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Series | Race and Civil Rights in ‘The Nation’: Part I: From the Memphis riots of 1866 to the first anti-lynching conference, in New York City, in 1919.

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  • In this installment: A multimedia timeline presenting the history of the struggle for racial justice, from 1865 to 1919.
  • The Problem of Race in America, March 10, 2015

Research by Richard Kreitner, Design by Stacie Williams, The Nation

37900/37947v.jpgFebruary 10, 2015 |  The pursuit of racial justice and civil rights by Americans of color has been central to The Nation since the magazine’s founding just after the Civil War. Started by abolitionists as a successor to William Lloyd Garrison’s militant anti-slavery paper, The Liberator—it inherited his subscription list—the publication later turned against Reconstruction before being rescued by a founder of the NAACP and pointed in the right direction. Ever since, it has covered and promoted the civil-rights movement and published dazzling essays by some of the most important figures of the 20th century—from James Baldwin’s first-ever article to Martin Luther King’s annual reports in the 1960s. Today, it continues to discover new writers and expand the terms of the debate. To mark The Nation’s 150th anniversary, this interactive timeline will include 150 important events in the history of the movement for racial justice as seen in the pages of The Nation.

The first installment, 1865-1919, is here. 

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The Problem of Race in America, March 10, 2015Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • Part 1: The New Racism - This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends.
  • Part 2: Selma’s white supremacy legacy: What America must reckon with today

Series | Capitalism Unmasked: Part 3: Profiting From Market Failure: How Today's Capitalists Bring Bad Things to Life

AlterNet Editor's Note: When harmful beliefs plague a population, you can bet that the 1% is benefiting. This article is part of a new AlterNet series, "Capitalism Unmasked," edited by Lynn Parramore and produced in partnership with author Douglas Smith and Econ4 to expose the myths and lies of unbridled capitalism and show the way to a better future.

Douglas K. Smith, AlterNet

images_1341759918_dangersign.jpgJuly 9, 2012 | The long-running General Electric slogan sums up what capitalist cheerleaders love to say about markets: "We bring good things to life."

But is it really true? In reality, some capitalists have figured out how to profit by actually bringing bad things to life.

Today, market forces organize, select and direct the production of goods and services in ways that would amaze and startle our ancestors. Consider the automobile: designed, engineered, provisioned, manufactured, marketed, sold and serviced by webs of hundreds of different organizations across the planet. Amazing. And a tribute to what’s possible through market successes.

Douglas K. Smith is the co-founder of Econ4 and author of "On Value and Values: Thinking Differently About We In An Age Of Me."

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Part 2: How Out-of-Control Credit Markets Threaten Liberty, Democracy and Economic Security

The awful experience of the Great Depression made clear to many economists and laymen alike that credit is at the heart of a functioning capitalist system. Without access to credit, many businesses die and many individuals and households run out of money and go bankrupt.

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Part 1: Fifty Shades of Capitalism: Pain and Bondage in the American Workplace

The symbol of capitalism was lately a vampire. Enter the CEO with nipple clamps.

Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool

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Our historic respect for privacy has become victim to the national security state -- and the Web makes it easy.

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Mar 7, 2015 In an excerpt from his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

In the excerpt, published at Salon, Scheer begins:

It’s true that snooping has been with us from the earliest gossip grapevines linking our grass huts. And we’ve endured modern forms of surveillance such as wiretaps and bugs. But those methods tended to be obvious—picture a couple of bored cops sitting over their coffee, listening on their earphones, transcribing tapes, filing folders. It was labor-intensive and tedious. But what we have today is different by several leaps and bounds. Old spying had to be selective, targeted. New spying is like a high-powered vacuum cleaner; one that scoops up every bit of information it comes across, even the extraneous or incomprehensible stuff.

Robert Scheer is Truthdig Editor-in-Chief. A journalist with over 30 years experience, Scheer has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. 

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John J. Dilulio, Jr. | The Rise and Fall of the US Government

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  • Afflicted by deep polarization among elites and mass mistrust of government, America’s repatrimonialized republic has descended into what Fukuyama terms a “vetocracy,” a paralytic liberal democratic regime in which not even clear and present fiscal, foreign or other dangers elicit sound and timely policy decisions.
  • America Is Not a Normal Country

John J. Dilulio, Jr.,  Moyers and Company  / Rise Up Times

political-order-and-political-decay-202x300.jpgJanuary 14, 2015 | Moyers & Company Editors’ Note: We’re pleased to publish the article below, reprinted with permission of Washington Monthly magazine. Written by John Dilulio Jr., of the University of Pennsylvania, it reviews the most recent work of political scientist Francis Fukuyama, the former neoconservative whose views are always provocative and informed by a comprehensive knowledge of history.

More than a book review, in examining Fukuyama’s theories, Dilulio’s essay also is a compelling and thoughtful analysis of the state of American liberal democracy, the current dysfunction of its government and what could be done to repair the damage wrought by greed, interference and ineptitude. 

John Dilulio Jr. is Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, and Professor of Political Science, at Penn.

