The United States is Not a Democracy – Here’s How it’s Not

The United States is Not a Democracy – Here’s How it’s Not

 (This post is part of my eBook, The United States Empire and its Fall)

Foreword

This issues addressed below are directed primarily at the federal government, and while local governments are closer to being democratic, some of the points outlined below still play a compromising role throughout the system.

The United States of America is not a democracy. I see articles all the time that talk about threats to our democracy or how we might lose our democracy or what can we do to save our democracy. This is unfortunate because the first step in dealing with something is to acknowledge the reality. The United States of America is not a democracy.

So what is government anyway? Ideally, politics is just people getting together and deciding how best to get along and how best to address people’s needs, both physical and emotional. And government is simply a body of people appointed to take on this job.

Most people think of politics and government as this far away creature that is intangible. Although more complicated it is in reality just deciding who takes out the garbage and whose turn it is to do the dishes tonight.

And so what is democracy? John Judge, a political researcher and speaker gives an idea of what democracy should be that I think is well said:

“What a democracy would be, it seems to me, is that any particular social decision that affected people would have to be made by those people that are affected. And the fight for democracy or democratic rule is to constantly expand that definition to further include and more directly involve all those people.”

So let’s move on and look at how our system is fundamentally flawed and how now, in the 21st century, the state of our so called democracy is.

Table of Contents

  • The United States Was Not Founded as a Democracy
  • The Electoral College Has No Place in a Democracy
  • The Supreme Court
  • The Senate, the Way it is Made Up is Totally Undemocratic
  • Riders in Bills – Combining Issues in Bills
  • A Profound Lack of Transparency Makes it Impossible to Make Informed Decisions
  • The 2 Party System
  • First Past the Post, Winning Party Take All
  • A Broken and Corrupt Voting System
  • Voting for the Personality; Not the Whole Person or the Team
  • Voter Disenfranchisement
  • Gerrymandering
  • The Lack of Ranked Choice Voting
  • Money in Government
  • Money in Media
  • The Council on Foreign Relations Control of Media and Government
  • Management of Natural Resources
  • Polls Showing What the People Want vs. What the People Get
  • Corruption
  • Conclusion
  • Journalists and Websites with Integrity
  •  The United States Was Not Founded as a Democracy

That the Unites States was founded as a democracy is the first myth that is repeated and held high as an ideal that many, if not most, Americans feel proud of and believe it is an ideal that other countries should try and live up to.

When the United States was founded only a small percentage of the population had the right to vote. For the first 90 years of our country, black men could not vote. And for the first 150 years one half of the population (women) couldn’t vote. (And of course the native population never had a voice.) One can’t even begin to call that a democracy.

  • The Electoral College Has No Place in a Democracy

There are many people who think the electoral college is unfair because they believe a simple majority rule is more fair. And while true, there is much more damage done to the democratic process because of the electoral college.

The electoral college has made it so that presidential candidates only need to campaign in a very few pivotal states. The west coast will always go blue and the deep South will always go red. This means the candidates only need to address the issues of people in those few pivotal states. Issues that are important to people in deep red or deep blues states never even get mentioned during presidential races.

Thus we have a huge part of the population whose votes mean almost nothing. In fact in California 1/3 of the democratic voters could just not even bother to vote and it still wouldn’t be close; it wouldn’t matter.

  • The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is one of the 3 major branches of our government meant to bring checks and balances to that government. It is the only one of the 3 branches where the officials are not voted on directly by the people. And what’s worse is they are appointed for life. How can this even begin to be fair. When a seat opens up, a biased group of people (the party in power) select someone to carry out their agenda and there is absolutely nothing the people can do about it for decades.

Not only is it corrupt by its very nature, degrading the interpretation of issues facing society, but the importance of each judge’s appointment perverts the entire process. Witness the Republicans refusing to vote on a Democratic president’s appointee for almost a year until the Democratic president was out and they got a Republican in the White House so they could get an appointee more to their liking.

We have the same problem for federal judges; they too serve for life. All judges should be voted on by the people and should be elected to limited terms; each and every one. No person should have legal authority over the populace if they haven’t been selected by the people they legislate for or judge.

  • The Senate, the Way it is Made Up is Totally Undemocratic

The House of Representatives is made up of representatives, each one elected to represent the same amount of people (theoretically, at least; see gerrymandering below) across the entire country. The Senate is different.

