A Brief History of Citizens United and Corporate Power

Let's talk Citizens United and Corporate Power. Citizens United is a symptom of a bigger, longstanding threat: for decades the largest corporations have been building power over our political process. The 1960s and 1970s were some of the most trans-formative years in American history. The 1960s saw the rise of social movements across the nation …

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Pentagon Papers – The True Reason for the Vietnam War

Memo from Secretary of Defense McNamara to President Johnson November 3, 1965 Subject: Courses of Action in Vietnam Section 1. US strategy: The February decision to bomb North Vietnam and the July approval of Phase I deployments make sense only if they are in support of a long-run United States policy to contain Communist China. …

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Defending the Welfare State: “Expanding The Floor Of The Cage”

Understanding Power (2002), Pgs. 344-346, "Defending the Welfare State": Question: Noam, since you're an anarchist and often say that you oppose the existence of the nation-state itself and think it's incompatible with true socialism, does that make you at all reluctant to defend welfare programs and other social services which are now under attack from …

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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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Grand Imperial Strategy: How the Council on Foreign Relations Carefully Planned the Policies of Modern-day Imperialism

The basic principles of the imperial grand strategy trace back to the early days of the Second World War, and have been reiterated frequently since. Even before the U.S. entered the war, planners and analysts concluded that in the post-war world the U.S. would seek "to hold unquestioned power," acting to ensure the "limitation of …

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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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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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