Articles and excerpts July 4 to July 12, 2014

Overview

The World We’ve Constructed Is Far Beyond George Orwell’s Worst Nightmare By John Pilger, AlterNet, July 11, 2014 

Worldview

When Beliefs and Facts Collide by Brendan Nyhan, New York Times, JULY 5, 2014

Brain

The Trouble With Brain Science By GARY MARCUS, New York Times, JULY 11, 2014

Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different From Everyone Else’s By Erin Brodwin  June 26, 2014… People who are more sensitive to the ideas of fairness and equity are driven by reason, not just passion, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Neuroscience….when people who are more responsive to injustice see things happen that they find morally wrong, such as abuse or race-based inequality, their minds respond by accessing the sections of the brain responsible for logic and reasoning. When they view examples of people acting morally just, such as giving equal rights to a marginalized group or protecting animals from harm, their brains respond in the same way…

Generational justice

Ted Cruz Proposes Selling Massive Portions of National Parks by Salvatore Aversa, I Acknowledge, July 10, 2014

Culture war

A New Generation Confronts the Culture War and Shrugs by Daniel Cox, Research Director, Public Religion Research Institute, Huffington Post, 7/10/2014

Biblical economics

Paul Krugman: Here’s a New One—Faith-Based Economic Denialism  By Janet Allon, AlterNet, July 7, 2014 

Poverty and inequality

Oligarchy Blues By Michael Ventura. Originally published at the Austin Chronicle, July 2014  – summary of how inequality evolved

Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar worldwide, economictimes.indiatimes.com,  July 8, 2014,

Labor

As You Celebrate the 4th, Remember Why America’s Working Families Need Unions to Stay Strong By Brigid O’Farrell, AlterNet July 2, 2014 

Communications – right wing

Surprise! Fact-Checkers Find That Fox News Tells The Truth Just 18 Percent Of The Time By Dan Simpson, Firebrand Progressives, July 10, 2014

Democrats

At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party By Ted Rall, AlterNet, July 4, 2014

Economic Populism at Heart of Emerging Debate Among Democrats by Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future, BillMoyers.com, July 10, 2014

Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big business by David Sirota, Salon.com, Jul 10, 2014

Right wing ideology

Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind by Robert Reich, CommonDreams.org, July 2, 2014…… The so-called “free market” is not expanding options and opportunities for most people. It’s extending them for the few who are wealthy enough to influence how the market is organized. But this is a very parched view of freedom. Conservatives who claim to be on the side of freedom while ignoring the growing imbalance of economic and political power in America are not in fact on the side of freedom. They are on the side of those with the power.

Progressive movement

It’s time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution by E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post, July 6, 2014

Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Crisis of Democracy By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers , AlterNet, July 12, 2014 

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