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The End of (Capitalist) History?

The End of (Capitalist) History?
by William Bowles
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Francis Fukuyama published his now utterly discredited book, ‘The End of History’, which told of a glorious future, a capitalist paradise, where we would all be rich, eventually, when the wealth unleashed by an unfettered capitalism would ‘trickle down’ to us in that best of all possible worlds, ‘free market’ capitalism, where the market would take care of everything.

In an article by arch-conservative Arnoud de Borchgrave, titled ‘Bandit Capitalism?,’ amazingly, we read of a catalog of disasters that have befallen capitalism since the days of the S&L debacle back in the 80s, yet by some sleight-of-hand he manages to avoid connecting the dots.
From Enron to Worldcom, billions have been siphoned off leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without jobs or pensions.
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My Little Tax Protest

My Little Tax Protest
by Mike Palecek
Hello all. Just fyi. The past two years, in the spring of each year, I took a book tour. In the spring of 2007 I went east to promote "The American Dream." This past spring I went west to talk about "Iowa Terror" and "The Cost of Freedom."

Each year, before I left, I sent in a letter to the IRS, since it was also tax time. Basically, what I said was that I wish to protest against what our government is doing to the American people and to the people of the world.
My two letters are copied below.

This week I received a letter from the IRS saying that unless I reverse my position, they will impose on me a $5,000 fine for "frivolous filing."
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Pakistan: Bush's War Widens Dangerously

The American War Moves to Pakistan: Bush's War Widens Dangerously
by Tariq Ali 
The decision to make public a presidential order of last July authorizing American strikes inside Pakistan without seeking the approval of the Pakistani government ends a long debate within, and on the periphery of, the Bush administration. Senator Barack Obama, aware of this ongoing debate during his own long battle with Hillary Clinton, tried to outflank her by supporting a policy of U.S. strikes into Pakistan. Senator John McCain and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin have now echoed this view and so it has become, by consensus, official U.S. policy.

Its effects on Pakistan could be catastrophic, creating a severe crisis within the army and in the country at large. The overwhelming majority of Pakistanis are opposed to the U.S. presence in the region, viewing it as the most serious threat to peace.

Why, then, has the U.S. decided to destabilize a crucial ally?
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not just the powers-that-be

It's not just the powers-that-be
by mickeyz
It's the fat lady barreling past me
on the subway steps...hurtling her
Big Mac-fueled body toward another numbing day
at a nowhere job

It's the 18-year-old punk...cigarette dangling from
his lips like he's got it all figured out
Too blind to see even a flicker of what lies ahead

It's the deadened masses living deadened lives
Missing out on everything...
too focused on the red cape
They miss the matador completely

It's the years...the Con Ed bills during summer...the loud cell phone conversations...
the way they keep you out of Astoria Pool if your suit doesn't have a liner

It's the whole damn system
We got it all wrong
Multiple choices...and we got every
single answer wrong

Look around...whatever is right is what we
had nothing to do with
Can't blame it all on CEOs, dictators, and con men
There's enough evidence to hang us all

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Scummed! Vancouver "Three" Face CanWest Goebbels SLAPP Suit

Support Free Speech Activists
by [Jane and John Doe]
The three activists that have been sued in a SLAPP suit by Canwest, Mordecai Briemberg,Carol Moisiewich and Gordon Murray, plus several Jane and John Does, are coming to Victoria to raise support for their case.
They have been charged with "conspiracy to produce and distribute " a Vancouver Sun parody, the 'Vancouver Scum.'
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Chris Genovali, Peter Bardon and Peggy Frank, J9 Sept. 15, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week; Raincoast Conservation's Executive Director, Chris Genovali on British Columbia's oil future; Peter Bardon and Peggy Frank on positively Africa's community support work in southern Africa; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all that's good going on in and around the lower island in the coming week.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Canada: Electing More War with Harper?

The Canadian Election and the Afghan War
Murray Dobbin: Canadian government is supporting an American policy that's against Canada's interests.

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper called an early election earlier this week. Since becoming Prime Minister, Harper has extended Canada's military mission in Afghanistan until 2011. Author and Journalist Murray Dobbin believes that Canada's foreign policy is supporting American foreign interests.

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Republican Tyranny on Parade, or These Pigs Don't Wear Lipstick

Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention
by Chris Hedges
St. Paul is a window into our future. It is a future where, as one protester told me by phone, “people have been pepper-gassed, thrown on the ground by police who had drawn their weapons, had their documents seized and their tattoos photographed before being taken away to jail.”
AP photo / Matt Rourke
Police use pepper spray on a woman
as she approaches them with a flower during a rally
at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
It is a future where illegal house raids are carried out. It is a future where vans containing heavily armed paramilitary units circle and film protesters. It is a future where, as the protester said, “people have been pulled from cars because their license plates were on a database and handcuffed, thrown in the back of a squad car and then watched as their vehicles were ransacked and their personal possessions from computers to literature seized.” It is a future where constitutional rights mean nothing and where lawful dissent is branded a form of terrorism.
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Canada: Illegal Settlement Building Continues in Brantford

SIX NATIONS Call-out for help!
by MNN
Arrest of two activists - Police 'target' Indigenous youth - bring food and phone cards.  People as witnesses needed at both construction sites (ASAP) and at the courthouse today and tomorrow [Sept. 11-12].
To get to the construction site take the 403 west towards London, Ontario , exit off Oak Park Road . Turn left and drive over the 403. The construction site is immediately on the right hand side.   Brantford City Court is on 44 Queen Street .

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No Tankers Roll & Stroll

No Tankers Roll & Stroll
by Dogwood Initiative 
With the federal Election 33 days away it is crucial that we elect Members of Parliament that support a ban on oil tankers through the coastal waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Join us on Saturday, September 20th in Sidney and let the candidates, and nation, know how much we value the rich heritage of our coast.

No Tankers Roll & Stroll
Saturday, September 20, 12:00pm
Tulista Park, Sidney
(Lochside Drive & Weiler Ave.)
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An Incident in Azizabad

The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era
by Tom Engelhardt
In a little noted passage in her bestselling book, The Dark Side, Jane Mayer offers us a vision, just post-9/11, of the value of one. In October 2001, shaken by a nerve-gas false alarm at the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney, reports Mayer, went underground.
He literally embunkered himself in "a secure, undisclosed location," which she describes as "one of several Cold War-era nuclear-hardened subterranean bunkers built during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, the nearest of which were located hundreds of feet below bedrock…" That bunker would be dubbed, perhaps only half-sardonically, "the Commander in Chief's Suite."

Oh, and in that period, if Cheney had to be in transit, "he was chauffeured in an armored motorcade that varied its route to foil possible attackers." In the backseat of his car (just in case), adds Mayer, "rested a duffel bag stocked with a gas mask and a biochemical survival suit." And lest danger rear its head, "rarely did he travel without a medical doctor in tow." 

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