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Capitalism Is the Crisis (Full Movie)

By Capitalism Is the Crisis.net

Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the “austerity” agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!

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Civil Liberties under Obama: Glenn Greenwald speech

At Socialism 2011 in Chicago on July 3, Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald spoke about civil liberties in the age of Obama. Filmed, edited and posted by Kevin Gosztola.

Transcribed below:

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Venezuela’s Enabling Law: 5 Questions & Answers

Venezuela's National Assembly in December passed the Ley Habilitante, or Enabling Law, granting the President the authority to decree laws for the benefit of torrential rain victims (Agencies)

Venezuela ranks fifth among countries with the lowest level of malnutrition in Latin America and is among the world’s top 10. Still, the world’s media, owned by neoliberal capitalists who support a corporate global dictatorship, continues to paint Hugo Chavez as a devil, especially since Venezuela passed the “enabling law.” But, the US also has such a law; it’s called a signing statement. Further, the US presidency (first under Bush and continued under Obama) has usurped complete dictatorial control thru various unconstitutional laws passed, with several more now under consideration.

Global elites hate Chavez because he is taking back land and natural resources formerly owned by multinational corporations and giving it to Venezuela’s peasants and state-run companies. As to direct defense of what he is doing, below is this 5-point response by Correo del Orinoco International:

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Sights and Scenes from the One Nation Rally in D.C.

By William Hughes

VIDEO: the National Mall, on Oct. 2, 2010, in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln Memorial, a massive rally/march was held. Its organizers advocated for jobs, peace, quality education, a single payer healthcare system and for other important social justice issues. ANSWER’s National Coordinator Brian Becker demanded an end to wars that cost a billion dollars every two days, instead demanding that the money be spent here.

[My favorite chant from the below video: Obama ain’t no socialist. WE ARE. WE ARE.]

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The Trials of Tony Judt

Even as ALS tightens its grip, the Leftist historian remains outspoken

By Evan R. Goldstein
The Chronicle Review

On a Monday evening in mid-October, the historian Tony Judt appeared onstage at the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, in Greenwich Village. “I hope you don’t mind if I begin by shooting the elephant in the house,” he said, speaking from an electric wheelchair, wrapped in a black blanket, with a Bi-Pap breathing device attached to his nose. “As you can see,” he continued, his voice gravelly and labored, “I’m paralyzed from the neck down, and also use this rather ridiculous-looking tube on my face to breathe.”

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Understanding the US Financial Crisis, Why Banking Regulations are a Temporary Fix

Part #3 of Understanding Capitalism and Socialism
by Joaquin

With the great financial crisis of 2007-2010 all over except for the screaming and yelling; and the yelling and screaming is over because oil spilled all over it; and with the oil spill all over because someone parked a SUV with toy timers on it in Manhattan; it’s time to understand how the financial crisis was solved; so let’s get started. By the way, aren’t we all glad the financial crisis is over? Well except in Greece and maybe Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and the UK; don’t forget California and other bankrupt states, counties, municipalities, and your parent’s pension; not to mention a giant national debt that is ballooning out of control; but yeah otherwise the financial crisis is over. How do we know its over? Well, just turn on the financial news anywhere and you will hear that the recovery is in full swing except for people having jobs and buying houses. The crisis is so over that it has been over and over. I mean if you Google “housing market has bottomed” you can find out that the housing market has bottomed out constantly since 2006.

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May Day 2010: In honor of immigrant workers and the miners of Cananea, Mexico

By Freedom Socialist Party

The U.S. Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) sends greetings to working people and their champions on the 120th anniversary of the first global celebration of this unique international workers’ holiday. This is a time to celebrate the struggles and victories of the past and present while looking ahead to a brighter and more humane future. It is a day to mark how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.

May Day originated to advance the fight for the eight-hour day and to pay tribute to the Haymarket martyrs who were hanged or imprisoned in this cause: Albert Parsons, August Spies, and six other anarchists falsely convicted of throwing a bomb that set off a police massacre in Chicago on May 4, 1886.

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Chavez Fuels the South Bronx

By Lainie Cassel
Upside Down World

In 2005, during a visit to the South Bronx in New York City, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a lofty promise to help active community members cope with local issues. A half-decade and a few million dollars later, Chavez’s promise has become a reality and residents from the community are reaping the benefits.

The program, which officially took off in 2007, is controlled by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s national oil company. With a three-year agreement to provide $1 million annually, CITGO’s profits have now funded numerous social projects in what is one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States.

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Consider the Germans: Co-determination and Works Councils


By Thomas Geoghegan
Harper’s Magazine

Come on: Is the West really in such decline? Yes, we can sit here on our island continent and gloom about the rise of China, as our elite now like to do. Or we can go out into the world and start competing like the Europeans. For here’s a strange fact: since 2003, it’s not China but Germany, that colossus of European socialism, that has either led the world in export sales or at least been tied for first. Even as we in the United States fall more deeply into the clutches of our foreign creditors—China foremost among them—Germany has somehow managed to create a high-wage, unionized economy without shipping all its jobs abroad or creating a massive trade deficit, or any trade deficit at all. Sure, China just pulled slightly ahead of Germany, but that’s mostly because the euro has soared, making German goods even more expensive, and world trade has slumped. Meanwhile, the dollar is dropping, and we still can’t compete with either nation. And even as the Germans outsell the United States, they manage to take six weeks of vacation every year. They’re beating us with one hand tied behind their back.

