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[Report] | Legalize It All, by Dan Baum | Harper's Magazine
The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
us  history  drug-war 
march 2016 by geof
Piping in Poison | New Republic
Heritage of lead pipes for city water supplies.
environment  health  history 
january 2016 by geof
Hitler’s World by Timothy Snyder | The New York Review of Books
For Hitler, however, nature was the singular, brutal, and overwhelming truth, and the whole history of attempting to think otherwise was an illusion.
september 2015 by geof
Surveillance Dystopia Looms
In 1898, Washington occupied the Philippines and in the years that followed pacified its rebellious people, in part by fashioning the world's first full-scale "surveillance state" in a colonial land. The illiberal lessons learned there then migrated homeward, providing the basis for constructing America's earliest internal security and surveillance apparatus during World War I. A half-century later, as protests mounted during the Vietnam War, the FBI, building on the foundations of that old security structure, launched large-scale illegal counterintelligence operations to harass antiwar activists, while President Richard Nixon's White House created its own surveillance apparatus to target its domestic enemies
history  surveillance 
july 2013 by geof
Iraq War Among World's Worst Events | War Is A Crime .org
Pinker depicts the conduct of U.S. troops during Iraq's "civil war" by quoting more enlightened Marine Corps training materials than the materials Marines will tell you they've actually been trained in, and not by citing actual behavior or the experiences of actual trainees. Not only do victims of "civil wars" get recategorized (and the most credible estimates of Iraqi deaths reduced to a single study and that study unconvincingly dismissed), but those who die later from depleted uranium, white phosphorous, or other poisoning fit no category, and millions of refugees struggling in life-shortening conditions are overlooked.
war  history 
march 2013 by geof
Michael W. Clune on Masters of the Universe by Daniel Stedman Jones
neoliberalism won out was due neither to the failures of the welfare state nor to a “master plan” pushed by the agents of capital. The story Stedman Jones tells is considerably more nuanced. He shows neoliberalism’s ascendance to be the result of a series of more or less ad hoc moves on the part of politicians, activists, media figures, and economists in response to a series of political and economic shocks that began in the 1970s. The image of a dramatic face-off between neoliberals and proponents of the postwar center-left consensus is largely an artifact of retrospective right-wing propaganda, which the left seems to have accepted in its essential features.
political-economy  history 
march 2013 by geof
Dear HBO: Please make a TV series about race and integration. - Slate Magazine
Blockbusters were predatory real-estate speculators. They exploited fears of a black takeover, harassing white homeowners, scaring them out to the suburbs, and picking up their houses on the cheap—only to then turn around and sell those houses to black homeowners at a scandalous markup, leaving them stranded with underwater mortgages in declining neighborhoods. White flight didn’t just “happen”; it was well-orchestrated.
us  politics  history  city  racism 
july 2012 by geof
The Archdruid Report: America: Crossing the Line
When America became an empire. The need for capital concentration for industrialism.
history  us  politics  economics 
march 2012 by geof
Mental Illness and Leadership -
Depression enables realism and empathy. Depressed people like Churchill and Ghandi have made good leaders in times of crisis.
psychology  history 
january 2012 by geof
Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did
That is what Dr. King did -- not march, not give good speeches. He crisscrossed the south organizing people, helping them not be afraid, and encouraging them, like Gandhi did in India, to take the beating that they had been trying to avoid all their lives.
slavery  civil-rights  us  politics  history  race 
september 2011 by geof
'That Older and Real Terror' - Ta-Nehisi Coates
There were two 'Reigns of Terror,' if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon ten thousand persons, the other upon a hundred millions
france  history  politics  revolution  crisis 
august 2011 by geof
Doug Engelbart 1968 Demo
Demo of the first computer mouse, hypertext, menu systems, vector graphics, etc.
video  history  internet  technology 
june 2011 by geof
Chile: the laboratory test
Analysis of the economic outcome of free market economics in Chile under Pinochet.
economics  politics  history 
march 2010 by geof
Vintage Slices
Period photos of japan (back to 1870s)
japan  photos  history 
january 2009 by geof
Politics and Letters:: Their Great Depression and Ours: Part I
Argues Great Depression (and current crisis) was not caused by credit crisis, but by shift from increasing wages to increasing profits at a time when economy was becoming dependent on consumer spending.
economics  politics  history 
october 2008 by geof
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