Pope Francis: Don’t Believe the Hype!

The hype surrounding the new Pope has to stop. There’s nothing progressive about Pope Francis. Whatever the TV or your friends are repeating is false or completely out of context. Let me walk you through some of the most talked-about points: Homosexuality We all heard the now famous line from the Pope when asked about …

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Will the Real Adam Smith Please Stand Up!

Excerpted from Class Warfare, 1995, pp. 19-23, 27-31 DAVID BARSAMIAN: One of the heroes of the current right-wing revival... is Adam Smith. You've done some pretty impressive research on Smith that has excavated... a lot of information that's not coming out. You've often quoted him describing the "vile maxim of the masters of mankind: all …

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Manufacturing Consent: A Propaganda Model

The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth …

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The History of “I Do’s”

There is a much quoted line in Latin poetry: Bella gerant alii, tu felix Austria nube, which roughly translates to “Let others make war; you, fortunate Austria, marry”. This is the motto of one of Europe’s greatest dynasties: The House of Habsburg. [1] Through a series of strategic marriage arrangements, the Habsburgs brought Burgundy, Spain, …

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More Money than God?

During the global financial crisis that peaked in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said that “that the pursuit of money and success is pointless” and that those who seek "success, career or money are building on sand" [1]. These are remarkable words coming from one of the wealthiest institution on Earth: The Catholic Church! Let’s look …

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