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The real Clinton Foundation: Joe Conason is out to tell the true story behind Bill Clinton’s career in philanthropy.

Joe Conason set out to profile Bill Clinton and ended up setting the record straight on the Clinton Foundation.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon

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Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 | No one has been able to produce real evidence of corruption at the Clinton Foundation, but the relentless media chatter falsely implying otherwise has had its effect: Few voters know about the good work that the foundation does. Americans are instead more likely to believe false stories about corruption than know about the foundation’s work.

Journalist Joe Conason wants to change that. In his new book, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” Conason profiled Bill Clinton’s post-presidency career in philanthropy. Through his work for the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and other activities, former president Clinton has devoted himself to fighting against poverty and for greater access to education, nutrition and health care around the world. I recently spoke with Conason over the phone. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon who covers American politics, feminism, and culture. She's based out of Brooklyn.

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America the Great, Good, and Stupid: The Second Clinton-Trump Debate

On Sunday evening, the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees met at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for their second televised debate. In a country besieged by killer clowns, the liberal media's most hated buffoon and "Killary" Clinton took center stage to "debate" the issues confronting the US and the world. What followed was nothing less than a slow motion disaster—a faithful representation of the capitalist class a century after the system's "sell by" date.

John Peterson, In Defense of Marxism 

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http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/usa/thumbnails/thumb_Hellar_Trump_-_www.flickr.com--photos--leighblackall.jpg Monday, 10 October 2016 | Millions watched in astonished amusement and horror as the cream of the crop of American politics plumbed new depths of perfidy and mediocrity. After a week of leaked videos, transcripts of speeches to Goldman Sachs, personal insults, and ever-more-tawdry accusations, there were no polite handshakes to kick off the festivities. The knives were out as the war of attrition for the world's most powerful office enters its final month.

As in their first debate, the sympathies of the "impartial" moderators tilted clearly against Trump and for Clinton. Just days earlier, a bombshell of a video was "mysteriously" released on the eve of the debate. In the 2005 recording, Donald Trump, then merely a loudmouth celebrity, is caught on a "hot mic" uttering a series of demeaning and misogynistic remarks about women. Of course, the timing was no accident, and it was strongly hinted that far more incriminating and offensive recordings would follow.

John Peterson: Editor of Socialist Appeal USA

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Clinton-Trump debate: A degrading spectacle, Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site

  • There was not the slightest intellectual substance or reasoned political content to the so-called “debate.” No topic was addressed with either intelligence or honesty. Both candidates lied without effort or shame, slinging insults and prepared one-liners against each other while posturing as advocates of working people.
  • Related: There’s No Debate

 

Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

I know the below is too on the nose, and you shouldn’t mess with a classic, but just hear me out and maybe weep a little for how far backward we went from Dylan’s youthful vision of a better future.

Juan Cole, Truthdig

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Since the mass media won’t tell you Dylan was in his youth a leftist or that some of his greatest work came out of a critique of our corporation-dominated, unequal, militaristic and racist society, it is important to underline it lest the celebration of his masterpieces become merely maudlin (and he would hate that outcome, too).

Juan Cole, Contributor,  is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf and South Asia and has given numerous media interviews on the war on terrorism and the Iraq War.

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Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’? Joseph Pearce, Intellectual Takeout

The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives.

Chris Hedges | Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline

In contemporary society—especially modern society—we can see the signs of morbidity around us, in our boundless use of harmful fossil fuels, in much sought-after expansion beyond the capacity to sustain ourselves, and in the physical decay of the environment and in the places we inhabit.

Depth Psychology Alliance / Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges

 

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September 15, 2016 | In this depth psychology oriented discussion powered by Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Depth Psychologist, Bonnie Bright, Ph.D, about how, as both individuals and civilizations, we encounter cycles of growth, maturation, decadence, and decay, and death.

In contemporary society—especially modern society—we can see the signs of morbidity around us, in our boundless use of harmful fossil fuels, in much sought-after expansion beyond the capacity to sustain ourselves, and in the physical decay of the environment and in the places we inhabit.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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America, We Are Better Than This, David A. Miller, Huffington Post

This is not the time to give in, it is the time to find what has always called us to be just a little bit better, rise above what serves to drag us down and soar above our basest of instincts. We can do this America, please, don’t give up and don’t give in.

 

Series | Presidency 2016, Part 9: Socialist Party USA

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  • Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik (California), Presidential Nominee
  • Angela Walker (Wisconsin), Vice Presidential Nominee
  • The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places people's lives under their own  control - a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society... where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies, cooperatives, or other collective groups.;  where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible... From Socialist Party USA Statement of Principles "Socialism As Radical Democracy" read the full document 
  • Ninth in a series

Socialist Party - USA 

http://socialistparty-usa.net/uploads/3/1/3/6/3136792/5919306.gifWho We Are

Every four years, the Democratic and Republican parties meet in convention to adopt a national platform. With memberships ranging from Joseph Lieberman to Elizabeth Warren, and from John McCain to Rand Paul, it's not surprising that their national platforms end up as vague attempts at being “all things to all people.” Although their platforms often say little while maintaining an image of mutual hostility, those two parties are united on fundamentals.

They are united in upholding a system euphemistically called “free enterprise,” in which a relative handful of people control the largest corporations in America and in the world, thereby wielding enormous economic and political power and subverting the functioning of political democracy.

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"The Invention Of The White Race" ~ Theodore W. Allen

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"The Invention of the White Race" (Verso Books) by Theodore W. Allen, especially Vol. II: "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America."

Presentation by Jeffrey B. Perry

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Mar 17, 2013 | "The Invention of the White Race" presents a full-scale challenge to what Allen refers to as "The Great White Assumption" -- "the unquestioning, indeed unthinking acceptance of the  'white' identity of European-Americans of all classes as a natural attribute rather than a social construct." 

Its thesis on the origin and nature of the "white race" contains the root of a new and radical approach to United States history, one that challenges master narratives taught in the media and in schools, colleges, and universities. With its equalitarian motif and emphasis on class struggle it speaks to people today who strive for change worldwide.

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent, working-class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia. His work focuses on the role of white supremacy as a retardant to progressive social change and on the centrality of struggle against white supremacy to progressive social change efforts.

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America, We Are Better Than This

This is not the time to give in, it is the time to find what has always called us to be just a little bit better, rise above what serves to drag us down and soar above our basest of instincts. We can do this America, please, don’t give up and don’t give in.

David A. Miller, Huffington Post

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Sep 11, 2016 | “Four score and seven years ago.” “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” “I have a dream.” These are not just lines from people in history. These are not just words designed to appeal to the latest poll. These are not test ideas to be debated by pundits as they balance advertiser’s dollars against the truth. These phrases carried more to them. They were a call to a vision of something just off the horizon but always something that we tried to keep in sight, something that drew us to move forward, something asking us to be just a little better than we are.

The rhetoric of the current political climate, built over years of PACs and Super PACs, dredged up from the bottom of what drags us down into the depths of human individualism and self-serving divisions, has brought us perhaps the most frightening presidential candidate in our history. There have been others who have risen from what fear and anxiety can produce, but this candidate is a product of a perfect storm of capitalism, democracy and shifting culture mixed with a generous portion of threat to the systems that have always kept us thinking small, have kept power concentrated in the few and appeal to the worst patterns of who we can be.

David A. Miller, Unitarian Universalist Minister, Huffington Post

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