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Bill Moyers: Can Journalism Survive in a Plutocracy?

Bill Moyers: The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy by Bill Moyers This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. Photo by Robin Holland. The following remarks were made by Bill Moyers at the presentation of the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The ceremony took place at the […]

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Government

Election 2014: Corporations Triumph , Progressive Victories, and Roadmap for Democratic Revival

November 5, 2014 by Peter Dreier Election 2014: This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. MUNCIE, Indiana – Tuesday’s Republican wave of election victories did not reflect public opinion or the public mood. Instead it was the result of the GOP’s triumph in changing the rules of democracy to favor big business and conservative interest groups, […]

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Culture

Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ cover story at The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” published last night — and the subject of this week’s Moyers & Company interview — shows how dramatically the legacy of slavery and centuries of legalized and institutionalized…

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Business

Fast-Food Workers in Over 150 US Cities and 33 Countries Went on Strike Last Week

On May 15, fast-food workers across the country participated in a simultaneous strike, in what is believed to be the biggest strike of its kind. The protests also spread to other countries — from Ireland to India to El Salvador. Here are some photos…

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Culture

Why Independent Artists Should Care About Net Neutrality

Artists are supposed to be on the vanguard politically and culturally, and yet, when it comes to Net neutrality, it seems to me creators are behind the curve. Many of the writers, musicians and visual artists I know are vaguely aware that the Internet…

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Education

Charter Schools: Study Finds Widespread Fraud, Mismanagement & Waste

Charter school operators want to have it both ways. When they’re answering critics of school privatization, they say charter schools are public — they use public funds and provide students with a tuition-free education. But when it comes to transparency…

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Government

Cliven Bundy and the Soul of Modern Conservatism

Cliven Bundy and the Soul of Modern Conservatism (via Moyers & Company) An excerpt of this post first appeared in The Washington Post. When Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy laments that today’s “Negro” has not learned to pick cotton, is he merely a racist crackpot or instead an avatar of modern conservatism? The answer…

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Government

Lawrence Lessig Has a “Moonshot” Plan to Halt Our Slide Toward Plutocracy

Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig, the crusader for campaign finance reform, feels that his fellow reformers don’t think big or boldly enough to inspire the kind of grassroots campaign that might break elite donors’ stranglehold on America’s political…

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Business Government

Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom…

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Business Culture

Reactions to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

This week, Bill talked with economist Paul Krugman about Thomas Piketty’s landmark new book that Bill calls “revolutionary.” You can read an excerpt at the publisher’s website, read a Q&A with Piketty at the Times Economix blog and, if you’…