Category: CAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTS

The Failure of Social Democracy: Denmark, the Rogue State

RON RIDENOUR—All readers have heard of the Mossack Fonseca law firm from the famous Panama Papers, and I have already mentioned this scandal as the reason for Iceland’s PM leaving office so I won’t go into any depth. But some Denmark bankers and many of the wealthiest Danes have been major players in this fraud, in which 300,000 so-called off-shore companies were set up as shells for tax evasion.

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Immigrant Humanism vs. Immigration Capitalism

FRANK SCOTT—The fabled tale of our nation’s birth and our seeming worship of immigration usually leaves out the near destruction of the humans who lived here before the invasion of settlers and immigrants who found better lives – mostly after suffering a great deal as most immigrants did and some still do – at the cost of ruining the lives of those they replaced. And all immigration under any circumstances has social costs that are absorbed by some far more than others.

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MLK: A Snap Shot in Time

GLEN FORD—The myth of the “Black Church” as the central player in the huge social transformations of the 1960s begins with the false testimonials that poured from pulpits and Black radio microphones on that Sunday, April 7th, 1968 — and have soiled the historical record ever since. Accommodation with Power — not transformation or liberation — was the watchword of the Black church, then as now.

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Two Dogmas of Liberals Nowadays

ANDREW LEVINE—For the first time in living memory, what C. Wright Mills called the “power structure” is profoundly, perhaps even irreconcilably, divided. On the one side, there is the Republican Party, rightwing media, and a sizeable number of especially venal corporate moguls, drawn mainly from industries (oil, gas, coal, and so on) that are leading the planet to ruin. On the other, are all the rest, including even the “intelligence community” and the FBI, our national police.

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JAMES BRADLEY TELLS IT LIKE IT IS ON CHINA RISING RADIO SINOLAND

JEFF J. BROWN—James has written four books. Two cover World War II, Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys. The other two, The Imperial Cruise and The China Mirage, explain how America got into WWII in the first place (http://www.jamesbradley.com/). You may have heard of Flags of Our Fathers, as it was made into a major motion picture, with Clint Eastwood directing (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/flags_of_our_fathers/).

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Marches, Voting and Social Change

GARY OLSON—David Hogg, the Parkland teenager and a spokesperson for the movement, plans to take a “gap year” to work on mid-term elections. But Hogg and others will quickly encounter the system’s recalcitrant resistance to any serious changes. And if a critical mass of students begins vocalizing connections among violence, racism, injustice, and Washington raining death on people abroad, the mass media will abruptly cease its fawning approval and vilification will commence.

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What determines social mobility in America? (Part two)

ERIC LONDON—The degree of inequality within races is the material basis for identity politics. The Times study is explicitly aimed at covering up the fact that the bottom 90 percent of each racial group has far more in common with one another—in terms of income, culture, employment, the problems they confront—than they do with the affluent of “their own” race. In fact, the increasing material homogenization of different races of workers shows that the objective basis for racial politics among the broad masses of people is declining.

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