"It is our job to make the powerful frightened of us," the Truthdig columnist said in a discussion about the future of the Bernie Sanders movement. "That is what movements do. Movements keep power in check, and as any good anarchist will tell you, power is always the problem, no matter who holds it."
Hedges begins to speak at 38:10 in the following clip, recorded on May 20 at the Left Forum in New York City. read more
The other night I watched The Greatest Cable News Program That Absolutely Ever Was. The host was extolling the virtues of capitalism, repeating the claims you can read in The Economist or Wall Street Journal; that capitalism has lifted many millions out of poverty world wide.
The same broadcast also reported that most Americans "could not lay their hands on $1,000" in an emergency. That figure may be on the high side. Other published reports put it at $400, including what may be available on a credit card.
The program host missed the contradiction. You can't be a capitalist without capital. The overwhelming majority of Americans don't have any, and are completely excluded from the "benefits" of the capitalist system he extolled.
Capitalism is not a form of government. It is a system of wealth management. It does not create wealth, but only allocates it. It is indifferent to the welfare of people. It has no social purpose. Private profit is everything. read more
Matthew Desmond's book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," like Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed," is a heartbreaking snapshot of the rapacious exploitation and misery we inflict on the most vulnerable, especially children. It is a picture of a world where industries have been created to fleece the poor, and destroy neighborhoods and ultimately lives. It portrays a judicial system that has broken down, a dysfunctional social service system and the license in neoliberal America to carry out unchecked greed, no matter what the cost. read more
A federal grand jury charged a 26-year old Virginia taxi driver with helping provide support for terrorists after he transported one of his associates, a would-be member of Islamic State, 90 minutes to the airport.
The cabbie, Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, was also charged with making false statements to federal agents. He faces up to 48 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines -- more than twice the maximum of 20 years faced by the budding terrorist he transported.
The charges raise questions over the government's use of informants, three of whom were involved in Elhassan's case, at least one of them paid. They also underline questions over how involved Elhassan really was in a terrorism plot. read more
Brazil today awoke to stunning news of secret, genuinely shocking conversations involving a key minister in Brazil's newly installed government, which shine a bright light on the actual motives and participants driving the impeachment of the country's democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff. The transcripts were published by the country's largest newspaper, Folha de São Paulo, and reveal secret conversations that took place in March, just weeks before the impeachment vote in the lower house was held. read more