Tuesday, December 05, 2017

 

Privatization is Theft

As the Native American Rights Fund notes, privatization of Bears Ears National Monument is theft. For the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Ute, the many structures, sites and artifacts comprising their ancestral heritage at Bears Ears--now being looted--are worth fighting to protect. President Trump's revocation of Bears Ears National Monument--the first revocation in U.S. history--is "taking public lands that belong to the American people and selling it to the highest bidder."

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

The Tyranny of Evil Men

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. — Pulp Fiction

Sunday, November 26, 2017

 

Betrayal of American Values

In July, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA) introduced a bill to preserve the nation's public housing stock, which loses thousands of units each year. Meanwhile, privately-owned, publicly-funded housing for the low-income, disabled and seniors is facing a crisis of its own, as landlords circumvent federal covenants on their properties, in order to illegally convert to market-based rents.

In August, Governor Inslee (WA) noted the decrease in federal funding for civil legal aid to low-income citizens fighting for their rights to health care, housing and safety. Calling President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for legal services "a betrayal of American values," Inslee added $5 million in new funding for legal aid.

Between 2010 and 2015, a million people were displaced from the San Francisco Bay Area alone, where rents tripled in that time-frame. With nowhere to turn, some of the displaced sought refuge in rural, quasi-public housing with federal rent-control. Now, under the Trump administration, that, too, could soon disappear.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

J20 Trials

Crushing dissent isn't new to the White House; Bush and Obama both had the FBI arrest innocent protesters and journalists in order to keep democracy down. The difference with Trump is that his Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions--a long-time opponent of civil rights--is out to imprison those it perceives as subversives under conspiracy to riot for merely being in proximity to people who commit vandalism. Like Reagan's AG Ed Meese, Sessions appears fixated on destroying Constitutional guarantees of free speech and lawful dissent.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

Operation Overlords

In his introduction to An Essay on Liberation, Herbert Marcuse observes that, 


What is denounced as utopian is no longer that which has no place and cannot have any place in the historical universe, but rather that which is blocked from coming about by the power of the established societies.

Last week, the New York Times editorial board--voice of the aristocracy--opined that 'Medicare for All' will destroy the national Democratic Party establishment, which, if it is smart, will continue grovelling to Wall Street. Naturally, they blamed Bernie Sanders, the most popular politician in America--not career crooks like Hillary Clinton, who have other interests.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Fourth World Think Tank

The Center for World Indigenous Studies invites you to learn, study and discover alongside activist scholars advancing the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Monday, October 09, 2017

 

Doctoring Dysfunction

As noted at The Intercept, the stranglehold on health care by doctors, private insurers and drug-makers has killed any chance of the Affordable Care Act ever working. Medicare for all is the only way to make Americans healthy, and is the ticket to a Democratic Congress in 2018.

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