June 29, 2016
Samuel C. Spitale
Continued from Part 9: Trickle-Down, Voodoo, Reaganomics; Or B.S. by Any Other Name
“Fact is merely what enough people believe, and truth lies only in how fervently they believe it.”
--Charles P. Pierce, Idiot America.
In The Man Who Sold the World, William Kleinknecht wr...
June 28, 2016
Continued from Part 6: Our National Debt: From Tax Creeps to Tax Cuts
“In war, truth is the first casualty.” - Aeschylus
William Kleinknecht writes in The Man Who Sold the World, “Reagan proposed a $41.4 billion cut in the federal budget for 1982 that would include shar...
Continued from Part 5: Credit Debt. Or, The Only Way We Get By
“Taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society.” –engraved on the IRS Building in Washington, D.C.
Starting in the 1970s, Americans experienced a tax bracket creep.
Washington journalist Thomas...
June 27, 2016
It's that time of year when we proudly display an American flag over the doorstep, across our midriffs, and on a picnic table of baked beans and red ants.
Sure, it feels patriotic to BBQ on a day off and light fireworks we hope won't start a br...
June 17, 2016
A version of this blog post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.
In 1999 sociologist Barry Glassner published his national bestseller, The Culture of Fear, about the hidden forces that manipulate us in the name of profit. In the wake of Columbine, Glassner note...
December 22, 2015
Continued from Part 13: The Lyin', the Rich, and the Brand Warfare
“This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations.” --Rutherford Hayes
Top Corporate donors to co...
December 21, 2015
Continued from Part 12: Whistling Dixie: How Racism Found a New Tune
"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics." --Plutarch
As Ian Haney Lopez warned in Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism...
December 18, 2015
Continued from Part 11: The Myth of the Self-Made Man
"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." --Mahatma Ghandi
In Dog Whistle Politics, law professor Ian Haney Lopez explains the popular enthusiasm for policies injuring the middle class b...
December 17, 2015
Continued from Part 10: Tear Down this Myth
“I had once believed that we were all masters of our fate – that we could mould our lives into any form we pleased…and I supposed that anyone can be victorious if he threw himself valiantly into life’s struggles. But as I wen...
December 10, 2015
Continued from Part 3: Increasing Poverty, Declining Health
“[Profit] is always highest in countries which are going fastest to ruin.” --Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
“Inequalities are inevitable under capitalism,” explains Hedrick Smith in Who Stole the Ameri...
December 9, 2015
Continued from Part 4: Return of the Robber Barons. Or, Why the Rich Get Richer
"Debt is the fatal disease of Republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupts the people." --Wendell Phillips
In The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, Fo...
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