American Mantra: Free Market Capitalism and Obama

American Mantra: Free Market Capitalism and Obama By Peter Phillips Free Market Capitalism remains the dominant American ideological truth. The decline of communism opened the door for unrepentant free marketers to boldly espouse market competition as the final solution for global harmony. According to the American mantra, if given the opportunity to freely develop, the […]

YOU BE THE JUDGE

YOU BE THE JUDGE: The Associated Press vs Project Censored   The results for top news stories of 2009 are in and it’s time to compare them. Following, on the left, are the top 10 news stories of 2009 according to 117 U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press annual poll released […]

Need to Reestablish Seperation of Power in DC

No other nation has been more concerned about the segmentation of governmental power than the United States. The Founding Fathers fractured it in innumerable ways. They asserted that all power derives from the consent of the governed, the federal and state constitutions act as distribution grids —apportioning authority between the federal government and the fifty […]

Hope Fades for End of the American Empire under Obama

John Pilger writes a strong informational piece on the lies of Obama. As we start to see more of this from the current global dominance administration, hope fades for peace and the end of the American Empire Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010 By John Pilger December 30, 2009 – “Information Clearing House” — In Nineteen […]

The new call for full body scanners

No one really wanted full body scanners. There were numerous talks of invasions of privacy and viable cases of abuse of that privacy. Today, however, the pantsbomber has made that discussion return to the forefront, with many people readily giving up their privacy because they now feel that the government knows what they’re doing. For […]

ONTARIO ADVISOR FULLAN TEAMED WITH PASTOREK IN NEW ORLEANS REFORM: CHARTER SCHOOLS ON ONTARIO’S “NEXT HORIZON”

Guest Blogged by George Thompson Premier McGuinty’s Special Advisor on education and the architect of Ontario’s reforms, was also a key advisor to the Louisiana superintendent, Paul Pastorek, in directing the post Hurricane Katrina reforms which led to America’s charter-dominated city. Katrina had presented an opportunity for what Naomi Klein refers to as “disaster capitalism”; […]

And The Answer Is…

I have analogies filling my head.  I am reminded of the frog swimming in the kettle of water on the stove.  He doesn’t notice the water is getting warmer until it is too late.  There are 27 million Americans who are either unemployed or underemployed.  Forty-two percent (42%) of the wealth in this country is […]

2009 – The Year in Review

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2009, a white transit cop in Oakland, California, shot and killed Oscar Grant, a young black man. Grant was lying face down on a train platform with his hands handcuffed behind his back at the time of the shooting. The cop claimed he thought Grant was going […]

Detroit Public Schools: Canary in the Coal Mine of Public Education

What was once a prospering manufacturing city has now been brought to its knees by the policies of neo-liberalism and late stage capitalism. In an article in Time Magazine, September 24, 2009 entitled “Detroit: The death – and possible life – of a great city”, the author, Daniel Okrent states the real problem succinctly: By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services. The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent