Hollywood, Washington and the Enablers

Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein attend the after party of the New York premiere of NINE at the M2 Ultra Lounge on Dec. 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

By Neal Gabler | October 20, 2017 | Society

This past week, with the revelations about disgraced former Miramax and Weinstein Company head and serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, it has been impossible to ignore the correspondences between Hollywood and Washington, where another sexual predator now occupies the Oval Office. Hollywood has always been something of a den of iniquity commanded by aggressive satyrs, and Washington’s movers and shakers have long taken a page from that den. Powerful men will be powerful men, which means that they will likely exploit, harass and abuse women. Read More

The Battle over Free Speech on Campus

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By Sarah Jaffe | October 20, 2017 | Activism

This Q&A is part of Sarah Jaffe’s series Interviews for Resistance, in which she speaks with organizers, troublemakers and thinkers who are doing the hard work of fighting back against America’s corporate and political powers. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The battles over “free speech” on campus have loomed large in the era of Trump, with conservative provocateurs invited to campuses across the country only to claim that they are being silenced when students protest them. Just this week white nationalist Richard Spencer is holding a "free speech" event at a campus in Florida — but only he ... Read More

Danish Right-Winger Boosts Sanders' Case

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By Jake Johnson | October 20, 2017 | Democracy & Government

In a televised debate with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on CNN Thursday night that quickly became a social media sensation, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tore into the "fraud" that is the Trump-GOP tax plan, slammed America's corrupt campaign finance system that allows the wealthiest Americans to buy policies and politicians, and "dunked on" a Danish representative of a right-wing think tank who challenged Sanders on his support for Scandinavian social democratic policies. Read More

Trump's Judicial Nominee Defended NC's Voter Suppression Law

Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) ranking member, during Senate Judiciary Committee markup in Dirksen on judicial nominations on Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By Ari Berman | October 20, 2017 | Democracy & Government

In July 2013, North Carolina enacted one of the country’s most restrictive voting laws. The measure required certain forms of government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot, cut the early voting period and eliminated same-day voter registration, out-of-precinct voting and preregistration for high school students. The North Carolina NAACP called it a “monster” voter suppression law, filing a lawsuit against it for intentionally discriminating against voters of color. Read More

One Nation, In Sickness and in Health

Activists marched to the offices of Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand in New York City on Sept. 5, 2017. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

By Michael Winship | October 19, 2017 | Democracy & Government

It’s a given that our health care system, one-sixth of our nation’s economy, is a nightmare. And that despite my encomiums of praise for the medical profession stated above, there also are stinkers out there quick to abuse the system and make a big fast buck, especially in the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries. Yet while Obamacare is a deeply flawed program — ultimately, single-payer is the way we must go or face economic and social ruin — it still has been a step in the right direction (“the end of the beginning of the reform we need,” in the ... Read More

How the Swindlers of Silicon Valley Avoid Paying Taxes

A stunning view of South Shore Beach in Bermuda, a country with a GDP of only $5.5 billion, though Fortune 500 companies claimed, in the most recent year for which statistics are available, that they harvested a total of $104 billion in profits from the island nation. (Photo by kansasphoto | Flickr CC 2.0)

By William Greider | October 19, 2017 | Democracy & Government

The sleeper issue in Donald Trump’s tax-cutting agenda is a potential bombshell called the “territorial tax system.” It doesn’t get the headlines, or even much political discussion, so the public is clueless. The industrial titans of Silicon Valley like it like that. Their proposal would fundamentally alter the taxation of US multinational corporations, and beneficiaries would include celebrated brand names like Google, Microsoft and Apple. Read More