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A plutocrat honestly explains the new politics of America

Summary: After decades of work by America’s plutocrats, aided by our apathy, they control all 3 branches, not just Federal but also most State and local governments. Control of a few more States will allow them to amend the Constitution, further entrenching their power. To better see where we are going, see this passage describing the UK …

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American is the arsenal of democracy. And the arsenal of tyranny. The profits are bigger that way.

Summary:  This discusses an often unsavory aspect of one the few remaining American export industries.  We close our eyes to it.  The people of the nations on the side of this trade often find it difficult to do so. Contents An introduction by George Bernard Shaw Introduction by Tom Engelhardt: Pimping Weapons to the World The …

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A note on religion, a faith for our time and every time

Religion is seldom discussed on the FM website, but plays an important role in an well-founded society. There are many levels of faith, but there is a foundation on which the edifice can securely rest: collective action against the chaotic forces of nature and man’s nature. As described in Act II of Major Barbara, by …

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A time-saving tip when reading the daily news

Reading the classic literature helps in many ways.  Such as saving time when following current events.  The same patterns repeat themselves over and over, facilitating recognition and understanding.  For instance, consider the current financial crisis.  Speculators of all kinds, from banks to hedge funds, have made bad bets and lost money.  Accordingly, we are told, …

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