Gar Alperovitz: Systemic Crisis, Politics as Usual. Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R.
Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Gar Alperovitz presents at a Seattle Town Hall on Oct 3, 2012 immediately after a public screening of the presidential debate between Romney and Obama. Structural fault lines in the political system. Does the 2012 Presidential Election Matter? Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.
You can follow him on twitter at If you picked up a newspaper in DC this week, it would have been hard to avoid noticing that a bizarre and irrelevant spat is consuming much of the insider political media and top political officials. Earlier this week, a corporate lobbyist named Hilary Rosen tweeted a vague insult at GOP Presidential nominee wife Ann Romney. What if democracy is just an illusion? New Haven, CT - Karl Marx never visited the United States, but he nevertheless understood the country, because he understood capitalism.
As you know, there's no American ideology that's mightier than capitalism. Equality, justice and the rule of law are nice and all, but money talks. In their 1846 book The German Ideology, Marx and co-author Frederick Engels took a look at human history and made a plain but controversial observation. The spectacle of democracy in the US. Tucson, Arizona - "This is my last election.
After my election I have more flexibility. " The unguarded remarks of the US President - Barack Obama - to the Russian President - Dmitry Medvedev - captured by TV cameras, has once again drawn attention to the increasing perils and undelivered promises of US presidential elections. According to a transcriptof the recorded remarks, Obama told his Russian counterpart: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defence, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space.
" Medvedev responded: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space.
Washington state's Latinos find 'politics has not changed with the population' In the apple- and grape-laden Yakima valley in southern Washington state, Latinos drawn here by fruit-picking jobs have become the fastest growing sector of the population over the last decade.
Politically, however, the Hispanic families who make up the majority of this archipelago of 10 towns stretching 40 miles southeast from county seat in Yakima have virtually no voice. Two neighboring counties are now majority Latino and both the city and County of Yakima are nearing 50% Latino – up from 33% in the 2000 census.
Yakima County ranks first in the US in the number of all fruit trees that are handpicked yearly by farm laborers – and almost all the field hands are Latinos. Morals: Our great moral decline. Comment: Super PACs: Worse to Come. You’re nothing in Presidential politics this year without a Super PAC.
As most people know by now, Super PACs are fund-raising vehicles that support a candidate but are nominally independent of that candidate’s official campaign. Individuals can only give twenty-five hundred dollars to a candidate in a primary—and corporations cannot give anything at all—but both individuals and corporations can give as much as they please to Super PACs. Thanks to absence of those limits, in the South Carolina Republican primary, Super PACs spent about twice as much as the candidates themselves. So far, it seems, the influence of Super PACs has been immense. Super PACs seem to deserve much of the credit for the fall and rise of Newt Gingrich’s Presidential campaign. What Oligarchy Means: Small Groups of Multi-Millionaires Funding Almost All SuperPACs. Forget the five people you meet in heaven, here are the five people running the US election system these days.
We know how the super PACs have come to dominate the presidential campaign, but a closer look at financial-disclosure numbers shows how just a tiny handful of billionaires are dominating those super PACs. An analysis of January’s campaign-disclosure filings reveals that 25 percent of all the money raised for the presidential race that month came from just five donors. That select group gave $19 million to various super PACs, often in support of more than one Republican candidate. Those numbers come from both The Washington Post and USA Today, though neither gives a complete list of those five top donors of 2012.
Ari Berman: The politics of the super rich. 2012: The year of the big donor - Kenneth P. Vogel. The GOP's Big Investors) Have you heard of William Dore, Foster Friess, Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, Peter Thiel, or Bruce Kovner?
If not, let me introduce them to you. They’re running for the Republican nomination for president. I know, I know.
Resources... US elections 2012 - curators. America's billionaire-run democracy - 2012 Elections. Watching what’s happening to our democracy is like watching the cruise ship Costa Concordia founder and sink slowly into the sea off the coast of Italy, as the passengers, shorn of life vests, scramble for safety as best they can, while the captain trips and falls conveniently into a waiting life boat.
We are drowning here, with gaping holes torn into the hull of the ship of state from charges detonated by the owners and manipulators of capital. Their wealth has become a demonic force in politics. Nothing can stop them. Sugar Daddies. Real News: Israel and the American Elections The obama administration.
Mitt Romney. Islamophobia For Office. Iowa: The Meaningless Sideshow Begins. Matt Stoller: A Real Third Party? An Anti-Big Bank Republican? Yup. By Matt Stoller, the former Senior Policy Advisor to Rep.
Alan Grayson and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. You can reach him at stoller (at) gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @matthewstoller. Like many of you, I had mostly given up on electoral politics. One time I went through a log of Hank Paulson’s phone calls when he was Treasury Secretary, and then Tim Geithner’s phone calls when he was Treasury Secretary.