Articles and excerpts April 7 to 21, 2015

Populism Is Helping to Define and Build the Progressive Movement by  Pearl Korn, Huffington Post, April 20, 2015

You Can’t Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program, April 16, 2015

At Home and Abroad, the Labor Movement Comes Roaring Back by Annelise Orleck, billmoyers.com, TalkPoverty. April 20, 2015

America’s Democracy is No More; Can We Ever Restore it? By Michael Payne, NationofChange, April 19, 2015  Democracy is a government governed by the people and many citizens believe this is still how the United States is running. But in today’s society, unfortunately, we are living in a country controlled by the wealthy…Without any doubt the only force that can restore this democracy is the massive power of the people; nothing else will do it. So we the American people have a choice. We must either find a way to ignite that power or we will guarantee that we and our children and those who follow will live their entire lives in this oligarchy that now rules America.

Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast By Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, April 14, 2015 …shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 about the Donald Rumsfeld/Paul Wolfowitz-led plan for “regime change” in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran…Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries…Despite the debacle in Iraq and elsewhere, the neocon “crazies” still exercise huge influence in Establishment Washington… Wolfowitz… is now presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s foreign policy/defense adviser,

How Corporate America Invented Christian America By KEVIN M. KRUSE, Politico.com, April 16, 2015

16 Years After Columbine, How “Never Again” Became “Oh, Well” By Ben Dreyfuss, Mother Jones, Apr. 20, 2014 Welcome to America, the land of blue jeans, rock and roll, and sporadic meaningless mass murder.

Auctioning Off Our Public Lands: Congress’s Worst Idea by Margie Alt, huffingtonpost.com April 2015  l  What author Wallace Stegner called America’s “best idea,” was simple, but unprecedented anywhere in the world: treasured landscapes should be preserved and protected from private interests for all the public to enjoy, in the form of national parks…. As congressional leaders wrestle with their budget over the next several weeks, they need to abandon their plans to allow states to sell off valued public lands to the highest bidder. They need to reject other efforts to erode protections for our parks, forests, and open lands. If protecting our prized landscapes forever for the benefit of all is America’s best idea, selling them off for the short-term economic gain of a few special interests is Congress’s worst.

Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below? By Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams, April 17, 2015 …Hoping they can drive a revamped public conversation and fuel a populist counter-movement from the left against an otherwise rightward lurch in the country, a coalition of progressive organizations this week is championing a new agenda designed to galvanize those demanding an economic, political, and ecological transformation in the United States. Representing more than 2 million active members from their respective organizations in more than 32 states, the four members of the coalition—the Campaign for America’s Future, National People’s Action, US Action, and the Alliance for a Just Society—say that the nation’s numerous and interwoven crises have drawn them together during a historic moment that demands a populist response.

Collective Compassion by Gary Haugen TED2015, March 2015 The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world’s aid money, there’s a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.

Confronting the Politics of Paranoia and Narcissism: An “Old Europe” Alternative By Thomas J. Scott, Truthout, April 17, 2015 …anger has emerged with a passion as the Republican candidates for the 2016 election gear up for the party’s presidential nomination. The US public will be increasingly exposed to what [Richard] Hofstadter called the “paranoid style” of politics: discourse associated with “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness and conspiratorial fantasy.”

O’Malley: America’s Economy Needs ‘Sensible Rebalancing,’ Not ‘Pitchforks’ April 20, 2015 “There are two ways to go forward from here, and history shows this,” Martin O’Malley said of the two parties’ approaches to fixing the economy. “One path is a sensible rebalancing that calls us back to our tried and true success story as the land of opportunity. The other is pitchforks.” O’Malley is positioning himself to Clinton’s left, and even President Obama’s left. Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, says he’ll decide by late May whether he’s running for president.

CPC Budget represents its core principles by  Randy Shannon, pdamerica.org, April 17, 2015 The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the center of gravity of left and progressive politics in the United States today. Over the past two decades it has grown steadily in size, sophistication, and impact. Today its membership listed on the CPC website is 68 Representatives and one Senator.The CPC represents a total population of 48.5 million…In addition to their support among the majority of voters, CPC members enjoy the financial and the political support of various labor organizations, human rights organizations, and left and progressive political organizations. These groups assist the CPC in crafting its political and legislative strategy and work to build grass roots support to achieve its goals….The goals of the CPC are framed by its core principles:  Fighting for economic justice and security for all; Protecting and preserving our civil rights and civil liberties; Promoting global peace and security, Advancing environmental protection and energy independence. 

 

CPC Budget represents its core principles by  Randy Shannon, pdamerica.org, April 17, 2015 The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the center of gravity of left and progressive politics in the United States today...The goals of the CPC are framed by its core principles:  Fighting for economic justice and security for all; Protecting and preserving our civil rights and civil liberties; Promoting global peace and security, Advancing environmental protection and energy independence. http://www.pdamerica.org/component/k2/item/516-cpc-budget-represents-its-core-principles

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