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10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power

“Requiem for the American Dream” is a timely 75-minute teach-in by Noam Chomsky, the M.I.T. linguistics professor who has been a leading leftist political analyst, critic and writer for six decades. Mr. Chomsky, already the subject of several documentaries, focuses here on an election-season theme: financial inequality in America and what he calls its corrosive …

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Who Owns the World?

Noam Chomsky - Delivered at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September 2012 When I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn't decide between them -- actually pretty obvious ones. One topic is, what are the most important issues that we face? The second topic is, what issues are not being …

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“The Problem is Civil Obedience” – Howard Zinn

Excerpt from the book "Voices of a People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, Seven Stories Press, 2004 p483 Howard Zinn, "The Problem is Civil Obedience" (November 1970) I start from the supposition that the world is topsy-turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail …

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The Kennan Memo – The Vague and Unreal Objectives of US Foreign Policy

George F. Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American adviser, diplomat, political scientist, and historian, best known as "the father of containment" and as a key figure in the emergence of the Cold War. He also served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. In others words, one hell of an influential …

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The Crisis of Democracy: Report on the Governability of Democracies to the Trilateral Commission

Perhaps the most striking feature of the new Administration is the role played in it by the Trilateral Commission. The mass media had little to say about this matter during the Presidential campaign -- in fact, the connection of the Carter group to the Commission was recently selected as "the best censored news story of …

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Polyarchy: A Quick Definition

William Robinson, Editor: “Critical Globalization Studies” on Polyarchy: "The definition of polyarchy in the social sciences is a system where participation of masses of people is limited to voting among one or another representative of the elite social class in periodic elections. In between elections, the masses are expected to keep quite, to go back …

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Democracy: what it is, isn’t, and what it should be

In 431 BCE, while commemorating the city’s war dead, Pericles, the Athenian leader, spoke some of the most glorious words I have ever read: “Our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters;…and instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, …

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