Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 20

Quebec Moves toward Martial Law to Crush Student Movement A student movement in the Canadian province of Quebec was sparked with a strike in February of 2012 against the government’s planned 75% increase in tuition. For over three months, students have protested night and day, with over 200 protests in the city of Montreal alone. […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 19

The Age of Anti-Austerity Tens of thousands take to the streets in Spain, Chile, Quebec, thousands of others in France, Greece, the U.K., protest movement emerging in the United States, across Europe, continuing struggles in Egypt and Tunisia: this is the Age of Anti-Austerity. Drawing on the historical roots of austerity programs in the Third […]

Capitalism in the Second Decade of the 21st Century

From the “Golden” to the Dark Ages of Capitalism By Prof. James Petras Introduction: The economic, political and social outlook for the second decade of the 21st century is profoundly negative. The almost universal consensus, even among mainstream orthodox economists, is pessimistic regarding the world economy.  Although, even here, their predictions understate the scope and […]

Government on a String

Politicians aren’t as Incompetent as They Seem By Linda Lewis  Just who’s pulling the strings? I’m all tied up in you But, where’s it leading me to? –“Puppet on a String” (1967) by Bill Martin & Phil Coulter. Performed by Sandie Shaw. American voters disagree on many issues but nearly all agree that government’s performance […]

BFP Independent Perspective: Social Security Math Doesn’t Add Up

The Unanswered Question of “Social Security Surplus” By Linda Lewis As some politicians describe it, the Social Security program is an economic disaster forced upon younger generations by the demands of greedy baby boomers. News media obediently parrot the scare stories, seldom questioning the math in a story that is all about the numbers. A […]