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Thom Hartmann talks with Marcy Wheeler, Independent journalist specializing in national security and civil liberties.

The problem, it seems, is that most Americans don’t know what socialism is. On the other hand, as John Nicols wrote for The Nation this week, more Americans trust socialism than capitalism – by 12 points. Source.

The text of the TPP has finally been released to the public – and it’s even worse than we thought. “The TPP is a disaster for jobs, and environment and our democracy. It is the latest stage in the corporate capture of our society,” said Nick Dearden, executive director of Global Justice Now, in response to the full text. The enormous so-called “free trade” deal between 12 Pacific Rim nations, he continued, “has less to do with selling more goods, than with rewriting the rules of the global economy is favor of big business. Like […]

While the “brain damage” claim certainly feels (perhaps intentionally) hyperbolic, she’s actually making a really important point in calling it that: she notes that the entire mechanism of copyright is to cut off the flow of information, and analogizes that to a brain, noting that when information flow is cut off between sections of the brain, it’s a form of brain damage. That’s a somewhat extreme view to take, and I’m not sure it’s one that I think is a truly fair analogy, but damn if it’s not thought provoking. More.


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