David Bollier: Imagining a New Politics of the Commons: A Fresh Way of Thinking about Life Beyond the MarketOctober 11, 2010 The commons is hugely generative in its own right. It is a value-creating sector that rivals the marketplace, and therefore deserves the same protection from government and respect from citizens.
Stephan Salisbury: Surveillance, America’s Pastime: A Hall of Shame of State Snooping, Prying, and Informing Aimed at Destroying the Fabric of Civil SocietyOctober 4, 2010 The tainting of character, the undermining of basic trust, the disruption of democratic politics—these are the great achievements of state surveillance. The goal of this furtive activity is not to dismantle terrorist networks but to disrupt legitimate civic activity.
September 24, 2010
Our fiction editor’s theory on New York as a place of neutrality and a refuge from soul crushing lunches at Applebee’s and his call for proselytizing Christians to leave New Yorkers alone.
Robert Reich: Why No Amount of Fiscal or Monetary Stimulus Will Be Enough, Given How Small A Share of Total Income the Middle Now ReceivesSeptember 23, 2010 After three decades of flat wages during which almost all the gains of growth have gone to the very top, the middle class no longer has the buying power to keep the economy going. All the coping mechanisms are exhausted.
Tom Engelhardt: One and a Half Cheers for American Decline: The Future’s Not Ours—and That’s Good NewsSeptember 22, 2010 Our country may be in decline, but the news isn’t all bad. It’s actually going to feel better to be just another nation, one more country, rather than the nation.
|The Asia Society presents a live interview with Tariq Ali and Guernica editor Joel Whitney on Friday, September 17, on Obama's foreign policy and the legacy of Bush.|
Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse: The American Way of War Quiz: This Was the War Month That Was (Believe It or Not)September 17, 2010 The first TomDispatch American Way of War Quiz. Pit your wits against the best the Pentagon has to offer.
In response to Nick Turse’s critique of his recent war documentary Restrepo, Hetherington fires back: “I think his opinion of what needs to be said about the war has clouded his viewing of the film.”
Tom Engelhardt: Will Our Generals Ever Shut Up?: The Military’s Media Megaphone and the U.S. Global Military PresenceSeptember 8, 2010 Today, you no longer need to be a retired military officer to offer play-by-play commentary on and analysis of our wars. Though nothing in the record indicates that anyone should listen to what these men have to say, the main narrators of those wars turn out to be none other than the generals running, or overseeing, them.
David Bollier: The Founders as Mashup Mavens: Lewis Hyde Reveals How Knowledge and Culture are a Shared Legacy.August 31, 2010 Lewis Hyde’s book is a work of political history, legal scholarship, and a meditation on the commerce of the human spirit and creativity.
|With two superfluous remakes soon to make their way to a theater near you, Wright takes a look at the top five movies that did not need do-overs.|
Andrew J. Bacevich: The Unmaking of a Company Man: An Education Begun in the Shadow of the Brandenburg GateAugust 27, 2010 Bacevich, a former military officer, discusses the moment twenty years ago when he realized orthodoxy is a sham and how the education of that epiphany forced him to reexamine the rules of Washington.
Subhankar Banerjee: Could This Be A Crime?: U.S. Climate Bill Is Dead While So Much Life On Our Earth Continues To PerishAugust 27, 2010 As trees in and around Santa Fe rapidly die due to a bark beetle invasion, the author of this post asks, “Will the economic-and-comfort-needs of our species always trump the survival-needs of all other species that also inhabit this Earth?”
David Bollier: The Power of Open Data: How Large-Scale Sharing and Collaboration are Helping to Solve Medical MysteriesAugust 23, 2010 Science has always recognized the power of sharing in developing new knowledge, but the highly diverse research data on diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is not easily shared. This post emphasizes how the most fruitful way forward is to pursue an “open source” approach that places the basic building-blocks of knowledge into the commons.
Tom Engelhardt: What If Washington…?: Five Absurd Things That Simply Can’t Happen in Wartime WashingtonAugust 16, 2010 As a boy, Engelhardt loved reading what-if history and science fiction books. Here are his own five what-ifs, five possibilities that—given our world—verge on the fictional.
If we didn’t have the military jobs program, the U.S. unemployment rate would be over 11.5 percent today. But wouldn’t it be better to have a jobs program that created things we really need?
|Reich responds to the “rhetorical vacuity” in the Wall Street Journal’s Letters to the Editor.|