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Special Project | Capitalism Unmasked, Week Ending April 20, 2018

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Is Capitalism in Crisis? Latest Trends of a System Run Amok * Does Capitalism Work? (2002) * Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out.

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Week Ending April 20, 2018 |

Story 1: Is Capitalism in Crisis? Latest Trends of a System Run Amok, C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout

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Capitalism has always been a highly irrational socioeconomic system, but the constant drive for accumulation has especially run amok in the age of high finance, privatization and globalization. (Image: Pixabay; Edited: JR / TO)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | Political polarization is to be expected after a long-lasting structural crisis of capitalism, says David Kotz, author of The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism. What remains to be seen is whether the polarization of the current moment will lead to a right-wing nationalist statist regime, a progressive reform of capitalism, or a transition beyond capitalism to socialism.



Story 2: Does Capitalism Work? (2002), Michael Parenti <>, Dandelion Salad <>

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6054/6247620053_a79c7a9062_z.jpgSeptember 7, 2017 | The myth that capitalism works conveniently ignores reality. In this video, political scientist and activist Michael Parenti debunks this popular myth.
 





Story 3 Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out,  Yanis Varoufakis, the Guardian

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The Democrats’ False Choice

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  • Democrats need to do more for downtrodden people of all races, including whites, and they need to be the party of justice for groups oppressed based on their race, gender, sexuality, national origin or immigrant status.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Robert Kuttner, Huff Post

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5a7872701d000026006add14.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscaleSenators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Kerstin Gillibrand onstage at an event introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Sept. 13, 2017. Alex Wong via Getty Images

02/05/2018 | Should Democrats go all out to energize a “rising electorate” of women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, immigrants, LGBTQ people and on-the-march young voters? Or should the Democrats go all out to rebuild their shattered reputation as the Party of Roosevelt that cares about the white working class?

A great deal has been written by advocates of both views, and many of these articles and speeches have talked right past each other.

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: What Killed the Democratic Party?
  • A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
  • Part 2: The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up
  • The clock is ticking on the only vehicle capable of resisting Trumpism.

Quiz: Name the Logical Fallacy

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One Nation, of Idiots and Evil People

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Maybe what divides Americans isn’t what they believe, but where they are.

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Justin Fox, Medium

Sep 29, 2017 | There’s a somewhat self-congratulatory saying among conservative intellectuals to the effect that … well, I’ll just let conservative intellectual Charles Krauthammer say it:

“Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”

 

In the 2002 opinion column from which this quote was taken, Krauthammer called this a “fundamental law,” and he argued that it stemmed from the fact that liberals are naive about human nature and conservatives are realists (and thus favor policies that liberals consider unduly cruel, even evil). But when somebody repeated the saying to me last week, I was immediately reminded of a conversation I had in Alabama last fall. The pragmatic former small-town elected official I was visiting had shaken his head in contemplation of the upcoming presidential election, then called it “a contest between an idiot and an evil person.”The idiot was Donald Trump, the evil person Hillary Clinton. Which has gotten me thinking: Maybe the stupid/evil dichotomy has less to do with political philosophy than with where you are and what almost everyone around you thinks.

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From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth, by Paul Craig Roberts

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  • Truth, and respect for it, is vanishing.
  • Related: From the Archives | Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization

Paul Craig Roberts, Straight Line Logic

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March 17, 2017 | I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

As Lewis Lapham, myself and others asked at the time, what bomb? The only evidence of a bomb was fabricated and known to be fabricated. The UN weapons inspectors concluded that the infamous Weapons of Mass Destruction were a creation of US propaganda. President George W. Bush eventually acknowledged that Iraq had no such weapons. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the lies he was deceived by the Bush regime into telling the UN about Saddam Hussein’s WMD are a stain on his career.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.

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From the Archives | Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization, Caitlin Johnstone, The Greanville Post

  • A duck floats past two fish, looks down and says “Morning boys! How’s the water?” The fish swim on for a bit, then one of them turns to the other and says, “What the fuck is water?”
  • Whenever the mass media converge unanimously upon a single narrative, your default assumption should be that you are being propagandized. --Caitlin Johnstone
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

 

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The Sexual Harassment Conversation Needs to Move to the Next Level

 

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Participants march against sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, November 12, 2017. (AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes)

  • What’s needed are real structural and legal changes to support the victims and curb the predators.
  • Related: What We Lose When We Let Predatory Men Shape The National Conversation

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation

November 28, 2017 | Women are forcing a long-overdue reckoning on sexual harassment. The list of ousted executives and politicians keeps growing. The thousands of reports of sexual harassment on #MeToo keep coming. More women are emboldened to talk, and more are being heard. The risks for abusers—particularly public figures—are rising. We know the roots of this extraordinary moment; where the moment leads remains to be seen.

The reckoning is part of the fierce reaction to Donald Trump’s election victory in 2016. Trump won in spite of the ultimate “October surprise,” when the Access Hollywood tape confirmed what more than a dozen women had alleged: Trump is a serial sexual predator, admitting on tape that, “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ... Grab them by the p—-y. You can do anything.”

A president is the nation’s great teacher. Women were not about to allow him to teach that lesson.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation.

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What We Lose When We Let Predatory Men Shape The National Conversation, Emma Gray, HuffPost

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  • It is a disturbing thought experiment to look at the media men who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past two months and consider what stories might have been told had women been in their places.
  • Related: Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

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