Corporate Suppression of Direct Democracy Fuels Fight for Community Rights

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Across the country, corporations and government officials are working together to protect corporate interests and block local communities from exercising our rights to direct democracy.

By Kai Huschke  Truthout | Op-Ed  September 6, 2016

The Right To The City Alliance marches with the larger Climate Justice Alliance during the People's Climate March in Manhattan, NY, on September 21, 2014.The Right To The City Alliance marches with the larger Climate Justice Alliance during the People’s Climate March in Manhattan, New York, on September 21, 2014. (Photo: Alan Greig / Flickr)

On July 1, 2016, in Tacoma, Washington, a corporate-government alliance succeeded in pushing a single judge to deny local residents’ right to vote on a duly qualified ballot initiative that would have empowered the people of Tacoma to decide whether large corporate water projects would be allowed in their community. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was that same corporate-government alliance that had welcomed a proposal from Northwest Innovation Works to build the world’s largest methanol plant in Tacoma — a plant that would have…

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It’s not politicians who will end oppression

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Herself actually found this piece a few months ago, after I took a photo I knew I’d post it up here, but – for whatever reason – I hesitated until now. I’m not really sure why, I’m a huge Bowie fan (which I inherited from my parents) and am always willing to at least consider radical ideas. Anyway, here’s a rather sweet piece of street-art that Herself and I stumbled upon while out for a walk in Turnham Green.

I plan to make a few changes to this site over the next few weeks and hope that I can include as many of you as possible. Critical Dispatches has around 20,000 subscribers at the moment and with the incredible writers that I’ve read and follow on this platform, I plan to start publishing guest articles and posts. If you’re interested then hit me up through my contact page.

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Chris Hedges | Fooled Again

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There is a new world order. It is based on naked exploitation. It—not democracy—is what we have exported across the globe. And it looks a lot like the anarchic state that Hobbes feared.

By Chris Hedges  Truthdig  September 11, 2016


  A Hillary Clinton rally in Cleveland in June. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

The naive hopes of Bernie Sanders’ supporters—to build a grass-roots political movement, change the Democratic Party from within and push Hillary Clinton to the left—have failed. Clinton, aware that the liberal class and the left are not going to mount genuine resistance, is running as Mitt Romney in drag. The corporate elites across the political spectrum, Republican and Democrat, have gleefully united to anoint her president. All that remains of Sanders’ “revolution” is a 501(c)(4) designed to raise money, including from wealthy, anonymous donors, to ensure that he will be a senator…

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Peter Dolack: Building a Better Movement

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People can only solve their problems by freely discussing them, without coercion or manipulation, and then freely acting through coordinated activity based on the results of their discussion.

All of us who struggle for a better world are disheartened that so many advances of the 20th century have been lost. The mounting crises of the environment, the global economy and ever more constricted political systems are unmistakably moving humanity toward a cliff. And yet social movements, for all the victories here and there, again and again fail to sustain momentum.

Why are we in this predicament? No single person or organization can fully answer such a question, of course, but we do need to seriously reconsider what has been done and how. In this spirit, Marta Harnecker’s “Ideas for the Struggle” is a document that merits…

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Three Documentaries

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

What Charles Ferguson did for (or to, more exactly) Wall Street in his Academy Award winning 2010 documentary “Inside Job”, Steve Mims has now done with “Starving the Beast”, a shocking film about the “starving” of state universities by rightwing politicians opening tomorrow at the IFC Center in NY. Essentially the same neoliberal con artists that concocted the mortgage-based securities bubble that brought down the banking system in 2008 are now busily at work hollowing out flagship universities like the University of Wisconsin in the name of “reform”. Does it matter to those who idolize Ayn Rand that their policies are undermining the future viability of capitalism itself? Apparently not.

As someone who worked at Columbia University for 21 years, I began reading the Chronicle of Higher Education on a daily basis mostly as a way of keeping on top of IT developments at American universities. Since I was also a…

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Interview with the Berlin Policy Journal in 140 characters

Yanis Varoufakis

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 00.26.22.pngYou left office about a year ago – any regrets? 

None whatsoever. Once it was no longer possible to do good for Greece as minister, there was no reason to stay in office.

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Where Movements Meet: Black Lives Matter Organizers Visit #NoDAPL

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It was really important to me to show up for Indigenous folks and for #NoDAPL. I think many times resistance is romanticized and we picture it differently in our minds, as opposed to what it actually looks like in real time. I recognized that this fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline is [a] critical fight for ALL of us. This isn’t just an Indigenous issue; water is life for all of us and we have a responsibility to the Earth and future generations to protect it.   

By Kelly Hayes, Truthout | News Analysis  September 2, 2016   

(Photo: Melinda Lee)(Photo: Melinda Lee)

Last weekend, as thousands of Indigenous protesters continued their efforts to ward off construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a delegation from another life-and-death struggle visited the Native encampments in Standing Rock, North Dakota. While there have been numerous expressions of solidarity between Black Lives Matter organizers and…

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