Each state has exactly 2 Senators. That means in Montana, a state with 1 million people every 500,000 people get one vote in the Senate, while in California, with almost 40 million people, every 20 million people get one vote in the Senate.

In the map below states are grouped into chunks of states equaling the population of California. The Great West is made up of 15 states. California gets 2 votes in the Senate while the Great West gets 30 votes.

Imagine this scenario. There is a vote on a bill in the Senate needing 51 votes to pass. It is tied with just the Senators from Vermont, Wyoming, and California still to vote. California’s 2 Senators representing the will of 40 million people vote in favor of the bill. But the 4 Senators from Vermont and Wyoming, representing a total of just over 1 million people, vote against it. The bill fails. How can this in any way, shape, or form be considered democratic.

Senate Inequality (original)

  • Riders in Bills – Combining Issues in Bills

Another practice in the US Congress, that is incredibly non-democratic, is the practice of putting “riders” in bills. Riders in bills are additional provisions added to the original versions of bills or resolutions. These riders often have little relationship to the subject matter of the parent bill, and are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision that would not pass as its own bill. Or sometimes riders are used not to actually be passed, but merely to prevent the passage of a bill.

This is a very common practice and these riders get very little press. For example, in reviewing the voting record of your congressperson you might see that they voted yes on a bill to appropriate funds for something you agree with. But it might have had a rider allowing something you totally disagree with, which doesn’t show in the title of the bill, and won’t show in a cursory look at their record.

In a democracy, in a government that was functional, you wouldn’t have this sly trickery playing a role. It is totally unfair to force the passing or failing of legislation against the interests of a congressional member supposedly acting on behalf of their constituents. In a democracy unrelated issues would have their own bills.

  • A Profound Lack of Transparency Makes it Impossible to Make Informed Decisions

It is important to be aware that the issue of the lack of transparency is not just about the lies we are told but also about omissions.

Do you remember the big TARP bailout in 2009? Because of their own failings the banks were bailed out. We were told it was necessary and to bite the bullet while taxpayers funded a $700 billion bailout. It was big news and covered extensively.

But the truth of the matter is that the TARP bailout was just a drop in the bucket. What they haven’t told you is that the bailout was much bigger. It continued for years with almost no mention. Estimates vary but many believe it was upwards of $30 Trillion. Yes, that’s trillion!

In a true democracy would the people have gone along with this? Not only was it criminal to lie through omission that this was taking place, but maybe worse is that we were made to believe that a one time, paid back $700 billion took care of the problem. Had the reality been common knowledge it might have started or furthered some kind of public discourse about how broken our capitalist system is. But we go merrily along.

How many people know that the United States has between 800 and 1000 military bases on foreign soil? Would the majority of people really support that? How many people know we invaded Syria, took over land, and currently occupy almost 1/3 of their country?

Our county’s leaders regularly demonize other countries and/or leaders to gain support for their overthrow. We are constantly lied into wars and numerous military adventures that would probably not be supported by an informed populace.

You don’t have a democracy if choices are made uninformed. And if distortions and omissions count as lies, the people are almost never informed. It goes against the self serving interests of those who are supposed to represent us to let us know what is really going on. The narrative aims public discourse away from anything that would rouse the rabble. And towards consent for their agenda.

This is how in a mock democracy a kind of totalitarian government can exist.

  • The 2 Party System

The 2 party system in the United States is a farce for many reasons. Both parties are completely corrupt. For one thing they are both bought and paid for. Members of Congress and presidents deliver what the big money interests want and not what the people want. It is a known fact that many bills are literally written by corporations and handed to congressional members to get it passed for them. Both parties make use of the revolving door that cycles people between major corporations and government.

And while the Republicans and Democrats put up a good show when they bicker at each other, they agree on the major issues that consumes most of the government’s budget and has the greatest impact on life in our country and in the world. Both parties are pro war, both are pro empire and both are pro wealthy elite.

To these ends they work together to make sure no other party can challenge their control. In fact, many people don’t know that the presidential debates is a private corporation; created in a pact between the Democrats and Republicans to ensure that no other party can participate. In a complete mockery of democracy, in 2012, when Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates, showed up at the debates, they were arrested, taken to a room and held for eight hours, handcuffed to chairs.

