July 2011

  • Lessons from the Middle East, Part 3

    by Jacob G. Hornberger

    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Two of the primary complaints made by the protesters in the Middle East have been the refusal of government officials to lift decades-old emergency legislation that permits the dictatori... Read More

  • The Budget Mess: A Crisis in Legitimacy

    by Sheldon Richman

    Reality has finally caught up with the ruling elite, and its members inside and outside of government are in a panic. They have freely spent the taxpayers’ money for generations, building a corporatist warfare-welfare state, and when that wasn’t enou... Read More

  • The Soviet Union’s Continuing Influence on America

    by James Bovard

    It has been almost 20 years since the Soviet Union officially dissolved. While the nation of that name no longer exists, its legacy continues influencing political thought and practices in many places in the world. The glorification of the Sovi... Read More

  • The Road to the Permanent Warfare State, Part 3

    by Gregory Bresiger

    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 |Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 |Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part ... Read More

  • Should Social Security Be Saved?

    by Laurence M. Vance

    Speaking at a conference for a finance trade association in Chicago, former President George W. Bush said that the biggest failure of his administration was not privatizing Social Security. In 2001 the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security was forme... Read More

  • Understanding the U.S. Torture State

    by Anthony Gregory

    The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse edited by Marjorie Cohn (New York University Press: 2011), 342 pages. When I was a child in Reagan’s America, a common theme in Cold War rhetoric was that the Soviets tortur... Read More