Duopoly is Dumbed-Down Government

Life is not black & white. We need government in full color.

Fight for Medicare for All Together

I've been watching the news and listening to people discuss the current plight of health care in America. The present health care bill, which is now before us, made me decide that I needed to express my opinion about this pressing matter.

Can This New Group Elect Bernies in South Carolina?

In the late 1970s, Bernie Sanders and his supporters started the Independent Coalition to address a then Red rural state in Vermont. And they did this to create the conditions for real progressives to be able to viably run for office. It resulted in Bernie being elected to Mayor of Burlington as a Socialist, electing down-ticket progressives to support him, and eventually breaking into Congress as an Independent.

A Chat With Conservatives: Bernie Bashing

A day or so ago, I wrote about how I grew up a Christian, Conservative Libertarian, and how meeting key people in my life, as well as discovering Bernie Sanders, led me to Progressivism. Well... my more Conservative viewership DID NOT like hearing about someone changing teams, AND they came to let me know.

Response To The Powell Memo: A Progressive Blueprint — Part 5

What follows is Part 5 of a direct rebuttal to the original Powell Memo, which offers a progressive plan to take back the country from the ravages the corporate oligarchy has committed on the American people.

A Brief Word on This Orphan Politics Nonsense

Look, I oppose policies of putting down unwanted animals in shelters. I find the policy to be quite disturbing. But if you, as an animal rights activist who makes the issue your main and most important issue, are successful in winning the battle against it, and no-kill shelters become the law of the land, what have you done for anyone or anything else? Nothing.

#OPINION: Thank You, Birdie

I was born to a lower middle class, white, Christian, Republican family in Massachusetts. My friends growing up were Libertarian. I, too, grew up believing that this was how I was supposed to think.

Is the ACA Worth Saving?

While people naturally become alarmed over Trump's changes to the ACA, it's the similarities that remain that are the real killers.

Osborne’s Call Not to Change Course On Austerity is a Murderous Demand

I shall skip my usual line-by-line critique and begin here, because, finally, a politician says something that is honest and it makes the news! The end of austerity does mean that we’re going to allow the deficit to rise, and we don’t care. And that is totally honest, because nobody in Britain should care if it rises. The UK Government is what we call ‘monetarily sovereign’. Osborne knows this as well, but he doesn’t want you to know that he knows. It has the exclusive, monopoly authority to issue British pounds. Actual pounds come from nowhere else. When the UK Government spends, it is literally spending pounds into existence to ‘pay for’ programmes.

TT&L Accounts and Bond Sales are Veils Over Reality

As a supplement to my article from yesterday regarding the operational reasons why federal taxes are not revenue, today, I wish to briefly touch on further operational realities of federal taxation and bonds sales and why they are veils that only obscure the underlying reality of how federal spending works.

The Operational Reason Why Federal Taxes are Not Revenue for the Federal Government

Operationally, it is impossible for the federal government to spend the proceeds of tax collections. Since this is a major topic of interest for laypersons, I’m going to explain operationally why your dollars paid in federal taxes are not spent by the federal government on anything.

Intersectional Dismantling of Systemic Racism

The progressive movement in this day and age is built on an understanding of intersectionality, meaning that all forms of oppression are interrelated and the only way we will get the world that we want is by everyone respecting, learning from, and working together. However, that wasn’t always the case, and there is bound to be growing pains in transitioning from the old guard to the new. We will all have to learn as we grow and figure out how to make this progressive movement last, and not just be another flash in the pan that is prevented from accomplishing all of our goals.

The USA should be Ashamed of its Electoral Process

The United States of America should be ashamed about its electoral process. France has wrapped up elections in which a whole new party that did not exist two years ago has won the presidency and the majority of parliamentary seats, and yet the US has people who don't even know that any options exists outside of the Democrats and the Republicans. It is a disgrace to the idea of democracy and it cannot stand.

Alice in Wonderland

I'm sure many of us grew up with our parents and grandparents reading us the story of Alice in Wonderland: a story about a girl who magically enters the land where things are not what they appear to be. In fact, everything is the opposite—wrong is right, right is wrong, left is right, right is left, and so on. Much like the United States today.

Response To The Powell Memo: A Progressive Blueprint — Part 4

What follows is Part 4 of a direct rebuttal to the original Powell Memo, which offers a progressive plan to take back the country from the ravages the corporate oligarchy has committed on the American people.

