How can we best honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day?

Originally posted on Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture:

Honoring those who died in service doesn’t mean forgiving those who put them in harm’s way.

Today America honors its war dead, those who gave their lives in the service of freedom – not only ours, but in many cases they died to save innocent people in far-flung corners of the globe. This isn’t idle rhetoric, either. Ponder what the world might have been like had the Allies lost World War II.

Unfortunately, in recent years I have grown more cynical about “freedom” and those who died for it.

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Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers | Television & radio | The Guardian

Beware the anesthetizing influence of Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers | Television & radio | The Guardian.

“Oprah is appealing precisely because her stories hide the role of political, economic, and social structures. In doing so, they make the American Dream seem attainable. If we just fix ourselves, we can achieve our goals. For some people, the American dream is attainable, but to understand the chances for everyone, we need to look dispassionately at the factors that shape success.”

The Biggest Concerns About GMO Food Aren’t Really About GMOs

The Biggest Concerns About GMO Food Aren’t Really About GMOs.

I’ll take the science over the hype any day. Are there pro’s and con’s? Of course, as with any issue. Meanwhile, two quotes simplify the matter rather well.

“I really don’t like that these companies own so much of American agriculture. But genetically modified crops only date back to the 1990s, and we’ve had industrial agriculture long before that. Banning or embracing GMOs is just rearranging deck chairs.”

“In other words, GMOs were a red herring all along.”

Democrats Embrace Citizens United in Defense of Clinton

Democrats Embrace Citizens United in Defense of Clinton.

Hill just loves her some big money in politics. And the party machinery that spent years on end crying foul about it before? Suddenly they just loves ’em some big money in politics.

I think Hill should just stick with a snappy one-liner that’s served her well so far.

“What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

Economix Comix

Economix Comix.

In which Michael Goodman explains “what’s going on with Social Security?”

It’s a quick read, packs in lots of general history and concept, and seems to do a fair job of accomplishing its goal. Added bonus: comics are wonderfully shareable things.

If you don’t already know what’s going on, expect to have your blood pressure rise a bit. If you already know, you should probably still be mad.

If you know of any critical flaws in the argument as Goodman presents it, please let me know in the comments.

Exclusive — Documents: Republicans In Congress Cook Up Phony Poll-Tested Talking Points To Push Obama Trade Deal – Breitbart

Exclusive — Documents: Republicans In Congress Cook Up Phony Poll-Tested Talking Points To Push Obama Trade Deal – Breitbart.

I’m not sure which is more disturbing to me, that the Wall Street Journal and NBC are relying on cooked polls to peddle the TPP, that the GOP is relying on this gimmick to drum up support, or that I’m finding it necessary to rely on Breitbart for this kind of analysis. Where is the rest of the coverage? Good luck finding it.

Americans want the government to “redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich” – Vox

Americans want the government to “redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich” – Vox.

The summary of Gallup’s recent poll results are interesting enough, but the video addressing the nature of wealth inequality earns this piece bonus points. Naturally, the Gallup analysis available by link in the article addresses the nuances more completely. One thing I wish had been discovered is the degree to which proponents of each view changed their minds over time.

It should come as no surprise, I think, that the cluster of changing attitudes on the accompanying graph corresponds so closely to the elections of 2008 and 2012. It’ll be interesting to see if the two plateaus behave differently when the poll is repeated in 2016 leading into the election.