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Letters to the Editor: The TPP Would Be A Bitter Pill - WSJ.com

Philip Stevens's diagnosis of Oxfam and the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is plain wrong, writes Stephanie Burgos in a letter to The Wall Street Journal.
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Moscow’s power players toast President Trump

Moscow’s power players toast President Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Champagne and smiles as a Russia-friendly populist becomes America’s leader
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Russia welcomes the end of American Global influence as Trump moves to put America first and pull out of internationally commitments unless they pay America for the service.
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The NYTimes takes an in-depth look at Trump's attempts to do business in Russia. Read it here:

The NYTimes takes an in-depth look at Trump's attempts to do business in Russia. Read it here: | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Donald J. Trump, and eventually his children, repeatedly sought business in Russia as far back as 1987, in a variety of ventures. But none got off the ground.

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Mnuchin Calls for Boosting IRS Despite House Plan to Streamline

Mnuchin Calls for Boosting IRS Despite House Plan to Streamline | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said one of his priorities if confirmed would be to increase staff and modernize technology at the Internal Revenue Service -- a move that Republicans who control the agency’s budget may reject.
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George Soros, Mastercard to partner to aid migrants, refugees

George Soros, Mastercard to partner to aid migrants, refugees | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Billionaire investor George Soros will partner with Mastercard Inc on a venture they said could help migrants, refugees and others struggling within their communities worldwide to improve their economic and social status.
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Partnerships Pave the Way for our Collective Roadmap

Partnerships Pave the Way for our Collective Roadmap | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Showing remarkable consensus in a period of uncertainty and of questioning the multilateral system, last year our global leaders adopted the mos
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Trump's Education Pick Seems Unfamiliar With This Federal Education Law

Trump's Education Pick Seems Unfamiliar With This Federal Education Law | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Sens. Tim Kaine and Maggie Hassan were beside themselves at her confirmation hearing during a back-and-forth over students with disabilities.
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Democracy in 2016: all’s well that ends well - SWI swissinfo.ch

Democracy in 2016: all’s well that ends well - SWI swissinfo.ch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As a dramatic year for elections and referendums around the world comes to an end, there is little sign of “democracy fatigue”.
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6 ways Ben Carson could screw up fair, affordable housing

6 ways Ben Carson could screw up fair, affordable housing | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
If the nominee for secretary of housing and urban development takes right-wingers’ advice, he could undermine many of HUD’s key programs.
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What is written here is not a given but all those concerns listed here are worth watching as Carson assumes leadership over housing and urban development.
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World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth
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Philanthropy in the Age of Trump: Six Predictions

Philanthropy in the Age of Trump: Six Predictions | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
What does a once-unthinkable Donald J. Trump presidency mean for
philanthropy and the nonprofit sector more broadly? In part, it depends on
where you sit.
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Philanthropy vs. Tyranny: Inside the Open Society Foundations' Biggest Battle Yet

Philanthropy vs. Tyranny: Inside the Open Society Foundations' Biggest Battle Yet | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The winds of history are no longer at the back of George Soros's vast
global foundation. But according to its president, Chris Stone, OSF is in a
stronger position than ever to press the cause of civil society.
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Checking In at Trump Hotels

Checking In at Trump Hotels | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The man who would be president is also the name behind a string of high-end hotels. Inside his particular brand of luxury.
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The price of admission befits a luxury hotel. The cheapest available room on a July weekend at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York was $563 a night, according to a recent online search. At Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, it was $420 a night. That said, rooms are not always out of reach. For instance, one search turned up rooms at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas for $165 a night.
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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
According to the former president, Americans are now experiencing "a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors."

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"United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

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Sadly with the last election this month of Trump the American public chose to select this oligarchy by electingTrump giving them the confidence to empower the wealthy and incorporated with even more power to create even more money for still more power. The selection of Hillary or Jill would have sent them a message that we are not going to let them take our country "backward" without a fight. The mega international investors have already been able to see huge returns in a matter of days...check out the DOW....

The Koch  Brothers and ALEC corrupted, hand picked politicians and connections are being placed in critical roles to ensure the rich control all critical policy while most Voters now settle into their chairs to obediently entertain themselves with media, ball games and such other distractions until the next time they are needed to come out and "save babies and jobs" with these self-serving "leaders".

Now the American Trump followers will sit back confident the wheeler dealer will wheel and deal.....and he in fact has and will do just that. The thing is he "TOOK THE COUNTRY BACK" he just never actually admitted the rich had it increasing firmly before  and they were the ones losing the reins each year bit by bit as the people gained more control over those corporations and were reeling them in more skillfully each year. Donald took the country back for his own. They  are the ones that "dealt" the jobs away and created policy that allowed them to hide wealth offshore. All so that it could increase their wealth, thus their power and hold of power. These corporations heartlessly downsized without community or labor input. With this election the Oligarchy took the reels back from the people as well as nearly all the decks of cards and the wheels with which to deal. But would you except less from a bankrupt casino owner...."The house always wins" and it's owner wins even if he bankrupts the house.
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FPI Bulletin: Tillerson, Trump, and Putin | Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Bulletin: Tillerson, Trump, and Putin | Foreign Policy Initiative | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The United States remains the world's indispensable nation -- indispensable to international peace, security, and stability, and indispensable to safe-guarding and advancing the ideals and principles we hold dear.

