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My libertarian vacation nightmare: How Ayn Rand, Ron Paul & their groupies were all debunked

<b>A photo of the author with Ron Paul</b><p>My family and I traveled last month to a Honduras city known for its libertarian ideals. Here’s what happened next<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>March 2, 2015 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Last month, I spent my final vacation night in Honduras in San Pedro Sula, considered the most dangerous city …

The right’s fear of education: What I learned as a (former) conservative military man

<b>Scott Walker, Rick Santorum (Reuters/Yuri Gripas/AP/Charlie Neibergall/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Why are Republicans constantly bashing college these days? I was one of them — and the answer may surprise you<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>February 26, 2015 10:15pm (UTC)<p>My first college experience was failing half my …

Scott Walker

The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war

<b>(ehrlif via Shutterstock)</b><p>I helped start the religious right. This is how we sought to undermine secular America — and build a theocracy<p>Frank Schaeffer<p>January 20, 2015 10:15pm (UTC)<p>As someone who participated in the rise of the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s, I can tell you that you can’t …

Religion

31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII Discovered and Processed

Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far …

Robert Reich: Big government isn’t the problem

The former secretary of labor on our newest spending bill — and why it’s everything that’s wrong with Washington<p>Robert Reich<p>December 31, 2014 2:15pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong. …

Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap

The former secretary of labor on American society’s single greatest obstacle — and what we can do about it<p>Robert Reich<p>May 13, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Finance

Newsflash: Claiming that China is America’s “banker” is misleading and racist

<b>Sarah Palin (AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Constantly warning about “Chinese bond-holders” is misinformed, and arouses anti-Chinese xenophobia and paranoia<p>Jesse Myerson<p>December 21, 2013 11:30am (UTC)<p>Sarah Palin thinks you should be terrified of the amount of American debt held by Chinese bondholders. “When …

Fight the right-washing of Nelson Mandela’s legacy

<b>Nelson Mandela, Ted Cruz (Reuters/AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Much of the American right supported apartheid, almost to the bitter end. Why we must remember that<p>Joan Walsh<p>December 6, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>I tried to honor Nelson Mandela on the day of his death, and love my political enemies. But the …

Christian conservatives have perfected playing the victim card

<b>(jcjgphotography via Shutterstock)</b><p>Scaring people can convince them to hand over their money<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>December 6, 2013 1:26pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Religious freedom and separation of church and state have always been hated concepts to the religious right. Indeed, …

World's oldest Buddhist shrine discovered in Nepal

Archaeologists in Nepal say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century BC which they believe is the world's oldest Buddhist shrine.<p>Kosh Prasad Acharya, who worked with archaeologists from Durham University, said on Tuesday that the structure had been unearthed …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Editors' Choice: 2013 Dream Bikes

These handmade bicycles will take you anywhere you want to go<p>Everyday Rides<p>We found three luscious hand-built bikes that can invigorate, inspire, and transform your daily life—and tote home the groceries.<p><i>Photography by Trevor Dixon</i><p>Sweetpea A-Line<p>I live in a suburban development carved into …

Oprah Winfrey Makes Mild Race Comment, Fox News Backlash Ensues

The new Presidential Medal of Freedom winner is in hot water with Fox News for suggesting the opposition to Obama might be linked to race. No, …

The anti-Ted Cruz scare campaign has its limits

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>There’s no spinning the Obamacare mess away. The best way out: Fixing the law and proving the haters wrong<p>Brian Beutler<p>November 21, 2013 12:44pm (UTC)<p>Let me start by being as clear as possible about the fact that the Affordable Care Act will be a lasting political liability …

ELIZABETH WARREN: Here's What I've Learned Since I Got To Washington

We don't blame her.<p>This morning, however, Warren's back in her home state making a speech for the National Consumer Law Center, and it looks like the crusade is back on.<p>Moreover, having spent some time in Washington, it looks like she's learned a thing or two that she wants to share with the people …

Great Depression

Sound, fury, cliché! Lazy pundits “double down” on “game-changing” “narratives”

<b>(Comedy Central)</b><p>Jon Stewart was right: From Fox News to NPR, pundits hurt the political debate by speaking in the same lazy clichés<p>Thomas Frank<p>November 3, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>It was February of this year. The radio was tuned to NPR, the subject was austerity, and the great observers of our political …

Obamacare losers could pack punch

Meet the new Soccer Mom: Obamacare losers.<p>Millions of married, older, white, college-educated, GOP-leaning Americans have quickly seen their political profile rise after their health insurance companies sent them cancellation letters with the launch of the giant new health care law.<p>It’s not a huge …

What’s Really Obstructing Obamacare? GOP Resisters

Republicans at all levels of government have put up roadblocks to undermine the Affordable Care Act rollout. It’s an orchestrated resistance with …

The fallacy of the Republican “moderate”: Stop being nostalgic for the right

<b>Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Mary Calvert)</b><p>A raft of news coverage points back to the good old days, when Republicans were reasonable. The history is way off<p>Corey Robin<p>October 26, 2013 1:45pm (UTC)<p>In the New York Times this week, John …

GOP civil war! Poll shows Tea Party disdains religious right

<b>(AP/Danny Johnston/Reuters/Joe Mitchell)</b><p>A new poll adds more heat to the GOP civil war — the Tea Party’s lack of interest in the religious right’s agenda<p>Kerry Eleveld<p>October 26, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Remember when Evangelicals were the staple of the Republican coalition? Turn them out and you could win …