Fifteen years after Bush's invasion of Iraq, we don't talk much about it anymore. This is unfortunate, because advocates and practitioners of torture are about to control the White House, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency simultaneously. The stain of Bush administration policy remains, like Lady MacBeth's damned spot.
To get through the climate change emergency, we need the state itself to become just and scientific because justice is a climate-change technology of great power, says award-winning science- and climate-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. But it would require replacing capitalism with an ecologically-based socialist democracy.
The current Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME boils down to the story of a network of corporate and conservative organizations with a plan to redraw the legal/political landscape more to their liking, including draining unions of their remaining influence. Mary Bottari, deputy director of the Center for Media and Democracy, discusses the case's implications.