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Author, social critic, and political activist Naomi Wolf raises awareness of the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change.
Wolf’s landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century. Her next book, Vagina: A Cultural History, will be released in 2012.
Wolf’s New York Times bestseller, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, is an impassioned call to return to the aspirations and beliefs of the Founders’ ideals of liberty. The New York Times called the documentary version “pointedly inflammatory.” Her latest book, Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy.
Her international journalism includes the investigative report “Guantánamo Bay: The Inside Story” for The Times of London, and as a columnist for Project Syndicate her articles have been published in India, Philippines, Egypt, and Lebanon. She’s a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her TV appearances include Larry King Live, Meet the Press, The Joyce Behar Show, and The Colbert Report.
A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women’s issues and social policy. She is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law.
(22 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 2, 2011 The People Versus The Police
Suddenly, the United States looks like the rest of the furious, protesting, not-completely-free world. Indeed, most commentators have not fully grasped that a world war is occurring. But it is unlike any previous war in human history. Their enemy is a global "corporatocracy" that has purchased governments and legislatures, and plundered treasuries and ecosystems.
(35 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2012 How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses
You don't need to have done anything wrong to be arrested in America any longer. You can be arrested for walking your dog without a leash. The man who was forced to spread his buttocks was stopped for a driving infraction. So nothing prevents thousands of Occupy protesters -- if there will be any left after these laws start to bite -- from being rounded up and stripped naked under intimidating conditions.
(68 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 22, 2012 How the Mitt Romney video killed the American Dream
Politicians do not even bother invoking the American Dream anymore. They know that we know that everything is rigged against it now, and that the language no longer persuades even the most naive and idealistic; the best you'll get from a politician is a pledge, playing to nostalgia, to restore its lost promise.
(44 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 22, 2012 The coming drone attack on America
The Pentagon can now send a domestic drone to hover outside your apartment window, collecting footage of you and your family, if the secretary of Defense approves it. Or it may track you and your friends and pick up audio of your conversations, on your way, say, to protest or vote or talk to your representative, if you are not "specifically identified," a determination that is so vague as to be meaningless.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2012 What the Occupy movement must learn from Sundance
Media exposure, a clear message, smart soundbites, clearly stated demands, and, most importantly, tasked, empowered negotiators working on the inside in concert with mass disrupters applying pressure from without -- this equals political life.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 26, 2011 The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy
Members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organized suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 3, 2012 CISPA: The Keyboard Cops
If CISPA enters into US law, alongside the recently enacted National Defence Authorisation Act - which gives the government the power to detain any American for anything forever - fundamental civil liberties will be threatened in a way that no democracy can tolerate. The good news is that President Barack Obama has vowed to veto CISPA. The bad news is that he made - and then broke - a similar vow on the NDAA.
(21 comments) SHARE Friday, May 25, 2012 What really lies behind the "war on women"
A well-funded legislative war on women is being unleashed. Many of these new proposed bills, or recently passed state laws, attack in novel ways women's rights to ownership of their bodies and their basic life choices, which second-wave feminists thought long won.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, March 9, 2012 Occupy Wall Street exposes judicial double standards
Avram and I aren't going to jail; but our fellow citizens, who simply did what we did and lawfully exercised their first amendment rights, still may do so -- and face the violence of a spell in Rikers. Their cases, too, deserve media scrutiny.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 3, 2013 JSoc: Obama's Secret Assassins
Scahill and Rowley track this new model of US warfare that strikes at civilians and insurgents alike -- in 70 countries. They interview former JSoc assassins, who are shell-shocked at how the "kill lists" they are given keep expanding, even as they eliminate more and more people.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 1, 2012 The NDAA: a clear and present danger to American liberty
The NDAA grants the president the power to kidnap any American anywhere in the United States and hold him or her in prison forever without trial. The president's own signing statement, incredibly, confirmed that he had that power.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 3, 2012 The streets of 2012
Not only are laws criminalizing previously legal dissent, organizing, and reporting being replicated in advanced democracies; so are violent tactics against protesters, backed by the increasing push in countries with long traditions of civil policing to militarize law enforcement.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 15, 2012 This Global Financial Fraud and its Gatekeepers
Whatever motivated Geithner's silence, or that of the "government official" in the emails to Barclays, this much is obvious: the mainstream media need to drop their narratives of "Gosh, another oversight". The financial sector's corruption must be recognized as systemic.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 20, 2012 ACLU fights the good fight to stop government surveillance of our citizens
The ACLU says the FBI and NSA are abusing the warrantless dragnet surveillance. When the organization filed a FOIA request to see how it was actually being used, the FBI sent them some heavily redacted pages and explained that they could not yield more information about the surveillance since the business of turning in information on citizens' communications risk economic harm if their snitching were common knowledge.
