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Breaking it Down: Industrial Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism (or, Why We’re F*cked)

Michael Hudson asks: “In light of the enormous productivity gains since the end of World War II – and especially since 1980 – why isn’t everyone rich and enjoying the leisure economy that was promised?” The answer (per Hudson) is … Continue reading

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Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)

TorStar, March 20th: Schools, hospitals and popular burger restaurants such as Hero’s and Lick’s are part of a suddenly massive beef recall over fears of E. coli contamination. The G&M, today: Veterinarians and other inspectors responsible for food recalls and … Continue reading

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Fun With Infographics (STILL Worst Preznit EVA)

by matttbastard Michael Tomasky: The Boston Globe ran a chart last Sunday that I’d buy billboard space to reproduce in every decent-size city in America, if I were running the Democratic National Committee. The premise of it was very simple: It … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin, Fauxpulism, and Right-Wing Identity Politics

by matttbastard (Image: Tacoma Urbanist, Flickr) Sarah Palin is back — and, seemingly, everywhere, as she launches a book tour (and, perhaps, a run at the White House in 2012). Max Blumenthal: In a Republican Party hoping to rebound in 2010 … Continue reading

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Bachmann: Obama’s policies ‘fitting’ future generations with ‘shackles and chains.’

by matttbastard Get it? Nudge nudge, wink wink? Oh teh irony, indeed, Michele (also, FAIL.) Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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NY Times: 300 Afghan Women Protest ‘Rape Law’

by mattbastard This is probably the most inspiring and heroic thing I’ve read about in ages: The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they … Continue reading

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61K Canadian Jobs Shed In March

by matttbastard Another month, another round of massive job losses in Canada: Canada is shedding jobs at a rate not seen since the deep recession of the early 1980s, as March saw another 61,300 workers join the ballooning ranks of … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 7: Sheep Farming in the Falklands (Or, The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized)

by matttbastard Chapter 6: Saved by a War Thatcherism and its Useful Enemies (Previous posts here, Sarah’s posts here.) “Creating a useful crisis is part of what this will be about….[s]o the first bunch of communications that the public might … Continue reading

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Newsflash: Public Anger Gets Results.

by matttbastard Earlier this week, Der Spiegel published a sobering article about how the global economic crisis is battering the Friedmanite petri dish that is post-Soviet Eastern Europe: After joining the EU, the Baltic countries in particular made enormous progress … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 6: Crimes and Misdemeanors

by matttbastard Chapter 5: “Entirely Unrelated” How an Ideology was Cleansed of its Crimes (Previous posts here, Sarah’s posts here.) Why is it that capitalism’s crimes are divorced from the ideology itself, while Marxism is joined at the hip to … Continue reading

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