Making Sense of Syria

Most of us have likely seen the horrifying images and videos coming from Syria for the last few years. Invariably, the news agencies bringing these images and videos to us present them as evidence of Assad's "brutal, totalitarian regime". But a little research paints a disturbingly conflicting picture.

These 4 Charts are the Future of America

Censored and lost within a mound of leaked DNC emails, these graphs are the results from 2 polling services, which asked 100,000 US high school students how they would vote in the 2016 election. The results will probably surprise you, even if you're sure they won't.

Draft Bernie Picks Up Momentum at The People's Summit

At the People's Summit in Chicago this past weekend after Bernie Sanders addressed over 4000 activists and supporters from across the country, National Nurses United Director Roseann Demoro told the dozens of Draft Bernie members, "I want to thank all the Draft Bernie people, 'I'm with you.' Nurses are we with them? Are you all with us? As I say heroes aren't made, their cornered." The endorsement from one of the most prominent Sanders supporters provides another boost to a movement started in February 2017 by former Outreach Coordinator for the Bernie Sanders Campaign Nick Brana. 

Response to the Powell Memo: A Progressive Blueprint — Part 3

Part 3 of a direct rebuttal to the original Powell Memo, offering a progressive plan to take back the country from the ravages of the corporate oligarchy.

Cory Booker - If I Gave Back All My Big Pharma Donations, Would You Be Happy?

How could a bill that would help millions of Americans go down in defeat? How can a liberal Democrat like Cory Booker vote against something Ted Cruz supported? Follow the money. The Big Pharma money.

Mainstream Media Helped Big Polluters Legitimize Climate Change Denial

Mainstream media outlets have lent credence to conservative think tanks funded by big polluters who have organized a concerted disinformation campaign for years to propagate climate change denial and skepticism

The R.O.A.D

For a long time in our political history, we have defined our political parties by a single letter: 'R' for Republican and 'D' for Democrat. I have been giving this a lot of thought and I think that there should be a better way to signify those letters. We should instead redefine what the letter 'R' and the letter 'D' represent. 

The Four Pillars of Oligarchy

If  nearly every day we're presented with yet another example of how justice should have been served, but was thwarted by a corporation's bottom line, then what type of government do we have right now?

Preachers Who Say 'Kill the Gays'

15 pastors in 12 states have now either publicly called for the murder of homosexuals, or praised the Orlando shooter. This isn't about politics or religion any more, this is about basic human rights.

Response to the Powell Memo: A Progressive Blueprint — Part 2

What follows is Part 2 of a direct rebuttal to the original Powell Memo, frequently using Powell’s own words, which instead offers a progressive plan to take back the country from the ravages the corporate oligarchy has committed on the American people and restore the freedoms and protections to which we are entitled.

Response to the Powell Memo: A Progressive Blueprint — Part I

What follows is a direct rebuttal to the original Powell Memo, in five parts, frequently using Powell’s own words, which instead offers a progressive plan to take back the country from the ravages the corporate oligarchy has committed on the American people and restore the freedoms and protections to which we are entitled.

A Plea For Economic Literacy

"Federal Taxation doesn't fund Federal spending" sounds like a simple statement, but for the amount of cognitive dissonance one sees when trying to express this idea to the unaware, it would be. The reason for this dissonance is because this information goes counter to the narrative pushed by our leaders and orthodox economists.

Modern Populism Resulting from Hegemonic Neoliberalism: How the Sanders Phenomenon Unleashed a Socialist Movement

On a macro-scale, the academic and political exploration of the “Sanders Phenomenon,” which are a series of events that unleashed a populist wave of democratic socialist political ideology within the U.S. electorate, has been mostly ignored. The purpose of this research is to explore, compare, and draw similarities in each author’s analysis to build a concise understanding of how the paradigm of previous generations’ support for neoliberal policies have affected the political revolution we experience today.

5 Reasons the Democratic National Committee Must Lose The Fraud Lawsuit

I simply want to illustrate why Democrats must accept that this lawsuit must proceed, and be decided against the DNC.

Hillary Clinton Doesn't Get to Co-Opt Racism and Misogyny Anymore

Hillary Clinton doesn't get to co-opt racism and misogyny anymore. She doesn't get to use the very real struggles of women and people of color to make excuses for why she was unable to beat a reality TV show host and failed businessman in her bid to become the 45th president of the United States.