US society is in a free fall, as all vestiges of social and economic equality disappear, public provisions evaporate and the financial elite controls government. To resist this growing authoritarianism, politics must not only inform, but also energize people to take collective action within deeply committed bonds of solidarity.
If one were asked to describe the formal economic and political processes that have shaped the condition of the eurozone since the eruption of the euro crisis in late 2009 in a terse and peremptory way, he or she might boldly and truly say this: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies spearhead the unraveling of the European project while European Central Bank President Mario Draghi seeks to keep the (neoliberal) game going." The ECB has been trying hard to carry out the role of a traditional central bank by fulfilling its duty as a lender of last resort in order to save the euro.
Beneath a giant methane gas cloud recently identified by NASA, the oil and gas fracking industry is rapidly expanding in northwestern New Mexico. Flares that light up the night sky at drilling sites along the stretch of Route 550 that passes through the San Juan Basin, which sits on top of the oil rich Mancos Shale, are tell-tale indicators of the fracking boom. Much of the land being fracked belongs to the federal government. The rest is a mixture of state, private and Navajo Nation land. The region is known to the Diné (Navajo) as Dinétah, the land of their ancestors.