Norman Solomon: Raising domestic spending in tandem with military spending is no solution, any more than spewing vastly more carcinogenic poisons into the environment would be offset by building more hospitals.
Norman Solomon: There’s no getting around the fact that Lee’s vote in committee last week made it possible for a budget bill that further bloats the Pentagon’s spending to reach the House floor.
Norman Solomon: While many Democratic politicians and U.S. media outlets have portrayed Trump as soft on Russia and uncommitted to Western militarism, such claims don’t hold up to facts.
Norman Solomon: The only way that the campaign can overcome corporate media, Wall Street and other power centers of the establishment will be with massive bottom-up mobilization in communities across the country.
Norman Solomon: Humane principles are low priorities in the profit-driven scheme of things, as the devastating impacts of economic inequality and militarism attest.
Norman Solomon: After 36 years in the Senate and eight as vice president, Biden is by far the most seasoned servant of corporate power with a prayer of becoming the next president.
Norman Solomon: The corporate-owned and corporate-advertiser-funded media of this country are the biggest barriers between Bernie Sanders and the Oval Office.
Norman Solomon: Bernie Sanders represents a different approach to the root causes of—and possible solutions to—extreme economic inequality, systemic injustice and a dire shortage of democracy.
Norman Solomon: The overarching fear that defenders of oligarchy have about Sanders is not that he’s out of step with most Americans—it’s that he’s in step with them.
Norman Solomon: If civil liberties instead of repression and diplomacy instead of war are progressive values, then all too many progressives—eager to tar Trump as a Kremlin product—have been undermining those values
Norman Solomon: Clinton’s smooth rhetoric should not change the fact that—on a vast array of issues—basic principles will require progressives to fight against her actual policy goals, every step of the way.
Norman Solomon: Many of the same media outlets and overall corporate forces that denounced Eugene McCarthy in 1968, George McGovern in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1988 are gunning for Bernie Sanders in 2016.
Norman Solomon: Elite media often blur distinctions between right-wing populism and progressive populism—as though there’s not all that much difference between appealing to xenophobia and racism on the one hand and appealing for social justice and humanistic solidarity on the other