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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

A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks?

A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks? (via Moyers & Company) Two studies released last week confirmed what most of us already knew: the ultra-wealthy tend to be narcissistic and have a greater sense of entitlement than the rest of us, and Congress only pays attention to their interests. Both studies are consistent…

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Culture

Gallup Satisfaction Poll: Americans Must Be in Denial

In today’s Gallup poll on U.S. satisfaction, they made the following conclusion about our declining satisfaction with leadership on the direction of the country, “It thus appears that something other than the economy is causing Americans to be less pleased with the president as well as the overall direction of the country.” Let me use […]

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Business

Enabling Greed Makes U.S. Sick

Enabling Greed Makes U.S. Sick (via Moyers & Company) At the end of a week that reminds us to be ever vigilant about the dangers of government overreaching its authority, whether by the long arm of the IRS or the Justice Department, we should pause to think about another threat — from too much private […]

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Business

Global Capital and the Nation State

Global Capital and the Nation State (via www.laprogressive.com) As global capital becomes ever more powerful, giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom — eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” — while sheltering their profits in the lowest-tax jurisdictions they can…

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Where is the Outrage?

We’ve not even finished the Memorial Day weekend and there is yet another Mitt Romney moving target for American voters. This week it is his magical move of targeted unemployment from the 4% range he promised Americans several weeks back to the now 6% he is guaranteeing voters. The problem is most labor experts have […]