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Cold Case Democracy: Part Two – Smash and Grab

“There have been two principal aspects to the growth of democracy in this century (20th): the extension of the popular franchise (e.g. the right to vote) and the growth of the union movement.  These developments have presented corporations with potential threats to their power…”  Alex Carey & Andrew Lohrey, “Taking the Risk Out of Democracy”

Cold Case Democracy – Part One: Breaking and Entering

‘Congress has never passed a law that gives corporations the same rights as citizens.  There has never been a court – state, federal or supreme – that decided corporations are “persons” rather than “artificial persons.”‘ ————————————————————————————— “The past is never dead.  It is not even past.” – William Faulkner A cold case is usually an

Tuesday Morning News Jog

Standing up for teachers…the Libya controversy…fantasizing about a Stalinist show trial for Glenn Beck…the truth behind high oil prices…and more. This one’s for the teachers: How do top-scoring countries like Korea, Singapore, and Finland treat their teachers compared to the United States? Well, those countries recruit only high-performing college graduates, support them with mentoring and

LEAP Director, former narc officer, calls for drug legalization to save cops’ lives

Last October, we interviewed Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. After a stimulating policy discussion, I asked Mr. Franklin to personalize his opposition to the war on drugs. He did so by talking, among other things, about losing fellow police officers in the line of duty in what increasingly appeared to him

Weekend Review

It’s been a busy week here at Politicalcontext.org. Editor Matt J. Stannard has two new editorials this week: a brand new piece on Saudi Arabia and the bourgeois media’s stoking fears of a revolution there, and a piece lamenting our worship of celebrities during Oscar season. Speaking of the Oscars, we’re fortunate to have award

…more on new charges against Justice Thomas

While we were putting the finishing touches on our interview with Kevin Zeese, we just managed to slip in yesterday’s new charge by ProtectOurElections.org: that Citizens United ran an advertising campaign for Justice Thomas attacking his Senate critics when his nomination was being considered. This makes Thomas’s failure to recuse himself in the Citizens United

Political Context: Law

As Founder of Shared Media Cooperative and Publisher of Political Context, it is my honor to welcome you to the Political Context: Law homepage! Here we will discuss news from constitutional issues to the prison-industrial complex, from drug policy to immigration, from the death penalty to corporate personhood. Updates on the rule of law in

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