Obamacare, Minus the Propaganda
Oct18

Obamacare, Minus the Propaganda

  The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has a pretty bad reputation among ordinary people (though many people don’t even know that both refer to the same law), mostly due to misinformation and right-wing propaganda. Polls have found that a majority of people oppose Obamacare, even though the same majority supports individual provisions of the law. Its detractors have labeled it “socialist”, while its...

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Verizon’s Attack on Internet Freedom
Sep29

Verizon’s Attack on Internet Freedom

  If you haven’t heard about it already, Verizon is taking the FCC to court to challenge its Open Internet Order, which stops Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against online content. If Verizon wins, they would violate the long-standing principle of Net Neutrality, and you’d be worse off for it. What’s Verizon Trying To Do Again, And Why? I guess Verizon isn’t happy with their $30...

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Rigged Institutions, Part 3
Sep16

Rigged Institutions, Part 3

Welcome to the third part of Rigged Institutions. News broke that Obama is planning to select Larry Summers as the next Head of the Federal Reserve. (If you haven’t heard of him, here’s an intro to his atrocious track record.) So in this part, I’ll try to take on the gigantic banking system and its role in the recession. I know it seems like an impossible task for a teenager to capably explain the banking system that...

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Detroit and Our Bankrupt Democracy
Aug18

Detroit and Our Bankrupt Democracy

  In a historic blow to democracy, Detroit declared bankruptcy, and Governor Snyder of Michigan appointed an “emergency manager,” Kevyn Orr. He, despite not having been elected, can fire city workers and abolish contracts with unions all by himself. But his recent comments that Detroit’s people are “dumb, lazy” show that he’s quite disconnected from the average Detroiter. In Detroit, not only are we seeing...

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Rigged Institutions, Part 2
Aug03

Rigged Institutions, Part 2

  Welcome to our next rigged institution, the famed American post-secondary education system. Part of the American Dream is supposed to be going to college, getting a degree, and becoming part of the skilled workforce. We have to ask ourselves, is this dream a reality? If we look at the facts, that would be a No, No, and No. Somehow, this essential component of the American Dream has been rigged to favor the plutocrats who run...

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The Bailout No One Talks About
Oct03

The Bailout No One Talks About

Obama’s been campaigning in Ohio recently, and he released this attack ad, touting his great auto bailout success. All this while Romney tries to push through the claim that Obama’s a spending freak, one supported by that same bailout. But in this election, what’s important is not their stances on hot issues, which are just facades to keep their voting bases satisfied. It’s actually the issues they won’t...

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