Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

Ira Chernus TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175728/tomgram%3A_ira_chernus%2C_i_have%28n%27t%29_a_dream/#more Where Has It Gone?  All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours....

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The Business of Mass Incarceration

Chris Hedges TruthDig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_business_of_mass_incarceration_20130728/ Poor people, especially those of color, are worth nothing to corporations and private contractors if they are on the street. In jails and prisons, however, they each can generate corporate revenues of $30,000 to $40,000 a year. This use of the bodies of the poor to...

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A Case That Challenges Government Immunity

David Sirota Creators.com http://www.creators.com/liberal/david-sirota/a-case-that-challenges-government-immunity.html They “don’t want these counter terrorism officials distracted by the threat of litigation.” Court cases are often cures for insomnia, but every so often a lawsuit is an eye-opening journey through the looking glass. One of those is suddenly upon us – and we should be...

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America’s Real Subversives: FBI Spying Then, NSA Surveillance Now

Amy Goodman Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/26 As the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, commemorating that historic gathering where Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, it is important to recall the extent to which King was targeted by the government’s domestic spying apparatus. The FBI operation against King...

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Concentrated, Privatized Wealth or Shared Prosperity and Economic Democracy?

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Popular Resistance http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17803-concentrated-privatized-wealth-or-shared-prosperity-and-economic-democracy One of the major conflicts of the era that is not often highlighted for public debate is whether we want an economy that privatizes government services and public resources and continues to concentrate wealth; or whether we want to develop an economic democracy that...

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Fukushima Continues to Spew Its Darkness

Harvey Wasserman Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/25-0 While a depleted, discredited and disorganized nuclear utility moves to restart its other reactors, its stricken units at Fukushima continue to hold the rest of us at the brink of apocalyptic terror. Radiation leaks, steam releases, disease and death continue to spew from Fukushima and...

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A Brewing Storm in the Western Pacific

Walden Bello Foreign Policy In Focus http://fpif.org/a-brewing-storm-in-the-western-pacific/ China’s aggressive territorial claims, Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, and Japan’s hawkish bluster add up to a volatile brew in the Asia-Pacific.   A storm is brewing in the Western Pacific. As the Asia-Pacific region descends into a period of destabilizing conflict, the Philippines...

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Blessed Are the Rich

Jim Hightower Creators.com http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/24-2 One thing I’ve come to value in the last couple of years is the altruism and keen economic insights of the fourth-richest man in America: Charles Koch. Even though Koch was raised rich and has now amassed a personal fortune of about $34 billion, he recently gave...

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The US Embarrasses Itself by Flailing Around Over Edward Snowden

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Popular Resistance http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17710-the-us-embarrasses-itself-by-flailing-around-over-edward-snowden The US Security State seems to be in a panic over Edward Snowden’s leaks.  Secretary of State John Kerry, along with UN nominee Samantha Powers, is threatening acts of war with Venezuela. The US has already violated international law by forcing down...

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The American Dream Has Turned into a Grueling Quest for Survival for Millions of People

Sarah Kendzior Al Jazeera English http://www.alternet.org/labor/american-dream-has-turned-grueling-quest-survival-millions-people?paging=off Equal opportunity and upward mobility is a long-lost American Dream. On June 12, 2013, Low Pay Is Not Okay, a group fighting to raise wages for fast food workers, released avideo criticising a budgeting guide created by McDonald’s. The guide showed that McDonald’s workers cannot...

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