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Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections

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  • Would removing cash (ie, defeating Citizens United) automatically bring some voting power back to the public? Perhaps to an extent. But it also ignores the will of the establishment to ensure its rulers always win — in other words, where there’s a will there’s a way. 
  • Related: US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies

Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/John%20Oliver%20%7C%20Voting.jpgApril 15, 2016 | As if further proof could possibly be needed of the sorry state of the American electoral process, a new study just ranked the United States dead last in electoral integrity among established Western democracies.

The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP)’s 2015 Year in Elections report is an independent research project by 2,000 elections experts from Harvard University and the University of Sydney in Australia assembled to examine the world’s elections.

Claire Bernish: Unapologetic alt media journalist & logophile, committed to divulging the truth behind the lies.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpg US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies, Pippa Norris, the Conversation / Popular Resistance

  • The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP), founded in 2012, provides an independent evaluation of the quality of elections worldwide. The EIP’s results have been published in several books, including my own Why Electoral Integrity Matters and Why Elections Fail – books that focus on comparing the quality of elections, understanding why problems arise, and diagnosing what can be done about these flaws.
  • We can use the data collected by the EIP to ask: Is the U.S. the electoral role model it imagines itself to be?
  • There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act

Discussing Sanders in my union*

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  • Sanders' decision to run inside the Democratic Party raises questions about political independence and how we advance a pro-union agenda that the labor movement has long needed to come to terms with.
  • Related: Bernie Sanders for President? Why Not Try a Real Socialist for a Change?

Sean Petty, Socialist Worker

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  http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bernie%20Sanders%20%26%20Eugene%20Debs_0.jpgMarch 31, 2016 | I am a nurse and a socialist. In March, the board of directors of my union, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. We joined the country's largest nurses' union, National Nurses United, in supporting Sanders, who regularly calls himself a democratic socialist.

The endorsement was notable for my union. While the NYSNA is rank-and-file-led--everyone on the board of directors is an experienced staff nurse who has organized in their hospitals--it had a reputation for being corrupt and more politically conservative until five years ago, when a slate of militants won a majority on the board.

Despite all this, though, I chose to vote against this endorsement, and I want to explain why in this article.

Sean Petty is a pediatric ER nurse and member of the board of directors of the New York State Nurses Association.

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Bernie Sanders for President? Why Not Try a Real Socialist for a Change? Mark Jacobson, the New Yorker

There were a few changes in that same speech Bernie ­Sanders freely admits he's been giving for the past four decades, give or take a j'accuse or two.

Let's Not Be Fooled by Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders

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Clinton's Hold on Minorities Slipping*

  • The Clinton campaign is in the midst of an historic collapse — much of it due to the unraveling of support for Clinton among nonwhite voters — and the national media has yet to take any notice.
  • “Hillary is certain to insult the Sandernistas – just as her husband and political soul mate insulted Blacks, in order to prove her “centrist” bona fides to white Republicans.”
  • Part 1: Hillary’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed
  • Part 2: Bill Clinton Insults Blacks in Order to Build Hillary’s “Big Tent” Party

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Part 1: Hillary’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed

There simply is no evidence available to suggest that Hillary Clinton’s robust coalition of nonwhite voters still exists — certainly not in anything like the form it was just four weeks ago. 

Seth Abramson, Huffington Post / LA Progressive

https://maxcdn3.laprogressive.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/hillary-facing-720.gif03/31/2016 | On February 27th, Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders among African-American voters by 52 points.

By March 26th, she led Sanders among African-Americans by just nine points.

And today, Public Policy Polling, a widely respected polling organization, released a poll showing that Sanders leads Clinton among African-American voters in Wisconsin by 11 points.

Seth Abramson is the Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University) and the author, most recently, of DATA (BlazeVOX, 2016).

