The pernicious lies of neoliberalism still haunt us — threatening the future of life on Earth

In country after country around the world, people are rising up to challenge entrenched, failing neoliberal political and economic systems, with mixed but sometimes promising results.
Progressive leaders in the U.S. Congress are refusing to back down on the Democrats’ promises to American voters to reduce poverty, expand rights to healthcare, education and clean energy, and repair a shredded social safety net. After decades of tax cuts for the rich, they are also committed to raising taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations to pay for this popular agenda.

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Up, Up, and Away

I recently came across an article in Bloomberg News that made me laugh out loud. It’s called “America Needs Higher, Longer Lasting Inflation” It’s written by some guy named Karl W. Smith, and it’s actually being reprinted in a bunch of places. It’s part of an elaborate media effort now trying to cover up or justify the failures of the Biden administration.

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Should a Tree Be Able to Sue the State?

An otherwise quiet corner in British Columbia, Canada, has become one of the most spectacular struggles for forest preservation in North America in recent decades. For more than a year, the Rainforest Flying Squad has fought root and leaf to protect the old-growth forests on Fairy Creek. There, on southern Vancouver Island, 75 percent of trees are estimated to be more than 250 years old, and some are older than 1,000. Yet companies are allowed to log this “white rhino” of forests, as one biodiversity report termed the rare, ancient ecosystem.

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It’s Time to Transform the WTO

Delegates arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The international trading system as we know it is ending. Republicans can seize the opportunity to reimagine it.
Politicians and pundits never tire of saying that America is at a crossroads. But when it comes to the international trading system, it’s true.

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It’s Time to Transform the WTO

Delegates arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The international trading system as we know it is ending. Republicans can seize the opportunity to reimagine it.
Politicians and pundits never tire of saying that America is at a crossroads. But when it comes to the international trading system, it’s true.

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It’s Time to Transform the WTO

Delegates arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The international trading system as we know it is ending. Republicans can seize the opportunity to reimagine it.
Politicians and pundits never tire of saying that America is at a crossroads. But when it comes to the international trading system, it’s true.

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Joe Manchin is using the spiteful politics of scapegoating to mask his own corruption

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The legislative battle between progressives and moderates over the “Build Back Better” spending bill became increasingly personal this week.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Republicans Have Created A Middle Class Democrats Couldn’t Get With Quotas

Identity politics and the left’s desire to eliminate the middle class so that more Americans are reliant on the government have created a crisis that is worth fixing, said political commentator and New York Times bestselling author Victor Davis Hanson said on Fox News’s “The Ben Domenech Podcast” on Monday.

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Peter Thiel’s right-wing bet: Tech tycoon spending millions to bankroll ‘Trump wing’ of GOP

Berlin, Germany, March 19, 2014. Hy! Summit – Image by Dan Taylor. www.heisenbergmedia.com https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Billionaire Republican donor Peter Thiel is bankrolling election conspiracists and primary challengers against Republicans who backed Donald Trump’s impeachment after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, including an Arizona Senate candidate who is literally on his payroll.

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James Bond Has No Time for China

The final James Bond outing for Daniel Craig, “No Time to Die,” also marks a notable milestone for Bondian geopolitics: The franchise just completed a five-movie arc with a single lead actor, and amid all the globe-trotting and intrigue you would barely know that China existed. Shanghai and Macau were brief backdrops, and one villain had been tortured, offstage and in the past, by Chinese security forces — but overall a series released across the years of China’s rise gave little hint that America’s leading rival mattered any more than any other exotic Bondian locale.

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