NPR’s Report on Amazon Is Essentially an Infomercial

The “reality” behind Amazon’s fast delivery time and its record-breaking $1 trillion valuation, and CEO Jeff Bezos’ record-breaking $150 billion personal fortune, isn’t just “forecasting” or smarter robotics or sexier tech, it’s what’s it’s always been: a faceless network of millions of workers—abused, neglected, overworked and underpaid—and environmental externalities the public will be mopping up for centuries Continue reading

Can the Blue Wave Deliver a Green New Deal?

Support for a Green New Deal is building, both on the streets and inside Congress. In the past week, nearly a dozen members of the House have backed a proposal by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to create a select committee for a Green New Deal, charged with developing a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the United States economy to become carbon neutral Continue reading

The Mainstream Media Is Lying About the California Fires

Acting like each year’s fires are a fluke that will never happen again—that in and of itself is denying climate change. It is lying to the American people in order to cover up that we are promoting a system based on big oil, big factory farming and big environmental destruction.

Generally speaking, the job of mainstream corporate outlets is to ignore the harsh reality that our endless consumption and furious appetite for fossil fuels are burning our country, turning it into a desert wasteland—and the easiest response is to throw slave labor at the problem. Continue reading

The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us

Control by oligarchs thwarts rational decision-making, because the short-term interests of the elite are radically different to the long-term interests of society. This explains why past civilisations have collapsed “despite possessing the cultural and technological know-how needed to resolve their crises”. Economic elites, which benefit from social dysfunction, block the necessary solutions. Continue reading

Green New Deal? Bring It! But Don’t Forget Your Union Card

Ocasio-Cortez’s draft proposal for a Green New Deal Committee contains bold provisions for achieving 100 percent renewable energy, a federal jobs guarantee, a commitment to mitigate racial, regional, and gender-based wealth and income inequalities, and a plan to use innovative public financing to achieve these goals. While these are all important aspects of a Green New Deal, what’s missing are any terms for protecting — let alone strengthening — the right to organize. Continue reading

The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves

There’s a verbal tic particular to a certain kind of response to a certain kind of story about the thinness and desperation of American society; about the person who died of preventable illness or the Kickstarter campaign to help another who can’t afford their cancer treatment even with “good” insurance; about the plight of the homeless or the lack of resources for the rural poor; about underpaid teachers spending thousands of dollars of their own money for the most basic classroom supplies; about train derailments, the ruination of the New York subway system and the decrepit states of our airports and ports of entry: “I can’t believe in the richest country in the world …” Continue reading

7 Economic Terms That Are Often Used to Trick People Out of Their Money

There are so many plans these days to “transform” an area via a “public-private partnership” that will “restore” and “fix” the local economy and lead to an economic “recovery” for the “brave” group of “stakeholders” who’ve come together to make it happen. The business leader drumming up support is often a “good friend” of the politicians in charge. To entertain another plan, the people in power warn, will “hurt” the economy. No matter the project, the end result is the corporation pays little to no tax, and gives little to nothing to the community — not even the promised jobs. Continue reading