Under Oath, Apple Lies to the World About Paying Taxes

On May 21, 2013, Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, appeared before a United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, investigative subcommittee, which had completed an inquiry into how Apple avoided tens of billions of dollars in taxes by shifting profits into Irish subsidiaries that the subcommittee’s chairman called “ghost companies.” At the hearing, Cook …

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Politicizing Hunger: Roots of the Cuban Embargo

By March 1960, just barely over a year after the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. decided that it was time to punish the Cuban people for allowing Castro to take power in Cuba. As explained in the Memorandum of Discussion at the 436th Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, March 10, 1960: Mr. Dillon [Under …

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Plato on the Evils of a “Government Resting on a Valuation of Property”

Hi. Here is a very interesting and timely exchange between Socrates and Glaucon in Plato's The Republic, ~360 BCE, Book 8:   GLAUCON: And what manner of government do you term oligarchy? SOCRATES: A government resting on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it. GLAUCON: …

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The True Purpose of the US Senate

Hi, Have you ever wondered why the U.S. Senate (and Congress) in general is so out of touch with the people? Why does it feel like they serve other interests other than the will of the people? Answer: The Senate was never intended to serve the people. It was intended to serve the rich. James …

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Who Truly Made the iPhone?

Hi, Hope everyone got that new iPhone for the holidays 🙂 While you hold that thousand-dollar phone in your hand, ask yourself: what actually makes an iPhone an iPhone? University of Sussex economist Mariana Mazzucato, who has just published a new U.S. edition of her book, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, …

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James Madison’s Ideas on Protecting the Opulent Minority Against the Tyranny of the Majority

James Madison,  fourth President of the United States (1809 – 1817) is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution”. He and the rest of the forefathers understood the dangers of democracy all too well, so they set out to create a system which would protect their interests, in other words the interests of the ruling …

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U.S. Policy in Latin America: Dictatorships over Democracies

George F. Kennan was the U.S. State Department's premier expert on the Soviet Union and the author of the "containment" theory. His staunch view that the United States should fight communism at all costs was used to rationalize support for dictators throughout the world. The "Memorandum by the Counselor of the Department (Kennan) to the …

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