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Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit » Protected by the largest military in all of human history, the economic empire of the United States has grown into the most advanced capitalist system that ever existed.

Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit »

In spite of a relatively high standard of living & unprecedented wealth, the US has also managed to develop the world’s highest rates of mental illness. In 2009, the World Mental Health survey found the US at the bottom of world mental health chart with 47.4% — almost half of the population– displaying symptoms of a mental disorder. According to the massive WMH survey, nearly 1 in 3 US citizens struggle with anxiety disorders and a bit more than 1 in 5 suffer from depression, bi-polar, or other mood disorders. Melancholy & the MarginalizedIn the Gardens of the US Empire Although psychological well-being is a pretty complicated thing to measure ( especially on such large scales ), research on depression in the US clearly shows that looking for areas of high poverty will show you areas with high rates of depression. How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans. A year ago I was part of a digital marketing team at a tech company.

How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans

We were maybe the fifth largest company in our particular industry, which was drones. But we knew how to game Google, and our site was maxed out. We did our research and geared the content for the major keywords that we knew people used most frequently when they were shopping for drones or researching drones or looking for drone video. We knew our audience: their buying habits, their interests, ages, geography, etc., and soon our Google results were up there with a company that was literally an order of magnitude bigger than we were.

This Photo Series Will Make You See Race in a New Way. Chris Buck/O, the Oprah Magazine A new photo series is making people rethink the way the world deals with race in everyday life.

This Photo Series Will Make You See Race in a New Way

The images, which first appeared in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” reverse racial expectations in simple settings, such as showing a young white girl picking out a toy, faced with row upon row of black dolls. The scenarios are meant to allude to the complexities that, women experience every day in dealing with race. The images are not meant to point fingers, but instead are meant to encourage others to challenge their own mindset and racial expectations, and then to talk about it, the series' photographer, Chris Buck, told Global Citizen.

The idea stemmed from a conversation with the creative team at "O" magazine and Oprah Winfrey herself, at Winfrey’s home, according to Lucy Kaylin, the publication’s editor-in-chief. America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People. A new book by economist Peter Temin finds that the U.S. is no longer one country, but dividing into two separate economic and political worlds You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.”

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates. Two roads diverged In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). Globalization Is Just a Contemporary Word for Financial Colonialism. The collapsed remains of the Rana Plaza garment factory in near Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 30, 2013.

Globalization Is Just a Contemporary Word for Financial Colonialism

The police in Bangladesh filed formal murder charges June 1, 2015, against 41 people accused of involvement in the 2013 collapse of a building that housed several clothing factories, leaving more than 1,100 people dead in the worst disaster in garment industry history. (Photo: Khaled Hasan / The New York Times) What do imperialism and colonialism look like today? John Smith's Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century argues that core capitalist nations are no longer reliant on military force and direct political control of other countries.

Instead, they maintain a financial grip on the Southern Hemisphere in particular, exploiting labor in these countries to increase their own profits. Our Political Economy Is Designed to Create Poverty and Inequality. Let me begin by sharing with you the story of an inner-city Cleveland family of seven, two adults and five children all under the age of 11.

Our Political Economy Is Designed to Create Poverty and Inequality

The family did not own a home. They were renters. As the family grew, it became ever more difficult to find rent. At one point the old car in which they roamed the city in search of rent became their living quarters. Globalization Is Just a Contemporary Word for Financial Colonialism. Walter Lippmann and the stereotype: The World outside and the Pictures in our heads. Why conservatives are more likely than liberals to believe false information about threats.

After an electoral season that blurred the line between fact and fantasy, a team of UCLA researchers is offering new evidence to support a controversial proposition: that when it comes to telling the difference between truth and fiction, not all potential voters see it the same way.

Why conservatives are more likely than liberals to believe false information about threats

When “alternative facts” allege some kind of danger, people whose political beliefs are more conservative are more likely than those who lean liberal to embrace them, says the team’s soon-to-be-published study. Conservatives’ vulnerability to accepting untruths didn’t apply equally to all false claims: When lies suggested dangerous or apocalyptic outcomes, more conservative participants were more likely to believe them than when the lie suggested a possible benefit. Participants whose views fell further left could be plenty credulous. 3 Things Sociologists Learned by Studying the Women’s March. The Women’s March was the largest protest in U.S. history, and reached seven continents.

3 Things Sociologists Learned by Studying the Women’s March

Already, it’s an undeniable expression of a resistance that’s gaining victories against Trumpism. As a mass, historical outpouring, it’s also ripe for social science. As such, three University of Maryland sociologists — Dana R. To Halt the Slide Into Authoritarianism, We Need a General Strike. Like the recent airport shutdown protests over Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban, a general strike could target key transit infrastructures like these demonstrators outside John F.

