Social Articles from 2015

Twenty-First-Century Fascism: Private Military Companies in Service to the Transnational Capitalist Class

Twenty-First-Century Fascism: Private Military Companies in Service to the Transnational Capitalist Class
By Peter Phillips
Posted October 24, 2015

private corporate armiesGlobalization of trade and central banking has propelled private corporations to positions of power and control never before seen in human history. Under advanced capitalism, the structural demands for a return on investment require an unending expansion of centralized capital in the hands of fewer and fewer people. The financial center of global capitalism is so highly concentrated that less than a few thousand people dominate and control $100 trillion of wealth.

The few thousand people controlling global capital amounts to less than 0.0001 percent of the world’s population. They are the transnational capitalist class (TCC), who, as the capitalist elite of the world, dominate nation-states through international trade agreements and transnational state organizations such as the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, and the International Monetary Fund. More…

Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They’re Thriving

Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They’re Thriving
by Sarah van Gelder
Posted October 17, 2015

who are they protecting?Back in the day, factory workers at the Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors were simply told what to do. That wasn’t unusual. Workers might have seen ways to improve the production process, but at Republic their supervisor wasn’t interested, said former employee Armando Robles.Things are very different today. Employees of what is now called New Era Windows and Doors are also the owners. And their ideas matter. Any of them can propose improvements, and if they can convince a majority of their co-workers, things can change quickly.

It was a long journey to becoming a worker cooperative, and it was not a journey anyone had planned. In 2008, Republic’s owners closed the factory and laid off the work force without the required 60-days notice. Workers occupied the factory and refused to leave the premises until they were paid what they were owed. More…

Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!

Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!
By George Eliason
Posted October 14, 2015

privatized surveillance“Our view is that cyber is another operational domain, much as the seas are, much as the land is, much as space is.” — Admiral Mike Rogers, Commander US Cyber Command, Director of the NSA, Chief of CSS.

Cyber in this context goes way beyond hacker attacks aimed at taking down a website. It is meant to cause damage and even death as a military tool. Because this new frontier is so new, the laws governing “Cyber-war” have yet to drawn up. What has been done so far are a set of guidelines that define who and what can and can’t be targeted.

If we no longer question who gets to spy, then who gets to decide who is a sanctionable enemy of the state? Who gets to run counter-terror operations against whom? What punishment can they mete out? More…

Effects of Overpopulation

Effects of Overpopulation
by Institute for Population Studies
Posted October 13, 2015

over population affects environmentHuman population is growing like never before. We are now adding one billion people to the planet every 12 years. That’s about 220,000 per day.

The list of problems this is causing, or at least complicating, is a long one. It includes shortages of all our resources, war and social conflict, limits on personal freedom, overcrowding and the health and survival of other species.
This page summarizes many of these problems, and more could easily be added. While overpopulation is not the sole cause of these, it is certainly a root cause. We hope to see more media coverage of this link in the future. We can do something about population, and we can solve all these problems more easily if we do. More…

Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted October 1, 2015

all seeing eyeLooking out upon the horrid ruin we seem to have made of the planet, in spite of the kind hearts and good intentions of the vast majority of human beings, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that some nefarious force has hijacked civilization, driving it towards ends that serve almost no one.

If we are headed for a future that no one would consciously choose, it stands to reason, some say, that we are not choosing; that something else, unfriendly to human welfare, is choosing for us.

Are there really ultra-intelligent, ultra-competent people on top whose plans actually work and whose technologies actually succeed in molding the world to their plans? Or are the elites of our civilization as confused and scared as the rest of us, responding to events that, at every turn, take on a life of their own? More…

A Secret War in 135 Countries

A Secret War in 135 Countries
by Nick Turse
Posted September 29, 2015

do they answer to?While SEAL Team 6 has received extensive coverage, what could be considered the military story of the twenty-first century, the massive, ongoing expansion of a secret force (functionally the president’s private army) cocooned inside the U.S. military — now at almost 70,000 personnel and growing — has gotten next to none. Keep in mind that such a force is already larger than the active-duty militaries of Australia, Chile, Cuba, Hungary, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and South Africa, among a bevy of other countries.

If those 70,000 personnel engaging in operations across the planet — even their most mundane acts enveloped in a blanket of secrecy — have created, as the Times suggests, a new way of war in and out of Washington’s war zones, it has gone largely unreported in the American media. More…

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