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5 reasons why the economy is failing the environment, and humanity

5 reasons why the economy is failing the environment, and humanity | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The global economy treats the stability of Earth as a luxury good. This is a fundamental flaw that threatens humanity. It must change.
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Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protests

Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protests | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican's swearing-in.
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Inside the wild, shadowy, and highly lucrative bail industry

Inside the wild, shadowy, and highly lucrative bail industry | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
How $550 and a five-day class gets you the right to stalk, arrest, and shoot people.
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This is about the influence of ALEC and it's members over our bonding system. 
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Read More Updates From Trump Picks' Confirmation Hearings

Read More Updates From Trump Picks' Confirmation Hearings | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Four more people face questions today.
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Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Reaches 60 Percent As He Leaves Office

Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Reaches 60 Percent As He Leaves Office | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
His numbers are the highest they’ve been since early in his first term.
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Is Switzerland’s double-majority system outdated? - SWI swissinfo.ch

Is Switzerland’s double-majority system outdated? - SWI swissinfo.ch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The political divide between French- and German-speaking Switzerland is fading, while differences between urban and rural areas are intensifying.
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Why Trump’s secretary of state pick shows up in leaked offshore documents

Why Trump’s secretary of state pick shows up in leaked offshore documents | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The leaked documents relate to Rex Tillerson's long-standing business ties in Russia.
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Hollowed Out: Big Donors, Inequality, and the Threat to Civil Society

Hollowed Out: Big Donors, Inequality, and the Threat to Civil Society | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
You're not imagining things: A new report confirms that wealthy donors
really do have a much bigger footprint in the nonprofit world. What does
this growing clout mean for the rest of us?
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“The growth of inequality is mirrored in philanthropy,” said report co-author Chuck Collins. “As wealth concentrates in fewer hands, so does philanthropic giving and power. We believe this poses considerable risks to both our independent sector and democracy.” These risks are hardly hypothetical. They’ve been playing out for years, as noted earlier, a trend that accounts for a strong tilt of politics and public policy toward the wealthy, as the scholars Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson documented in their book, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. While most accounts of how the wealthy hijacked public policy focus on the role of campaign donors and lobbyists, the role of philanthropy has also been critical. Charitable giving has fueled the rise of a vast national and state infrastructure of policy and advocacy groups on the right that have advanced a range of policies that favor the wealthy, starting with tax cuts and deregulation. In a country where people tend to “bowl alone,” as Robert Putnam famously said, ordinary citizens have failed to respond by financing organizations to defend their economic interests in the halls of power. The unions that once helped do that have long been moribund.
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Open society - Wikipedia

Open society - Wikipedia

Popper's concept of the open society is epistemological rather than political. When Popper wrote The Open Society and its Enemies , he believed that the social sciences had failed to grasp the significance and the nature of fascism and communism because these sciences were based on what he saw to be faulty epistemology.

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I keep hearing how bad George Soros is..... I have to admit now the more I read about what he gives money to the more I think his heart is definitely in the right place for society. Sadly, most billionaires are not interested in investing in issues that affect or empower the average person or pitiful person that would offer a them a better chance in life unless it is tied to lining their own pockets and giving them the power to rule. This is an article about history and philosophical ideas.... With the hostile take over of the nation by bringing out all types of haters and high dollar donors (Vois), or their high representatives in industry (Tillerson) by Donald Trump it appears a peculiar type of modern tribalism may win. What do you think? Will Soros be wasting his money by pinning his hopes and his remaining fortune on the average man and woman to make their own wise choices for the future.
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Resist. Rethink. Rebuild.

Resist. Rethink. Rebuild. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
At Free Press, we refuse to enable, legitimize or normalize Trump’s neo-fascist, racist, misogynist, xenophobic and dangerous actions.
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Trump and friends have shown everyone one thing loud and clear. If you don't agree with them they intend to shut you up,
push you down, slander you, insult you, grab you wherever because they are rich stars and you will let them. 

They intend not respond to your concerns even if everyone before them knew it was the right thing to do (release taxes, put others and the jobs they agreed to do first by selling conflict of interest property and businesses). 

They and I don't just mean just Trump but also the self-serving rich that he is placing in high places, don't work for us as they don't need and have refused the pay we offer. 

They select those to rule over you that don't like you and are not part of your class, do not respect your right not to do exactly what they want you doing, hate you really and make others hate you if they can. 

They intend to label as many people as they can so that they can later target them in groups, humiliate them and try to intimidate them into submission and silence. Picture the mocking of those with cerebral-palsy ...

These Trump class people don't represent those people...and they intend to make as many non-rich voices or dissenting voices as mute as they possibly can. 

We have elected so few to high places that are part of the push back from within our government to this the corporate & wealthy coup (TAKE BACK AND ACTUALLY GAIN GROUND COUP) of our highest offices from the state houses to the white house that there is a good chance we have left nothing do to but Resist....Rethink...Rebuild and very, very likely Revolt. 

 These powerful people will show their true colors if you are watching. They are so emboldened with their coup that they know they no longer even need to buy our policy makers to hide behind because they now know they have succeeded in buying enough to win and rule over policy decisions for themselves like Trump, DeVois, Exon and so many others...

People have handed these lords the nation on a platter. The question is which ones of us will stand with them to destroy your neighbors in order to make these people great?
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