Toxic Philanthropy? The Spirit of Giving While Taking

Yves here. Homer had this figured out long ago: “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” But the press has done a great job of presenting squillionaires trying to remake society along their preferred lines as disinterested philanthropy. By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst, the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New […]

Yellow Fever in France

Almost everyone agrees on the analysis of what caused the yellow jacket movement: the growth of inequalities, the marginalization of certain regions and social categories, austerity and neoliberal politics. Then accounts diverge.

Inside North Korea: The Kim Dynasty Episode

Source: National Geographic   CNN: North Korea has become a focal point of US foreign-policy discussions, but having been called a “hermit kingdom,” one suspects many Americans know relatively little about the reigning family’s brutal history — or how that came to be. Given that, National Geographic Channel’s “Inside North Korea’s Dynasty” feels like a… Read More The post Inside North Korea: The Kim Dynasty Episode appeared first on The Big Picture.

New Democratic Agenda

4 Agenda Items the New Congress Should Embrace Infrastructure is a no-brainer. So are upping the minimum wage, protecting investors and battling climate change. Bloomberg, November 7, 2018       After being locked out of power for the past two years, Democrats won a seat at the table in the midterm elections by taking… Read More The post New Democratic Agenda appeared first on The Big Picture.

New Democratic Agenda

4 Agenda Items the New Congress Should Embrace Infrastructure is a no-brainer. So are upping the minimum wage, protecting investors and battling climate change. Bloomberg, November 7, 2018       After being locked out of power for the past two years, Democrats won a seat at the table in the midterm elections by taking… Read More The post New Democratic Agenda appeared first on The Big Picture.

Operation InfeKtion

We reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.   Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News Source: NYT     The… Read More The post Operation InfeKtion appeared first on The Big Picture.