Articles about Government
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The Great Unraveling
In times of national crisis and public outrage, strange and dangerous candidates often arise.
Welcome to Britain. Undress From the Waist Down, Please.
In the 1970s, women from the Indian subcontinent who migrated to the UK to join their spouses were routinely subjected to virginity testing examinations. A poet and a filmmaker...
Greece's Capitulation Reveals Deep Conflicts within Eurozone
Rather than resolving the euro crisis, Tsipras’ unexpected U-turn has revealed deep conflicts among the creditors, who now fight over how to respond.
On Independence Day, Celebrate the True Patriots
As the nation marks this Independence day with traditional fanfare—hot dogs, flag-waving, and fireworks—one small community in Taos, New Mexico takes a very different...
Tory Policies Force Britain's Poorest Families to Suffer the Most - Acclaimed News
(Acclaimed News) A newly released report has revealed, as many have suspected, that British taxes are currently weighted in such a way that hits the poorest families harder...
“Heritage Not Hate”: A Lie With Any Flag
Images circulated, in the aftermath of Dylann Roof’s racially motivated mass shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, included not only numerous...
16 Reasons Why Opening Our Borders Makes More Sense Than Militarizing Them
What would happen if the United States suddenly stopped building walls and instead flung open its borders, not unlike the European Union has done among the member countries of...
Socialism Means Abolishing the Distinction Between Bosses and Employees
Regulated private capitalism. State capitalism. Socialism. These three systems are entirely different from each other. We need to understand the differences between them to...
Capitalism and the TPP: A Kinder, Gentler Totalitarianism
Corporate propaganda has convinced the populace that government alone is to blame for our problems, rather than recognizing the complete fusion of corporate power and...
Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity - and It's Been a Success
Instead of imposing devastating austerity measures and bailing out its banks, Iceland let its banks go bust and focused on social welfare policies. It has now repaid 85 percent...
How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes
Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures
5 Reasons Why Anarchy Would Be an Improvement in Human Governance
“Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.”–Unknown Give people just a little bit of knowledge and courage and they will track down...
Militarizing Ourselves Toward a New Dark Age
“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and...
What If Our Theories Are Horribly Wrong?
Miasma Theory was universally held and horribly wrong. What else might we be wrong about? In 19th century London, everyone was certain that bad air caused disease. From...
Countries around World Are Revoking Freedom of Assembly
On March 26, without much fanfare or attention from U.S. media, the Spanish government ended freedom of assembly. In the face of popular opposition (80 percent of Spaniards...
Before the Zombie Apocalypse — These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
Zombies can always be relied on to offer easy thrills, but what really keeps us up at night are the international trade agreements constantly being negotiated by the United...
Man Kills Himself Holding 'Tax The 1%' in Front of Capitol-and Nobody Hears About It
When 64-year-old Vietnam vet John Constantino burned himself to death on the DC Mall in October of 2013 I couldn’t stop thinking about this man and his act. Who was he? What...
Democrats & Republicans Uniting to Oppose Corporate Rule?!
There is a huge political divide between the Democrat Party’s leadership and its local voters. There is an equally huge political divide between the Republican Party’s...
The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism...
State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional
“The economy inhabited by the vast majority of Americans grows smaller and more cutthroat, with nearly all the new wealth accruing to the rich.” Tuesday night, in his...
Is This Country Crazy? Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know
It’s past time to wake up, America, and look around Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government)...
Cops Threaten a Blue Coup in New York City
“The police union chief instructed his members to impose a martial law-type policing regime on the city.” When Police Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch said New York...
Prosecuting High-Level Officials Isn't Enough: It's Time We Abolish the CIA
The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report isn’t due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact...
The National Security State as a Criminal Enterprise
It came from the top and that’s never been a secret.  The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known as “enhanced...
16 votes and no mule
(photograph: Lee on Sands, Essex) We, the people, have been disenfranchised. And how are we compensated? Life expectancy in the UK is 81.5 years. If you discount the first 18...
