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Another example of Sam Seder battling Libertarian logic.
The purpose of the Progressive Information Project is to more widely share resources and information created to advance progressive causes. A lot of good work is being done, but the average progressive often doesn't learn about it or know what is available. This series is designed to help alleviate that problem.
The original inspiration for the Progressive Information Project series was Steve Kangas an earlier pioneer in fighting the right online. One of the people who worked with Kangas back in the day and has made efforts to keep Kangas's legacy alive is a guy named Mike Huben, who also created a brilliant site called Critiques of Libertarianism. If there is a better, more comprehensive website dealing with the fallacies of the Libertarian worldview, I'm not aware of it.
The site, which began in 1994, contains a massive amount of information. Among the many resources offered are:
And to show that Huben isn't just a blind ideologue, he includes on the site criticism of his own work.
For more entries, go to the series index. If you have tips, e-mail me at email@example.com
I'm approaching a short trip, so posting will be light. But I want to put this up before I head out. Not that this ? the headline statement ? is surprising, but that it's said out loud.
This is from a recent set of pieces by Noam Chomsky printed at Alternet. I believe these are excepted from his new book, Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance, a collection of commentaries on U.S. politics and policies, written between 2007 and 2011.
The piece at Alternet is in two parts. Its subject is America's self-inflicted decline and covers a lot of topics ? George Kennan and the 1948 foreign policy decision; Vietnam; Iraq; South American democracy; China; the twins Israel & Palestine; and Iran. Here's Part 1; and here's Part 2.
This is from near the end of Part 2. It deals with Iran and includes some of the conclusion (my emphasis and some reparagraphing):
Let us turn finally to the third of the leading issues addressed in the establishment journals cited earlier, the ?threat of Iran.? Among elites and the political class this is generally taken to be the primary threat to world order -- though not among populations.Then, after discussing the U.S. rule about coastal waters (we can come near yours; you can't come near ours), we find this (natural) conclusion:
In Europe, polls show that Israel is regarded as the leading threat to peace. In the MENA [Middle East/North Africa] countries, that status is shared with the U.S., to the extent that in Egypt, on the eve of the Tahrir Square uprising, 80% felt that the region would be more secure if Iran had nuclear weapons. The same polls found that only 10% regard Iran as a threat -- unlike the ruling dictators, who have their own concerns. ...
Why exactly is Iran regarded as such a colossal threat? The question is rarely discussed, but it is not hard to find a serious answer -- though not, as usual, in the fevered pronouncements. The most authoritative answer is provided by the Pentagon and the intelligence services in their regular reports to Congress on global security. They report that Iran does not pose a military threat. Its military spending is very low even by the standards of the region, minuscule of course in comparison with the U.S. ...
It makes very good sense to try to prevent Iran from joining the nuclear weapons states, including the three that have refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty -- Israel, India, and Pakistan, all of which have been assisted in developing nuclear weapons by the U.S., and are still being assisted by them. ...
[But] the primary threat to the U.S. and Israel is that Iran might deter their free exercise of violence. A further threat is that the Iranians clearly seek to extend their influence to neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, and beyond as well.
Those ?illegitimate? acts are called ?destabilizing? (or worse). In contrast, forceful imposition of U.S. influence halfway around the world contributes to ?stability? and order, in accord with traditional doctrine about who owns the world.
This ?classic security dilemma? makes sense, again, on the assumption that the U.S. has a right to control most of the world, and that U.S. security requires something approaching absolute global control.Who can argue that this is how the U.S. and its military-minded supporters think? Chomsky and the militarists differ only in their justification (or lack of it) for these acts.
For all the focus on President Obama?s narrow lead over Mitt Romney in the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, the more interesting numbers are in the full results, where you can find a better account of how voters perceive the two men. Independents, for example, are neither thrilled nor satisfied with the president. His favorability rating is 19 points underwater at 37/56, while his job approval numbers are 17 points in the negative at 39/56. Overall, 47 percent of voters approve of Obama?s performance, while 48 percent disapprove.
