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What is Enlightenment when the State is Schizophrenic? It’s The Jewish Question!

What is Enlightenment when the State is Schizophrenic? It’s The Jewish Question!

The New York Times reports on a complicated Supreme Court case involving the First Amendment rights of a public employee in Alabama (h/t Mark Ames). The case boils down to this: Edward Lane, a state employee, was subpoenaed to testify at a federal trial about the corruption of another state employee. As a result of his testimony, Lane was fired… Read more →

Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India

Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India

The standard apology for Modi comes in two parts. First, there is normally an acknowledgement that the chief minister of Gujarat bears some vague responsibility for the orgy of killing and rape that engulfed his state in 2002 – but, um, wasn’t that all a long time ago? And hasn’t he behaved himself since – or, as the FT put… Read more →

All the Presidents’ Bankers: Nomi Prins on the Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion

All the Presidents’ Bankers: Nomi Prins on the Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion

  With U.S. inequality at its highest point since 1928 and Wall Street bonuses hitting pre-2008 levels, we look at the 100-year history of secret collusion between Washington and the financial industry. In her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power,” financial journalist Nomi Prins explores how a small number of bankers have played… Read more →

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