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Health Care Slavery and Overwork

Two Interrelated Barriers to Democracy in the "Land of the Free"

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What’s So Great About Running for President?

Running for U.S. president (which has to rank as one of the top narcissistic endeavors on Earth, by the way) is nothing to write home about.

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Why Bernie Sanders is No Great White Hope for Black America

Black Americans have plenty of reasons not to embrace Bernie Sanders as their shining knight in armor and “best hope.”

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Kick Capitalism Out of the Serenity Prayer

“Radical” eco-socialists want their fellow humans to grow up about and respond with maturity to four harsh realities

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Beyond Anti-Capitalism

Being a serious anti-capitalist also means going beyond anti-capitalism

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The Real Cost of Being Poor

What does it cost just to get by in America?

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Posing as the Great Emancipator: Obama’s Prison-Posturing is Nothing New

Barack Obama is a model and epitome of the triumph of symbol over substance

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Trumped: On the Political and Ideological Functions of The Donald

The ruling class that will always prefer an authoritarian proto-fascist to even a milquetoast and nominal democratic socialist.

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Bernie Sanders, Dr. King, and the Triple Evils

Bernie is – just like some of King’s fellow democratic-socialist Civil Rights and anti-poverty leaders (Bayard Rustin, Michael Harrington, and A. Phillip Randolph) in the mid-1960s – hung up on the U.S. war machine.

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Bernie’s Top Five Race Problems: The Unbearable Whiteness of Nominal Nordic Socialism

Sanders has some race problems – at least five by my count

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“That’s Politics”: the Sandernistas on the Master’s Schedule

"Voting," Howard Zinn once wrote, " is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens."

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Deleting Crimes at the New York Times: Airbrushing History at the Paper of Record

I never cease to be fascinated by the breathtaking ease with which the “liberal” New York Times and other major U.S. media outlets airbrush out of history the disastrous and criminal role Uncle Sam has played and continues to play in the world.

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Happiness v. Property: From Jefferson and Franklin to Cuba and the United States

That's the same thing the Japanese journalist Makiko Saito was struck by when she visited Cuba three years ago: the seeming paradox of happy people surrounded by overall poverty and decay

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Interjections on Bernie Sanders: A Response to David McReynolds

I never cease to be amazed by U.S. major party and candidate-centered electoral (and especially presidential) politics’ continuing power to muddle, mystify, and mar liberal, progressive, and even Left hearts and minds

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We are Citizens, Not Politicians: Reflections on Greece

Politicians dissemble, pose, hedge, play-act, and capitulate the popular will in the name of “realism.”

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Beneath the Billionaire Class: The 1% Does Not Rule Alone

Many U.S. left progressives let “lesser” elites – professionals, managers, administrators and other “coordinator class” Americans – off the hook of our critique of class inequality.

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Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats

It’s all very different than the story Sanders tells campus town progressives on the campaign trail

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False Flag Change: History, Racism, Obama, and the Confederate Flag

It is tempting, perhaps, to see contemporary America’s split race decision – progressive victory on the surface level of race and continuing defeat on the deeper societal, institutional, and historical level of race – as a case of glass half-empty versus glass half-full.

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Obama’s Good Republican Week

All I could think was “Liberal fools, you have no idea what this thoroughly neoliberal and imperial politician is about!"

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The Birthplace (Greece) v. the Farce (the United States) of Democracy

Does this perhaps qualify the United States as a “failed state”?

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Beyond the Real Time Catastrophe of Capital

Capitalism itself is the disaster and the catastrophe

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Democracy Wrecked Again: On the Fast Track of Corporate Authoritarianism

Washington runs on corporate and financial cash, connections, reach, and propaganda, not public opinion

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From Watergate to Deflategate: Scandalous Reflections on Scandal

One useful measure of a political culture’s moral level is the nature of what counts as a terrible outrage, disgrace, or scandal in that culture.

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Idiots of Empire: From the “Freedom Budget” to Bernie Sanders

The (state-) capitalist function of the nation’s giant post-WWII war and empire budget went far beyond lining the pockets of “defense” contractors

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“Progressive” Obama: He’s Melting, He’s Melting – TPP Wipes Away the Last Shreds of Illusion

The sooner Obama breaks the ribbon on his presidential library – to be suitably housed at the arch-neoliberal University of Chicago – the better.