In these 2 party debates, both parties have an understanding that the most important topics, such as war and the military budget and climate change are never or almost never to be mentioned; like the lies and omissions mentioned earlier. There is no room for a dissenting voice.

Within the parties, challenging the mainstream narrative is also not allowed. The presidential primaries are a sham. Now that climate change is final being recognized to be a really big deal, and it gets a mention now and then, the Democratic party has shut down the possibility of their candidates having a debate about it. They have gone so far as to refuse to let any presidential candidate participate in the presidential debates if they engage in a climate debate on their own.

The primaries in a real democracy would give a fair picture of the people’s will as to who they would like to represent them. But the Democratic Party has 712 “superdelegates”, delegates who are not beholden to the results of the primaries, whose purpose is to make sure the party doesn’t stray too far from the status quo, should the primaries results indicate that the people want change.

It has become quite clear that the Democratic Party would rather run a weak candidate and risk losing to Trump than have a progressive candidate win who would challenge their interests.

It’s that bad.

The primaries and the election are a show.

  • First Past the Post, Winning Party Take All

The problem of the 2 party system is made even worse but the rules In the House and Senate. In most European parliamentary systems, the government is made up of the amount of representatives of the various parties in correlation to how many votes they received.

In the US government, the Senate and the House are controlled by the majority party. The majority party controls all committees and has a tremendous amount of power; controlling whether or not issues are voted on or even dealt with at all. This means that after every federal election, every 2 years, there is a body governing that is extremely partisan and there will be a plethora of issues of concern to the populace which, at best, may see the light of day in 2 years.

And this dysfuntionality is exacerbated by party dues. Congressional members must raise money to pay dues and more importantly, their participation in congressional committees require dues. So you think the person you voted for can now be effective in congress? Think again. If they don’t raise enough money for the party, they won’t get onto influential committees.

These Senate and House rules pervert the idea of a democracy. And of course, the lack of a viable 3rd party allows this to go on unchecked. Again, despite the bickering, the 2 parties are in agreement to never make changes to allow democratic reforms.

  • A Broken and Corrupt Voting System

Electronic voting machines are vulnerable. The person in control of elections in each state is appointed by the party in power and clearly has a biased agenda. Voters are in many states purged through such practices as crosscheck or other tactics to make it difficult to register. These tactics differ by state and are too many to go into here. The curious reader can investigate to find out just how prevalent it is. And where and why. Suffice to say that the voting system is extremely corrupt and broken.

It is a really bad idea that voting is on a work day and is not a holiday. A small step towards making voting more accessible would be to make voting days a holiday. It would be a simple thing to do. Further, that day should be in the middle of the week so that it doesn’t simply create a long weekend, which would encourage people to travel or make other plans. Clearly, if the people who make our laws were interested in making it easy to vote they would do this.

  • Voting for the Personality; Not the Whole Person or the Team

Presidential elections in particular have become a big show. The candidates are in full election mode a year and a half before the election. Packaging is everything. The influence of the media and of money play a huge role in exposure and in messaging.

But what is shown to us is only a spiffy superficial candidate with little depth of history. It is rarely revealed where their money comes from, what organizations they have belonged to, what people they have associated with. Even the voting records of candidates, if looked at at all, is never scrutinized.

And in the end, even with all of these limitations, we are just voting for the chief executive. It is a major flaw in what we expect from candidates that they never tell us who is going to make up their team. We vote for one person who has not told us who is going to manage the military, commerce, agriculture; who is going to be the Attorney General.

The Obama administration is the perfect example of this flaw in our system. Obama swept to victory with dreams of hope and change in the eyes of the voters. But how many of those voters would have had that passion if they had know that he was going to keep on Bush’s Secretary of Defense and the entire Bush defense team? Or if they had known he was going to fill the agriculture department with Monsanto lobbyists and many other Monsanto related people? Or if they had known that he would appoint Eric Holder as Attorney General who had been working for a company whose job it was, was to protect bankers from prosecution? No wonder not a single banker was jailed because of the mortgage scandal during Obama’s presidency.

And these are just the tip of an iceberg of conservative mainstream corporate appointments that he made, who were not part of the product’s packaging. An ingredients list should be required. For the process to be democratic voters must know what the team is that they are voting for. Of course, who the players are can’t be an absolute certainty ahead of time, but at least the candidates should be expected to go on record having outlined the team members they expect to appoint.