For now, this is the number to watch. If it goes up, and reaches 50 percent by the fall, then Obama stands a good chance of being reelected, even if it is a tight race. But if it declines from its current place?to the low 40s?then Obama will likely finish the year as a one-term president.
More importantly, this will be true even if Romney stays unpopular with the large plurality of Americans?for challengers to an incumbent president, popularity or approval are less important than whether the public feels comfortable with them in a leadership position. If the Quinnipiac poll shows anything, it?s that voters are ready to accept Romney?s claim to competence. 61 percent of voters would say that the former Massachusetts governor has ?strong leadership qualities,? including 64 percent of independents, 59 percent of women, and 52 percent of Hispanics.
Voters will almost certainly trust Romney to get things done if elected president. The challenge for Obama is to highlight the extent to which those ?things? are a recipe for disaster.
Reposted from the Sierra Club’s Compass Blog
As the U.S. Export-Import Bank (ExIm) closed its 1912 ? whoops, we mean 2012 ? annual conference, it is clear that the future of the 21st century, to them, is coal. Despite giving lip service to clean tech, the bank awarded its prestigious Sub-Saharan exporter of the year award to Black & Veatch for its work on the Kusile coal fired power plant.
“Using dirty 20th-century technology, this plant will ensure that South Africa’s Highveld continues to exceed limits for dangerous pollutants for decades to come,” said Justin Guay, Sierra Club International Climate Program Representative. “Meanwhile, apartheid-era contracts will keep the price of power below market rates for industrialists while forcing South Africans to endure extreme rises in the price of electricity, forcing many of the poor off-the-grid.”
South Africa isn’t the only place where ExIm is embracing coal. Reliance Power CEO J.P. Chalasani sat on the “Opportunities in India” panel. Reliance received over $800 million in U.S. taxpayer financing for its Sasan coal-fired plant, despite challenges around land acquisition and the cover-up of a smokestack collapse that killed at least 30 workers. Now Reliance’s Krishnapatnam coal-fired power plant has stopped construction and could face 11 lawsuits because the high price of coal has made the plant unviable.
However, ExIm did provide perplexing support for clean technology. There even was a clean energy panel, which openly acknowledged that off-grid renewable energy is lucrative, better capable of addressing energy poverty, and less vulnerable to international fossil fuel price fluctuations. “While ExIm has dramatically increased its renewable energy financing, we are confident that the bank will continue miss the Congressionally-mandated 10% renewable energy target that would help make the U.S. competitive in this emerging global market,” said Doug Norlen, Policy Director for Pacific Environment.
Nicole Ghio, Campaign Liaison for the Sierra Club. summed up the conference: “Aside from the unexpected, albeit cursory, nod to clean technology that could help reduce energy poverty and ensure a safe and healthy future for generations to come, it is clear that ExIm is working to keep the U.S. in the 20th century for another 100 years.”
This piece was originally published at the Sierra Club’s Compass blog and was reprinted with permission.
John Raese, a very wealthy Republican who may or may not live in West Virginia, was one of the most colorful Senate candidates of 2010 when he ran against now-Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). This year, he wants a rematch against Manchin (Raese has already lost three Senate races and one for governor), and Raese appears to have lost none of the qualities that led the Manchin campaign to call him “crazy” two years ago.
Speaking at the Putnam County Lincoln Day dinner recently, Raese compared his county’s smoking regulations to when “Hitler used to put [a] Star of David” on Jews:
RAESE: I don?t want government telling me what I can do and what I can?t do because I?m an American. But in Monongalia County you can?t smoke a cigarette, you can?t smoke a cigar, you can?t do anything. And I oppose that. … I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say this is a smoke free environment. This is brought to you by the government of Monongalia County. OK?
Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody?s lapel, remember that? Same thing.