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Race Violence, Gun Violence: Reflections on Obama’s Charleston Comments

Obama led in his remarks with the race-neutral gun-control issue. That's where the main focus of his anger was by far

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How Poor Black Lives Matter to U.S. Capitalism Today: Reflections on “The New Jim Crow”

Black lives have always mattered to white America primarily as a source of economic exploitation.

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The Silly Season: Reflections From Iowa

don’t get hung up on the major party-big money-big media once-every four years presidential candidates, their marketing imagery, fake promises, and narcissistic display

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Feeding the Frenzy: The Sanders Syndrome Hits Home Court

The urgent task garners tiny engagement from liberals and “progressives."

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Privilege-Serving Story Placement at the New York Times

One of the many ways in which the capitalist press serves the owning class has to do with story placement – where it places a report

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Enough with the Holy Founders and Their Undemocratic Constitution

Popular sovereignty was the U.S. founders’ ultimate nightmare

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Theater of the Absurd

Next time you see a liberal Democrat U.S. environmentalist, ask him (to amend the absurd Sarah Palin): “so how’s that hopey-climate-changey thing working out for ya?”

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The Not-So Nordic Bernie Sanders

So where is the call to drastically slash the Pentagon System in the Sweden- flattering Sanders’ program for social-democratic change on the Nordic model in the United States?

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No Wise Men Here: Gabriel Kolko and Washington’s Continuing Murderous Middle East Myopia

" To continue as it has over the past century is [for the U.S.] to admit that it has the vainglorious and irrational ambition to run the world"

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No Respect for the Poor, Working or Not

The fight for 15 is also a fight for dignity

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The Liberal Apologies for Obama’s Ugly Reign

U.S. liberals and progressives might want to read up on some recent American political history

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A Racially Blind Night in the Life of the “P”BS Newshour

Gwen Ifill declares that she loves her Newshour job because it allows her to “ask not only all of my questions but also and more importantly all of your questions"

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Hillary Clinton and the Manipulation of Populism

"Populist rhetoric, many say, is good politics "

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Bernie Sanders Enlists in the Hillary Clinton Campaign

Eugene Debs would not be pleased by Bernie’s choice

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May Day: Four Interrelated Meanings

But let me suggest here four separate but intimately interrelated meanings of “May Day"

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Left Radicals, Radical Republicans, and Dismal Dollar Dems

The Democratic Party has richly earned radical Leftists’ enmity

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The U.S., Iran, and the Saudi Bombing of Yemen

The absurdities of Washington’s Yemen policy are striking

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Boston, Blowback, and Barack Obama

That everyday U.S. citizens confront a world more dangerous than ever even in the “homeland” is at most a minor concern for the US imperial establishment.

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The Chicago Blackhawks, Indian Logos, and the U.S. Empire

Imagine "The Chicago Bad Axes,” with a picture of a manically grinning and bearded white U.S. soldier scalping a bloody, murdered Sauk child.

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On the Organization of Society

Whatever went on between Barack Obama and Raul Castro in Panama, one thing is clear: the former doesn’t have shit to say to the latter (or anyone else) about “how society should be organized.”

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American Exceptionalism in the New Gilded Age

Another great Black American who rejected and even flipped the exceptionalist narrative was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Cuba’s Socialist Spirit Level

We should never underestimate the intrinsic positive significance of social equality

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Name That System — or Overthrow it

Movement-building would seem to be the major order of the day.

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Beyond Manufacturing Consent

Herman and Chomsky did not pretend to give readers anything more than a modest and opening take on dominant US media’s inclusive power-serving role

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Bernie Dreaming and the Hillary Money Machine

For a People’s Caucus Beyond the Quadrennial Extravaganza

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Beyond False Dichotomies: Toward a New American Left

I do not see how the movement required can emerge as long as leftists and many others here are plagued by the false dichotomies and false dilemmas discussed in this article.

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Look Home Obama

If Obama wants to see police state repression of popular protestors, he might want look at his own self-declared “home town” Chicago

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The IS Shock, the ‘New Cold War,’ and the Unmentionable History of US Empire

Careful observers will note that the same imperial, anti-democratic, and petroleum-obsessed themes run though US policy towards oil-rich Venezuela...

