Month: January 2012


Sundering the Social Contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In political philosophy, the idea of a social contract is that the individual surrenders some rights for the benefits of living in a civilized society that has reasonable rules for all. However, in recent decades, the greedy rich have torn…

Selling the ‘Supply-Side’ Myth

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich posing with his third wife, Callista

Exclusive: Any rational assessment of America’s economic troubles would identify Ronald Reagan’s reckless “supply-side” economics as a chief culprit, but that hasn’t stopped Republican presidential hopefuls, led by Newt Gingrich, from selling this discredited theory to a gullible GOP base, reports Robert…

Whitewashing History in Arizona

Native American activist Bill Means

The dispute over Arizona’s shutting down of ethnic studies programs that cite white exploitation of Chicano and Indian communities has focused on the impact on Mexican-American children, but the new policy also affects Native American students, as Bill Means explains…

Arizona Shuts Mexican Studies Classes

Author Rodolfo Acuña

Amid Arizona’s crackdown on people of Mexican descent, state officials are closing down Mexican-American studies programs and banning history books that tell of white oppression against Native Americans and Chicanos, a topic that Dennis J. Bernstein discussed with author Rodolfo Acuña.

What Kind of Christianity Is This?

Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount (painting by Carl Bloch)

Though founded by a pacifist, Christianity has justified some of the most brutal slaughters in human history, from the wars of the late Roman Empire to the Crusades to the Inquisition to world wars to genocides against “heathens,” Muslims and…

US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak meeting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2007

Exclusive: Recent comments by U.S and Israeli military leaders indicate that the intelligence services of the two countries agree that Iran has not decided to build a nuclear bomb, a crack in the Western narrative that the U.S. press corps won’t…

The Ever-Revolving Revolving Door

White House chief of staff Jack Lew

The Wall Street banks may have crawled back from the cliff of 2008 and may have trimmed their bonuses a bit as they adjust to a more austere America but they still get to place ex-employees in key government jobs, close…

The Fiscally Reckless Mitch Daniels

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

Exclusive: Delivering the GOP rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is hailed as a “fiscal conservative,” but his actual record as George W. Bush’s budget director was one of fiscal recklessness, taking America from…

Reagan’s Hand in Guatemala’s Genocide

Ex-Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt

Exclusive: Guatemala has begun a politically difficult process to make human rights violators of the 1980s accountable for their crimes, including genocide inflicted on Indian villages, but the United States still heaps praise on the killers’ chief American accomplice, Ronald…

Spanish Front in War on Truth

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon

Those who want true democracy favor a well-informed public, but those who simply want power understand that a smart electorate is a dangerous thing, so they seek out and destroy truth-tellers, as is now happening to a crusading judge in…