(22 comments) SHARE Friday, January 4, 2013 A letter to Kathryn Bigelow on Zero Dark Thirty's apology for torture
It seems implausible that scenes such as those involving two top-secret, futuristic helicopters could be made without Pentagon help, for example. If the film received that kind of undisclosed, in-kind support from the defense department, then that would free up million of dollars for the gigantic ad campaign that a film like this needs to compete to win audience.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 13, 2012 Occupy the Pipeline battles fracking threat in New York
Occupy the Pipeline claims that the entities profiting from fracking are "the same old cast of characters," namely: Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. On 15 October, Occupy the Pipeline will stage a protest event in solidarity with those arrested for protesting the tar sands pipeline (one notable arrestee being actress Daryl Hannah) and other pipeline activists.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2012 Vagina: say it loud, Lisa Brown
During a debate on anti-abortion legislation in the Michigan statehouse, the Democratic state senator said that she was flattered that there was such an interest in, as she put it, "my vagina," but that "no means no." She was barred from later debate because, she claimed, she dared to use that word.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, May 18, 2012 The NDAA's Section 1021 Coup d'etat Foiled
The government cannot be trusted with powers to detain indefinitely any US citizen -- even though Obama promised he would not misuse these powers -- because the United States government is already coordinating a surveillance and policing war against its citizens, designed to suppress their peaceful assembly and criticism of its corporate allies.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 10, 2012 America's Drought of Political Will on Climate Change
America has led the world in climate change denial, a phenomenon noted with amazement by Europeans, not to mention thinking people around the world. Year after year, the US has failed to sign global treaties or curb emissions, even as our status as a source of a third of the world's carbon emissions goes unchanged.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 9, 2012 The spectacle of terror and its vested interests
What the FBI and CIA and the Pentagon are up against is that people -- including Americans -- are waking up to the fact that there would be no enemy if we weren't manufacturing new terrorists by taking out civilians in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. The true, Orwellian agenda is to support a vast new crony-capitalist industry that uses terror theater to turn open democracies into surveillance societies.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 18, 2012 NYPD for hire: how uniformed New York cops moonlight for banks
An independent, uncorrupted municipal police force should be our thin blue line: defenders against crime, protectors of public safety, guarantors of citizens' rights. If these officers of the law become or have already become a private militia for hire, to whom can we turn on the frontline of justice?
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2012 Feinstein amendment doubles down on NDAA's assault on constitutional rights
Many questions press on this issue: why are there repeated efforts by Congress to affirm the power of military detention of Americans? Why are Obama's lawyers drafting language that yet more broadly targets journalists and activists who might be subjected to military detention? And, just as important, why is this appalling and historic set of developments not front-page news in every newspaper in the land?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 15, 2012 The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology
To acclimate their populations to this brave new world of invasive surveillance technologies, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and and his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, both recently introduced "snoop" bills. Meanwhile, in the US -- "the land of the free" -- the onward march of the surveillers continues apace, without check or consultation.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Katy Perry and the military-pop-cultural complex
ilitary millions -- in the form of investment either in-kind, comping development, or in possible direct support, in a paper trail that we will never see -- are being used to skew what we see, just as scientists in fields as diverse as geology and physics are now complaining that military millions are skewing the roster of what gets funded and what doesn't (meaning, what gets studied and what doesn't).
(19 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2013 Will Obama's "War On Weed" Really Ride Roughshod Over American Voters?
The "war on drugs" generates far bigger consequences than mere buzz suppression -- from racist incarceration outcomes, to prison lobbies writing our laws, to the mass disenfranchisement of the felons convicted of marijuana possession, whose conviction prevents them from being allowed to vote.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 4, 2012 A cure for America's corruptible voting system
If you look at weak democracies, the oligarchies that have taken undue control of them always seek to tamper with the vote. It is important for oligarchs to have elections to give their guy a veneer of legitimacy -- and important for the vote always to turn out "their way." Indeed, former President Carter's voting accountability organization sees America's system as relatively flawed and corrupted.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 22, 2012 From Rocky Flats to Fukushima: this nuclear folly
Profit motives are driving the push to develop lands that, according to scientists, can never be inhabited safely again. And profit motives are driving an even more demented plan on a state-by-state level, astoundingly, to ship American schoolchildren into these no-go areas.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 26, 2013 Lovelace: A Feminism-Free "Feminist" Critique Of The Pornography Industry
The movie details the rise, fall, and rebirth of a young woman, Linda Boreman, who leaves her repressive family for the manipulative Chuck Traynor. His violent control transforms her into a "spokesmodel" for fellatio in the first porn film to be mass-marketed: Deep Throat. Finally, she begins a new life with a new family. It is a highly conventional narrative about women and sexuality.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 23, 2011 The First Amendment And The Obligation To Peacefully Disrupt In A Free Society
The First Amendment means that it actually is not up to the mayor or the police of any municipality, or to the Parks Department, or to any local municipality to prohibit public assembly if the assembly is peaceful but disruptive in many ways. Peaceful, lawful protest -- if it is effective -- IS innately disruptive of "business as usual." That is WHY it is effective.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 29, 2012 Revealed: How The FBI Coordinated The Crackdown On Occupy
Documents show that from the start, the FBI -- though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization -- nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a "terrorist threat." It was never really about "the terrorists." It was not even about civil unrest. It was always about this moment, when vast crimes might be uncovered by citizens -- it was always, that is to say, meant to be about you.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2012 Why Reporters Are in the Firing Line
It will take an alliance of investors, diplomats, media professionals and concerned citizens to exert real pressure and attach real consequences to the dire act of harming or suppressing a journalist. For the autocrats know that without a free press to report on their misdeeds, they have nothing to fear from the west's rhetorical invocations of democracy.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 5, 2012 America's Islamic blind spots
Burning a conquered people's sacred texts sends an unmistakable message: you can do anything to these people. As Heinrich Heine put it, referring to the Spanish Inquisition's burning of the Quran, "Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings."
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2012 A Culture of Coverup: Rape in the Ranks of the US Military
The numbers around the level of sex assault in the military are staggering. There is so much of this going on in the US military that women soldiers' advocacy groups have created a new term for it: military sexual trauma or MST. Last year, there were 3,158 cases of sexual assault reported within the military.