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Barack Obama, Monty Python, and the U.S. Threat to Venezuela

The bipartisan US “foreign policy” (imperial) establishment cannot forgive the popular and democratic Bolivarian government of Venezuela for choosing to use its political influence and its giant oil resources in ways that do not fit Washington and Wall Street’s imperial directives.

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Beyond Twelve Years a Slave

White America’s major block when it comes to acknowledging what the United States did and owes to Black Americans through and because of chattel slavery is not a failure to acknowledge that system’s immorality and cruelty.

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The Ruling Class Never Lost Its Way – or Its Power

Though he uses the Marxian phrase “ruling class” (the “alliance between the corporate class and elected officials”) in Losing Our Way, Herbert is either unable or unwilling to acknowledge that the New Gilded Age he detests is U.S. capitalism returning to its historical wealth- and power-concentrating norm

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Capitalist Cotton Slavery and a Case (One Would Think) for Reparations

Baptist’s important book would seem to raise the question of what Black America is due today in light of the fact that the United States owes its emergence as a wealthy and powerful capitalist state to Black slaves.

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What’s the Matter With Thomas Frank?

There was never much if anything for a true progressive to “love” about Barack Obama

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The Moral Autism of the Brian Williams Affair

Like nearly all U.S. “mainstream” news reporters and commentators at the time, Williams never subjected the U.S. government’s blatantly bogus arguments for illegal war to remotely serious critical scrutiny

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Nine Years – to Avert Catastrophe with Revolution

Call me a “catastrophist,” but, to paraphrase Che Guevara, it’s not my fault that reality is urgently Eco-Socialist.

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Hollywood’s Service to Empire: Two Examples

The United States corporate media’s function of transmitting ideology and propaganda in service to those atop the nation’s reigning and interrelated structures of Empire and inequality is hardly limited to the news.

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Beyond False Dichotomies and Capitalist Exterminism in an Age of Environmental Crisis

We have a moral and existential duty to fight for justice, equality, democracy, and livable ecology – the salvation and flowering of the commons – “even if we do not know we are going to win” (Mario Savio, 1994)

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Feb. 5 2015 KOPN-FM Radio Interview on They Rule (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) and Politics in New Gilded Age America

Street talks to KOPN's Deborah Hobson: "We only have to win once. As Rosa Luxembourg used to say: 'you lose, you lose, you lose, you lose, you lose..........you win'"

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Oil, Empire, and False Paradox: Washington’s Contrasting Responses to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chavez

...the United States is an Empire whose policymakers value democracy abroad only when and where it serves their ambition of ruling the world in accord with the interests of reigning U.S. economic elites

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Worse Than Fascism?

Chilling as it may sound to say, fascism would be redundant in the United States today.

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Where “American Sniper” Fails

Like the hit 1978 Vietnam War movie “The Deer Hunter” and numerous other Hollywood Vietnam portrayals, “American Sniper” reflects and reinforces (US of) Americans’ autistic and narcissistic sense that they are the leading and most authentic victims in the wars that Washington has undertaken in distant places....

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Latin America Takes the Lead in Opposing Torture

Latin America quite logically stands in the vanguard when it comes to rejecting U.S. torture and murder techniques and programs

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Beyond “Selma”

"The black revolution …reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced" (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968)

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Putting Radical Life in Schools

Schools can and must become zones of popular de-indoctrination, democratic re-imagination, and resistance to capital

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Absence of Outrage

Domestically, urban Black and Latino victims of the contemporary US police and mass incarceration state and are the “homeland” versions of the media’s “unworthy victims” abroad...

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An Historical Row Over “Selma”

Fact and Fiction on LBJ's Role in Selma and the Voting Rights Act

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The Chicago Blackhawks and the American Empire

But, Wakefield wrote, “I must confess, that it filled my heart with gratitude and joy, to think that I had been instrumental, with many others, in delivering my country of those merciless savages..."

