Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Is Bernie Sanders A Socialist?

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America, you’re a fickle thicket. While Donald Trump swaggers around the country slinging neo-fascist hooey at a zealous horde, we have Bernie Sanders preaching the socialist gospel and calling for a revolution. It was just yesterday when the word “socialist” was being used to scorn, now today it’s embraced as a badge of honor. Or so it seems if we are to make sense of the success of Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist. But, maybe that’s the problem. Is Bernie Sanders really a socialist? A socialist is someone who supports the political philosophy of socialism, which is a governmental system that advocates community…
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WWW: The Latest Democracy To Fall Victim To The Rich And Powerful

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If I asked you what it takes to get a popular web site onto the internet, what would you say? If you’re like most people, you’d probably say something about creating a site, then sprinkling relevant keywords strategically throughout (a.k.a. “Search Engine Optimization” (SEO)), and then, as people discover the site, and your audience & traffic builds, your site will move up to the top of the search page rankings making you a popular web site. Sadly, you’re living in the past. That’s the old World Wide Web. You know – the one that built its reputation on the Protestant…
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Economic Inequality Is A Clear And Present Danger To American Democracy

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The phrase “clear and present danger” is the standard by which freedom of speech can be abridged. As the saying goes, nobody has the right to shout “fire” in a theater. The United States Supreme Court began citing this standard in 20th century rulings, reaffirming that freedom of speech stops at the point where it puts pubic safety in peril. The idea is controversial, but it should be understood that constitutional rights are not absolute. Whether you agree with this standard as it applies to freedom of speech, is of little importance here. It only matters that you understand what…
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Pew: Most Republicans Believe Poor Just Aren’t Working Hard Enough

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This should come as no surprise, but a Pew study released today shows most Republicans believe you are poor because you choose to be poor. Or in other words, the poor are simply not working hard enough. This of course echoes the sentiments of Kevin O’Leary, who I wrote about yesterday. He’s the fat cat who said it’s “fantastic” that 85 people own the same wealth as 3.5 billion people (half of Earth’s population). Pew asked why a person is rich, and 57 percent of Republicans responded, “Because he or she worked harder than others.” Only 32 percent of Republicans…
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Where Have All The Journalists Gone? Democracy, Free Press, In The Age Of Internet Capitalism

Blinded By Journalism - photo by Ahmad Hammoud

What would happen if one day in the not so distant future, traditional print journalism died? I don’t mean what happens if we stop printing newspapers. I mean, what happens if “the press” is simply a collection of bloggers? I know I’m pouring gasoline on a fire with this line of questioning, most notably because I’m a blogger questioning the role of bloggers in journalism and news reporting, but is a person sitting in his bedroom or living room a journalist or a reporter? I was listening to a conversation on The Majority Report podcast about the internet and journalism….
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