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Part 2: Bill Clinton Insults Blacks in Order to Build Hillary’s “Big Tent” Party

Bill Clinton’s premeditated assault on Black Lives Matter was part of the strategy to woo White Republican voters to his wife’s “big tent” campaign, in November. Bill jumped the gun, itchy for the Democrats to make their classic rightward shift. He and Hillary share the same political brain. “At some point in the campaign, she was bound to stage a dramatic display of ‘independence’ from Black Lives Matter – or have her husband do it.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

http://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_clinton.jpg?itok=psDWdkCCWed, 04/13/2016 | Bill Clinton’s tirade against Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Philadelphia, last week, signals that his wife’s inner circle is having great difficulty resisting the urge to lunge rightward into general election campaign mode to scoop up the millions of Republican voters disaffected by Donald Trump. For months, corporate Democratic strategists have been salivating over the prospects of building a super-party – the ultimate “big tent” – from the ashes of a disintegrating GOP. They calculate that the numbers of suburban Republican “moderates” that can be won over to the Democrats in November is greater than potential defections from the party by disgruntled Sandernistas. The Black vote does not even count in this equation, on the assumption that they have nowhere else to go.

There is no question that Bill Clinton’s attempt to create another Sister Souljah moment,” as the Washington Post’s James Hohmann put it, was dangerously premature. The hordes of Trump-traumatized Republican defectors to the Democrats are still theoretical, while polls show that about a quarter of Sanders’ supporters say they will not vote for Clinton in November if she wins the nomination. Plus, now that the primaries have moved out of the South, larger percentages of Black Democrats are willing to the be swayed by Sanders. The Philadelphia episode will have an impact on their decisions.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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The History of Quaker War Tax Resistance

When you pay taxes to support (a) war, you earn a share of the guilt.

Paul Buckley, Quaker Speak

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Quaker%20Historian%20Paul%20Buckley.jpgQuaker historian Paul Buckley discusses the history of Quaker war tax resistance since the founding of the Religious Society of Friends.

04/14/2016 | Some Friends – a man named Wallace Collett, who was a member of this Meeting, Cincinnati Community Friends… he was a banker, and what he would do is he would send a letter saying, “I have put aside money in the amount of the taxes owed plus all the penalties and I put it in an account at this bank.” And then he would go to the bank – to people he knew – and he would tell them, “the government’s going to come and ask for that money. It’s there for them.” That gave him an opportunity to not just resist the war taxes – the portion of his income taxes he was estimating went to support the war – but to tell people in the business community and the banking community that he was doing it, why he was doing it, and try and prick their conscience; try and get them to realize that when you pay taxes to support the war, you earn a share of the guilt.

Quaker Speak is a Quaker YouTube channel. We interview Friends of all different backgrounds and ask them the core questions of our faith.

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US corporations have $1.4tn hidden in tax havens, claims Oxfam report

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Charity analysis of the 50 biggest US businesses claims Apple have $181bn held offshore, while General Electric has $119bn and Microsoft $108bn

Rob Davies, Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/1145c5ee87467b091df22f2fbdab86848b382b8c/0_157_5332_3199/master/5332.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=5f0c8560fbeb8920bfb75fbe8d646117The report singled out British overseas territories such as Bermuda for their popularity with US firms seeking to slash their tax bill by ‘profit-shifting’. Photograph: Alamy

Thursday 14 April 2016 | US corporate giants such as Apple, Walmart and General Electric have stashed $1.4tn (£980bn) in tax havens, despite receiving trillions of dollars in taxpayer support, according to a report by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

The sum, larger than the economic output of Russia, South Korea and Spain, is held in an “opaque and secretive network” of 1,608 subsidiaries based offshore, said Oxfam.

The charity’s analysis of the financial affairs of the 50 biggest US corporations comes amid intense scrutiny of tax havens following the leak of the Panama Papers.

Rob Davies is a business reporter covering a wide range of sectors, with a particular interest in how UK companies behave in the developing world.

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Related:

The Panama Papers: Oozing Slime, Robert Hunziker, CounterPunch

  • Tax havens don’t need to be reformed. They should be outlawed. --Richard Brooks
  • The Panama Papers demonstrate that for all the fine words about transparency on tax, the world’s kleptocrats are still getting away with it
  • Some American intellectuals like Chris Hedges believe the public should/will revolt. “Hedges’ message is clear: Popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.” --Truthdig.com
  • Related: Special Report | Panama Papers: Problems, Propaganda, Media Corruption

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