You are here

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking LogoImagine a world where every person had complete access to the truth
AND
had sufficient education to separate it from propaganda.
A goal of this site is to provide unbiased access to the truth. This section, in particular, is devoted to helping readers recognize the truth, in the midst of all the propaganda.

Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

  • The rich don't generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help
  • The 1 percent are parasites. 
  • Excerpted from "Why We Can't Afford The Rich"
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

Andrew Sayer, Salon

twitter-4-512.pngNow you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.

lampert_dimon_trump.jpgEdward Lampert, Jamie Dimon, Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Gregory Bull/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Steve Marcus)

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 | ‘When did you last get a job from a poor person?’ So goes my favorite Tea Party slogan. The Americans are good at slogans but the Tea Party specializes in discombobulatingly daft ones. Of course you won’t get a job from a poor person, we wearily concede, but it doesn’t follow that the rich create jobs, as if they have special powers that turn their gains into a gift of jobs to the rest of us. U.S. billionaire Nick Hanauer is refreshingly honest 

Andrew%20Sayer%20%7C%20Why%20We%20Can%27t%20Afford%20the%20Rich%20%28jacket%29.jpg

about this: ‘If it was true that lower taxes for the rich and more wealth for the wealthy led to job creation, today we would be drowning in jobs.’ So why hasn’t the spectacular shift in income and financial wealth to the rich over the last four decades led to unprecedented jobs growth?

First of all, we need to ask what the rich and super-rich do with their spare money. They generally use it to try to get even more, through either real investment or financial ‘investment.’ In the latter case, whether by betting on market movements or buying income-yielding assets, or the many other ways unearned income can be extracted, their actions are unlikely to result in net job creation. Some ‘investment’ is used to buy up firms in order to sell off parts of them – to asset-strip them, in other words. This is likely to result in job losses, and indeed may reduce the ability of the firm to produce in the long run. Many companies have boosted their profits by cutting jobs.

Andrew Sayer wrote “Why We Can’t Afford The Rich.”

Full story … 

 

Related:

10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are, Sarah, Addicting Info

So, don’t tell me policy isn’t written to make the rich richer and the poor poorer… because that’s exactly how it’s written. And please stop blaming poor people for trying to survive.

Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

Tomgram | Christian Appy: "Honor" the Vietnam Veteran, Forget the War

  • Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War
  • How Thanking the Veteran Meant Ignoring What Happened 
  • The Long Reach of Vietnam War Deceptions

Christian Appy,  TomDispatch.com

globalassets.starbucks.com/assets/20229527c1c240439ddbc81bf821d95e.jpgIf 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.

FITS-VN-Soldiers-300x222.jpgFebruary 8, 2015 | The 1960s -- that extraordinary decade -- is celebrating its 50th birthday one year at a time. Happy birthday, 1965!  How, though, do you commemorate the Vietnam War, the era’s signature catastrophe?  After all, our government prosecuted its brutal and indiscriminate war under false pretexts, long after most citizens objected, and failed to achieve any of its stated objectives.  More than 58,000 Americans were killed along with more than four million Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians.

So what exactly do we write on the jubilee party invitation? You probably know the answer. We’ve been rehearsing it for decades. You leave out every troubling memory of the war and simply say:  “Let’s honor all our military veterans for their service and sacrifice.”

Christian Appy, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, is the author of three books about the Vietnam War, including American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Viking).

Full story … 

Related:

story_images/soldiers.pngPhoto Credit: Robert Adrian Hillman/Shutterstock.com 

The Long Reach of Vietnam War Deceptions, Todd E. Pierce, Consortium News

America’s war in Vietnam, which was authorized by the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution a half century ago, had lasting consequences for the nation, including deeper public distrust of government and government’s determination to restrict the people’s right to know.

The Snowden Effect: This Is Still Not America

 

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Libya Under Gaddafi's So-called Dictatorship

World%20Banner_0.jpg

So, was Muammar Gaddafi a Terrorist?

Forget Hillary’s Emails. Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About.

Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security.

Siovhan Cleo Crombie, Urban Times 

20229527c1c240439ddbc81bf821d95e.jpgIf 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.

giphy-141.gi16th May 2014 | What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide.

Ruling the country for for 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV Gaddafi did some powerful things that were not very reminiscent of a vicious dictator. Here are ten things Gaddafi did for Libya that you may not know about…

Siovhan Cleo Crombie: I am an aspiring novelist, poet and script writer. I just love anything to do with words ... .

Full story … 

Related:

Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, ANTIMEDIA

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
  • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

###

Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security, Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

Foreign%20Policy%20Banner.jpg

Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution

Pages