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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 6: Adverse Effects Of Globalization

  • We need instead to reform our economic system and to give it both a social conscience and an ecological conscience. Let us restore democracy! Let us have governments that work for the welfare of all their citizens, rather than for the enormous enrichment of the few!
  • This is the sixth story in a nine-part series looking at the need for a new economic system. Previous installments are listed below.

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,204,203,200_.jpg   17 August, 2015 | Child Labour and Slavery

In the early 19th century, industrial society began to be governed by new rules: Traditions were forgotten and replaced by purely economic laws. Labor was viewed as a commodity, like coal or grain, and wages were paid according to the laws of supply and demand, without regard for the needs of the workers. Wages fell to starvation levels, hours of work increased, and working conditions deteriorated.

John Fielden’s book, “The Curse of the Factory System” was written in 1836, and it describes the condition of young children working in the cotton mills. “The small nimble fingers of children being by far the most in request, the custom instantly sprang up of procuring ’apprentices’ from the different parish workhouses of London, Birmingham and elsewhere... Overseers were appointed to see to the works, whose interest it was to work the children to the utmost, because their pay was in proportion to the quantity of work that they could exact.”

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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.

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.


New York voting fiasco just the warm-up for the November game

Buckle up, America. The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November: a carefully planned pile up.

Greg Palast, OpEdNews by Greg Palast) DMCA

4/20/2016 | First, live from New York.

Francesca Rheannon, whom you may know as the host of Writers' Voice radio, did the civic thing by volunteering to work the polls in a town east of New York City.

"I just got off my 17 hour shift as an election official. In my election district, out of 166 Democratic voters, 39 were forced to file affidavit ballots. The last [election] I worked in, exactly ONE voter needed an affidavit ballot."

That's nearly one of four voters. Why? Their names had gone missing from the voter rolls.

Greg Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering. Palast's reports appear on BBC's Newsnight and in Britain's Guardian, Rolling Stone and Harper's. Palast is best known as the investigative reporter who uncovered how Katherine Harris purged thousands of African-Americans from Florida's voter rolls in the 2000 Presidential Election.

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Greg Palast | How The 2016 Election WILL Be Stolen! Lee Camp,  dandelionsalad

  • Lee Camp talks to Greg Palast, New York Times bestselling author and investigative journalist, about how he knows the 2016 election will be stolen and by whom.
  • “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy.

We Live in a Rigged Society In Which We are Not Designed to Succeed.

  • “No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, you’re screwed because it’s all fixed and rigged. There is a club, and you ain’t in it.”  — George Carlin
  • "They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." --George Carlin
  • Related: The Democratic Primary System Is Rigged

Kent Allen Halliburton, Refuse to Cooperate*ZSvmlQqeF26sya0r.jpgApril 15, 2016 | I must admit that it took me a great deal of time to come around to Brother Carlin’s point of view. I think that was a matter of my social programming. However, I can assure all who ask that I am on the same page as Mr. Carlin. In the picture above, an American Citizen holds a sign arguing that the American Dream is over. In spirit with Mr. Carlin, I would argue that the American Dream, in fact, never existed in the first place, at least not as a physical object. It was actually nothing more than the most successful propaganda campaign in modern human history. The purpose of this campaign was, post World War II, to keep the American people working while the leadership of this country, who were industry and politicians formed into a tight knit little group, ran home to the banks with every penny they could get their hands on. As a part of this campaign, a system of social control mechanisms was established to keep the American people ignorant of what was really going on. The leadership of this country established this system in the hopes that it would run forever, and they devised a five point plan in their efforts to ensure that it did. They would distract us, they would deceive us, they would divide us, the would demobilize us, and then they would disarm us. If one looks back closely on the last near eighty years, it is all too easy to see that their plan has worked almost flawlessly. However, the cracks are starting to grow.

Kent Allen Halliburton: Senior Editor at Refuse to Cooperate

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The Democratic Primary System Is Rigged, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "That’s not the way democracy is supposed to work. Im 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

Why are Minnesota lawmakers suddenly so interested in who uses which bathroom?

  • Along with “religious liberty” statutes, transgender bathroom laws have become the next front in the culture wars. But where did these laws come from, and why are they cropping up now?
  • Related: How Our Complacency Led Mississippi to Pass An Anti-LGBT Hate Law on Steroids

Sam Brodey, MinnPost Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, right, the lead author of the bill, listening to a question from a member of the House Civil Law Committee during a packed hearing at the Minnesota Capitol on April 12. Photo by Tom Olmscheid/Workingpress Photo Agency

04/18/16 | The past week at the Minnesota legislature, lawmaking business got overshadowed by a controversial hearing: last Tuesday’s showdown over the proposed law to prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds to their preferred gender, not their gender at birth.

The scene that unfolded in St. Paul is hardly unique to Minnesota: since 2013, at least 29 states have considered some type of law seeking to define how bathrooms and other public facilities may be used by the sexes.

Sam Brodey is MinnPost's Washington correspondent.

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Related: To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest. Our Complacency Led Mississippi to Pass An Anti-LGBT Hate Law on Steroids, Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post 

Hopefully we’re (LGBT citizens and activists) realizing — and the seemingly misdirected LGBT leadership is realizing — that those opposed to LGBT equality will not stop, (that they) will come up with ever more ugly and successful campaigns — like “bathroom panic“ — to strip us of our rights. Because, after them, our biggest enemy is our own complacency.


Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections

  • Would removing cash (ie, defeating Citizens United) automatically bring some voting power back to the public? Perhaps to an extent. But it also ignores the will of the establishment to ensure its rulers always win — in other words, where there’s a will there’s a way. 
  • Related: US Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies

Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project 15, 2016 | As if further proof could possibly be needed of the sorry state of the American electoral process, a new study just ranked the United States dead last in electoral integrity among established Western democracies.

The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP)’s 2015 Year in Elections report is an independent research project by 2,000 elections experts from Harvard University and the University of Sydney in Australia assembled to examine the world’s elections.

Claire Bernish: Unapologetic alt media journalist & logophile, committed to divulging the truth behind the lies.

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Related: 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 Fail – books 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?
  • There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act

Partners in Death: The GOP and the NRA

  • The Republicans’ cowardly and contemptible servitude to the NRA stands alone in its cravenness and in its costs: the death and maiming of so many thousands of Americans, year after year, shattering families and inflicting the stain of violence on our country. And the GOP’s only answer is to promise us more.
  • It is long past time for Americans to call them on it.
  • Related: How the NRA Enables Massacres
  • Related: Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence?

Richard North Patterson, Huffington Post Harrison McClary / Reuters

03/29/2016 | The tragic toll of war stupefies and stuns. In the 240 years since the Revolutionary War, we have sacrificed nearly 1.4 million Americans to war. In itself, this number is hard to grasp.

But harder yet is to reckon the human cost — of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters; of perished potential; of achievements and kindnesses which will never be; of families forever shattered. However justified some wars may be, war sobers us, diminishes us, cheats us. We struggle to find some national purpose to console us, some nobility of spirit to uplift us. We mourn the tragedies of Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, the wars of our last half-century.

Richard North Patterson, Novelist and contributing opinion writer, Huffington Post

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How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

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Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence? Kate Masters, the Trace

  • The agency’s former leaders say it could do more to explore the subject, but its officials fear political—and personal—retribution.
  • Related: My gun violence story could become your gun violence story

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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