Berto Jongman: War Is New Normal — Stop It!

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

War Is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist

How do we inoculate our children against such a permanent state of war and the war state itself?  I have one simple suggestion: just stop it.  All of it.

by William Astore, CommonDreams

LIST ONLY: 1.  The privatization of war; 2.  The embrace of the national security state by both major parties; 3.  “Support Our Troops” as a substitute for thought; 4.  Fighting a redacted war; 5.  Threat inflation; 6.  Defining the world as a global battlefield; 7.  The new “normal” in America is war. Read full article.

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Feb 4

Doug Bandow: Foreign Aid Does Not Work Because Government is Ignorant

Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Foreign aid does not work. In the end, government doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Foreign Aid Is a Failure

Throwing good money at bad governments makes poor countries worse off.

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Dec 31

Jean Lievens: Greek Lessons — How Syriza (A Political Party) Might End European Central Banking Tyranny Plus Comment on Debt Renunciation and Embargos

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Syriza can transform the EU from within – if Europe will let it

EXTRACT

Syriza promises first to achieve a substantial write-off of Greek debt and, second, to lift austerity by aiming for balanced budgets, instead of the surpluses demanded by the troika. It will reconnect families to the electricity network, provide food relief and shelter the homeless. It will take immediate action to reduce unemployment through public programmes. It is committed to lowering the enormous tax burden and to boosting public investment in an effort to accelerate growth.

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Dec 31

SchwartzReport: Screw the Childen, Keep the Prisoners

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think we can safely and accurately say that the people of the United States, collectively, while they may care about their own children, or the children of their friends, do not care for children in general. We also have the highest level of food stress with 17 million children going hungry at least part of the year.

Child homelessness in U.S. reaches historic high at 2.5 million

I began writing about what I see as the new American slavery in 2011 (see The New American Slavery). This trend is made up of several parts, prison privatization, all the industries that suckle at the teat of the American Gulag, and the indentured exploitation of prisoners. And it just keeps getting more and more disgusting and blatantly what it is.

California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor

 

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Nov 19