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ADDED 07/11/2018

What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart?

FROM 07/11/2018 | Letters and Politics - KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

Today, Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Thomas Frank on US History and Politics. Guest: Thomas Frank is a historian and columnist and the author of such books as  What’s the Matter with Kansas and Listen Liberal.  His latest book is a collection of essays called Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society.

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ADDED 07/09/2018

Higher Court Orders Lula’s Release. Moro Tries to Ignore Orders.

FROM 07/08/2018 | Brasil Wire

BY Brian Mier

Today, on July 8th, 2018, Brazil’s 4th Regional Federal Court Chief Judge Rogerio Favreto ordered ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s immediate release from prison, ruling on a motion filed by Workers’ Party Congressmen Paulo Pimenta and Wadir Damous Filho. Judge Sergio Moro, a lower court judge and hero to the Brazilian far right who has been working […]

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ADDED 07/07/2018

Poland’s judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

FROM 07/06/2018 | The Conversation

BY Brian Porter-Szücs

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been lauded as the great post-communist success story, with solid democratic institutions and a booming economy. Now, under PiS rule, Poland is steadily […]

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ADDED 07/06/2018

As it slides toward authoritarianism, Venezuela targets one of its last independent newspapers

FROM 07/06/2018 | Boston Globe

BY Rachelle Krygier and Anthony Faiola

CARACAS — By running stories of official brutality and corruption, this nation’s largest independent newspaper — El Nacional — threatened Venezuela’s mighty and defended its meek. Now the paper has found itself covering perhaps its most crucial story — its own fight to stay alive. A judicial case against the 75-year-old outlet — lodged by […]

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ADDED 06/27/2018

This Is Neoliberalism ▶︎ Introducing the Invisible Ideology

FROM 06/27/2018 | BarakalypseNow

BY Barak Bullock

If you’ve ever wanted to understand what neoliberalism is, this is the series for you. Neoliberalism is an economic ideology that exists within the framework of capitalism. Over four decades ago, neoliberalism become the dominant economic paradigm of global society. In this video series, we’ll trace the history of neoliberalism, starting with a survey of […]

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ADDED 06/23/2018

The Nature of Time and Paying for Time

FROM 06/18/2018 | KPFA

BY Mitch Jeserich

Anthropologist David Graeber joins us for a conversation about time and how over the years the concept of time has evolved to be used for control through hourly paid work leading to the proliferation of unnecessary jobs. David Graeber, well known for his role in jump-starting the Occupy Wall St movement in 2011, is a […]

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ADDED 06/23/2018

Meet the favorite philosophers of young white supremacists

FROM 06/21/2018 | Think Progress

BY Casey Michel

As Donald Trump basked in his presidential election victory in 2016, white supremacist Richard Spencer unleashed a round of Nazi-inspired praise for Trump’s victory — sentiments echoed by Alexander Dugin, a Russian neo-fascist whose writings reached a broader English-speaking audience thanks to Spencer and his wife, Nina Kouprianova. These three, writes University of Toronto political science professor Ronald Beiner, […]

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ADDED 06/20/2018

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats’ Hypocrisy in the Trump Era

FROM  | Truth Out

BY Noam Chomsky

After 18 months of Trump in the White House, American politics finds itself at a crossroads. The United States has moved unmistakably toward a novel form of fascism that serves corporate interests and the military, while promoting at the same time a highly reactionary social agenda infused with religious and crude nationalistic overtones, all with […]

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ADDED 06/20/2018

Trumpism, Realized

FROM 06/20/2018 | The Atlantic

BY Adam Serwer

To preserve the political and cultural preeminence of white Americans against a tide of demographic change, the administration has settled on a policy of systemic child abuse. At least 2,000 children have now been forcibly separated from their parents by the United States government. Their stories are wrenching. Antar Davidson, a former youth-care worker at an Arizona […]

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ADDED 06/15/2018

America is Suffering an Epidemic of ‘Dishonest Fake Belief’ — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP

FROM 06/12/2018 | AlterNet

BY Jeremy Sherman

America is Suffering an Epidemic of ‘Dishonest Fake Belief’ — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP Just call yourself a Christian, a patriot or a True American and you can get away with anything. “The True Believers” is a psychology classic, a study undertaken by Eric Hoffer, a longshoreman moonlighting as a […]

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ADDED 06/05/2018

50 Years After 1968, Can the Young Change Politics? A Striking New Poll Says Yes

FROM 06/05/2018 | OurFuture

BY Richard Eskow

Fifty years ago, in the dust and fire of global youth activism, everything seemed possible. The political world was a cloud filled with chaos and opportunity, pain and promise. The young were a powerful force, even a world-changing one. Could they become that force again? As many Millennials vote for the first time today in state […]

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