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Laura Flanders is the host of "GRIT TV" the new, news and culture discussion program aired daily on Free Speech TV (Dish Network ch. 9415) and online at the popular blog site Firedoglake.com. Flanders also hosts RadioNation, on Air America Radio, the weekly radio program of the Nation Magazine. She is the author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics Back from the Politiicans (The Penguin Press, 2007) and the New York Times bestseller BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004), an expose of women in George W. Bush's Cabinet. Flanders was founding director of the Women's Desk at the media watch group, FAIR and for more than ten years she produced and hosted CounterSpin, Fair's radio program. For more information and to contribute video to GRIT TV go to www.grittv.org.
National Suicide Point?
Colonizers cut down fruit trees and olive groves and uprooted relationships to break apart autonomous social networks. Smash society and you create craven people. Craven, from the early English word meaning crushed, defeated, overwhelmed.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018(2 comments)
Throwing Shade, Not Light, on Youth Voting
The seasonal downpour is especially important this year because, for the first time, 18-35-year-old "millennials" -- and their even younger counterparts, "generation z" -- will be America's single largest voting block with power to swing the result if they actually turn out to cast a ballot. The perennial question is, will they?
Friday, May 25, 2018
After Brexit, Blexit: Putting Your Money Where Your Life Is
Brexit's what the British public voted to do when they felt the European Union wasn't serving their best interests. Blexit's what some Black residents of the Twin Cities have decided to do to free themselves from the city's white dominated financial institutions.
Monday, May 21, 2018(1 comments)
Life or Death for the FCC
Reverse net neutrality? Open the floodgates to more media monopoly? Chairman Pai, a former staffer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has in mind to accomplish all that and more. He leads the commission's Republican majority in lockstep, and they've already proposed radical reductions to Lifeline, the meager subsidy that helps low income people connect to doctors, nurses, and public assistance.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018(1 comments)
What if Ida B. Wells Depended on Facebook?
From Paine to Wells, it has always been media at the margins -- not the center -- that has brought critical issues to a boil so that bigger, "recognized" media could inhale the steam. American democracy has not advanced thanks to the mainstream media, but rather thanks to reporters on a mission and with the means to tell the uncomfortable, unfamiliar, uncommon truth.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018(1 comments)
After Maria: Puerto Rican Self-Determination
What's in store for Puerto Rico's future? Some people are pushing to privatize everything from education to the power grid. In the massive gaps left by our official response, individuals, communities, and organizations are stepping in.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Monopoly Capitalism: At The Breaking Point?
Monopoly capitalism may be on its last legs! This week, economist Michael Hudson joins us to say his predictions on the Trump budget have come true and seem to suggest, more than ever, that capitalism is not only a disservice to the people, but it's also unsuccessful.
Wake Up, Liberals -- Either We Hang Together or We Fall Apart
There's one thing people on the left need to get deadly serious about under the Trump administration, either we hang together or we hang apart. Donald Trump and his supporters are deadly serious about harassing, intimidating, villifying and removing all those they consider subversive. And their immigration program is just a start.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Who Needs Panama When You Have the Home State of Joe Biden?
Never discount the deference in our media for those with money and influence, or the disdain they have for reporting that's done mostly elsewhere. But the most important part of the answer is: Americans don't need Fonseca. Plenty of US law firms manage offshore assets right here. They don't need to go to Panama because they can find those firms in the US.
Sunday, May 1, 2016(1 comments)
Lucy Parsons: The Anarchist and Intersectional Feminist Who Inspired May Day
Lucy Parsons was the only woman of color, and one of only two women delegates -- the other being Mother Jones -- among the 200 men at the founding convention of the IWW, the Militant Industrial Workers of the World. There, she was the only woman to give a speech. She called women the "slaves of slaves" and urged the IWW to fight for equality and charge underpaid women a lower rate for union fees.