To Halt the Slide Into Authoritarianism, We Need a General Strike

Kennedy International Airport in New York, January 28, 2017. (Victor J. Blue / The New York Times) In the weeks immediately after Donald Trump won the presidential election, many people expressed serious concern about the content of his policies and platform. Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort. Torsten Silz/Getty Images Richard Evans established himself as arguably the pre-eminent historian of 20th-century Germany with his astonishing trilogy on the rise and fall of the Third Reich.

Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort.

Beginning after the cataclysm of the First World War with The Coming of the Third Reich; continuing with the Nazi regime’s first six years in power; and concluding with Nazism’s military aggression, genocide, and eventual defeat, Evans’ books explore Germany from the perspective of both its leaders and its citizens, including perpetrators, victims, and everyone in between. How to analyze and interpret photos objectively, according to professors of visual communication — Quartz.

“When photography was invented,” photo historian Vicki Goldberg once said, “it was thought to be an equivalent to truth. It was truth with a capital T.” But as viewers quickly learned, seeing isn’t always believing. Even in the early history of photography, hoaxes like the Cottingley fairies taught people to question the validity of the images they saw. White nationalist movement growing much faster than Isis on Twitter, study finds.

The number of white nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathisers on Twitter have multiplied more than 600 per cent in the last four years, outperforming the so-called Islamic State (Isis) in everything from follower counts to number of daily tweets, a new study found. Researchers at George Washington University’s Programme on Extremism analysed 18 accounts belonging to major white nationalist groups and organisations – such as the American Nazi Party and the National Socialist Movement – mostly located in the US. These accounts saw a sharp increase in followers, from about 3,500 in 2012 to 22,000 in 2016. Politics And The Fracturing Of Shared Reality : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. At a March 3 Republican presidential primary debate, candidates (from left) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich appear on stage at Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Rubio later dropped out of the race. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption toggle caption Paul Sancya/AP At a March 3 Republican presidential primary debate, candidates (from left) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich appear on stage at Fox Theatre in Detroit. This is how we can fight Donald Trump’s attack on democracy. Our news system has fundamental weaknesses, and we’re paying the price like never before. In the past, we could afford to watch the nightly headlines, give a slightly cynical shrug, and then get on with our evening.

Today, though, the price of our media-cultivated apathy has grown dangerously high. Our hard-won fundamental rights and freedoms are in peril. For democracy to survive, it requires civic engagement. Dystopian Novel, The Water Thief, Imagines the Corporate-Controlled Future of America. (Image: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)With the government increasingly protecting corporations instead of people, as with Citizens United, it won't be long before corporations become more important than people - if they aren't already. The Maoism of Donald Trump. Interaction between government, public has dwindled under Donald Trump. Paul Gottfried, the Jewish Godfather of the 'Alt-Right' The night America elected Donald J. Is Donald Trump a Populist Authoritarian? - The Atlantic - The Atlantic. An Animated Introduction to Michel Foucault, "Philosopher of Power".

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Max Weber. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. 1905. Society Could Collapse In A Decade, Predicts Math Historian. How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World. Political Polarization in the American Public. From Afghanistan to Syria: Women’s Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA - BSNEWS. How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail. Edward Hopper's Iconic Painting Nighthawks Explained in a 7-Minute Video Introduction. Classifying humans into races the biggest mistake in history of science. SI Review: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Sociological Images. An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America. Trump's Cabinet Gives New Meaning to 'Power Elite' - Bloomberg View. For These Girls, Danger Is a Way of Life. The-tent-cities-of-san-francisco. Raoul Martinez on writing this year's essential text for thinking radicals.

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Exclusive: Billionaire green activist Steyer vows to battle Trump, says money not an issue. White Nationalism Lives and White People Need to Fight It. Ethics Without Religion. Voted for Trump? I have only one plea. – jessicashortall – Medium. How the Media Manufactured Hatred of Hillary Clinton - BillMoyers.com. Best Books About American Politics. 9 Women on Why They’re (Still) Voting for Trump. Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice. Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? How Capitalism Fosters Bullying. Political Science Term Project: Poverty Governance.

American Poverty Governance As It Is and As It Might Be - The Society Pages. Corporations Running the World Used to Be Science Fiction - Now It's a Reality. Why the World Fears Refugees. What are the 10 biggest global challenges? Watch How Europeans Carved Up African Land They Never Owned. What Sex Means for World Peace. Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country - Rolling Stone. Understanding Trump « George Lakoff. 13 Point Human Rights-Based Revolutionary Agenda. Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul.

The American Dream Is Alive in Finland. 93 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness. 93 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness. Ethical Clothing - Jeans Manufacturing Costs. What Is Theory? A Precautionary Tale. …Free Books on race, gender, sexuality, and class that are bound to get you woke! From Nominal to Ordinal: Reconceiving Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy in the United States. Donald Trump and the Rise and Fall of Charismatic Leaders - Sociological Images. The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America.