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Author: Citizen Truth

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 and public health initiatives. The movement’s leadership has made it clear that the protests, many of which have been non-violent due to community participation, are calling for more than updates to existing police training programs or reforms within existing police departments. Rather, they are calling for America to rethink the response to crime and safety overall. They are calling for cities to reallocate funding away from police and begin the steps to gradually dismantle the policing system altogether, as Eric Levitz writes in a recent New York Magazine article. The police response to the protests against police brutality in many cities has been markedly, and ironically, brutal, as is discussed in detail in a recent article by Adam Gabbatt in the Guardian. Many videos and reports from recent protests show...

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How Capitalism solved its instability problem by using racism as an essential tool for maintaining order

Since capitalism never could end cyclical downturns and their awful effects, its survival required making those effects somehow socially tolerable. Systemic racism survived in the post-Civil War United States partly because it helped to achieve that tolerability. U.S. capitalism survived because it found a solution to the basic problem of its instability, its business cycles. Since capitalism never could end cyclical downturns and their awful effects, its survival required making those effects somehow socially tolerable. Systemic racism survived in the post-Civil War United States partly because it helped to achieve that tolerability. Capitalism provided conditions for the reproduction of...

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