How Freedom Became Tyranny

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Rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses… Read more »

Unmasking the Press

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The corporate newspapers are the elite’s enforcers, misrepresenting the sources of oppression. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Have we ever been so badly served by the press? We face multiple crises – economic, environmental, democratic – but most newspapers represent them neither clearly nor fairly. The industry… Read more »

Unanimous Decision by L.A. Council Makes the City First to Vote Against Corporate Personhood

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Hey, here’s some good news to brighten your day. The Los Angeles Council has made L.A. the first U.S. city to officially vote for a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that effectively granted corporate entities the same rights as individual citizens. (The ruling allowed unlimited funding of… Read more »

Slash and Burn Capitalism

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Now the government intends to strip away protection from our most treasured places by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What sort of a world would George Osborne like to live in? I imagine him fantasising about the Republic of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Unprotected… Read more »

Big Farmer

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The poorest taxpayers are subsidising the richest people in Europe: and this spending will remain uncut until at least 2020. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What would you do with £245? Would you a. use it to buy food for the next five weeks?, b. put it… Read more »

Charles Eisenstein on Growing “the Bright Side of the Force”

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Charles Eisenstein, the author of Sacred Economics, gave this inspiring talk to Occupy Wall Street, which is actually about growing “the bright side of the force”. This Star Wars inspired theme I couple with “the handicap principle“, which has a “bright” and a “dark” side; the selfish and the cooperative. Animals generally use just one of these forces… Read more »

The Self-Attribution Fallacy

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Intelligence? Talent? No, the ultra-rich got to where they are through luck and brutality. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves… Read more »

Take the Money Out of Politics!

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We’ve been watching our leaders sell out to corporate, extractive interests for so long, it’s almost numbingly normal to us. For example, last year, in the U.S., we saw what appears to be one of the last nails in our socio-economic and environmental coffin, that being the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws restricting… Read more »

A Design for Life

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Click for larger view Courtesy: Marc Roberts If I wasn’t so used to such oxymoronic statements, I’d have already fallen off my chair after reading the below quote — in either hysterical laughter, or hysterical despair. I am pleased to stand before you this morning and confirm that Europe is closer to resolving its financial… Read more »

Show Me The Money

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We have a democratic right to know who is funding public advocacy. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Since the late 19th Century, the very rich have been paying people to demand less government. The work of Herbert Spencer, for example, was sponsored by Andrew Carnegie, John D… Read more »