A Summary of “The Great Leveler” by Walter Scheidel

Walter Scheidel, an Austrian historian from Stanford University has taken time off from his main interest (the Romans) to write a powerful, and pretty depressing, book on inequality. His book is called The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Its argument is: For thousands of …

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Military Propaganda in Sports, Movies, and TV

Ever wonder why there are so many military commercials during American sports games? It's pretty obvious. On November 4, 2015, U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) released a new joint oversight report exposing widespread evidence that the Department of Defense (DOD) has been paying professional sports teams in the National Football League (NFL), …

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The US on the “Selective Use of Violence for Propagandistic Effects”

During Nicaragua's civil war in the 1980s, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) commissioned a manual for the rebel contras of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN), entitled Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare. It was made public in October 1984. On October 21, 1984, the Washington Post published an article titled: The CIA's Murder Manual: THE CIA …

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Daniel Ellsberg Reveals Actual Nuclear War Plans

Democracy Now: Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation Transcript AMY GOODMAN: “We Will All Go Together When We Go” by Tom Lehrer. This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. We’re joined by Dan Ellsberg for the hour, yes, known for leaking the …

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Creel Committee and State Propaganda

Karl Marx couldn't have said it more clearly when he wrote in The Communist Manifesto: The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. The ruling elite are a small group of people who analyze, execute, make decisions, and run things in the political, economic, and ideological systems. This …

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Eugene Debs – A “Dangerous Man Calculated to Mislead the Unthinking”

Hi, I'd like to share one of my favorite stories from American history. This is the story of Eugene Debs: Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times …

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“The Occupation of the American Mind” – Documentary Looks at Israel’s PR War in the United States

Democracy Now Article >>  Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. As we continue our conversation, we go now to an excerpt of—we are speaking with Roger Waters, the famous British musician, founding member of the iconic …

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