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Charlie I am NOT

This massive Western moral indifference regarding the deaths of others is no small part of why terrible events like the Charlie Hebdo killings come to seem inevitable

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Climate Change and “Everything Else,” Including Capitalism

Beyond the Ecocidal Rule of Capital

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No True Justice

"We Don't Want to Get Into a Law Class"

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Beneath the Headlines

The government isn't listening to your phone calls, except when it is

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Because We Let Them

Talk About Surrender

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Worthy and Unworthy Victims From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

Worthy and Unworthy Victims From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

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A Tale of Two Protests

A Tale of Two Protests

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The Narrow Media Spectrum on US-Cuban Relations

The Narrow Media Spectrum on US-Cuban Relations

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Sorry, Mr. President: 2+2=4

Sorry, Mr. President: 2+2=4

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Latin America Leads in Opposing US Torture and Surveillance

Latin America Leads in Opposing US Torture and Surveillance

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Promise and Danger in a New Civil Rights Movement

Promise and Danger in a New Civil Rights Movement

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Campus Town Amnesia

Campus Town Amnesia

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No True Justice in St. Louis County

No True Justice in St. Louis County

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When Words Don’t Mean Anything Anymore: Reflections on the Life and Rhetoric of Barack Obama

When "Words Don't Mean Anything Anymore:" Reflections on the Life and Rhetoric of Barack Obama

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How They Police vs. What They Police: Reflections on Ferguson, Race, and “the Rule of Law”

How They Police vs. What They Police: Reflections on Ferguson, Race, and “the Rule of Law”

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Reprint from Summer 2009: “In Cold Blood”: White Deputy’s Killing of Homeless Black Man Sparks Mild Protest in Obama-Mad Iowa City

Reprint from Summer 2009: “In Cold Blood”: White Deputy’s Killing of Homeless Black Man Sparks Mild Protest in Obama-Mad Iowa City

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Forces, Relations, and 21st Century Eco-socialism

Forces, Relations, and 21st Century Eco-socialism

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Obedience is the True Pathology

Obedience is the True Pathology

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They Rule Book Talk Open University of the Left (OUL), November 15, 2014

They Rule Book Talk Open University of the Left (OUL), November 15, 2014

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Business Rule as Usual: US Midterm Reflections

Business Rule as Usual: US Midterm Reflections

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Top Terrorist State: Interview with FARS News Agency

Top Terrorist State: Interview with FARS News Agency

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On the Frontline of Imperial Evasion at “P”BS

On the Frontline of Imperial Evasion at "P"BS

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Six Barriers in Three Minutes: Some Post-Midterm Reflections

Six Barriers in Three Minutes

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You and What Army? Reflections on Parenti, Vision and Organization

You and What Army? Reflections on Parenti, Vision and Organization

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What is to Be Imagined – and Done?

What is to Be Imagined - and Done?

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They Rule: It All Circles Back to The 1%

They Rule: it All Circles Back to The 1%

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Endless War

Endless War

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Civil Unrest?

Civil Unrest?

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The Nutty Professor and the Attorney General

The Nutty Professor and the Attorney General

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Twenty Fourteen

Twenty Fourteen

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Oligarchy

Oligarchy

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Progressive Activism as Usual Won’t Do the Job

Progressive Activism as Usual Won't Do the Job

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Krugman Needs New Sunglasses

Krugman Needs New Sunglasses

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“Heart of Darkness”: Obama’s Orwellian Chutzpah at the United Nations

“Heart of Darkness”: Obama’s Orwellian Chutzpah at the United Nations

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“We Own the World”

"We Own the World"

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And Then Came Sharpton: Keeping Black Americans in Their Place

And Then Came Sharpton

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Deadly Drums of War and Oil

Deadly Drums of War and Oil

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An Idée Fixe and a Vicious Circle

An Idée Fixe and a Vicious Circle

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Labor Day Reflections: Saying Goodbye to the Piketty Summer

Labor Day Reflections: Saying Goodbye to the Piketty Summer

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ISIL as a U.S. Frankenstein: Paul Street Interview with Fars News Agency

ISIL as a U.S. Frankenstein: Paul Street Interview with Fars News Agency

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Confronting Institutional Evil

Confronting Institutional Evil

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Reflections on a Bernie Sanders Presidential Run

Reflections on a Bernie Sanders Presidential Run

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“No Just God”

"No Just God"