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Radical Women on International Women’s Day

By Margaret Viggiani
Radical Women

Happy International Women’s Day!

One hundred years ago, at the Second International Socialist Women’s Conference, participants from 17 countries voted unanimously to create a day to honor the struggles of workingclass women. International Women’s Day was born, and it’s been celebrated in countries across the globe ever since.

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Global Survey: 74% Critical of Neoliberal Capitalism

Sao Paolo, Brazil wealth vs poverty

By Ernesto Carmona 

A global survey commissioned by the BBC revealed that 74% of 29,000 respondents in 27 countries are critical of neoliberal capitalism. This is a reversal from a 2005 survey by the same firm, GlobeScan, which found 63% in favor of a free market. The only Latin American nations surveyed all hold free trade agreements with the US, and all reject neoliberalism by vast majorities. France and Germany believe strong regulation can cure problems with capitalism.

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I Am the Resistance

By Jessica Isla

Honduran feminist and coup resister Jessica Isla introduces the faces of those who flooded the streets to protest the overthrow of Manuel Zelaya’s democratically elected government. Despite Roberto Micheletti’s military-backed coup, the women, men and youth of Honduras continue resisting. They are an inspiration to everyone opposing imperialism and fighting for dignity, freedom of speech and workers’ power throughout the world.

I Am the Resistance

I am this body marked by blows
that walks day after day under the sun,
under this uncertain sky of flying machines,
amongst gusts of smoke and
the sound of rifles

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The Devil and Mr. Obama

By Joe Bageant

Barack promised change — and sure enough, things changed for the worse.

Well lookee here! An invite from my limey comrades to recap Barack Obama’s first year in office. Well comrades, I can do this thing two ways. I can simply state that the great mocha hope turned out to be a Trojan horse for Wall Street and the Pentagon. Or I can lay in an all-night stock of tequila, limes and reefer and puke up the entire miserable tale like some 5,000 word tequila purged Congolese stomach worm. I have chosen to do the latter.

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The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela

Food sovereignty is a relatively new concept, originally coined and defined by the international peasant movement, Via Campesina, in 1993. This report is an in-depth study of how Venezuela is transforming its economy and empowering its citizens thru nine distinct features of Social Production Enterprises – the antidote to neoliberalism. All images added by COTO editor.

By Anna Isaacs, Basil Weiner, Grace Bell, Courtney Frantz and Katie Bowen

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House Resolution Designates Venezuela a State Sponsor of Terrorism

terrorismo6doBy Stephen Lendman

At a time of growing US poverty, hunger, homelessness, and despair, imperial wars without end, and the Obama administration even worse than its predecessor, Venezuela:

Foot in the Door: Capitalism and Health Care

socialism_vs_capitalismBy Stephen Fleischman

Isn’t it perfectly clear that the uproar over a public option in the health care reform bill now squeezing its way through Congress is about nothing but the foot in the door to socialized medicine and ultimately to other socialized things?

What a break that would be when you look around and see what capitalism hath wrought. While the ice-caps melt, corporate America is making billions on the dooming of the planet.

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Senator Sanders and Michael Moore

In this week’s video, director Michael Moore asks Sen. Bernie Sanders “what is wrong with American capitalism these days?

Sen. Sanders makes a poignant appearance in Michael Moore’s latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story, highlighting, as he does in this episode, precisely the deficiencies of the current political and economic climate and the way the American public is getting screwed in the process.

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The End of Capital and the Future of Work

Economic_Crisis_in_the_US_by_BenHeineBy Kostas Lambos, PhD

In recent years there has been much discussion about a certain end: Some speak of the “end of history”1, others mention the “end of work”2, while the dark powerful hubs of obscurantism present the “end of the world” in the form of eschatological prophecies by charlatans or Hollywood-style creations by certain “future predictors”.

Work, either in the form of food collection activity, or in the form of classical music creation and scientific research in the field of astrophysics and molecular biology, constituted –and still constitutes- the basic element of organized social co-existence and at the same time the sole power for development, setting in effect the measure for any civilization.   Continue reading

HE’S COMING FOR OUR CHILDREN!!!

Obama+with+kid

By Tom Degan

Last week when the White House announced that President Obama would be giving a little speech to the nation’s children, encouraging them to stay in school and study hard so they might go far in life, who in their right mind could have possibly predicted the shit storm of outrage that is now emanating from the extreme right? Actually, I did predict it – but I am of my right mind – honest, I am! It’s just that these knuckleheads are so damned predictable. The sun will rise. The moon will set. Republicans will behave like assholes. It is really as simple as that.

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Humankind shall never fly

obama-jokerBy William Blum
Anti-Empire Report

All those angry people. Yelling at the president and members of Congress about how the proposed government health plan, and Obama himself, are “socialist.” (See the poster of Obama as the Joker character from Batman with “Socialism” in large letters, as the only word.) These good folks wanna get their health care through good ol’ capitalism; better no health care at all than godless-atheist commie health care; better to see your child die than have her saved by a Marxist-Stalinist-collective doctor who works for the government. But these screaming, heckling Americans — like most of their countrymen — might be rather surprised to discover that they don’t really believe what they think they believe.   Continue reading