Citizen Action Monitor

With Trump, you get “the naked fist of a very frightening police state come down upon us,” warns Chris Hedges

“We have undergone a corporate coup d’état. The real centers of power are the military industrial complex, Wall Street, the security and surveillance state, and corporate power.” No 1822 Posted … Continue reading

November 12, 2016

With Trump, “The American Dream” becomes America’s worst nightmare

George Carlin: “It’s called ‘The American Dream’ because you have to be asleep to believe it.”  No 1819 Posted by fw, November 11, 2016 And now they’re coming for your Social … Continue reading

November 11, 2016

What’s plaguing US politics?

How has the Democratic party kept the political system hostage to corporate power? No 1597 Posted by fw, February 18, 2016 “We’re going to explore in this segment the political landscape, … Continue reading

February 18, 2016

Political elites are sacrificing the most vulnerable among us, at home and abroad, for payoffs and political advantage

The ruling class has won. To reclaim power, citizens will have to mobilize, overthrow the corporate state No 1147 Posted by fw, September 16, 2014 So says Chris Hedges — … Continue reading

September 16, 2014

New research confirms ordinary folk have little to no influence over policymaking, while elites have lots of power

Implications of findings clear – “Reduce the power of money in politics” No 1040 Posted by fw, April 27, 2014 “Is the U.S. the democracy it claims to be? A … Continue reading

April 27, 2014

Canada’s fossil fools in industry and governments take a wrecking ball to the environment

Each day brings news of the latest ecocidal outrage being committed against Earth and its inhabitants No 993 Posted by fw, March 1, 2014 “The anti-environment offensive by Canada’s fossil … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Deep State: Shocking revelations of a rogue government operating in Washington

Deep State, the state within a state, is “hiding mostly in plain sight” No 985 Posted by fw, February 23, 2014 “Yes, there is another government concealed behind the one … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

“We hold true to our vision of a healthy and just world, and we are building the self-empowering movement to make it happen.”

Tim DeChristopher impresses as an articulate, thoughtful leader in the climate movement No 756 Posted by fw, May 27, 2013 “We will not be misled into thinking we are alone. … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The challenge of bringing transparency to an American Corporatocracy

American activists Sheila Krumholz and Danielle Brian talk about the challenges they face as heads of independent watchdog NGOs in the US No 752 Posted by fw, May 21, 2013 … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fifty-three US organizations unite — Pledge to fight two critical threats to their democracy

Organizations announced they would be jointly working to mobilize after Election Day No 604 Posted by fw, November 3, 2012 More than fifty U.S. organizations have formed a coalition to … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Big legal battle shaping up in US as more than 200 cities in 15 states pass local ordinances banning fracking

State governments and Big Oil & Gas launching legal challenges to local ordinances No 536 Posted by fw, July 30, 2012 “As evidence of the public health and environmental risks … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Holy creeping corporatism, Batman, our rights are under attack!”

“I know, Robin. State legislatures are stripping municipalities of their zoning authority.” No 494 Posted by fw, June 4, 2012 “Not content to leave Pennsylvania communities with any control over … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Did US State Dept, Big Oil and Big Media conspire to cover-up BP 2008 Caspian Sea blowout disaster?

“I think they’d [Obama administration] like to keep a lid on the whole thing.” No 483 Posted by fw, May 21, 2012 “BP has never admitted that there was another … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

What happened to Canada? Chris Hedges faults Harper’s rule and corporate power

No 398 Posted by fw, January 31, 2012 In a scathing attack in Truthdig.com, American journalist and activist Chris Hedges slammed Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper, asking “What happened to … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Activists rally at U.S. courts to call for reversal of Citizens United decision

No 390 Posted by fw, January 23, 2012 “Roughly about a half dozen corporations – Viacom, General Electric, Newscorp, Disney – control almost everything most Americans – 90 percent of … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee – Pt 7: How governments thwart action on climate change

No 385 Posted by fw, January 10, 2012 Chapter 3 of Tim Gee’s book, Counterpower: Making Change Happen, examines the tactics governments have used to thwart Counterpower movements. In his … Continue reading

January 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

How Wall Street’s strength potentially leads to an overt form of political dictatorship —John Weeks

No 367 Posted by fw, December 15, 2011 “Economic power need not translate automatically into political power. But if you don’t control it, it will. At the moment, the financial … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 11 – Is it too late to save democracy from the vice grip of corporate and political elites?

No 343 Posted by fw, November 19, 2011 “The public mind might have funny ideas about democracy. . . . if the society is based on control by private wealth … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 10 – Elections no substitute for truly effective democracy

No 342 Posted by fw, November 18, 2011 In Part 9 of this 11-part series, Ferguson and Chomsky advanced the argument that, in America, “true” democracy poses a threat to … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · Leave a comment