For capitalism to work democracy must be in chain

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to revive a bill to overturn Obamacare, we look today at the radical right’s attempt to reshape the role of the federal government—from healthcare to education to housing. While the Congressional Budget Office predicts 22 million would lose health insurance as a result of the Senate bill, some [...]

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CIA spying on Senate is the constitutional equivalent of Watergate

CIA spying on the U.S. Senate is the constitutional equivalent of the Watergate break-in. In both cases, the executive branch attacked the very foundations of our system of checks and balances. President Obama is not President Nixon. He hasn’t been implicated personally in organizing this constitutional assault. But he is wrong to support the limited [...]

India’s database with biometric details of its billion citizens ignites privacy debate

"Indians in general have yet to understand the meaning and essence of privacy," says Member of Parliament, Tathagata Satpathy. But on Feb. 3, privacy was the hot topic of debate among many in India, thanks to a tweet that showed random people being identified on the street via Aadhaar, India's ubiquitous database that has biometric [...]

Democracy Is a Threat to Any Power System

NICHOLS: Almost fifty years ago, you debated William F. Buckley on public television—on national TV, nationwide—about issues of war and peace, and the state, propaganda, so many issues—just like this, debating on national television—and it struck me: I haven’t seen you a lot on national television since. [laughter] NICHOLS: But it’s perhaps a good way [...]