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150 Years of 'Das Kapital': How Relevant Is Marx Today?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:21
Jayati Ghosh

It is quite amazing that Karl Marx's Capital has survived and been continuously in print for the past century and a half. After all, this big, unwieldy book (more than 2000 pages of small print in three fat volumes) still has sections that are evidently incomplete. Even in the best translations, the writing is dense and difficult, constantly veering off into tangential points and pedantic debates with now unknown writers. The ideas are complex and cannot be understood quickly.

Barack Obama: What’s He Waiting For?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:57
Ralph Nader

The most popular Democratic leader by far is still former President Barack Obama. Despite this popularity,  many of the signature accomplishments of his modest legacy are being brutishly unraveled – being repealed, suspended or slated for extinction – by the Trumpsters. Donald Trump seems to revel in the destruction of consumer, investor, environmental, work and public land protections and standards.

Trump And The Infrastructure Of Fascism

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:33
Gerald Epstein

Infrastructure investment: it’s that economic policy sweet spot that everyone loves to love.

Trump's a Racist — Don't Tell Me Otherwise

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:22
Dave Zweifel

I have to admit I began loathing Donald Trump the day he accused Barack Obama of being born in Kenya, insinuating he wasn't an American citizen and really was a Muslim.

Here was one of the country's supposedly richest men, who commanded unlimited TV appearances, was the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and was "admired" for his flashy Playboy lifestyle, using that status to disparage a black man who happened to be the president.

Why Medicare-for-All Is Good for Business

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 08:22
Bernie Sanders

Despite major improvements made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our health care system remains in crisis. Today, we have the most expensive, inefficient, and bureaucratic health care system in the world. We spend almost $10,000 per capita each year on health care, while the Canadians spend $4,644, the Germans $5,551, the French $4,600, and the British $4,192.

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:06
John Feffer

The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and that wall has changed little indeed as a result. The United States, meanwhile, has suffered one headache after another.

It’s Time to Talk About Trump’s Mental Health

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 06:12
Eugene Robinson

How unstable and divorced from reality is President Trump? We’ve reached the point where the nation has the right and the need to know.

We’re not accustomed to asking such questions about our presidents. We don’t know how to even begin inquiring into a president’s mental health, so we rationalize aberrant behavior as being part of some subtle strategy. We say that Trump is cleverly playing to his base, or employing the “madman theory” of foreign relations, or simply being unpredictable to gain an advantage by keeping everyone off balance.

The Conflict in Afghanistan Is Trump's War Now

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 06:06
Andrew Bacevich

With President Trump’s Monday night speech, prospects for ending the Afghanistan war anytime soon have vanished. Whether that bodes well for U.S. national security is another matter.

How to Remove Trump

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:45
Robert Reich

With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, it’s unlikely Trump will be impeached or thrown out of office on grounds of mental impairment. At least any time soon.    

Yet there’s another way Trump can be effectively removed. He can be made irrelevant.

It’s already starting to happen. The howling manchild who occupies the Oval Office is being cut off and contained.

Trump no longer has a working majority in the Senate because several Senate Republicans have decided the hell with him.

Going in the Wrong Direction: We Need More Advice on the Impacts of Climate Change

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:25
Andrew Rosenberg

As of Sunday, the federal Advisory Panel for the Sustained National Climate Assessment is no more.  The charter for the panel was not renewed. That makes little sense from any perspective I can imagine.

Why No Eclipse Denialists? The Same Science Predicts Global Heating

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:58
Juan Cole

Eminent physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s tweet pointing out that there are no eclipse denialists the way there are dedicated climate change denialists went viral:

Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 10, 2017

Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:34
Jon Rainwater

Last week tens of thousands of people gathered to demonstrate for human rights and against harmful U.S. government policies. At a huge racetrack, they held thousands of identical signs that carried a simple message “NO.”

Was this in Boston? Atlanta? New York? And what were they saying no to?

How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:50
Aviva Chomsky

As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-Right” have gained prominence in the Trump era, a bipartisan reaction has coalesced to challenge these ideologies.  But much of this bipartisan coalition focuses on individual, extreme, and hate-filled mobilizations and rhetoric, rather than the deeper, politer, and apparently more politically acceptable violence that imbues United States foreign and domestic policy in the 21st century.

In Gaza, We Get Four Hours of Electricity a Day — If We’re Lucky

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:23
Abeer Ismail Almasri

Some friends threw me a surprise birthday party last month. They placed a chocolate cake lit with candles before me and told me to make a wish for the year ahead. I immediately blurted out, “24-hour electricity and air-conditioning.” They laughed and suggested I wish for something more realistic.

Charlottesville and Beyond: The Never-Ending Struggle

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:55
James Zogby

The tragic and deeply disturbing events in Charlottesville last week provoked a debate as old as America, itself. Our nation watched as a motley collection of bigots descended on that town, ostensibly to "save" the statues of their Confederate heroes. Some were armed, and many chanted Nazi-era slogans about racial purity and their definition of "true Americanism". They were confronted by opponents who responded with affirmations of what they called "American values" of diversity and tolerance.

The Corruption of the Law

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:46
Chris Hedges

I drink coffee in the morning on a round, ornate oak table that once belonged to Harlan Fiske Stone, a U.S. Supreme Court justice from 1925 to 1946 and the chief justice for the last five of those years. Stone and his family spent their summers on this windswept, remote island six miles off the coast of Maine.

The Lies on Afghanistan Trump Will Now Tell

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 05:50
Matthew Hoh

There has never been progress by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, unless you are asking the U.S. military contractors or the Afghan drug barons, of whom an extremely large share are our allies in the Afghan government, militias and security forces, there has only been suffering and destruction.

The Absurdity of Corporate Tax Cuts During the Corporate Pillaging of the Middle Class

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 05:41
Paul Buchheit

It could be argued that the greatest American pillaging is the transfer of taxpayer funds into the bloated military, or a greed-driven private health care system that deprives human beings of essential medical care. But the conversion of American technologies into low-taxed plutocratic profit may be the most flagrant attack on the middle class. 

Make America Safe Again

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:41
Bob Burnett

Through six months of Donald Trump the progressive resistance has been united by opposition to his policies. The good news is that we have stopped his legislative program.  The bad news is that most Americans don't understand what progressives stand for, other than opposing Trump. Now's the time to bring forward an agenda that emphasizes

As First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:36
Jeremy Malcolm

The opening round of a series of negotiations over a proposed revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began this week in Washington, D.C. between trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.