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Ferguson Reflections: Race, Class, and the Crisis of Democracy

Ferguson Reflections: Race, Class, and the Crisis of Democracy

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Posse Comitatus, Ferguson, Missouri, and Racialized Military Policing

Posse Comitatus, Ferguson, Missouri, and Racialized Military Policing

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Really Bad Media

Really Bad Media

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Beyond Piketty – and Capital

Beyond Piketty – and Capital

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Israel, Gaza, and the False Face of Barack Obama

Israel, Gaza, and the False Face of Barack Obama

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“Mainstream” News as Mobster Dinnertime

“Mainstream” News as Mobster Dinnertime

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Beyond Mental Slavery

Beyond Mental Slavery

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Single Standard Media Doublethink

Single Standard Media Doublethink

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Gross Inequality All Too “Normal” Under Capitalism

Gross Inequality All Too “Normal” Under Capitalism

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Age of Liberty, Age of Slavery

Age of Liberty, Age of Slavery

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Deleting the Imperial Predator

Deleting the Imperial Predator

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Seven Things

Seven Things

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The White United States’ Real Founding Father: Lord Dunmore

The White United States’ Real Founding Father: Lord Dunmore

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Democracy Incapacitated

Democracy Incapacitated

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Obama’s Whitewashed World War II

Obama's Whitewashed World War II

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Giving Away the Game

Giving Away the Game

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Bowe Bergdahl, Barack Obama, and the Horror of America

Bowe Bergdahl, Barack Obama, and the Horror of America

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Citizen Koch and the So-Called Public Broadcasting System

Citizen Koch and the So-Called Public Broadcasting System

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The Pretender

The Pretender

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Toward A New Cold War? Hidden Imperial Continuities and Future Prospects

Toward A New Cold War? Hidden Imperial Continuities and Future Prospects

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Those Who Have Put Out The People’s Eyes (Z Magazine June 2014)

Those Who Have Put Out The People’s Eyes (Z Magazine June 2014)

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Climate of Corporate-Orwellian Absurdity

Climate of Corporate-Orwellian Absurdity

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The Age of Obama and the Vindication of Ralph Nader

The Age of Obama and the Vindication of Ralph Nader

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The Sterling Affair and White Self-Congratulation

The Sterling Affair and White Self-Congratulation

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Beyond the Deep State (Z Magazine May 2014)

Beyond the Deep State (Z Magazine May 2014)

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Imagine Book Talk

Imagine Book Talk

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Beyond the Carbon Death Knell

Beyond the Carbon Death Knell

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Avoiding the Capitalist Apocalypse

Avoiding the Capitalist Apocalypse

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No Favor to Black America

No Favor to Black America

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Disgust Yes, Disappointment No

Disgust Yes, Disappointment No

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Without Even a Side Glance

Without Even a Side Glance

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People Forget, the Earth Does Not

People Forget, the Earth Does Not

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Academic Unfreedom, Forced and Voluntary

Academic Unfreedom, Forced and Voluntary

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Obama Ticket Prices and the Invisible Ruling Class

Obama Ticket Prices and the Invisible Ruling Class

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Venezuela, the United States, and Obama

Venezuela, the United States, and Obama

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Beyond the Deep State

Beyond the Deep State

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Uncle Sam: Top Threat to Peace on/and Earth (Z Magazine March 2014)

Uncle Sam: Top Threat to Peace on/and Earth (Z Magazine March 2014)

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The Obamanable Age of Color-Blind Racism*

The Obamanable Age of Color-Blind Racism*

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Happy People on Television

Happy People on Television

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No Debate, Fake Debate

No Debate, Fake Debate

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“Course We Ain’t Equal”: Capitalism, Climate Change, and Corporate Propaganda

“Course We Ain’t Equal”: Capitalism, Climate Change, and Corporate Propaganda

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Capitalism’s Ironic Defenders

Capitalism’s Ironic Defenders

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Obamaphelia: a Short History and Diagnostic Guide

Obamaphelia: a Short History and Diagnostic Guide

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Keynote Reflections (re-post from July 2004)

Keynote Reflections (July 2004)

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Missing the Marx, More or Less: On Intellectual Failure and Environmental Catastrophe

