Henry A. Giroux: The plague of American authoritarianism

 According to Paxton:  No swastikas in an American fascism, but Stars and Stripes (or Stars and Bars) and Christian crosses. No fascist salute, but mass recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Corporate Empire

▶ DN! | "Mr. Smith Goes to Prison": After Year in Jail, Former State Senator Condemns Mass Incarceration

Ex-Politician Jeff Smith: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis

 Democracy Now!  September 1, 2015

“Mr. Smith Goes to Prison”  Book by Jeff Smith … 623 more words

Human Rights

▶ Mark Fiore: Plutonians of Color

With more brutal killings and mysterious deaths while in police custody, it seems hardly a day goes by without a new dashboard camera video or protest calling out for justice. 109 more words

Human Rights

Peter Dreier: Can Bernie Revive King’s Dream—Fusing the Spirit of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street?

 Throughout American history, advocates for racial justice and economic justice have sometimes been at odds, but they’ve also found common ground. In recent weeks we’ve watched this tension play out in a surprising way, when Black Lives Matters activists disrupted Bernie Sanders rallies to demand that the socialist Senator from Vermont focus more attention on racial inequities. 2,462 more words

Constitutional Rights

Evergreene Digest: Sheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 7

Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism”


In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites. 693 more words

Human Rights

John Pilger | Julian Assange: the Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice

 “Documents released by WikiLeaks since Assange moved to England,” wrote Al Burke, editor of the online Nordic News Network, an authority on the multiple twists and dangers facing Assange, “clearly indicate that Sweden has consistently submitted to pressure from the United States in matters relating to civil rights.

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Military Madness

Do Prosecutors Have an Unfair Advantage in Our Criminal Justice System?

Reagan-appointed judge questions fairness of criminal-justice system

Steven Greenhut  reason.com July 24, 2015

One of California’s most prominent federal judges, Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit court of appeals,  776 more words

Constitutional Rights