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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

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?

George Monbiot, Guardian you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it.‘No alternative’ … Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher at the White House. Photograph: Rex Features

Friday, 15 April 2016 | Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you know what it is?

Its anonymity is both a symptom and cause of its power. It has played a major role in a remarkable variety of crises: the financial meltdown of 2007‑8, the offshoring of wealth and power, of which the Panama Papers offer us merely a glimpse, the slow collapse of public health and education, resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, the collapse of ecosystems, the rise of Donald Trump. But we respond to these crises as if they emerge in isolation, apparently unaware that they have all been either catalysed or exacerbated by the same coherent philosophy; a philosophy that has – or had – a name. What greater power can there be than to operate namelessly?

George Monbiot is an English writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He is the author of the bestselling books The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain.

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The End of the American Empire

If we cannot repair the incivility, dysfunction, and corruption of our politics, we will lose our republic as well as our imperium. America’s problems were made in the USA, by Americans, not by refugees, immigrants, or foreigners. They cry out for Americans to fix them.

Chas. W. Freeman, Counterpunch Lance Page / Truthout; Adapted: Sean McMenemy, Paula Bailey)

April13, 2016 | I’m here to talk about the end of the American empire. But before I do I want to note that one of our most charming characteristics as Americans is our amnesia. I mean, we are so good at forgetting what we’ve done and where we did it that we can hide our own Easter eggs.102512-1.jpg


I’m reminded of the geezer—someone about my age—who was sitting in his living room having a drink with his friend while his wife made dinner.


He said to his friend, “you know, we went to a really terrific restaurant last week. You’d like it. Great atmosphere. Delicious food. Wonderful service.”

“What’s the name of it?” his friend asked.

He scratched his head. “Ah, ah. Ah. What do you call those red flowers you give to women you love?”

His friend hesitated. “A rose?”

“Right. Um, hey, Rose! What was the name of that restaurant we went to last week?”

Chas. W. Freeman is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 5: The Threats And Costs Of War

Can we not rid ourselves of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself? We must act quickly and resolutely before our beautiful world and everything that we love are reduced to radioactive ashes.

John Scales Avery, Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work.

17 August, 2015 | The costs of war, both direct and indirect, are so enormous that they are almost beyond comprehension. Globally, the institution of war interferes seriously with the use of tax money for constructive and peaceful purposes.

Today, despite the end of the Cold War, the world spends roughly 1.7 trillion (i.e. 1.7 million million) US dollars each year on armaments. This colossal flood of money could have been used instead for education, famine relief, development of infrastructure, or on urgently needed public health measures.

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 4: Neocolonialism And Resource Wars

In addition to the enormous suffering, waste, injustice and ecological destruction produced by modern wars, we must recognize that in an era of thermonuclear weapons, war has become prohibitively dangerous. Therefore we need a new economic system.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 3: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics 

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.


The Democratic Primary System Is Rigged

  • "That’s not the way democracy is supposed to work. I'm an outsider,” he added, “and I’m winning the votes by millions, but the system is rigged, it’s crooked,” Trump explained, furious. Sound like someone running on the Democratic side?
  • Part 1: It Doesn't Seem to Matter That Sanders Keeps Winning States—Clinton Gets the Delegates
  • Part 2: How Many States Does Hillary Have to Lose Before the Mainstream Media Calls It a Losing Streak?
  • Related: US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

Part 1: It Doesn't Seem to Matter That Sanders Keeps Winning States—Clinton Gets the Delegates

'Morning Joe' and Mika aren't sure why Democrats keep going to the polls.

Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet Photo Credit: silatix/Flickr

April 11, 2016 | On MSNBC's Morning Joe on Monday, Mika and Joe were exclaiming over Bernie Sanders' 12-point victory over Hillary Clinton in Wyoming and the fact that the large win yielded Sanders no more delegates than Clinton.  

“[Sanders has] won eight out of nine [contests],” Scarborough began. “He wins by 12 points [and] he may not pick up a single delegate. It’s seven to six now with a remaining delegate to be decided later? I’m sorry, that’s a crushing victory.”

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor.

