Articles about Government
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It Takes a Movement: A Tale of Two Strategies For Change
In 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama promised progressive change if elected President, his primary opponent, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, derided him. "The skies will...
It's a Movement, Stupid: Why Bernie Can Deliver on Promises of Change, While the Sensible Centrists Can't
The Democratic Party is engaged in an epic battle about how change happens.  On one side is the establishment who are backing Hillary’s cautious, pragmatic, and incremental...
Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt
Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made...
Sanders Puts Block on Obama's Big Pharma Nominee for FDA
'We need someone who will work to substantially lower drug prices, implement rules to safely import brand-name drugs from Canada and hold companies accountable who defraud our...
PBS FRONTLINE's "Modern Meat", And" the Trouble With Chicken" (A Films for Action Double Feature)
How safe is it to eat meat in America? Two PBS Frontline Documentaries ask the hard questions about E. Coli, Salmonella, and other bacteria that are sending American families...
Western Ally Saudi Arabia Sentenced a Palestinian Poet to Death for Renouncing Islam
Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, joining a long list of dissidents facing capital punishment
Paris Is Being Used to Justify Agendas That Had Nothing to Do With the Attack
The Paris attackers weren’t Syrian, and they didn’t use encryption, but the US government is still using the carnage to justify attempts to ban them both
America's Terrorist Training Camp
What’s the difference between Al Qaeda and Fort Benning?
'Worse Than We Thought': TPP a Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
'President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,' says Friends of the Earth
Beyond Dystopian Visions in the Age of Neoliberal Authoritarianism
George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. As American society has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, the...
The 'Anti-Knowledge' of the Elites
It’s fairly easy to spot the “anti-knowledge” spouted by the Tea Party and the Religious Right’s favorite candidates, but a more subtle form of reality-deprived “group think”...
Sanders' Snowden Response Proves He Doesn't Want a "Revolution"
Tuesday night at the Democratic presidential debate, leftist favorite Bernie Sanders clarified his feelings about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. "I...
What Is Soft Fascism, Anyway?
I keep writing about soft fascism. Why is that, anyway? Soft fascism is a process of anti-democratic governing that is not as overtly totalitarian or authoritarian as more...
Lawrence, KS Mayor Declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day in Place of Columbus Day
After years of protesting, the Native American community can officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day in Lawrence. At the City Commission meeting...
Missing From Presidents' Day: the People They Enslaved
Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and...
What If Gun Laws Were Like Abortion Laws?
What would gun rights look like in America if we treated them like abortion rights? The Supreme Court has ruled that owning guns and getting abortions are both rights granted...
Sweden's Feminist Foreign Minister Has Dared to Tell the Truth About Saudi Arabia. What Happens Now Concerns Us All
Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely
Should the UK Be Involved in Syria? 8 things we must question
Despite the UK government voting against military action in Syria initially, UK pilots have taken part in airstrikes in the country but we must pose this questions and demand...
Bernie Sanders: A Moment of Truth for Democrats
The politicians, plutocrats and pundits of the Democratic Party establishment have no answer to Bernie Sanders' blistering critique of their failure to defend the interests of...
Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?
The politics of Jeremy Corbyn, elected by a landslide Saturday to lead Britain’s Labour Party after its defeat at the polls last May, are part of the global revolt against...
Congressmen Reiterate Call for Release of 9/11 Secrets
When Congressman Thomas Massie first arrived in Washington, DC as a freshman from Kentucky, a long-tenured North Carolinian, Walter Jones, asked him an intriguing...
Release Kim Davis, Destroy Her Power
It was 1975 when the first same-sex Americans were “permitted” to marry one another. It was Clela Rorex who processed these licenses illegally. This act of sabotage against the...
UN Plan to save Earth Is "fig Leaf" for Big Business
Why the new Sustainable Development agenda is “fundamentally compromised” by corporate interests
Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe In, and What's Wrong with Libertarians
"Anarcho-syndicalism is a conception of a very organized society, but organized from below by direct participation at every level, with as little control and domination as is...
Noam Chomsky Has 'Never Seen Anything Like This'
Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite...
The Great Unraveling
In times of national crisis and public outrage, strange and dangerous candidates often arise.
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...