Paul Mutter is an electronic publishing intern at Truthout.
"If You Can Think Differently, You Can Act Differently."
Wednesday 03 February 2010
by: Leslie Thatcher, t r u t h o u t | Interview
Reign of Moloch
Tuesday 02 February 2010
by: Leslie Thatcher, t r u t h o u t | Book Review
"The Mouse That Roared": How Disney Instills Greed and Consumerism - Starting at Three Months
Monday 22 August 2011
by: Martha Sorren, Truthout | Book Review
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez
Arizona’s Curriculum Battles: a 500-Year Civilizational War
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:49
by: Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout | Op-Ed
The Present and Future of the University: An Interview with David Theo Goldberg
Monday, 23 April 2012
by: Grace Pollock, Truthout | Interview
Beyond Wealth Gap Statistics: The Mobility Gap in the Land of Opportunity
By Salvatore Babones, Truthout | News Analysis
Monday, 11 June 2012
CEO Pay: Money Well Earned?
By Salvatore Babones, Truthout | News Analysis
Monday, 26 March 2012
Corporate Campaign Spending: They Get What They Pay for
Monday 19 March 2012
by: Salvatore Babones, Truthout | News Analysis
When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied of life. Let one useless war after another be waged. Let the masses be thrust into extreme poverty and left without jobs while the elites, drunk on hedonism, accumulate vast fortunes through exploitation, speculation, fraud and theft. Reality, at the end, gets unplugged. We live in an age when news consists of Snooki’s pregnancy, Hulk Hogan’s sex tape and Kim Kardashian’s denial that she is the naked woman cooking eggs in a photo circulating on the Internet. Politicians, including presidents, appear on late night comedy shows to do gags and they campaign on issues such as creating a moon colony.
Republic Report has learned that the Washington Post Company’s Kaplan for-profit college division, was, last year, a member of the controversial business advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council. Other major for-profit education companies also joined ALEC. Republic Report has obtained a July 2011 document showing Kaplan Higher Education and other for-profits as members of ALEC’s Education Task Force. This morning, in an email message to Republic Report, Mark Harrad, Vice President of Communications at Kaplan, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington Post Company that includes Kaplan Higher Education, wrote, "A unit of Kaplan was a member of ALEC for a one year period, which ended in August 2011."
We’ve talked at times about George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, and the amnesia that sets in when we flush events down the memory hole, leaving us at the mercy of only what we know today. Sometimes, though, the past comes back to haunt, like a ghost. It happened recently when we saw Congressman Allen West of Florida on the news. A Republican and Tea Party favorite, he was asked at a local gathering how many of his fellow members of Congress are “card-carrying Marxists or International Socialists.” He replied, “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
Noam Chomsky has seen a lot of social movements. He cut his teeth on the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He participated in the anti-intervention struggles of the 1980s as well as in the World Social Forums that began in the 1990s. Now in his 80s, Chomsky has hardly slowed down with his schedule of writing and speaking and agitating. And he is certainly not one to watch the new Occupy movement from the sidelines. The latest publication from the new Occupied Media Pamphlet Series brings together several of Chomsky’s intersections with the Occupy movement.
It is brutally hard to be a Christian in America these days.
Yeah, I said it. It's true.
I'm a Christian. I was born and baptized, and then given First Confession and First Communion wearing my little white suit with the little gold buckles on my little white shoes. I learned the Bible at my grandmother's knee - her way of teaching me to read - and went out into the world thinking do-unto-others-as-you-would-have-them-do-unto-you and that-which-you-do-to-the-least-of-my-brothers-you-do-unto-me was the proper way of things.
In Bible study, I remember being impressed by a specific command from Jesus from Matthew 6:5-6. Not a request, not a suggestion, not a hint, but a flat-out command: "Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."