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Part 2: How Many States Does Hillary Have to Lose Before the Mainstream Media Calls It a Losing Streak?

Here are a few comparisons to 2008. Just saying.

Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet Credit: Rona Proudfoot/Flickr

April 11, 2016 | Remember when Bernie Sanders lost six contests—five in just one day—and nearly every pundit questioned whether or not he should drop out? That week, Sanders' campaign pressed forward, holding town halls and rallies with voters in Arizona, Idaho and Utah, while Clinton picked up checks from high-dollar donors in Virginia and Tennessee, states that had already voted. 

Arizona was the last contest Hillary won, on March 22. Since then, Bernie has won the last seven states: Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and Wyoming, in addition to the votes of Democrats abroad.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet  associate editor.

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US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies, Pippa Norris, the Conversation  / Popular Resistance

  • The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP), founded in 2012, provides an independent evaluation of the quality of elections worldwide. The EIP’s results have been published in several books, including my own Why Electoral Integrity Matters and Why Elections Failbooks that focus on comparing the quality of elections, understanding why problems arise, and diagnosing what can be done about these flaws.
  • We can use the data collected by the EIP to ask: Is the U.S. the electoral role model it imagines itself to be?
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We let the idiots take the wheel: Donald Trump, Fox News and how we let our democracy rot.

  • Disgraceful state of politics is tied to collapse of education. Philistines are marching, swarming Trump rallies.
  • Related: Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics

David Masciotra, Salon / AlterNet Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>.

 Photo Credit: Darron Birgenheier/Flicker CC

Apr 12, 2016 | It is easy in a country dedicated to a megalomaniacal style of self-praise to grow tired of all the parades, hymns, and maudlin speeches about the wisdom of the “founding fathers.” Compounding the frustration is that many of their most valuable insights are now forbidden from entry into public school curriculums and cultural discourse. As the word “elitist” continues to undergo unfair demonization, no one dare utter that the framers of the United States Constitution were, themselves, elitists. They were terrified of what damage the public might inflict upon their invention. Benjamin Franklin even went so far as to predict that “the people shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson, a more democratic thinker, called information the “currency of democracy.” It would appear that large parts of America are all but bankrupt, suffering the consequences of a long liquidation at the hands of a sensationalistic media, but most of all, a broken education system. 

David Masciotra is the author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour (University Press of Kentucky). He has also written for Salon, the Atlantic and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Related: Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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A Program to End Your “Addiction” of Voting for Candidates in the Two Party Duopoly!

We MUST break this incredibly destructive “habit” which many people feel they are “forced” to continue and, therefore, begin the process of destroying the Duopoly. 


doctom2010, Progressive Activists Voice  Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work. 22, 2015 | 

1. Admit to yourself and others that the political system today is totally corrupted by Corporate Control which dominates the two political parties.

2.      Admit to yourself and others that those same corporations and the wealthy elite control the electoral process and the elected officials whom they elect. (Over 90% of incumbents are re-elected and the same percentage number win who have the most money.)

Thomas Baldwin (doctom2010], Biloxi, MS, is the author of the blog Progressive Activists Voice <>

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Disqualifications, Not Qualifications

  • It is up to us, whether we waive this conflict of interest in the way we vote.  Before we vote, a vigorous review of these conflicts of interest is in order and it is proper for the Sanders campaign to call our attention to them.
  • Related: Robert Parry | Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?

Hank Edson, Common Dreams

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Gerald Gannan for this contribution. Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. (Photo: AP)

Saturday, April 09, 2016 | The dust up over whether either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president of the United States is overblown by the corporate media, which is looking for any chance it can get to censor the anti-establishment movement.  But more importantly, this dust up is framed entirely incorrectly.

Both candidates have respectable resumes; neither disputes the credentials of the other.  Thus, it’s not who is qualified based on their experience, but rather who ought to be disqualified based on their conflicts of interest.

Hank Edson is an author, activist and attorney based in San Francisco. He is the author of The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview (Democracy Press, 2008).

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Robert Parry | Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • The question of “qualifications” is suddenly at the center of the Democratic race with Hillary Clinton’s backers touting her résumé but ignoring her many failures in job after job.
  • Related: Disqualifications, Not Qualifications


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