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Author: Citizen Truth

Allowing a pandemic to kill Americans as a reelection strategy is the definition of a “death cult”

The fact that the president and his supporters want us to tolerate hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths from the pandemic reveals their true nature. When President Donald Trump was challenged by Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan to respond to the fact that, “a thousand Americans are dying a day” due to COVID-19, the president responded as though the grim tally was perfectly acceptable, saying, “They are dying, that’s true. And it is what it is.” While observers were aghast at the callousness of his statement, it should not have surprised us. Trump had warned that the death...

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American Totalitarianism: How the legal infrastructure of fascism was constructed

The debate over whether Donald Trump is a fascist is no longer confined to a narrow segment of the far left. It is now out in the open. Even mainstream columnists like the Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times, Ishaan Tharoor of the Washington Post, and influential Democratic politicians, such as Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, have come to use the “F” word to describe our 45th commander in chief. Although it is an emotionally loaded and often misused term, fascism is as real today as a political and cultural force, a set of core beliefs and a mode...

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Not a radical idea: The United States has previously paid reparations for the sins of its past

Many Americans are dismissive of the fact that the United States is a country built on a foundation of slavery, oppression and racism. They conveniently write off the fact that almost all of the founding fathers owned slaves at the same time they preached “radical” ideas about freedom and liberty. Passages in these mens’ journals and personal correspondence indicate that these men grappled with the morality of owning other human beings. Slavery supported the American economy throughout its early years, and continues to do so today, albeit in a disguised form that still manages to elude the majority of...

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A looming housing apocalypse: Experts predict evictions of low-income families will skyrocket

Housing experts and economists are warning of a looming housing “apocalypse” as eviction bans and unemployment benefits put in place at the start of the pandemic expire, prompting housing advocates to call for aggressive government intervention to prevent millions of households from eviction in the midst of civil unrest and a global pandemic. Almost a third of U.S. households missed their housing payments this month. Renters, who are more likely to work in industries hard-hit by the the pandemic, are especially vulnerable; according to a study by the Covid-19 Eviction Defense Project, 20 percent of the 110 million Americans...

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COVID-19 continues to expose the sham of capitalism and its orthodox economics

A cornerstone of orthodox economics is the idea that capitalists’ decisions about investing and producing are inherently “efficient.” This means that capitalists select among all alternative courses of action those whose costs are minimal and whose benefits are maximal. Keeping costs to the lowest possible level while producing goods and services that yield the most possible revenue is what maximizes profit, the difference between costs and revenues. Capitalism, we are told, is the best system because it drives all those in charge of production (the owners and top executives of enterprises) to maximize profits and thus economic efficiency. Capitalists...

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First Steps of Change: Three ways that protestors could actually drive policy shifts on racist policing

As protests against police brutality and racism drive policy shifts around the nation, which changes can actually bring sustained long-term improvements? Protesters against police brutality and racism have gathered to demand systemic change since the end of May, holding events in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Impelled by the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, the protests amplify a long-standing call by social justice organizations, Black civil rights leaders like Angela Davis and many others for decades: dismantle, defund and/or abolish America’s racist and heavily militarized policing systems—and replace them with community-led safety programs...

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