Profit and Property, or People?

When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

Martin Luther King

In this week’s sift:

  • Four Fantasy Issues of the Right. It’s hard to have the political debate our country really needs, when so much of what we end up talking about is baseless: creeping Sharia, things Obama never said, voter fraud, and lies about Obama’s birth, religion, or political philosophy.
  • What is Job Creation? What keeps our businesses from hiring isn’t lack of capital, it’s lack of customers.
  • Truth Vigilantes and other short notes. The Times gets an earful from its readers.  Defending corpse desecration doesn’t support our troops. What if Tebow were Muslim? Colbert’s Super-PAC demonstrates the absurdity of our campaign-finance system. The Republican establishment shuts down criticism of Romney. The charming geekiness of Vi Hart. And more.
  • Last week’s most popular post. The Four Flavors of Republican got 441 views on this blog, and was also popular on Daily Kos. The most-clicked link was Explaining Socialism to a Republican.
  • This week’s challenge. Friday is the anniversary of the Citizens United decision that expanded the corporate personhood doctrine and let corporate money flood into our elections. Occupy the Courts is organizing a national day of protest at federal court buildings around the country.

The sequel to last week’s Escalating Bad Faith is delayed to next week.

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