David Sirota is an awardwinning investigative journalist and an In These Times senior editor. He served as speech writer for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign. Follow him on Twitter @davidsirota.
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A New Standard for Oxymoronic Newspeak
The NSA won’t say how many Americans it’s spying on because that would be invading their privacy.
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The Potential Upside of Captivity
Despite what the industry would have you believe, higher taxes on fossil fuel production won't drive companies (and jobs) elsewhere.
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The Revolutionaries Feeding the Obesity Crisis
Big Food thinks three meals a day just isn't enough.
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The War on Whistleblowers
The Obama administration's dubiously legal whistleblower crackdown is a genuine threat to democracy.
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The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran
It's a disproven myth, but politicians, keen on dispelling opposition and maintaining militarism, continue to feed the fable.
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A Rare Admission That Money Trumps Everything Else
In New York, Cuomo reveals— unsurprisingly—it's easier to get things done when corporate power goes unthreatened.
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Yes, We Can Walk and Chew Gum
The GOP notion that we can't pursue gay rights while fixing the economy is a red herring.
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Our Guns and Butter Economy
In its drive for job-creating exports, is America creating a fatter, more violent world?
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Property Rights in the Cloud
How much of you is really yours? In the age of cloud computing, it's a crucial question.
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The Politics of Sight
Not knowing the truth behind what we consume makes things easier, but at what cost?
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Contradiction Where Religion and American Politics Meet
In the U.K., Christians lean to the Left. How has the American Right co-opted a doctrine that espouses social justice?
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The End of ‘Shut Up and Play’
When athletes champion causes, they show young fans that politics isn't just an inside-the-beltway game.
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Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need New Roads
The U.S. pays a hefty toll, both socially and economically, for its road construction fetish.
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Charter Schools Are Not the Silver Bullet
With all the reformist buzz, where are the results?
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The Layer Ploy
The oil and gas industries are using the oldest corporate trick in the book: Hide the real agenda behind something popular.
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A Welcome Return to Basic Standards
The meaning of Rush Limbaugh's recent apology.
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The Opposite of Snobbery
Rick Santorum thinks making college affordable for all is elitist. How else are Americans going to find good-paying jobs?
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Forgetting the Past, One Military Movie at a Time
When the entertainment industry gets in bed with the Pentagon, censorship is inevitable.
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Will We Choose a Chinese Future?
Manufacturing jobs are trickling back into the U.S. economy because depressed wages are turning America into China.
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Embracing ‘Enough’
Most Americans know when someone earns enough money. But those calling the shots just don't get it.
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When it Comes to Education Technology, Trust but Verify
New gadgets in the classroom may cost more than schools bargain for.
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The Economic Normalcy Bias
Even in a time of financial crisis, our culture consumes as if there were no tomorrow.
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Our Selective Definition of Bigotry
There's unacceptable racism, and then there's acceptable racism.
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America’s Real Occupiers
Public officials who remove themselves and their families from the community they govern.
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Commemorating Our Soon-to-Be Lost Vernacular
What words and phrases will end up as relics of the past?
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‘Tis The Season of Fake Outrage
Every year, the right wing inevitably decries the nonexistent 'War on Christmas.'
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Banana Republicans’ Assault on Democracy
Why does America's highest-ranking GOP politician oppose scrapping the electoral college?
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What Real Education Reform Looks Like
New reports underscore what should be obvious: Poverty and punitive funding formulas drive America's education problems.
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Celebrating the End of Kids’ Wall Street Dreams
The number of young people in finance-related fields is falling—and that's not a bad thing.
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Anger Sowing Seeds of a New Consumer Movement
A new study suggests consumer rage against businesses is at an all-time high.
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Why Income Inequality Suddenly Matters
Americans are tired of watching the rich getting richer while the dream of upward mobility becomes a joke.
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TV That Finally Lifts Journalism Back ‘Up’
Up With Chris Hayes purposely rejects the manufactured red-versus-blue mallet that bludgeons every issue into partisan terms.
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The Choice Between Democracy and Autocracy
City mayors are going medieval on their protesting subjects.
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Government by Death Panel
Our political leaders regularly make blood-soaked decisions that cost people their lives.
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Stopping the Insanity
If you suspect our lawmakers and corporate leaders are all crazy, you could be right.
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How Baseball Explains Modern Racism
America's pastime reveals a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in an institutionally racist society.
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Two Heads of One Political Monster
Let's not pretend that there are vast differences between America's two political parties.
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University of Hypocrisy
Why do America's colleges celebrate drinking alcohol but have no tolerance for marijuana?
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Ten Years Later, It’s Time to ‘Broaden the Context’
It's time for Americans to grow up and have a mature conversation about 9/11 and uncomfortable truths.
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The Lesson of the Chinese Invasion
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Race and the Church of Denialism
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The Vegetarian’s Dilemma
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Collateral Damage in the War on Anonymity
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The Bizarro FDR
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The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring
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Toward a New Politics of Food
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The Finland Phenomenon
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Shining the Spotlight on the Corporate Pay Gap
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