As the legendary activist and author discussed in one of his final interviews, he wants to be remembered for “introducing a different way of thinking about the world,” and as “somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and power that they didn’t have before.”
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithners denial that he played any role in the AIG cover-up is contradicted by emails which confirm that both Geithner and the New York Federal Reserve were both intimately involved in keeping details about payments to banks including Goldman Sachs from the public.
In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the “swift and crude” appropriation of earthquake-ravaged Haiti by the militarised Obama administration. With George W. Bush attending to the “relief effort” and Bill Clinton the UN’s man, The Comedians, Graham Greene’s dark novel about exploited Haiti comes to mind.
In 1948, the United Nations gave the land of Israel back to the Jewish people. Many people believe this act marked the beginning of God’s end-times plan. If Israel’s statehood is the direct fulfillment of promises and prophecies found in the Bible, should followers of Christ stand with the nation while waiting for the Messiah to return? How should we relate to the state of Israel? Mart De Haan and Jimmy DeYoung learn more about what happens when faith and politics collide.
Yes, the distinction between earned and unearned wealth is indeed critical. And yes, I agree with your identification of monopoly control of resources as being at the root of the problem.
Of course the chief monopoly is that of creation of money which governments share with the international banking oligarchy. It is through the monopoly of money-creation that the oligarchs and militarists gain hegemony. Keynesian economics was the stroke of genius by which unlimited wealth could be funneled into the hands of the war-mongers with the bankers reaping the profits.
Lately an incredible quote from President Andrew Jackson’s 1837 farewell address has been circulating on the internet. For all those who have begun to see the evils that have befallen our nation since it was taken over by the banking oligarchy this is a MUST READ.
. . . In reviewing the conflicts which have taken place between different interests in the United States and the policy pursued since the adoption of our present form of Government, we find nothing that has produced such deep-seated evil as the course of legislation in relation to the currency. The Constitution of the United States unquestionably intended to secure to the people a circulating medium of gold and silver. But the establishment of a national bank by Congress, with the privilege of issuing paper money receivable in the payment of the public dues, and the unfortunate course of legislation in the several States upon the same subject, drove from general circulation the constitutional currency and substituted one of paper in its place.
The MSF inflatable hospitals are providing patients in Haiti with a safe, clean and comfortable place to receive treatment from MSF teams. The hospital includes two fully-equipped operating theatres in which surgery has already started.
Every week Max Keiser looks at all the scandal behind the financial news headlines. This time Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at the scandal behind the headlines about the Volcker plan, the Supreme Court ruling and about Central Banks robbing the middle classes. Keiser also speaks to Fred Harrison, the Renegade Economist, about property bubbles and privatizing wages.
President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address Wednesday night. A full two-thirds of the President’s seventy-minute address was devoted to the economy, the central theme of which was job creation. We get response from MIT professor Noam Chomsky and journalist and author Naomi Klein. [includes rush transcript]
We pay tribute to the late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn, who died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of eighty-seven. Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States changed the way we look at history in America. It has sold over a million copies and was recently made into a television special called The People Speak. We remember Howard Zinn in his own words, and we speak with those who knew him best: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove.
Alan Maass pays tribute to a historian who helped make history SocialistWorker.org
January 28, 2010
Howard Zinn, an activist and author for half a century and probably the best-known voice of the U.S. left, died January 27 at the age of 87.
Howard was a fixture of countless struggles for justice and equality in the U.S. over many long decades. He was as determined in his 80s as he was many years before as a witness and participant in the great battles of the civil rights movement and the fight against the Vietnam War.
He died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was enjoying a few days’ vacation. But according to friends, he was also looking forward to his next speaking event in a week’s time–to a packed audience, as always.