War Profiteering is a Thing

by Sarah Anderson edited by O Society Jan 19, 2020 The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of … Continue reading War Profiteering is a Thing

American Feudalism

"Petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumours and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous; … Continue reading American Feudalism

That Expression Trump Keeps Using. It Doesn’t Mean What He Thinks It Means

https://youtu.be/Gg-jvHynP9Y Which one? Fake news? Do you even remember when the President of the United States was capable of speaking in polysyllabic words? ver-bal di-ar-rhea by Rebecca Gordon edited by O Society Jan 16, 2020 This seems like a strange moment to be writing about “the deep state” with the country entering a new phase … Continue reading That Expression Trump Keeps Using. It Doesn’t Mean What He Thinks It Means

Our broken mental models are at the root of our global systemic crises

by Ugo Bardi and David Packer edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 Old and new media produce an unprecedented tide drawing us into a sea of competing mental models of the world. Even in a “post-fact world,” we link bits of information together to form these mental models, a.k.a. “intuition.” Most of us try … Continue reading Our broken mental models are at the root of our global systemic crises

Getting Rid of Reagan’s Ghost

The question for the 2020 US election season seems straightforward: Should Americans continue with some version of the Reagan regime, which is likely to deliver consistently mediocre growth and extreme income inequality? But the real question is how to enact policies resisted by the oligarchy that the Reagan Revolution created. by Simon Johnson edited by O … Continue reading Getting Rid of Reagan’s Ghost

The Impending Ruling Class Mental Breakdown and Riot

“Politics is that dimension of social life in which things on true if enough people believe them.” ~ David Graeber   by Glen Ford edited by O Society Dec 23, 2019   The outcome of the early primaries may erase Joe Biden’s “electability” luster and plunge the Lords of Capital into a panic in which … Continue reading The Impending Ruling Class Mental Breakdown and Riot

Why do so many people who need the government hate it?

https://youtu.be/QnxpHIl5Ynw   Sean Illing interviews Suzanne Mettler edited by O Society Dec 22, 2019 “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” President Ronald Reagan uttered those words in his 1981 inaugural address to the country. He was referring specifically to the government’s role in helping bring the US out of … Continue reading Why do so many people who need the government hate it?