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Whose "Liberty"?  Whose "Freedom"?   


May 14, 2015







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NEW:  Whose "Liberty"?  Whose "Freedom"?   When the right-wing politicians and corporate media talk of "liberty” and “freedom,” remember this: Your "liberty" and “freedom” are not what they are talking about.  And that's not just "theory," that's history.


REPRISE:  If it's good for General Motors, is it good for the rest of us?  Here are a few compelling reasons to reject the dogma of market fundamentalism – reasons to believe that what is good for an individual corporate stockholder may not be good for the public in general. I focus below on corporate behavior since corporations are far and away the most significant "players" in both national and multi-national economic activity.

Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress

Bernard Weiner: 

NEW:  It's the Stupid, Stupid. The U.S., in the past few years having virtually exited from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has now initiated a new, two-headed war in Syria and Iraq. Have we learned nothing from the quagmire campaigns in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan? Behaving this way is the very definition of "stupid."   

  Letter to European Friends: Understanding "The Stupid" in U.S. Politics.  To understand how and why the U.S. behaves ignorantly at times in its foreign policy, it helps to understand the crazy in domestic politics. A primer on how we got to today's partisan warfare and what can be done about it. (First published October 16, 2013) 


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Ernest Partridge's Blog:  Climate Change: The Debate Continues.

Bernard Weiner's Blog:  A series of encounters over the weekend emphasized the necessity and strength of community and the principle of the "public good," a concept that is anathema to so many conservative Republicans.  All that plus George Clooney in "Up in the Air.