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No New Deal is Possible

by Antonio Negri from: Radical Philosophy John Maynard Keynes was a gentleman ? that is, an honest bourgeois, not a petty-bourgeois like Proudhon, or an ideologue, but an easy man ? and when political economy was still concerned with the political ordering of market and society every classical economist knew this. Keynes thought that knowledge functioned factually [...]
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American Casino

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New Rule: If America Can't Get it Together, We Lose the Bald Eagle

by Bill Maherfrom THE HUFFINGTON POST New Rule: If America can’t get its act together, it must lose the bald eagle as our symbol and replace it with the YouTube video of the puppy that can’t get up. As long as we’re pathetic, we might as well act like it’s cute. I don’t care about the [...]
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Cameron Todd Willingham: Texas Panel Reviews Rulling That Led to Execution

CORSICANA, Texas — More than five years after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the state of Texas for the deaths of his three young daughters in a fire at the family’s home, a state panel will review a report concluding that the original determination of arson was faulty. Willingham was executed in February 2004 [...]
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The Torture Memos: The Case Against the Lawyers

by David Colefrom THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS On Monday, August 24, as President Obama began his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, his administration released a previously classified 2004 report by the CIA’s inspector general that strongly criticized the techniques employed to interrogate “high-value” al-Qaeda suspects at the CIA’s secret prisons.[1] The report revealed that [...]
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The God in the Machine

by Lewis Laphamfrom LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY The ordinary course of a cure is carried on at the expense of life: they incise us, they cauterize us, they amputate our limbs, they deprive us of food and blood. One step further, and we are completely cured.–Michel de Montaigne President Barack Obama during his first months in office seldom has [...]
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Capitalism: A Love Story

Watch the trailer of Michael Moore’s new documentary: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhydyxRjujU&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0]
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It Happened One Decade

What the Great Depression did to Cultureby Caleb Crainfrom THE NEW YORKER “I want to find out why I’m working,” Cary Grant tells Katharine Hepburn in “Holiday.” Grant’s character, a grocer’s son who put himself through Harvard, wants to take time off from a promising business career, and Grant makes the proposal sound at once [...]
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What Matters

by Walter Benn Michaelsfrom the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKSIn the US, there is (or was) an organisation called Love Makes a Family. It was founded in 1999 to support the right of gay couples to adopt children and it played a central role in supporting civil unions. A few months ago, its director, Ann Stanback, [...]
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Lies

by Hendrik Hertzbergfrom THE NEW YORKER After the tea-partying, town-meeting-disrupting, pistol-packing mensis horribilis of August, more than a few commentators complained, as one of them put it, that “Obama should have seen it coming.” No one doubted that the current attempt to overhaul America’s uniquely wasteful and unjust system of health insurance and non-insurance would touch [...]
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Critical Care

by Robert B. Reichfrom THE NEW YORK TIMES This timely and insightful book puts Barack Obama’s current quest for universal health insurance in historical context and gives new meaning to the audacity of hope. Universal health care has bedeviled, eluded or defeated every president for the last 75 years. Franklin Roosevelt left it out of Social [...]
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The Complicit General

by Philippe Sands from THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS On April 24, 1863, President Lincoln signed his General Order No. 100, written by Columbia University professor Francis Lieber, to decree that “military necessity does not admit of cruelty.” The United States military formally respected that rule for nearly 140 years—until, on December 2, 2002, Secretary of [...]
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The Nuclear Non-Protestation Treaty

Susan Watkinsfrom the NEW LEFT REVIEW The roar of crashing banks and stock markets has drowned the drumbeat for war on Iran of late; but behind the headlines of economic turmoil, a nuclear-weapons crisis persists. Obama has vowed that he will do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop the Iranian enrichment programme. The threat of military force [...]
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By Any Means Necessary

Editorialfrom THE NATION Senator Edward Kennedy was a fighting liberal, a lion to the very end–often among timid cubs. His final fight was for quality, affordable healthcare for all. As recently as July, Kennedy called it “the cause of my life” and argued eloquently that “quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type [...]
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"What's the Matter With Kansas?"

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The Right to Health

by Noga Arikhafrom LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY
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Trial by Fire

Cameron Todd Willingham, Texas and the death penalty. from THE NEW YORKER, September 7 2009   The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, [...]
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The Man Who Changed the World

Militant Islam enjoyed its first modern triumph with the arrival in power of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979. In this series of three programmes, key figures tell the inside story. Former US president Jimmy Carter talks on television for the first time about the episode that, more than any other, led American voters to eject [...]
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The Death of Yugoslavia

…is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and, also the name of a book written by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. It is notable in its combination of never-before-seen archive footage interspersed with interviews of most of the main players in [...]
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