacy. I was also surprised. I am a journalist, not a historian. The difference between a journalist and an historian is that the historian knows the difference. George Bernard Shaw once complained that journalists are seemingly… Continue

Added by Cromag on November 9, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments


The World Liberal Opportunists Made

By Chris Hedges - Oct 25, 2010 -…


Added by Cromag on November 1, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Environmental Attorney Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey thinks of himself as more than just a lawyer. A co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), Linzey is a practicing attorney, committed to the idea that change happens at the grassroots. Much of his activism occurs through CELDF's "Democracy Schools," an innovative curriculum that encourages people to go beyond the single issue they are working on to…


Added by Cromag on October 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Study Sheds Light on Obama-Muslim Misconception

— By Jen Phillips
Sep. 10, 2010

"Obama is a different race/class/party than me, therefore he's more likely to be a different religion too, most likely Muslim." That's basically the thought…


Added by Cromag on September 13, 2010 at 12:14am — No Comments

The Public Relations Industry & The Decline of Trust - August 2010

1. Introduction

Commercial messages have colonised every part of our environment. Advertising is everywhere, in all of our media, TV and radio, newspapers and magazines; in films and all over the internet; on bill boards and bus stops; on our clothing and cars; in museums and public parks; at community events and political party conferences; salesmen… Continue

Added by Cromag on September 8, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The War against Activists

Categorizing Environmentalists

In dealing with activists public relations firms generally employ a

'divide and conquer' strategy which exploits differences in the

environment movement between moderates and radicals.…


Added by Cromag on September 8, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What Created the Populist Explosion and How Democrats Can Avoid the Shrapnel in November

By Drew Westen, AlterNet

Posted on September 1, 2010, Printed on September 6, 2010…


Added by Cromag on September 6, 2010 at 2:05pm — No Comments

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