In his last bid, Raese said the minimum wage was unconstitutional, said he wanted to take capitalism back to the days before child labor laws, blamed volcanoes for global warming, made fun of Chinese last names, and proudly proclaimed, “I made my money the old-fashioned way — I inherited it.” Perhaps most famously, one of Raese’s biggest ideas from 2010 was demanding “1,000 laser systems put in the sky” for missile defense. “And need it right now,” he added to demonstrate his seriousness. (HT: Politico’s Charlie Mahtesian)
An editorial in Thursday morning’s Washington Post condemns the Obama administration for punting on an executive order that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting. After deriding Jay Carney’s efforts to explain the White House’s decision — he claimed President Obama wanted to focus on building legislative support for the more inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act or ENDA — the Post concludes, “The president played a pivotal role in the repeal of ?don?t ask, don?t tell? and also deserves credit for refusing to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. He should again seize the mantle of leadership by issuing an executive order that prohibits the federal government from doing business with contractors that fail to guarantee basic fairness to their LGBT employees.” Indeed, ENDA stands little chance of passing in a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Millions of Americans have been slammed by the decline in housing prices and the foreclosure crisis that followed the 2008 financial collapse, but a new report from First Focus and the Brookings Institution shows that there is one group of victims that has largely been ignored. According to the report, more than 8.3 million children are directly affected by the ongoing crisis, as single-family homes and rental properties continue to enter foreclosure.
Children have been “the invisible victims” of the crisis, but 2.3 million have already been directly affected by foreclosure. An estimated six million are in high-risk foreclosure situations, as the chart below shows:
Between 12 and 19 percent of children are in at-risk situations in California, Florida, Nevada, and Arizona, and more than half a million children have gone through foreclosure in California alone. In six other states — Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Rhode Island — between 8 and 10 percent of children are at-risk. But even these estimates are “conservative,” the report says, as it examined mortgage data from 2004-2008 and is based on loan status as of February 2011. The actual numbers could be much higher.
The number of children living in poverty, exacerbated by the effects of the Great Recession, reached 15.7 million in 2011, and the number of homeless children has risen 33 percent in the last three years. The foreclosure crisis has contributed to that, placing children at a higher risk of entering poverty, and as the U.S. Census noted, “Children who live in poverty…are more likely than their peers to have cognitive and behavioral difficulties, to complete fewer years of education, and, as they grow up, to experience more years of unemployment.”
Today is the first day of early voting in the North Carolina primary, giving voters their first opportunity to weigh in on Amendment 1, a measure which would ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. The three Democratic candidates for governor — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and state Rep. Bill Faison — reiterated their opposition to the proposal during a debate last night, describing it as an “offensive” issue that distracts from more pressing economic concerns. All three also said they would consider supporting civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Watch it:
– The U.S. and its NATO allies finalized agreements yesterday to wind down the war in Afghanistan, “paving the way for President Obama to announce at a NATO summit meeting in Chicago next month that the unpopular, nearly 11-year-old conflict is close to an end.”
– New images of G.I.’s caught on camera while defiling insurgents’ remains in Afghanistan has brought new questions within the military community about whether discipline is breaking down as U.S. soldiers feel stresses from the decade-long conflict and a counterinsurgency strategy that spreads small units across vast distances.
– Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said Afghan president Hamid Karzai is ?reaching beyond what is realistic? in asking that the United States guarantee it $1 billion in annual funds for security after the war.
– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon sent a letter to the Security Council saying Syria had failed to implement a six-point peace plan, writing, “Violent incidents and reports of casualties have escalated again in recent days, with reports of shelling of civilian areas and abuses by government forces.?
– Two NGO’s that do refugee work wrote in a U.N.-supported report said that fighting over the uprising that started in Syria has displaced 230,000 people, with tens of thousands fleeing the country and the rest displaced internally — with Syria now eighth in the world for total internally displaced persons.
– The CIA is seeking authority to expand its drone program in Yemen by securing permission to launch “signature strikes,” allowing the agency to strike targets solely on intelligence indicating patterns of suspicious behavior even when the identity of those who could be killed is unknown.
– The fighting between Sudan and South Sudan is spreading to areas other than the disputed Heglig oil fields on the border, which sparked the fighting. Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir vowed to “liberate” the South Sudanese people in a threat to overthrow the nascent country’s government.
– After five years of Hamas rule in Gaza, the militant organization is losing popularity as Palestinians find that the opposition movement has failed to live up to expectations as the governing party in Gaza and engages in widespread corruption and patronage.