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Apr 122017
 
 By , April 12, 2017
How Can We Stop Banksters from Robbing Us?

In the world of criminals, it’s not just gangsters you have to worry about, but banksters too. In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse that included not just gangsters, but banksters: “As through this world I travel / I see lots [more…]

Mar 302017
 
 By , March 30, 2017
Trumpcare: Clueless Dealmaker's Deal Goes Down

The fiasco called Trumpcare was doomed from the start. Question: What do you get when you mix together a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, a gross of hyperboles, a bucket of spite and a jar of venomous vituperation — all covered with a [more…]

Mar 222017
 
 By , March 22, 2017
'Real News' Stories Encourage Progressives

Fake news is prevalent these days, but some real news stories are encouraging to progressives. A decade ago, some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times [more…]

Mar 092017
 
 By , March 9, 2017
Who Will Say It? The Emperor Has No Clothes!

The emperor has no clothes, and we have a mentally ill president. It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. In other words, the emperor has no clothes. I don’t mean that he’s merely idiosyncratic or pushing [more…]

Mar 072017
 
 By , March 7, 2017
How Magical Is Donald Trump?

Trump was not elected on the issues, but on anger over the ‘elites’ taking over America. Trump and Company claim they have a sweeping mandate from voters to remake America — but wait — it’s just a magic trick. Almost half of the electorate chose [more…]

Mar 012017
 
 By , March 1, 2017
The Chicken and the Egg: Animal Rights Breakthroughs

Animal rights activists had a good year, but watch out for tRump! Those who say that we ordinary people can’t have any effect on today’s corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between [more…]

Feb 232017
 
 By , February 23, 2017
Wall Street Plowboys Buying Up Farms

Of course, these modern day slavers don’t soil their own soft hands on their farms. John Steinbeck’s novel “Grapes of Wrath.” Woody Guthrie’s ballad “Deportee.” Edward R. Murrow’s documentary “Harvest of Shame.” Every decade or so, the public is shocked by yet another discovery that [more…]

Feb 142017
 
 By , February 14, 2017

The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban sprawlers and corrupted political elites continue to set food policy. During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and [more…]