Last and First Men

1848+: Capitalism, Communism and The End of History

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Beyond the ‘end of history’ nonsense to the real issue of the invitability of constitutional communism, with or without market economies…

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

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US Postal Workers Protest TPP and the Threat of Privatization | News | teleSUR English

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein said the trade agreement would “enrich multinationals at the expense of workers everywhere.”

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No Need to Build Donald Trump’s Wall — It’s Already Built

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

In 1994, the threat wasn’t “terrorism.” In part, the call for more hardened, militarized borders came in response, among other things, to a never-ending drug war. It also came from U.S. officials who anticipated the displacement of millions of Mexicans after the implementation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which, ironically, was aimed at eliminating barriers to trade and investment across North America.And the expectations of those officials proved well justified. The ensuing upheavals in Mexico, as analyst Marco Antonio Velázquez Navarrete explained to me, were like the aftermath of a war or natural disaster. Small farmers couldn’t compete against highly subsidized U.S. agribusiness giants like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland. Mexican small business owners were bankrupted by the likes of Walmart, Sam’s Club, and other corporate powers. Mining by foreign companies extended across vast swaths of Mexico, causing territorial conflicts and poisoning the land. The unprecedented and desperate migration that followed came up against what might be considered the other side of the Clinton doctrine of open trade: walls, increased border agents, increased patrolling, and new surveillance technologies meant to cut off traditional crossing spots in urban areas like El Paso, San Diego, Brownsville, and Nogales.

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Gulf Residents Arrested Telling Obama: More Drilling Equals More Floods | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

A group of Gulf residents were arrested after occupying the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) office in New Orleans on Tuesday, where they were demanding that President Barack Obama cancel an imminent lease sale for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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From the Destruction of Greece to Democracy in Europe | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

August 24th, 2016 · No Comments

Last year’s third bailout of Greece, imposed by Europe and the International Monetrary Fund, does to Greece what Versailles did to Germany: It strips assets to satisfy debts. Germany lost its merchant marine, its rolling stock, its colonies, and its coal; Greece has lost its seaports, its airports — the profitable ones — and is set to sell off its beaches, the public asset that is a uniquely Greek glory. Private businesses are being forced into bankruptcy to make way for European chains; private citizens are being forced into foreclosure on their homes. It’s a land grab.

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Clinton’s Transition Team: a Corporate Presidency Foretold

August 23rd, 2016 · No Comments


Like other Bernie Sanders delegates in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I kept hearing about the crucial need to close ranks behind Hillary Clinton. “Unity” was the watchword. But Clinton has reaffirm…

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Labor Rights Brazenly Violated In Global ‘Corporate Utopias’

August 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Matt Kennard details his new investigative report for In These Times, which exposes first-hand the severe mistreatment of workers and union busting in Cambodian and Chinese Special Economic Zones

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Welfare Reform Is 20 Years Old and It’s Worse Than You Can Imagine | Mother Jones

August 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Food stamps time limit hits the poorest the hardest.

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Marketing Can Change Kids’ Brain Activity—and the Food Industry Is Spending $2 Billion a Year to Push Them to Junk Food | Alternet

August 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

It has long been understood that when kids are victorious in that power struggle, it can lead to obesity and other diet-related health problems. But a new study shows that the food advertisements—which kids see in staggering numbers and which amount to $2 billion worth of ad buys per year­—may change the area of the brain that controls just how much children are apt to desire sugary cereals, candy, and fast food.

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Life Itself Is Being Patented, Privatized and Re-engineered

August 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

Ashley Dawson offers critiques and insights into how capitalism besieged our ecosystem and what we can do about it.

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