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Culture Government

We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People

We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People September 15, 2016 by Bill Moyers This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. The following is a condensed version of a speech that Bill Moyers delivered at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, on July 8, 2016, and is crossposted at TomDispatch.com. Sixty-six years ago this summer, on […]

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Culture

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

Iraq History: When a President & Journalists Get it Wrong

MUNCIE, Indiana – With all the news about the Sunni rebels called ISIS in Iraq, and “War Hawks” appearing on national media outlets beating the same war drums, we thought Hoosiers and Americans deserved a refresher course on the Iraq War propagandizing by former President and Vice President Bush and Cheney, respectively. However, they didn’t […]

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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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Culture

Millennials Didn’t Abandon Our Institutions — Our Institutions Failed Them

The Pew Research Center recently released a study finding that the Millennial generation – those born between the early 1980s and 2000 – is increasingly alienated from the major institutions of American society. Many are turned off by religion and…

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Community Culture

Racism, Classism, the ‘Us vs Them’ Trap

Muncie, Indiana – For those who follow me on Facebook, know I get into good debates from time to time with people who are prone to racism or classism. As a culture which has undergone years of political correctness, we’ve learned to take our isms underground. We use code words to hide our ism’s. It […]

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Business Government

The Creeping Expansion of Corporate Civil Rights

Last week, The Wire creator David Simon told Bill Moyers that the legal doctrine that spending money on political campaigns is an act of political speech protected by the First Amendment poses the greatest threat to American democracy. “That to me…

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Culture Wellness

The Many Faces of Addiction

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought new attention to the resurgence of heroin in America and the potentially disastrous effects of substance abuse. In Bill Moyers’ 1998 series, Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, Bill and his colleagues…

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Government

Fighting to Rein in Dark Money

Every news cycle seems to bring another revelation of the corrupting influence of dark money on American politics. In just the past few weeks, reporters and watchdog groups have exposed a network of state-level advocacy groups posing as think-tanks,…

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Education

Conflicts of Interest: Scholars as Paid Shills

Muncie, Indiana – Had to share this article from Bill Moyers about the practices used by Wall Street to influence policies meant to regulate them. As you can imagine, after the financial collapse in 2008, Dodd-Frank put together a rather extensive financial sector regulation package. Due to the negative global impact done by the fraudulent […]