‪Noam Chomsky: Free Market Fantasies: Capitalism In The Real World (1996)

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by Noam Chomsky
Delivered at Harvard University, April 13, 1996
Transcription courtesy of William Greene

For those who are interested in the real world, a look at the actual history suggests some adjustment — a modification of free market theory, to what we might call “really existing free market theory.” That is, the one that’s actually applied, not talked about.

And the principle of really existing free market theory is: free markets are fine for you, but not for me. That’s, again, near a universal. So you — whoever you may be — you have to learn responsibility, and be subjected to market discipline, it’s good for your character, it’s tough love, and so on, and so forth. But me, I need the nanny State, to protect me from market discipline, so that I’ll be able to rant and rave about the marvels of the free market, while I’m getting properly subsidized and defended by everyone else, through the nanny State. And also, this has to be risk-free. So I’m perfectly willing to make profits, but I don’t want to take risks. If anything goes wrong, you bail me out.


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John Nichols and Phil Gasper: Return of Socialism

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“In the U. S. the Democrats have become what the Republicans used to be  and the Republicans have become lunatics.”  — Phil Gasper

“There’s only one party in America today, with two wings, the conservative wing, known as Democrats, and the reactionary wing, known as Republicans.” — Gore Vidal

“If you ever hear the term “Think Tank”, run from the room. Assume A) no one is thinking and B) a tank is coming your direction.” — John Nichols

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Pakistan in Pieces, Part 2: Punishing Pakistan and Challenging China by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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June 30, 2011

This is Part 2 of “Pakistan in Pieces.”

Part 1: Imperial Eye on Pakistan

The AfPak War Theatre: Establishing the New Strategy

As Senator Obama became the President-elect Obama, his foreign policy strategy on Afghanistan was already being formed. In 2007, Obama took on veteran geostrategist and Jimmy Carter’s former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski as one of his top foreign policy advisers,[1] and he remained his foreign policy adviser throughout 2008.[2] Continue reading

Drowning Fish? by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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June 30, 2011

July 3 would have been my parents’ 67th Anniversary. 67 years. Maybe it was the triumph of Hope over Reality (still have that Obama 2008 poster?). Or maybe something else, something that those of us who haven’t walked that far down the path can’t imagine.

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‪Noam Chomsky: The Clinton Vision – Old Wine, New Bottles (1994)‬‏

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Response to an Article by Syrian Arab News Agency Which Contained a Number of Mistranslations by Dennis Kucinich

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Updated: June 30, 2011

by Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 28, 2011

Today, the Syrian Arab News Agency published an article that contained a number of mistranslations and mischaracterized statements that I made during a news conference in Damascus.

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Rick Rozoff: Inversion of Humanitarian War

by Rick Rozoff
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June 29, 2011

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June 9, 2011

Inversion of Humanitarian War
Rick Rozoff and Scott Price

Summary: The current wars under the banner of the war on terror have all been justified under the notion of a humanitarian war.

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Capitalism and Other Kids’ Stuff (2005; must-see; repost)

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Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff (2005) (must-see)Capitalism and Other Kids’ Stuff presents the case of why capitalism is not the end of the line on the evolution of social structers using easily verifiable observations and facts. … Read More

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Compromising Morality… America’s Shame! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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June 29, 2011

Let us imagine for a moment that you live in a country that has tremendous poverty combined with a great polarity between ‘haves and have nots ‘. In this country there are no laws to protect girls from being sold for money by their parents. Thus, poor parents decide to sell their daughters, even as young as 11 or 12, to be made into prostitutes or concubines. Continue reading

Can Van Jones Galvanize us to Rebuild the American Dream? by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
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June 28, 2011

The american dream is dead

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Van Jones is calling all people of conscience who care about America to get involved, stand up and help rebuild the American Dream.

Thursday evening I attended the “Rebuild the Dream” event in New York City hosted by Van Jones, featuring the musical group ROOTS with Shepard Fairey DJing.  Honestly I went to hear Jones but also to see Fairey whose “Make Art Not War” poster hangs in my living room.

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Hidden Holocaust, USA by Michael Parenti (1996)

by Michael Parenti
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June 28, 2011

Excerpted from Dirty Truths.

“I’ve had grown men wet this floor with tears, begging for a job. We have to pray with some to keep them from killing themselves. So many say they just want to die,” says Charlie Tarrance, a director of a private social agency. His task is to deal with growing lines of despairing people looking for jobs, housing, and food. The place is Gadsden, Alabama, but it could be anywhere in the United States.

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Bernie Sanders: Shared Sacrifice (Full Speech)

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 on Jun 27, 2011

As the debate over deficits ramped up in Washington on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out the compelling case not to slash programs for working families. Any deficit reduction package must rely on new revenue for at least half the reduction in red ink, he added in a major address in the Senate. Sanders spoke at length about what caused deficits (wars, Wall Street bailouts, tax breaks for the rich) and how to shrink them (more revenue from the wealthiest Americans to match spending cuts). He urged fellow senators not to yield to Republican congressional leaders who “acted like schoolyard bullies” when they walked out of budget negotiations. He summed up the situation in a letter to the president that had been signed by more than 16,000 people by the time he completed his speech.

Sign the letter:

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Foriegn Aid and the Economic Crisis By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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June 27, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, a Conservative Think-Tank:

“Abstract: Since 2000 about 95 percent of U.N. member states that receive U.S. assistance have voted against the United States most of the time in the U.N. General Assembly on non-consensus votes. The U.S. should inform aid recipients that their support–or lack of support–for U.S. priorities in the U.N. and other international organizations will directly affect future decisions on allocating U.S. assistance. In order to strengthen and broaden support for America’s policies in the U.N., the U.S. should also seek to build coalitions of like-minded nations that are firmly committed to political and economic freedom. Over the long term, U.S. aid could facilitate the expansion of these coalitions by encouraging more countries to become freer, both politically and economically”.

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The Stimulator: Puck Shit up!

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This Week:

1. 100 Seditions!
2. Riot in my Town
3. Nuck Block

4. Chilean Urban Eco-Defense
5. For the Lulz
6. Anti-G20 Comrades

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What about a National Policy Referendum and a write-in vote for president? by William John Cox

by William John Cox
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June 27, 2011

 on Jun 25, 2011

Voters Evolt! promotes a Peaceful Political Evolution consisting of a national voting holiday and a uniform paper ballot which asks questions on a National Policy Referendum and provides for a Write-in Vote for President.

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