Thursday, 30 October 2014 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • We Demand Radical Bail Reform!

    The presumption of innocence should be respected for all citizens, not just the rich. Setting bail out of the financial reach of ordinary citizens assures that jails are full of people not convicted of any crime.

  • The 0.01 Percent's "I Reap All" Accounts

    At least 9,000 wealthy Americans have amassed $5 million-plus sized IRAs. Multimillionaires and billionaires are shielding vast fortunes from taxation with monstrously huge IRAs.

  • Top 10 Epic Reasons Why Americans Should Give a Sh*t About Voting

    By Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 1030 vote st"Democratic elections must be part of the central commons we build together. To change everything, we need everyone." (Image: Election voting via Shutterstock)Many Americans, particularly the young, believe that voting is an exercise in futility, or worse, an immoral display of support for a fundamentally corrupt political system. Far more appealing is to build a diverse grassroots movement - organically and horizontally - to change our consciousness, our lifestyles, the way we grow our food, harness our energy, travel, trade - and how we treat each other as human beings.

    In other words, direct action to the change the world, starting with ourselves and our communities, seems more viable than investing hope in a political apparatus sold out to big money corporate interests on both sides of the aisle.

    But not everyone feels this way. Some see our current dire situation as more of a yes, and opportunity, as in: Yes, we should do all of the above: radically change ourselves, radically change the world, and radically engage in the political process.

  • The Shadow Surveillance State Is Really a Secret Religion

    The Shadow Surveillance State Is Really a Secret Religion

    By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

    Tom Engelhardt: In the wake of 9/11, the militarization of the country has happened at a relatively rapid pace (and domestically of the police as well). The result, it seems - even in the Ebola crisis, the military is invariably the first option.... Impoverished Cuba sends hundreds of doctors and health care workers to Africa to fight Ebola; we take "fight" literally (evidently) and send in the troops!

  • "Citizenfour" Directly Confronts the Intelligence Apparatus' Subversion of Democracy

    "Citizenfour" Directly Confronts the Intelligence Apparatus' Subversion of Democracy

    By Geoff Gilbert, Truthout | Film Review

    To challenge the radical claim frequently made by defenders of the national security status quo that mass, suspicionless surveillance is justified by the threat of terrorism, Laura Poitras' new documentary Citizenfour puts forth an equally ambitious argument: mass surveillance has almost nothing to do with terrorism.


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