Missing the Marx, More or Less: On Intellectual Failure and Environmental Catastrophe

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Trumpet of Conscience Remembering the Officially Deleted Dr. King

Trumpet of Conscience: Remembering the Officially Deleted Dr. King

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The Biggest Threat to Peace on Earth: Reflections on Empire, Evil, and American Exceptionalism

The Biggest Threat to Peace on Earth: Reflections on Empire, Evil, and American Exceptionalism

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Dastardly Dollar Democrats

Dastardly Dollar Democrats

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Why I am an Eco-Socialist (YouTube)

Why I am Eco-Socialist

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Words, Deeds, and Inequality

Words, Deeds, and Inequality

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Inverting Washington’s Reality

Inverting Washington’s Reality

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Deleting Corporate Power: Dominant Media’s Superficial Coverage of Problems with Obamacare

Deleting Corporate Power: Dominant Media’s Superficial Coverage of Problems with Obamacare

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Weather Report: Normalizing the Unthinkable at the Petroleum Broadcasting System

Weather Report: Normalizing the Unthinkable at the Petroleum Broadcasting System

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For Intelligent Civilization – on Earth

For Intelligent Civilization – on Earth

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The “New JFK”: Nothing Great to Be

The “New JFK”: Nothing Great to Be

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Budget Slavery, Budget Freedom Past and Present

Budget Slavery, Budget Freedom Past and Present

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Goodbye to Democrats

Goodbye to Democrats

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A Nation Brought to the Verge of Ruin

A Nation Brought to the Verge of Ruin

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Mean Uncle Sam

Mean Uncle Sam

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Shut Down Reflections

Shut Down Reflections

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From Daley Plaza to Syria: Obama’s Forgotten, Fading Imperial Promise

From Daley Plaza to Syria: Obama’s Forgotten, Fading Imperial Promise

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Disdain: On Perry Anderson’s America

Disdain: On Perry Anderson’s America

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Liar-in-Chief

Liar-in-Chief

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No Functioning U.S. Democracy

No Functioning U.S. Democracy

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“You Get a President… Nothing Else”

“You Get a President… Nothing Else”

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“With All Due Respect”: Alan Grayson v. “P”BS on Obama and Syria

“With All Due Respect”: Alan Grayson v. “P”BS on Obama and Syria

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Obama’s Turn to Congress: More Deception on Syria

Obama’s Turn to Congress: More Deception on Syria

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The War Train to Syria

The War Train to Syria

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The “Marginalized Left” – Some Preliminary Remarks

The “Marginalized Left” – Some Preliminary Remarks

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Get to Work: Reflections on Class, Capitalism, and Purposeful Activity

Get to Work: Reflections on Class, Capitalism, and Purposeful Activity

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White Racial Delusion 50 Years After the March on Washington

White Racial Delusion 50 Years After the March on Washington

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The Obama Disgrace Deepens

The Obama Disgrace Deepens

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The Plutocracy Grinds On

The Plutocracy Grinds On

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The Obama Project and the Politics of Race

The Obama Project and the Politics of Race

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Stepping on History: Justin Bieber’s Two-Holocaust Year

Stepping on History: Justin Bieber’s Two-Holocaust Year

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Gettysburg Reflections

Gettysburg Reflections

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Rescuing the 1960s

Rescuing the 1960s

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Edward Snowden, the People, and the Demystification of Obama

Edward Snowden, the People, and the Demystification of Obama

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Chomsky at Left Forum

Chomsky at Left Forum

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Secret Surveillance in the Age of Obama

Secret Surveillance in the Age of Obama

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Power Served, Millions Betrayed

Power Served, Millions Betrayed

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Race, Politics, and Late Obamanism

Race, Politics, and Late Obamanism

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Deadly Manufacturing Mirage, Green-Red Alternative

Deadly Manufacturing Mirage, Green-Red Alternative

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Military Keynesianism Survives Sequestration

Military Keynesianism Survives Sequestration

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Anti-Plutocracy is as American as Apple Pie: A Short of History of American Populist Anger

Anti-Plutocracy is as American as Apple Pie: A Short of History of American Populist Anger

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Profits System 101

Profits System 101

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The Golden Rule: Theirs and Ours

The Golden Rule: Theirs and Ours

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Obama’s Drone War Meets Homeland Resistance

Obama’s Drone War Meets Homeland Resistance

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Imperial Times: The Narrow Spectrum of “Iraq War” Reflection

Imperial Times: The Narrow Spectrum of “Iraq War” Reflection --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Always Side With The Underdog – Interview of Paul Street by Mike Albert

Always Side With The Underdog - Interview of Paul Street by Mike Albert

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Ecocidal Times

Ecocidal Times

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A Keystone Moment: How Will Obama Decide?

