Bernie Sanders Declares It’s ‘Not Acceptable’ To Jail Marijuana Users And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk

Bernie Sanders has been making a lot of waves lately speaking out against police brutality and corruption, but recently the Democratic presidential hopeful came out against the Department of Justice’s weak pledge to supposedly “get serious” about white-collar crime. A lot of this sort of white collar criminal activity on Wall Street is what fueled the 2008 financial crisis. But while the Department of Justice said Thursday that it pledges to crack down on corrupt bankers and investors, Sanders isn’t impressed. The DOJ memo claims the government will from this point forward try to hold both corporations and individual employees accountable for illegal Wall Street activity. Sanders says this is long over due, but he says the DOJ doesn’t go far enough, and that the government is being hypocritical by destroying lives in the so-called “War on Drugs” while letting so much white collar crime go unpunished, or with just a slap on […] Read More

Robert Reich: In the New Economy, Workers Take on All the Risk

More Americans than ever don’t know what they’ll be earning next week. That’s why we need income insurance. As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. This varied group includes independent contractors, temporary workers, the self-employed, part-timers, freelancers, and free agents. Most file 1099s rather than W2s, for tax purposes. On demand and on call – in the “share” economy, the “gig” economy, or, more prosaically, the “irregular” economy – the result is the same: no predictable earnings or hours.  It’s the biggest change in the American workforce in over a century, and it’s happening at lightning speed. It’s estimated that in five years over 40 percent of the American labor force will have uncertain work; in a decade, most of us. Increasingly, businesses need only a relatively small pool of “talent” anchored in the enterprise –  innovators and strategists responsible for the […] Read More

How Corporate America Invented Christian America

How one reverend’s big business-backed crusade altered the political landscape. The following is an adapted excerpt from Kevin Kruse’s new book,  One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015). In December 1940, as America was emerging from the Great Depression, more than 5,000 industrialists from across the nation made their yearly pilgrimage to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, convening for the annual meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers. The program promised an impressive slate of speakers: titans at General Motors, General Electric, Standard Oil, Mutual Life, and Sears, Roebuck; popular lecturers such as etiquette expert Emily Post and renowned philosopher-historian Will Durant; even FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Tucked away near the end of the program was a name few knew initially, but one everyone would be talking about by the convention’s end: Reverend James W. Fifield Jr. Handsome, tall, and somewhat gangly, […] Read More

Rising Enemy Within: Private Police Fits New World Order Script

First I want to say that many corporate (security) sympathizers tend to defend private policing, but this article will debunk all their arguments here and show how private policing is the end-all end-game ultimate threat to freedom in America and humanity as a whole, all in the name of protecting corporate profits $$ while working hand in hand with government for their greater long term new world order plans. In 2014 I covered the rising threat of private security now arresting American citizens in the streets of America after witnessing firsthand the arrest of a gentleman in Hollywood California. The private security company looked very threatening with guns, bullet proof vests and the whole tyranny outfit. The frightening scene looked more like a SWAT military situation with around 10-15 fully armed agents and multiple nearly unmarked cars only there were no tanks or machine guns that I saw. To […] Read More

Why No One Can End Reagan’s “Dead Wrong” Voodoo Economics

The middle class creates rich people — not the other way around. Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, a highly visible champion of Seattle’s $15/hour minimum wage, wrote a piece in the Atlantic last month pushing on another front in the war against toxic income inequality. “Stock Buybacks Are Killing the American Economy,” he warned, and getting rid of them would be a tremendous boon to the economy. This latest front rebukes those who say that raising the minimum wage does little to address what ails the American middle class. First, it underscores the obvious: that battling against decades of bad economic policy must necessarily be a multi-pronged affair, with no single action able to solve everything at once. But second, it starkly highlights how much of the problem can be traced to a single source—the profoundly misguided notion that giving even more money to rich people would produce prosperity for […] Read More

‘Walmart Just Proved They Are On The Side of Police Brutality’

Today marked the second National Day of Protest For John Crawford. Over a dozen cities all over the United States turned out to protest in front of their local Walmart stores, in support of the young man who was gunned down by police after he took a toy BB gun off of a Walmart shelf. Many who did not attend the protests have asked or wondered “why are you doing these protests at Walmart?” “After all,” they say, “it wasn’t Walmart’s fault that the Beavercreek police killed John Crawford.” Yes and no. Protesters associated with the #Action4JohnCrawford protests say that Walmart store security has colluded with the Beavercreek police from day one. They have covered up everything for the police, and concealed evidence, all to help the police get their story together and to allow public anger to dissipate, at the police department’s request. While the public demanded that […] Read More

The Access Govt and Corporations Have to Our Thoughts Is Beyond Orwell’s Wildest Dreams

A new excerpt from Robert Scheer‘s new book explains what we lose when we give up our privacy. The following is an excerpt from Robert Scheer’s new book They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collection Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy. Reprinted with permission of Nation Books. Copyright © 2015. For democracy, privacy is the ball game. Without the assurance of a zone of inviolate space, both physical and mental, that a citizen can inhabit without fear of observation by others, there is no guarantee of the essential sovereignty of the individual promised in the First and Fourth Amendments to the US Constitution. That should be clear, as it is to most people who have been oppressed by the tyranny of authoritarian regimes. Indeed, as Aldous Huxley and George Orwell brilliantly established in their classic writing on this subject, the totality of societal observation over the individual is the defining antithesis of […] Read More

Chris Hedges: How Some Prisoners Are America’s Most Exploited Workers

The wages paid to prisoners for labor inside prisons have declined over the past three decades. Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society. […] Read More