Tag Archive: inequality

Trump or Clinton? Either Way, the Oligarchy Wins

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By Jasper Smith (September 28, 2016) Either way, the oligarchy wins. In Clinton, they get an able and capable administrator who is solicitous of their interests and gives them the security and stability that they and their markets crave. Banks and billionaires are lining up to support the Clinton brand that brought us the Crime Bill, Welfare Reform, NAFTA, and…
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Why I Avoid Using the Term “White Privilege”

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By Mark Naison (September 26, 2016) In challenging racism, even in ways that get in people’s faces, I usually avoid the use of the term “white privilege”. Here is why: Addressing “whites” as privileged not only erases vast differences in their economic status, including the downward mobility and hardship many have been experiencing in the last 20 years, it fails…
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I’ll Never Tell You to Do Anything

By Teka Lark (September 22, 2016) When I owned a newspaper in South Central Los Angeles I endorsed one candidate over another. I regret that decision, not because I didn’t believe in the candidate I endorsed. I did believe in what that candidate stood for, but I believe the game of politics is evil. When you endorse one person over…
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A painful, radical truth: we are the problem

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  By S. Brian Willson (September 21, 2016) As much as we choose to blame politicians, corporations, the military industrial complex, capitalist economics, etc., for causing our severe problems, in the end, virtually all of us moderns are complicit. None of these institutions have been created in a vacuum. They are creations of human beings like ourselves, and most “First…
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Why Elites Have to Destroy Public Education

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By Mark Naison (March 11, 2016) I just had an epiphany. I’ve been thinking about why our economic and political elites are devoting so much energy to destroying public education. What’s in it for them, other than the profits to be made from investments in technology, software, real estate and other direct benefit to corporations from testing and school privatization?

Why There Probably Won’t Be a President Sanders

By Arun Gupta (February 26, 2016) Bernie Sanders supporters are understandably frustrated about the 2016 primary. He essentially tied Hillary Clinton in Iowa, trounced her in New Hampshire, and gave her a scare in Nevada. But the narrative is Clinton has “cleared the road,” is “back on track,” and “inevitable” again to win the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

How NOT to think about the Bundy Militia in Eastern Oregon

  By Joseph Orosco (January 5, 2016) So far in the analysis of the Bundy militia in Eastern Oregon, I haven’t seen anyone point out that the closest historical precedent to this incident happened fifty years ago in Northern New Mexico.

Measuring Our Failure By the Lives of Our Children

  By Mark Naison (October 21, 2015) When you erase caring, supportive relationships from people’s work and school experiences, you endanger the precious balance that allows them to live fulfilling lives.