A Keystone Moment: How Will Obama Decide?

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A Tale of Two Sandys: Guns and Climate

A Tale of Two Sandys: Guns and Climate

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Dead Last: Depressing Health Facts From Exceptional (United States of) America

Dead Last: Depressing Health Facts From Exceptional (United States of) America

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The Plutocrats Keep Their Shirts

The Plutocrats Keep Their Shirts

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The Vile Maxim, the Deficit Fetish, and the Unelected Dictatorship

The Vile Maxim, the Deficit Fetish, and the Unelected Dictatorship

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Rising Above With Disdain: Class Entitlement and the “Fiscal Cliff”

Rising Above With Disdain: Class Entitlement and the "Fiscal Cliff"

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Open University of Left Talk (December 1, 2012) on YouTube

Open University of Left Talk (December 1, 2012) on YouTube

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American Justice: Marijuana Convicts Scarred While BP Execs Untouched

American Justice: Marijuana Convicts Scarred While BP Execs Untouched

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Election 2012 v. Issues That Matter

Election 2012 v. Issues That Matter

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Our Pass-Fail Moment: Livable Ecology, Capitalism, Occupy, and What is to be Done

Our Pass-Fail Moment: Livable Ecology, Capitalism, Occupy, and What is to be Done

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Americans Want Leadership Now on Real Cliffs: Jobs and Human Survival

Americans Want Leadership Now on Real Cliffs: Jobs and Human Survival

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Speaking Event in Chicago – December 1, 2012

Speaking Event in Chicago - December 1, 2012

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The Presidential Election and the Prospects for a Decent Future

The Presidential Election and the Prospects for a Decent Future

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Money Talks in Many Ways: Election-Season Reflections on How the Ruling Class Rules

Money Talks in Many Ways: Election-Season Reflections on How the Ruling Class Rules

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“There’s No Economy on a Dead Planet”: Reflections on a Missing Election Issue

“There’s No Economy on a Dead Planet”: Reflections on a Missing Election Issue

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The 1% and the 47%

The 1% and the 47%

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Elephants or Donkeys – Does it Matter?

Elephants or Donkeys – Does it Matter?

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Poverty: A Dirty and Missing Word at the Political Conventions

Poverty: A Dirty and Missing Word at the Political Conventions

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Striking Neoliberalism in Chicago

Striking Neoliberalism in Chicago

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The Real Choice – A Response to Wandra Ashley-Williams

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They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy

THEY RULE: THE 1% V. DEMOCRACY (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) For ordering information, reviews, and chapter descriptions see book link at the top of this Web-site's home page. This book reflects on key questions raised by recent movements and statements about the status of American politics and polity—from the Tea Party to Occupy, from the 1% to the 47% to the 99% that is the rest of us. These questions have also been raised by previous generations of labor, farmer, socialist, anarchist, and populist protesters and critics: Who owns and rules America beyond the pretense of democratic popular governance? Why does it matter that the nation’s economy, society, culture, and politics are torn by stark class disparities and a concentration of wealth in the hands of a privileged few? What is the price of that savage inequality? And what can “we the people” do about it in defense of democracy, a livable natural environment, and the common good of all? Along the way, this book sharpens readers’ sense of who the US oligarchy are; how their fortunes have changed over the course of American history; how they live and think; and how to detect and de-cloak them. Paul Street is a master at revealing what lies beneath the surfaces of American politics and society and bringing his readers to the forefront of action.

ABOUT PAUL

wb01Paul Street is an independent researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City and Chicago. He is the author of seven books to date: They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014); The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010); Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011, co-written with Anthony DiMaggio); Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Paradigm, 2008); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History ( Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(Routledge, 2005)

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