Colin Powell’s Mindless Obedience to the US War Machine Led to Death and Destruction

The death of former secretary of state Colin Powell yesterday recalls an old debate about the nature of duty: is it a matter of blind loyalty to one’s leaders, no matter how foolish or destructive their actions are? Or is it about fidelity to a higher principle than merely following orders — about having the courage and integrity to stand by fundamental principles?

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Facebook Harms Its Users Because That’s Where Its Profits Are

Thinking about Facebook and what to do with it means grappling with two conflicting sets of facts. One is that Facebook is an immensely useful platform for communication, news publishing, economic activity, and more, which billions of people around the world rely on. The other is that Facebook is a highly addictive, profit-seeking entity that exploits and manipulates human psychology to make money, with dire results for the rest of society.

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Facebook Harms Its Users Because That’s Where Its Profits Are

Thinking about Facebook and what to do with it means grappling with two conflicting sets of facts. One is that Facebook is an immensely useful platform for communication, news publishing, economic activity, and more, which billions of people around the world rely on. The other is that Facebook is a highly addictive, profit-seeking entity that exploits and manipulates human psychology to make money, with dire results for the rest of society.

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Sick and Injured Americans Are Drug Companies’ Favorite Cash Cows

The $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill was meant to be, in the words of its principal author Bernie Sanders, “the first time in American history that Congress would have stood up to the pharmaceutical industry,” allowing Medicare to negotiate pharmaceutical manufacturers for lower drug prices, among other things. But that provision is now in trouble, thanks to Democratic centrists working overtime to ensure that first time never happens.
A recent report from Public Citizen suggests how much Big Pharma stands to lose if such a program became law.

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After Attacking Civil Liberties for Two Decades, the Right is Now Pretending to Care About Them

For a country that’s one of the world’s leading democracies, the United States sure does have a government vested with some alarming potentially tyrannical powers: assassinating US citizens by fiat, indefinite detention without charge or trial, a sprawling surveillance state that collects data on practically everyone in the world, and a security apparatus that can be deployed domestically to infiltrate and put down dissent, just to name a few. All of this could, at the hands of a semi-competent authoritarian leader, be used to seize power and establish a nightmarish totalitarian state.

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After Attacking Civil Liberties for Two Decades, the Right is Now Pretending to Care About Them

For a country that’s one of the world’s leading democracies, the United States sure does have a government vested with some alarming potentially tyrannical powers: assassinating US citizens by fiat, indefinite detention without charge or trial, a sprawling surveillance state that collects data on practically everyone in the world, and a security apparatus that can be deployed domestically to infiltrate and put down dissent, just to name a few. All of this could, at the hands of a semi-competent authoritarian leader, be used to seize power and establish a nightmarish totalitarian state.

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The IDF’s Grotesque Practice of Ransacking Palestinian Homes Is Israeli Apartheid in Action

When we think of Israel’s repression of Palestinians, we think of the kinds of scenes we saw at the start of this year: indiscriminate bombing of civilians, soldiers brutalizing nonviolent protesters, settlers brazenly stealing houses left temporarily empty. What we miss are the horrors and indignities Palestinians are subject to when cameras aren’t rolling and there are few witnesses around.

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The IDF’s Grotesque Practice of Ransacking Palestinian Homes Is Israeli Apartheid in Action

When we think of Israel’s repression of Palestinians, we think of the kinds of scenes we saw at the start of this year: indiscriminate bombing of civilians, soldiers brutalizing nonviolent protesters, settlers brazenly stealing houses left temporarily empty. What we miss are the horrors and indignities Palestinians are subject to when cameras aren’t rolling and there are few witnesses around.

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