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Author: Robert Reich

A recipe for despotism: How the far-right is already planning to steal the next presidential election

The latest Republican plot to sabotage our elections could remove American voters from the process of selecting their president. A case headed to the Supreme Court could let Republican controlled state legislatures overrule the will of the people and pick the next president without you. This all hinges on a radical idea called the “independent state legislature theory.” It’s at the heart of a case the Supreme Court will decide called Moore v. Harper. The decision in this case could give state legislatures the power to disregard the popular vote and substitute their own slate of electors pledged to...

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Corporate Complicity: Why billionaires underwrite Trump and his allies to pay as little tax as possible

In 2016, when clashes with taxi drivers broke out in 2016 in Paris, Uber’s then-chief executive Travis Kalanick texted fellow executives that “violence guarantees success” in what was a key market for the company. Uber leveraged the violence against its drivers to win sympathy from regulators and the public, as it also did in South Africa where Uber drivers were burned when their cars were set on fire. I have been thinking about Uber’s capitalist thuggery in light of the corporations underwriting Trump’s thuggery, which includes violent groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, who led the...

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Telling the unvarnished truth: “Balanced journalism” does not exist halfway between facts and lies

Joe Biden’s message on August 1 evening was clear. American democracy is under attack. This was a rare primetime address on the most important challenge facing the nation. But the media treated the speech as if it were just another in an endless series of partisan vollies instead of what it was – a declaration by the president of the United States that America must choose between democracy and authoritarianism. The major networks did not broadcast the speech. The media coverage of the speech on the following day was just more he-said/she-said reaction. The New York Times quoted the...

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Corporate Socialism: How Federal policy went from regulating big business to heavily subsidizing it

The Clean Air Act of 1970 authorized the government to regulate air pollution. The Inflation Reduction Act, which Joe Biden signed into law this past week, allocates more than $300bn to energy and climate reform, including $30bn in subsidies for manufacturers of solar panels and wind turbines. Notice the difference? The Inflation Reduction Act is an important step toward slowing or reversing climate the crisis. It also illustrates the nation’s shift away from regulating businesses to subsidizing businesses. From 1932 through the late 1970s, the government mainly regulated businesses. This was the era of the alphabet soup of regulatory...

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Distracting from stolen wealth: Why the rightwing’s “Culture War” sounds so similar to Putin’s propaganda

Why do Putin and the Republican Party sound so much alike? Simple: Their culture wars have similar agendas. Both are trying to distract attention from the economic looting by their respective oligarchies. Vladimir Putin has been blasting so-called “cancel culture.” This was his third “cancel culture” rant in recent months. It’s the same imaginary crisis that Trump and the GOP have been ranting about for several years. Tucker Carlson, one of Fox News’s most infamous personalities, accuses liberals of trying to cancel all sorts of things. Last fall, Putin argued that teaching children about different gender identities was, quote,...

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Failed state referendum shows overwhelming public support for constitutional right to an abortion

I want to talk about Kаnsаs. Not about its corn as high as an elephant’s eye, nor about Dorothy and Toto trying to find their way home, but about Kаnsаs as the geographic and Republican center of America, Kаnsаs as the vintage Norman Rockwell core of America, Kаnsаs as what the Republican Party was before being hijacked by Newt Gingrich and then mugged by a New York real estate con artist. I m moved to do so because on August 2 the good people of Kаnsаs voted against a ballot measure that would have stripped from their state constitution...

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