David Cameron on Immigration: "Bloody Unicorns, Coming Here, Takin' Our rainbows"
Word is the air-conditioning units of Downing Street are soon to be replaced, after a record number of vacuous policy announcements dangerously increased the amount of hot air...
Cypherpunk: A History of Resistance to the NSA
Cypherpunk: A History of Resistance to the NSA Cipher + cyber + punk = cypherpunk = a social and political movement. Whether you’re an activist, a journalist, a student...
Benjamin Tucker - Anarchist or Capitalist?
Editor's note: We found this article about Tucker relevant to today because his views represent such an interesting break from stereotypical views about socialism, markets...
The Hidden Welfare State
The UK has two welfare states.  There is one that is reported and endlessly discussed, and another, which is rarely mentioned.  Whilst the first is suffering enormous cuts...
Libertarians Should Abandon The Term "Capitalism"
Advocating liberty means opposing the use of force to restrain peaceful, voluntary exchange. But it doesn’t have to mean calling a system of peaceful, voluntary exchange...
UK Parliament Votes to Recognise the State of Palestine
The UK Parliament voted in a landslide 274-12 on the evening of Monday 13th October to unilaterally recognise the state of Palestine. The House of Commons debated on a...
Weapons of Welfare
Weapons of welfare   Weaponised welfare Libertarians do not consider the welfare state to be a desirable end goal for society. The common feature in pretty much all their...
You Had One Job, UN
The United Nations has been back in the news lately. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlights the importance of the UN’s mission in this “time of turmoil.” But maybe we should...
When Will Ordinary People Rise Up?
Public uprisings and mass occupations have become a significant force for change on the world stage since 2011, as evidenced in the Middle East revolutions and Occupy...
All of the Countries Which the U.S. "Regime Changed" Have Descended into Brutal Chaos
Quantifying the Effects of Regime Change Since 2001, the U.S. has undertaken regime change in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. All 3 countries are now in chaos … and extremists...
What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings
A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian...
Israel Has Broken My Heart: I'm a Rabbi in Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel
I've always been proud of Israel, but the brutal Gaza assault requires Jews worldwide to be honest, not nationalist My heart is broken as I witness the suffering of the...
Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process'
Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the...
Netanyahu's Real Goal is to End Palestinian Sovereignty
Israel’s military assault on Gaza has so far killed over 200 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,500. Nearly 80% of these casualties have been civilians. One Israeli has been...
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders
The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at...
Celebrate the Revolution - And Keep It Going
The Glorious Fourth is a day to let ‘er rip, be as red-white-and-blue as you like, hang out the flag, join the parade, keep an eye on the sky where those fireworks are bursting...
America's Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force
Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting? The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs.  In these comments, I...
U.S. Mayors Adopt Postal Banking Resolutions - $1 Trillion Boost at Zero Taxpayer Cost
At its annual meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) adopted a pair of resolutions endorsing postal banking, co-signed by eight mayors from six states. Their...
The Open Source Revolution Is Coming And It Will Conquer The 1% - Ex CIA Spy
Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens...
So That's Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret
Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it's hard to miss why it
15 Powerful Quotes From the World's Most Humble President
"Modest yet bold, liberal and fun-loving." Naming Uruguay the country of the year in 2013, the Economist may very well have described the rising nation's head of...
The Tragedy of Political Advocacy
If you are one of the 135 million people [1] who have contacted Congress by letter, phone call, or online petition in the last few years, you've probably asked yourself: "Did...
Senate Agrees: US People Can't Know Overseas Drone Death Toll
The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Obama administration agree on this: the American people should not know the number of people killed by U.S. drone attacks overseas...
April 15: Funding the Empire
Tax day, April 15th, is a day of celebration in the United States. On this day we citizens of the great republic take pride in the fact that we can come together in a...
Koch brothers help Kansas lawmakers strip teachers of due process rights
The Kansas legislature just passed legislation that strips teachers of  the right to due process, a move pushed by conservative lawmakers who were forced by a state Supreme...