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Why the worst recession since the Great Depression

June 29, 2012

Facts shared in a speech by US Senator Bernie Sanders, the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history: The American people are angry because they are living through the worst recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment is not 8.2%, real unemployment is closer to 15%. Today the wealthiest 400 individuals in America own […]

How Wealth Reduces Compassion

April 22, 2012

Who is more likely to lie, cheat, and steal—the poor person or the rich one? It’s tempting to think that the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to act fairly. After all, if you already have enough for yourself, it’s easier to think about what others may need. But research suggests the opposite […]

Economic rape in the United States

April 7, 2012

It is an understatement that it now takes two spouses working to equal the wages of a one-income family of forty years ago. Western wages have plummeted so low that a two-income family is now (on average) 15% poorer than a one-income family of 40 years ago. The average standard of living in the U.S. […]

Goldman Sachs disdain for its clients

March 14, 2012

An executive resigning from Goldman Sachs, the powerful investment bank, said in a blistering essay that the company had lost its “moral fiber” and said managing directors there referred to clients as “muppets.” Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman, said the company needs to “weed out the morally bankrupt people” and suggested the erosion […]

Life on Two Dollars a Day in Third World America

March 13, 2012

The U.S. is beginning to look like the Third World. Latest poverty statistics that show the number of American families with an income of less than two dollars per person per day more than doubled between 1996 and 2011, from 636,000 to 1.46 million. Note, those are households, not people. The number of children, alone, […]

Perspective on the decline of America by Noam Chomsky

February 16, 2012

American decline is real, though despite piteous laments, the U.S. remains the world dominant power by a large margin. China and India have recorded rapid (though highly inegalitarian) growth, but remain very poor countries, with enormous internal problems not faced by the West. China is the world’s major manufacturing center, but largely as an assembly […]

Corruption of American Democracy

February 15, 2012

As a not particularly credible trader once infamously (but correctly) claimed live on the BBC: “The governments don’t rule the world; Goldman Sachs rules the world”. And not only Goldman Sachs, but also the other top banks and financial institutions, big corporations and certain billionaires. The Democrat versus Republican narrative is utterly out of touch […]

Most powerful asset of the Occupy Movement is articulating truth

February 14, 2012

There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. It goes like this. Physically eradicate the insurgents’ logistical base of operations to disrupt communication and organization. Dry up financial […]

Another 81 million Americans one step from poverty

February 5, 2012

What does it mean to be poor? If it means living at or below the poverty line, then 15 percent of Americans — some 46 million people — qualify. But if it means living with hardly any savings — so that one piece of bad luck, one major financial blow, could land you in serious, […]

Christianity was a religion of pacifists

January 31, 2012

The earliest followers of Jesus rejected violence, tried to return good for evil, and tried to make friends out of their enemies (by caring for them, feeding them, praying for them and certainly refusing to kill them). This original form of Christianity, the church of the first generation after its founder Jesus and even most […]