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ADDED 04/21/2019

Only the Struggle Matters

FROM 04/01/2019 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

PARIS—In the small chapel to the right at the entrance of the neoclassical Church of Saint-Sulpice is a large mural by Eugène Delacroix. The painter, at the end of his career and suffering from the tuberculous laryngitis that would soon kill him, depicted a story from Genesis. “Jacob is travelling with the flocks and other gifts he is […]

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ADDED 03/30/2019

A Real-Life Game of Risk: Why Civilizationism Is Biggest Threat to Human Rights in the 21st Century

FROM 03/27/2019 | MInt Press

BY Dr. James M. Dorsey

Many have framed the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order as the 21st century’s Great Game. It’s a game that aims to shape the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent.” […]

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ADDED 03/23/2019

The road to global debt supremacy: How finance swallowed democracy.

FROM 03/16/2019 | This is Hell

BY Chuck Mertz, Jerome Roos

Debt repayment is a crucial lever in the process of empowering technocrats at finance ministries and central banks, giving them more authority to act as a ‘responsible debtor.’ In the process, we see that lack of democratic responsiveness, that growing power of technocrats and marginalization of those who seek to respond to more popular demands […]

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ADDED 03/23/2019

“Lords of Chaos” Brings a White Nationalist’s Book to the Big Screen

FROM 03/19/2019 | Truthout

BY JONAS ÅCKLERLUND

In ancient, pre-Christian Nordic myths, the Oskorei is a collection of souls that jets through the night sky above the living, often with the god Odin leading the horde. On certain occasions, the Oskorei may swoop down to grapple with the living, faces adorned in white with black rims. Over the course of the 20th […]

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ADDED 01/17/2019

The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

FROM 03/10/2018 | This is Hell!

BY Julie Wilson

People acquiesce to neoliberalism, but they’re completely disaffected from it. They don’t like it, they’re disciplined into it by debt, and by the norms of competition and the kind of social Darwinism that it promotes – but at the same time, that disaffective consent is a tenuous thing to build a society on. So the […]

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ADDED 01/14/2019

Authoritarians, Fear, and the Culture Wars

FROM 01/10/2019 | Patheos

BY CAPTAIN CASSIDY

Today, we begin a new series of posts centering on authoritarian personalities. This concept is absolutely crucial to understanding those worst-of-the-worst Christians: culture warriors. To start us off, I’ll define these terms so we can begin exploring the two subtypes involved here, examine what motivates them, and then start looking at why authoritarians are like that. NOTE: […]

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ADDED 01/09/2019

Two things you may have missed in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’

FROM 01/08/2019 | The Conversation

BY Alejandro Hernandez

Recently, Alfonso Cuarón was awarded best foreign language film and best director at the Golden Globes for Roma. He is fittingly being praisedfor both technical features and the powerful stories Roma tells about daily life in Mexico in the 1970s. The film, however, contains other subtle but important elements that have been largely ignored by critics so far. Two of these elements are […]

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ADDED 12/19/2018

THE UNDERLYING PSYCHOLOGY OF POLITICAL RADICALISM

FROM  | Pacific Standard

BY TOM JACOBS

New research finds radicals are less able to recognize when they’re wrong, even in a task having nothing to do with politics. Radicalization is surely one of the scariest words of the 21st century. After the 9/11 attacks, much effort was devoted to discovering how terrorist organizations convince people to die for their religion. More recently, angry demands […]

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ADDED 12/17/2018

How The US Left Failed Brasil

FROM 12/10/2018 | Brasilwire

BY Brian Mier, Sean T. Mitchell, and Bryan Pitts

On November 29, 2018, the socialist magazine and news site Jacobin co-sponsored a public interview with Fernando Haddad, the 2018 presidential candidate of Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT). The former São Paulo mayor and federal education minister was introduced at Manhattan’s People’s Forum by Jacobin’s founding editor, Bhaskar Sunkara. To a packed house, Sunkara praised Haddad and the governments he […]

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ADDED 12/17/2018

The Heresy of White Christianity

FROM 12/10/2018 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With […]

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ADDED 12/12/2018

Our Enemy Is Still Fascism: Understanding Fascist Politics & How Best To Confront Its Growing Power

FROM 12/11/2018 | The Aerogram

BY Sudip Bhattacharya

By the 1920s, fascism’s rise garnered a wide range of reactions from political and economic elites. Business leaders viewed Benito Mussolini’s fascism in Italy as necessary for “preserving” economic growth. Others, including some socialists, believed fascism would simply fade away. Clara Zetkin, the founder of International Women’s Day, was a veteran German revolutionary socialist by the […]

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ADDED 11/30/2018

Neoliberalism’s Dark Path to Fascism

FROM 11/26/2018 | Truthdig

BY Chris Hedges

Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch. None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic elite—eight families now hold as much wealth as 50 percent of […]

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