The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won’t Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: It is time to end the era of rigged corporate trade and begin fair trade that respects all people and the planet; and that is developed in an open and transparent manner.

In Rush to Strike Syria, US Tried to Derail UN Probe

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Gareth Porter: The real reason for the Obama administration’s hostility toward the U.N. investigation appears to be the fear that the Syrian government’s decision to allow the team access to the area indicates that it knows that U.N. investigators will not find evidence of a nerve gas attack.

Why Jackie Robinson Still Matters

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Anthony Samad: Jackie Robinson showed us that blacks and whites could co-exist on the same intellectual, emotional and physical planes. America had to see it before they could “see it.”

Progressives Must Move Beyond Occupy

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Cynthia Alvarez: Occupy is actually impeding Progressives’ outreach to the general public. Progressives need new organizations based on the successful planning and leadership strategies of the civil rights movement to create an army of volunteers.

The Great Populist Wave

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Brent Budowsky: It is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter-registration, -mobilization and -turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Gore Occupies, Soros Opines

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Brent Budowsky: his week, former Vice President Al Gore called for an Occupy Democracy movement using the Internet to escalate the battle against the corruption of democracy.

An Open Letter to Richard Cordray

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Charles Hayes: Please rename your agency. Stop calling us consumers. We are Citizens with a capital C. In addition, please lead an effort to ask all kinds of media to follow suit.

LA’s Redistricting War and the Health of Our Democracy

Madeline Janis: I wanted to see working people, middle-class and especially poor people down at the “ropes,” pulling council members and their staff aside and talking about how things should be done. I wanted the “people” to learn how to own the place.

Friday Feedback: Don’t Bother Calling Wealthy Democrats?

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Friday Feedback: This week, regular commentor Joe Weinstein addresses Brent Budowksy’s “Calling Wealthy Democrats.”

The Right to Shirk

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John T. Cumbler: Indiana ’s proposed “Right to Work” Act is not just anti-union, it is anti-democratic. Under the law if a majority of workers in a plant vote for a union, those who opposed the union would not have to contribute dues to the union.

Friday Feedback: What’s the Economy for Anyway?

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This week, Joe Weinstein, one of our most prolific and thoughtful commentators, addresses Robert Reich’s “What’s the Economy for Anyway?”

Occupy Oakland Takes Wrong Turn

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Randy Shaw: For all of its claims to represent the true democratic spirit of the 99%, it seems that once Occupy Oakland decides to close down a public facility or seize a public asset, that’s all the democracy it needs.

Democratization: Indigenous Beats Imported

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Ivan Eland: Despite George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s efforts to topple foreign dictators and use military power to forcefully impose democracy from without, democracy usually works better if it bubbles up from below by popular desire.

The Surge to Withdrawal

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Vijay Prashad: The United States will exit Afghanistan in the next few years. None of its promises of health and well-being, democracy and women’s rights will be realized.

America Should Quit Preaching and Lead by Example

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Ivan Eland: Let’s get rid of preaching to, meddling in, and even attacking and invading other countries to spread our values and go back to the founders’ vision of leading by example.

Capitalism Is the Enemy of Democracy

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David Kristjanson-Gural: Excluding people from having a say over what happens to the wealth we create is the first and the most fundamental way that any capitalist system undermines democracy. We are fundamentally disenfranchised in the places we work.

Will Occupy Fade Away?

Ky Primo writes a note on her view of "Occupy Los Angeles" while her friend Eddie Daniels holds a sign during the protest march in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The note read "Let us educate ourselves, help educate others on how banks, taxation and trade work. Use the energy to amend the Constitution to separate money and state. Yes we can." (Photo: Ted Fisher)

Mark Naison: If the Occupy movement’s showed us, in words and deeds, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” those attacking the Occupations showed the world, albeit unintentionally “This Is What a Police State Looks Like.”

Let’s Occupy Together

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David Kristjanson-Gural: Corporate news stations present themselves as trustworthy and unbiased, but they are owned by large multinational corporations like General Electric and Westinghouse, and these are the folks that are benefitting from the policies that the protesters decry.

Why We Must Occupy Democracy

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Robert Reich: The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Empty the Tea Pot

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Charles Hayes: The progressive political agenda for 2012 has never been clearer: Empty the Tea Pot. Remove the Tea Party ideologues from office and those who cater to their whims.

Occupiers Occupied: Hijacking the First Amendment

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Robert Reich: If Occupiers are expelled from specific geographic locations the Occupier movement can shift to broad-based organizing around the simple idea at the core of the movement: It’s time to occupy our democracy.

Greece’s Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance?

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Robert Reich: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided in favor of democracy yesterday when he announced a national referendum on the draconian budget cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding from Greece in return for bailing it out.

Contemplating the Supremes

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Tom Degan: It’s time we have a serious discussion regarding the ramifications of a Republican victory in 2012 – and what it would mean for the future of this Republic if even one more right wing extremist is appointed to sit on that court.

What Occupy Wall Street Protestors Want

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Lydia Howell: After 30 years of reversals of 20th century progress towards equity and equality, towards inclusion and true democracy, We the People are awakening.

In the Debt Ceiling Machinations Democracy Is Also Up for Grabs

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Carl Bloice: If the people who set the Tea Party in motion and sustain it want a mandatory “balanced budget” there is a democratic way of going about getting one; introduce specific legislation. They wouldn’t take that route.

Deficit Reduction Versus Democracy

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Shamus Cooke: Listening to Congress debate deficit deduction is like listening to a den of lions discuss the welfare of zebras. In both cases the debate is very one-sided.

Reimagining Capitalism: An End to Mythologies

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John Peeler: The economy, like the polity, ought to be democratically controlled. Democracy should operate at the level of the firm as well as the community: employees should be owners.

Torture Victims: From DC to Damascus

Kyaw, with California State Senator Kehoe.

Julie Gutman: One of the most profound contributions we can make to the cause of freedom, democracy and human dignity is to rebuild the lives of those who have sacrificed so much in the defense of these ideals — the very principles upon which our country was founded.

How’s Your Democracy Treating You Lately?

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This Thursday, June 30th is the deadline for applications for California Common Cause’s 2nd Annual Student Activist Training. It’s at UC Berkeley from July 22-24th.

You’re Not Supposed to Be Happy

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Tina Dupuy: The whole idea of a democracy is accepting you’ll never fully get your own way in government.

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