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Chris Hedges: Fascism, Neoliberalism and Third Parties in the US

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Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Chris Hedges, Dandelion Salad / Rise Up Times

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September 8, 2016 | Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Watching the Hawks RT on Sep 8, 2016

Chris Hedges joins us to discuss neoliberal and 3rd party politics in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems, George Monbiot, Guardian

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?

From the Archives | 15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Blow Your Mind

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  • We Haven't Spent This Much Since We Fought World War II.
  • Related: The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it.

Ujala Sehgal and Robert Johnson, Business Insider

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpgOct. 14, 2011| As the economy has tanked, the banks have been bailed out, and America lost its jobs, the defense budget continues to grow.

For the past 13 years U.S. military spending has increased 114 percent.

That's 8 percent higher than at the height of Reagan's presidency and the Cold War.

The money is used to buying sophisticated weapons that often don't make it into production, and when the do they're expensive to maintain.

The U.S. must spend a full 1 percent of its GDP just to maintain its arsenal.

 

Ujala Sehgal is a former intern at Business Insider. She was formerly a financial regulatory lawyer. She received her JD from the University of Michigan.

Robert Johnson is formerly Business Insider's Senior Correspondent and the originating Editor of BI Military & Defense.

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The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it, Joseph Clifford, OpEdNews

  • http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/08/shutterstock_768877.jpgWhat could have been done with one trillion dollars? How about infrastructure, how about Single Payer health care for all, how about free college for all? When Democrats, Republicans, and corporate media say such things are not affordable, they are lying. Easily affordable if we stopped our worldwide wars. All other major nations have these things; they can afford them because they don't just do war.
  • What fools we are.

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

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Whatever the outcome of the November election, the crisis of American democracy will intensify. The greatest danger facing working people is that they are not politically organized and they are not conscious of the tasks they confront. The presidential election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party is aimed precisely at developing the independent political organization and consciousness of the working class.

Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

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http://www.filmsforaction.org/img/large-wide/643857a3-654e-4929-99e7-d23028711499.jpg 18 August 2016 | The 2016 US elections mark a new stage in the deep and protracted crisis of American democracy. Political parties that have been in existence for well over a century and a half are breaking apart. New political alignments are emerging, and an extremely dangerous type of politics, in gestation for an extended period of time, is erupting to the surface.

In the aftermath of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Donald Trump’s standing in the polls has declined significantly, particularly in key battleground states. From prominent sections of the Republican Party and allied media there are complaints that Trump is not running a traditional race capable of winning office. There are mounting demands that he change course.

Joseph Kishore: National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party, writer for the World Socialist Website

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Hillary Clinton: The Anti-Woman ‘Feminist’

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  • Hillary’s Relentless Attack on Women and Families
  • Imperial Feminism: Hillary’s Bloody Hands
  • Related: Series | Hillary Clinton, Imperialism and the Lesser of Two Evils,  Two Parts

Eric Draitser, Counterpunch

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Although Hillary Clinton selected Tim Kaine as her Vice President in this campaign, her true running mate might very well be her vagina. Indeed, while Clinton’s support continues to be among the lowest for any Democratic nominee in recent memory, she has managed to position her gender as a focal point of her campaign, a move intended to capture the women’s vote among liberals and conservatives alike. And, considering her opponent is Donald Trump, a man seen by millions of women as a misogynistic loudmouth, she has done this quite successfully.

But beyond the political window-dressing and empty rhetoric, Clinton’s record on women and families should not only lose her the support of American women, it should qualify her as one of the most anti-woman candidates in history. For while modest progress has been made toward some semblance of gender equality, it is the actions of Clinton herself that have done more than any other single individual to harm women and families. Slick public relations aside, Hillary Clinton may very well be the most anti-woman candidate in generations.

Eric Draitser is the founder of StopImperialism.org and host of CounterPunch Radio. He is an independent geopolitical analyst. 

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Series | Hillary Clinton, Imperialism and the Lesser of Two Evils Part Two, Nina Illingworth, ninaillingworth.com

 

Selected Articles: Obama’s “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign “Against” the Islamic State (ISIS)

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The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Global Research News

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/isis1-400x266.jpg June 28, 2016 | Obama’s “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign “Against” the Islamic State (ISIS)

Michel Chossudovsky, June 27 2016

The humanitarian pretext is bogus, the air strikes are illegal, extensive war crimes have been committed, Obama is no protecting civilians. The civilian deaths resulting from the air strikes are deliberate.