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America Is Not a Normal Country, Anthony Gregory, Reality Zone / Market Oracle

  • But the madness will end, eventually. The bad dream that is post-9/11 America must at last give way to something else. If the people don’t get sick of it and demand that it end, or military defeat doesn’t do it, the U.S. empire will simply run out of money. Its days are numbered. It's just tragic and sickening that many more will die before that happens."
  • “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

Materialism makes you a broke jerk, says science.

  • It’s not possessing things that does the damage — rather, it’s that prioritizing money, possessions, and image (the three horsemen of the tried-and-true materialist) makes you a nastier human being.
  • How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism in Babies as Young as Three Months Old

Liz Core, Grist

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shopping-consumerism-mad.jpg?w=1024&h=576&crop=1 8 Jan 2015 | Unless your friends and loved ones gave you backrub coupons for the holidays, you’ve probably found yourself wading through an apartment swamped with a tide of new things. These gadgets and whatsits may be reminders of the people who care about you, but an over-reliance on material goods can lead to very little fulfillment, if any at all.

Psychologist Tim Kasser, from Knox College, sat down with the American Psychological Association back in mid-December to talk about what consumerism does to the human mind. We missed the story back then, when we were distracted by selfie sticks and Celebrate Christmas™ Yankee Candles, but his findings still bear repeating: Leading a materialistic life can lead to depression, antisocial behavior, severe guilt, and other negative qualities.

Liz Core: Editorial Intern at Grist

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How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism in Babies as Young as Three Months Old, Martha Sorren, TruthOut.org

Few people have considered the hold that the Disney Corporation has not only on their own lives, but on the world as a whole.

How to Die of Dumb

  • Our cannibalistic economic model, indifferent news media, sagging voter turnout, general cynicism, religious derangement and fundamental addiction to a cognitive dissonance that motivates so very many to slap aside stone-carved facts staring them in the face, is going to put this whole human experiment into a shallow, unmarked grave.
  • This is how you die of Dumb.
  • Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout  / the Smirking Chimp

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March 9, 2015 | Sen. James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma since 1994, took to the floor of the Senate the other day with a snowball in a bag. Because it was cold in Washington DC, he said, because there was snow on the ground, that proves climate change is a hoax. "In case we had forgotten," he said, pulling the snowball from the sack, "because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It's a snowball, just from outside here. It's very, very cold out." He went on to denounce what he called the "hysteria on global warming," and then threw the snowball at the presiding officer.

James Inhofe - who believes snow in DC disproves climate change - is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, because of course he is. He won with 57 percent of the vote in his last re-election campaign, because of course he did.

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence. His newest book, House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation, will be available this winter from PoliPointPress.

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Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority? Robert J. Burrowes, Countercurrents.org 

  • I want to ask you three questions: Are you scared to make your own judgment (irrespective of the number of others, including experts, who make a similar judgment)? Are you scared to be labelled a 'conspiracy theorist' if you believe something contrary to the official (that is, the elite) narrative? And why?
  • How activism won real net neutrality
  • What I Learned From Breaking the Law

 

Special Project | The War on Education, Week Ending March 14, 2015

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  • The Results Are In: America Is Dumb and on the Road to Getting Dumber
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  • Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’ 
  • Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district
  • Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think'
  • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses
  • Ember Reichgott Junge confronts seven myths and misconceptions about charter schools
  • Charter Schools Are Cheating Your Kids
  • US Education System Fails Students with Disabilities
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’ PoppaD, Daily Kos 

  • Increasingly teachers are speaking out against school reforms that they believe are demeaning their profession, and some are simply quitting because they have had enough. Here is one resignation letter from a veteran teacher, Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Charter schools and the false promise of better education

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Five ways to counter military recruitment in your school district, American Friends Service Committee (The Quakers) <

  • Here are five ways you can take action to stop the intrusion of the military into people’s lives.
  • Forced Military Testing in America's Schools

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Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think', Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post 

  • Scientific literacy (this fundamental idea that you can question things, that you can think critically, that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature) is crucial for society to function effectively, which means that we can’t afford to be messing around with the way that it’s taught in the classroom (denying children academic opportunities by teaching creationism.)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League, Michael Schulson, Salon

  • “They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are.” --William Deresiewicz
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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How to Murder the Minds of the Masses, John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front

Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.

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Ember Reichgott Junge confronts seven myths and misconceptions about charter schools, Beth Hawkins, MinnPost

  • The author of the nation’s first chartering law has compiled a list of myths and misconceptions about charter schools.
  • Charter Schools Are Cheating Your Kids

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Charter Schools Are Cheating Your Kids, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

  • New Report Reveals Massive Fraud, Mismanagement, Abuse
  • Millions of dollars are being vacuumed out of public schools and into the corporate pockets -- or fraudulent execs.
  • The Dumbing Down of America's Schools

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US Education System Fails Students with Disabilities, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday focuses his quest to improve classroom performance on the 6.5 million students with disabilities, including many who perform poorly on standardized tests.
  • Part 1: These States Are Failing To Follow Disability Law, U.S. Says
  • Part 2: Why Are Huge Numbers of Disabled Students Dropping Out of College?
  • Colleges are full of it!

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