Billionaires have Destroyed American Democracy

“Free markets” are not really free, and despite the uncritical assumption that global market capitalism would automatically foster democratic freedoms, today it has become a destructive force, laying waste to communities, public health, networks of solidarity, and even the planet’s rainforests.

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America 2019: There Will Be (More) Blood

While mass shootings are now as American as predatory capitalism and homelessness, these two deadly events, coming in rapid succession, focused public debate not only on guns, but also on the growing overlap between disaffected young white men, Trump’s racist discourse, and far-right movements, many based online, whose adherents are eager to take up arms to attain their twisted goals.

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Why Aren’t We Out in the Streets?

Many of my friends, relatives, and colleagues complain of feeling exhausted, powerless, and depressed as a result of the daily outrages of life under Trump. Americans used to talk about “compassion fatigue,” but now we speak of “outrage fatigue.”

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About Laurie King

Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; writer, editor, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Electronic Iraq, and Electronic Lebanon. [Full bio]

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