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March Toward Global War | Counterpunch

We are a long way from the late 18th century, and with brief exceptions, notably, those brought on by the struggles of the exploited and the persecuted themselves, the progression has been downhill all the way, coinciding with the falsification of government’s public trust and the concentration of private wealth and power.

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Unfair trade? An examination of US politicians’ share sales | TBIJ

The latest installment in an extended investigation by the Washington Post into American lawmakers and their personal finances revealed that members of Congress frequently trade in companies while simultaneously dealing with legislation that would affect that particular stock. The Washington Post examined 45,000 individual congressional stock transactions that occurred between 2007 to 2010 to reveal that 130 – nearly a ...

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After Rio, we know. Governments have given up on the planet | George Monbiot, The Guardian

The efforts of governments are concentrated not on defending the living Earth from destruction, but on defending the machine that is destroying it. Whenever consumer capitalism becomes snarled up by its own contradictions, governments scramble to mend the machine, to ensure – though it consumes the conditions that sustain our lives – that it runs faster than ever before. For ...

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Capitalism vs. the Climate | Naomi Klein, The Nation

Claiming that climate change is a plot to steal American freedom is rather tame by Heartland standards. Over the course of this two-day conference, I will learn that Obama’s campaign promise to support locally owned biofuels refineries was really about “green communitarianism,” akin to the “Maoist” scheme to put “a pig iron furnace in everybody’s backyard” (the Cato Institute’s Patrick ...

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Response: No, Greens must not cosy up to capitalism. They must resist it | The Guardian

Along with human overpopulation, the principal driver of the accelerating eco-crisis – anthropogenic climate change, biodiversity crash, destruction and degradation of wild habitat, and a virtual holocaust of animal species – is precisely capitalism. Far from being realistic, to propose as a solution more of what is causing the problem is nothing less than delusional. Any green movement worth its ...

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Alexander Cockburn: The God That’s Failing | CounterPunch

As the Egyptian-American film director Suzy Kassem writes on CounterPunch: “A human being can only take so much when their basic rights as a citizen of the earth are being denied to them – or sold at a high cost. When you have to pay for clean water, a sustainable roof that won’t collapse, a C-class car that costs double ...

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