Friday, April 8, 2016
The Primaries Are Over: Don't Give In To Panic And Mute
a successful candidate is one like Ellison, the guy who rallies people to believe that the future is about more than fear -- and change is possible, in their lives, in their families, in their country. And they can be a part of it. Bernie Sanders has rallied a lot people -- just that way -- most especially young voters. He's received 80-plus percent of the youth vote in several states.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
A Great National Sick-Out -- It's Past Time
After months of attempting to grab legislators' attention, the teachers called in sick, en masse earlier this year, causing almost all city schools to close, and while they withdrew their labor, they flooded the social media with images of just what they were so sick of: Broken toilet seats in the student's bathrooms, mushrooms on their classroom walls, leaking ceilings, moldy food.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Dark Money: What Might the Money Media Cover If They Weren't Covering Trump?
Is today's election auction normal or inevitable? Neither. A handful of Supreme Court decisions, decided by a single vote unloosed the cash-flow. It's happened mostly over the last 10 years. As the Brennan Center reported this January, just one justice shifting opinion could speedily restore common sense limits on big spending.
Thursday, January 28, 2016(4 comments)
Who Cares if Hillary is Warm? I Care About Her Wars
When it comes to Clinton, it's not the warmth, it's the wars I'm worried about. I don't think she's ever seen a bombing mission she didn't approve, going back to the 1990s, when the whole insidious "humanitarian" war idea took root with NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia. It was the wars on Yugoslavia that prepared the political ground for intervention in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and every one of those has led to a bloodbath.
Thursday, January 7, 2016(5 comments)
Laissez Faire Capitalism -- That Is Anything But
"Laissez faire" capitalists love to argue that the market itself is magic. You don't need government or regulation to rein in bad companies -- consumers will do it. The principle involved is called "reputation." It's amazing how vigorously, then, some governments will get involved to defend bad companies from shame.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Money Media Cover Change-Makers Most When They're Dead
When media cover community organizing at all, profit-driven media tend to focus only on the troublemakers -- the sit-ins, shutdowns and picket lines. But while activism is often used to extract concessions from government, organizers like Grace Lee Boggs don't just make trouble -- they make change.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Bill de Blasio: A Mayor for the New Economy
The most significant aspect of de Blasio's win may be the route he took to power. Taking office with him this January will be a public advocate who generally shares his views and a dozen new progressive city council members -- all beneficiaries of a long-term strategy by local advocates of economic justice to reduce local legislators' dependence on establishment-party patronage and big corporate donors.
The Strange Sticking Power of Rick Santorum
A big part of how Obama gained support in states like these was his pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Although in office, he quickly jettisoned all that talk and signed more, similar pacts.) Rick Santorum, for all his sins, has the advantage of actually having voted against NAFTA.
Friday, March 2, 2012(2 comments)
Drone Strikes? What's To Feel Bad About?
Between 282 and 535 civilians, including 60 minors, have been credibly reported as killed as a result of drone strikes since US President Barack Obama took office.
Most damning, the Bureau reported that at least 50 civilians have been killed in follow-up strikes after they rushed to help the wounded. More than 20 other civilians were killed in strikes on funerals.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The supreme court's free pass on sexism for Walmart
The world's biggest boss, supported by companies as diverse as Altria, Bank of America, Microsoft and General Electric and backed up by the godfather of big business (the US Chamber of Commerce) has persuaded the US supreme court that thousands of women workers can't possibly share enough of an interest to constitute a class?
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Crushing Workers in Wisconsin Has National Effects
Inside the dark Victorian mansion of the Bradley Foundation in benighted Milwaukee, there must be smiles all around. The same ideologically-driven outfit that paid for the task force that devised Thompson's welfare plan is now backing Walker's drive to criminalize collective bargaining.
Friday, June 4, 2010(3 comments)
Poor Americans Are Drowning: Where Are the Lifeboats?
For all the talk of Wall Street reform, and new consumer protections, and talk of alternative energy policy, the fact remains that for most people, America is a sinking ship. And minority communities are the first to be thrown over the side.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The F Word: Coal Company Shopping Spree
Massey Energy killed 29 miners, Standard & Poor upgraded their stock from "hold" to "buy," so Shrub got it right, the answer to anything bad is "go shopping."