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The Wisdom of the People – the Populist Rationale

By Michael Collins

The citizens of the United States have excellent judgment. They have shown it consistently over time. When that judgment shifts briefly allowing a failed policy, it is a result of the vilest forms of propaganda by a small clique of liars. (Image: PS-OV-ART)

The people were right about the invasion of Iraq

We know that the plan to invade Iraq began just days after Inauguration Day, 2001. The opportunity to launch the most disastrous and costly military effort in our history came on 9/11. The destruction of the World Trade Center towers and attack on the Pentagon became the pretext for war. The manipulators launched their fraudulent storyline in earnest with confidence that they would get their war.

But in December of 2002, the public wasn’t buying it. The people didn’t have access to all of the information. They knew one thing for sure — the invasion was a very bad idea unless Iraq posed an imminent threat to the country with weapons of mass destruction. An in depth Los Angeles Times public opinion poll asked this question:
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Tribal victories against corporate ecoterrorism a model for us all

Once warring tribes now ally to defeat mining and drilling

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By John Perkins
Yes! Magazine

Lessons from the Dongria Kondh: With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths

It was the kind of fight in which the power seems so one-sided that the conclusion is foregone. The indigenous Dongria Kondh of Niyamgiri, India, saw their homeland and their sacred mountains threatened by Vedanta Resources, an international mining company that planned to build an enormous bauxite mine in the heart of their land. The Dongria used themselves as roadblocks to keep Vedanta employees away, but it was hard to imagine that their resistance would have long-term effects.

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Where are the Populists?

Michael Collins

“There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it.”  William Jennings Bryan, 1896

Populism is broadly defined as “political ideas and activities that are intended to represent ordinary people’s needs and wishes.” The majority are  deliberately held down by the financial elite.  Removal of the financial elite is the vehicle to realize the “people’s needs and wishes.” (Graph)

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Howard Zinn, author of ‘People’s History’ and left-wing historian, dies at 87 in California

This 2006 picture shows Howard Zinn in New York. Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist "A People's History of the United States" sold millions of copies to become an alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. He was 87. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh) (Dima Gavrysh, AP / June 26, 2006)

By Hillel Italie, AP

Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday. He was 87.

Zinn died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said. The historian was a resident of Auburndale, Mass.

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Corporatism vs Populism: Golinger on Venezuela and Obama

Interview of Eva Golinger on the US military buildup in Latin America, universal healthcare in Venezuala, education, judicial corruption, and the difference between trade agreements that benefit a few multinational corporations and those that benefit a nation’s populace; plus more.

By Mike Whitney

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama Is Preparing for War in South America; Interview with Eva Golinger

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Salon interviews the late Adam Smith

obama adam smithBy Michael Lind

The 18th century’s patron saint of free markets shares his surprising views about Barack Obama and the U.S. economy

American labor activists and many liberals support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would make it easier for workers to form unions. Many conservative economists argue that greater unionization would cripple the U.S., causing higher unemployment and rendering the U.S. economy less competitive. Do you agree?

“We rarely hear, it has been said, of the combinations of masters, though frequently of those of workmen. But whoever imagines, upon this account, that masters rarely combine, is as ignorant of the world as of the subject. Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of tacit, but constant and uniform, combination, not to raise the wages of labour above their actual rate … Masters, too, sometimes enter into particular combinations to sink the wages of labour even below this rate.”

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Can Hip-Hop save Falun Gong?

Famous heckler Wenyi Wang stands between John Kusumi of the China Support Network and Timothy Cooper of Worldrights.

Famous heckler Wenyi Wang stands between John Kusumi of the China Support Network and Timothy Cooper of Worldrights.

Does anybody remember the news story, “Heckler interrupts U.S. and Chinese Presidents on the South Lawn of the White House”? That would be Falun Gong’s Dr. Wenyi Wang, who was with us again on Sunday, July 19 2009. Continue reading