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/trump.jpeg  The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

Rodrigue Tremblay, June 28 2016

The way this 2016 election campaign is unfolding, there is a good chance that it could be a repeat of the 1964 U.S. election. In both instances, a Democratic presidential candidate is facing a flawed and frightening Republican presidential candidate

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is an independent research and media organization.

The Global Research website at www.globalresearch.ca publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focusing on social, economic, strategic and environmental issues.

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The Scourge of Neoliberalism: Why the Democratic Party Is Failing the Poor

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  • "Never before has humanity depended so fully for the survival of us all on a social movement being willing to bet on impracticality," write Mark and Paul Engler, in a similar vein as John Dewey's observation, penned in the midst of the Great Depression, that it is, ultimately, "the pressure of necessity which creates and directs all political changes."
  • Related: This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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Monday, August 22, 2016 | When Democrats began their rightward lurch in the late 1960's, they were not content to merely broaden their coalition in order to quell the rise of the ultra-reactionary right; they have been concerned, also, with preventing left-wing insurgencies that could spook their patrons and push the party left.

After Ronald Reagan's decisive victories — first in 1980 against an incumbent president whose administration had, in many ways, fueled the neoliberal turn, and again in 1984 — the efforts of Democrats eager to transform the party, both superficially and ideologically, intensified.

Jake Johnson is an independent writer.

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Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People, Robert Scheer, Truthdig

  • There are still 36 million Americans living in poverty, 40% of them children. That is unconscionable in a time of wild run-ups of the stock market wealth of the “other America.” But instead of a war on poverty, Bill Clinton has settled for a war on welfare recipients, and that is hardly the same thing.
  • Related: The Scourge of Neoliberalism: Why the Democratic Party Is Failing the Poor
  • Related: Profiting Off The Poor and Disabled in The Poverty Industry

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This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time, Anis Shivani, Salon / AlterNet 

  • The rage driving our politics stems from cruelty of capitalism. So why do we vote for those who worship the market?
  • Related: Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it

The One Trillion Dollar War with Absolutely Nothing to Show for it.

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  • What could have been done with one trillion dollars? How about infrastructure, how about Single Payer health care for all, how about free college for all? When Democrats, Republicans, and corporate media say such things are not affordable, they are lying. Easily affordable if we stopped our worldwide wars. All other major nations have these things; they can afford them because they don't just do war.
  • What fools we are.

Joseph Clifford, OpEdNews

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8/19/2016 | We have become so accustomed to war we don't even bother to discuss it anymore. The war in Afghanistan has dragged on for almost 15 years, and it is no longer mentioned or discussed on corporate news.

The clown show, sometimes called a presidential race, has been reduced to two candidates, both of whom are hated by the voting public, and neither has raised the issue of Afghanistan once. The candidates have not been asked about it, and neither has spoken about it. It is the silent war that appears to be never ending, but just because it is not discussed does not mean you are not paying for it.

So far the tab is one trillion dollars and rising every day. 

Joseph Clifford lives in Rhode Island (RI) and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy.

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The Tragedy of the American Military

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  • The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.
  • Related: Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem

James Fallows, the Atlantic

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpgJanuary/February, 2015 | in mid-September, while President Obama was fending off complaints that he should have done more, done less, or done something different about the overlapping crises in Iraq and Syria, he traveled to Central Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. There he addressed some of the men and women who would implement whatever the U.S. military strategy turned out to be.

The part of the speech intended to get coverage was Obama’s rationale for re-engaging the United States in Iraq, more than a decade after it first invaded and following the long and painful effort to extricate itself. This was big enough news that many cable channels covered the speech live. I watched it on an overhead TV while I sat waiting for a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. When Obama got to the section of his speech announcing whether he planned to commit U.S. troops in Iraq (at the time, he didn’t), I noticed that many people in the terminal shifted their attention briefly to the TV. As soon as that was over, they went back to their smartphones and their laptops and their Cinnabons as the president droned on.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.

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Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem, Vincent Emanuele, Counterpunch

“Liberalism itself has failed, and for a pretty good reason. It has been too often compromised by the people who represented it.”  ― Hunter S. Thompson

 

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