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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 28 May 2014

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Thomas Piketty | Capitalism in Its Current Form Undermines Democracy

Thomas Piketty, Harvard University Press: Modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have made it possible to avoid the Marxist apocalypse but have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality, says Piketty in this excerpt from his blockbuster book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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Redefining Democracy in California: An Interview With Luis Rodriguez

Adam Hudson, Truthout: Writer, author, artist, community organizer and radical activist Luis Rodriguez revolts against California’s status quo by running for governor. In this wide-ranging interview, he talks about his life as a former gang member, his experiences as a cultural creator and activist, his gubernatorial campaign and his radical vision for California.

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Colleges Are Buying Stuff They Can’t Afford and Making Students Pay for It

Michelle Chen, The Nation: A new study on debt across the higher education system reveals that the massive debts borne by both students and their institutions has climbed to about $45 billion per year. A key factor in the rising cost of college is driven by expenditures largely unrelated to either the quality of the education, teaching or maintenance of campus facilities.

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The New York Times’ New Editor Buries Important Story on Private Equity Fee Shenanigans on Holiday Weekend

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Anyone in the political or public relations game knows that the best way to make a disclosure but minimize its impact is to do so on the day before the long holiday weekend. The New York Timesappears to have done precisely that with an important article on private equity fee abuses.

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Global Food Security Needs States to Ally With Family Farmers

Sylvia Kay, TripleCrisis: Desmond Tutu once said, “If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” When it comes to agriculture and food, the elephant is agribusiness.

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Class War: Thailand’s Military Coup

Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus: The recent military coup in Thailand is a final step in a script deftly managed by the conservative “royalist” establishment to thwart the right to govern of a populist political bloc that has won every election since 2001.

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Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Care Who’s Going to Congress, and That’s a Bad Thing

Robin Marty, Care2: Midterms can make or break a country, as we saw during the 2010 GOP sweep. But voter apathy is at a high, according to a new poll. Thirty-one percent of voters said they don’t care which party controls Congress.

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A Bailout Botched by Centrists

Nicole Collins Bronzan, ProPublica: The appointment of Timothy Geithner was the worst political mistake Obama made, according to author Jesse Eisinger. They “misread the moment” and missed a chance at instituting a series of regulations like in the wake of the Great Depression.

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Paul Krugman | Free Markets Are Not Always the Best Medicine

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: One thing people surely shouldn’t do is cling to the idealized free-market model when it makes lousy predictions. Maybe you could still justify treating health as a normal market if free markets in health care seemed, in practice, to work well. But they don’t.

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Bill Moyers | Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co.: Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, thinks it’s time for a bold step to change the way we talk and think about race in the United States. In this video interview, Moyers speaks to Coates about his June cover story for the magazine, provocatively titled “The Case for Reparations.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Largest Food Companies Are Big Polluters, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The largest food companies are big polluters; the North Carolina GOP protects the fracking industry; world leaders meet for the UN’s climate summit; radiation levels around Japan are at an all-time high; the US government plans for a zombie apocalypse; and more.

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Join Truthout in New York City: A panel of Truthout editors and authors at Left Forum will discuss
Why Are Women In Prison?: The Politics of Risk

Saturday, May 31, 2014: 12 PM – 1:50 PM in Room 1.76 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 524 West 59th St., New York, NY 10019

BuzzFlash

DC Ignores the Real Threats to Our National Security Including Guns, Global Warming and Wall Street

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The elites in DC perennially try to scare US taxpayers into spending hundreds of billions of dollars on defense, intelligence and surveillance. However, the most potentially devastating threats to our well-being are ignored.

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Edward Snowden: “I Was Trained as a Spy”

Read the Article at NBC News

Jim Hightower: Has the United States Gone Crazy?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

Read the Article at The New York Times

Robots Will Replace Fast-Food Workers

Read the Article at CNNMoney

The Koch Brothers Get Rolling on Their First Tar Sands Project

Read the Article at Grist

Iraq Vet Killed in Gunfight With Police Was Turned Away by VA Hospital

Read the Article at TIME

New Rule Could Deny as Many as 7.5 Million US Students Access to College Education

Read the Article at RT News

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