  • Voter Disenfranchisement

The system intentionally breeds apathy. All of the things mentioned above contribute to voter disenfranchisement. People don’t vote because it doesn’t make any or much difference. It is often the case in the United States that only half of the eligible voters are even registered to vote. Then only half of them vote. That would be around 25% voter turnout. So in a close race the winner’s mandate is only from around 13% of the possible voters. That is hardly a good representation of the people’s will.

Also there is the disenfranchisement of criminals and prisoners. In a culture whose legal system promotes the idea that people who commit crimes need to be punished instead of reformed, it might seem logical that felons don’t get to vote. The problem with that kind of thinking is that they are still part of our society and must also have their say. In fact it is a basic fascist technique that the people in power can decide what behavior is penalized, creating a group of people who are both penalized and not allowed to have influence to ever change the laws. Drugs are a good example of this. The horror of alcohol goes merrily on while people who take or sell other drugs are punished and separated from the process of deciding whether or not drugs should be legal.

Disagreeing with the standards that society sets (breaking a law) should not exclude people from taking part in the discussion of those standards; playing a role in the making of laws based on those standards.

  • Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is the redrawing of the lines defining congressional districts to favor one party or the other. Ideal congressional districts would be divided so that in any particular geographical area the will of the majority of the voters would be manifested.

But what happens with gerrymandering is that districts are divided up (by the party in power) to lump all of one bloc of voters (those expected to vote for the other party) together so that although that bloc’s candidate will win in that district, they will be so diluted in all other districts that they won’t win in any of them.

And once gerrymandered by the party in power, they have a huge advantage to help them stay in power, locking in the corrupt system, empowering those in power and weakening the influence of those not in power (as mentioned about criminals and prisoners above).

See how gerrymandering works and its effect in the diagram and the chart below.

In the diagram below, representing 4 congressional districts, green outnumbers purple by 36 to 28. In the lower left corner the districts are drawn by evenly dividing it into 4 square areas and green wins all of them. In the upper left the concentration of purple gets a district they will win. In the upper right each party wins 2 districts. In the lower right, green wins only 25% of the districts although they account for 56% of the population.

In the chart below the diagram you can see, because of gerrymandering’s effect in the 2012 election, how many more voters it took to elect Democrats than Republicans to the House in a number of states.

Clearly this is not fair and has no place in a democracy.

Gerrymandering

 

Gerrymandering - Votes vs. Representaion

 

  • The Lack of Ranked Choice Voting

The lack of ranked choice voting is a major undemocratic feature of our elections. Many of the electoral issues mentioned above can be solved with a very simple system. This is called Ranked Choice Voting or sometimes Instant Runoff. It is a simple and elegant system that is never talked about because it would spell the almost instant demise of the 2 party system.

It is an absolute necessity for a democracy. It would be the biggest single simple step towards democracy we could take. What is it? How does it work?

A ranked-choice voting system is an electoral system in which voters rank candidates by preference on their ballots. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, he or she is declared the winner. If no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. First-preference votes cast for the failed candidate are eliminated, lifting the second-preference choices indicated on those ballots. A new tally is conducted to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes. The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority.

This would completely eliminate the spoiler effect. It would eliminate the need to ever vote against someone rather than what your heart really desires. It would bring disenchanted voters back into the process. It would open the country up to a multiparty system. And I think it would reveal how many Americans don’t want to vote for either of the 2 major parties.

This has been adopted for some local elections but it doesn’t get much press. No wonder.

See a good 1 minute video that clearly demonstrates ranked choice voting by clicking here.

  • Money in Government

It’s hard to know where to begin to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics. It is simply a fact that money buys access to politicians. The wealthy elite get laws that help them and keep the government from passing laws that would punish them or limit their escapades.

Executive of corporations are rarely prosecuted for crime that are far far worse than the crimes that send common citizens to jail for lengthy sentences.

When is the last time any of the members of Congress raised a stink about the subsidies handed out to huge corporations? While there are people struggling to get by billions of tax payer dollars are handed over to some of the world’s richest people.

Another problem with money in politics is how much money it takes to get elected. It takes a lot of money to get elected and a lot of money to stay in office. A byproduct of this is that Congress is made up of wealthy people, whose interests are rarely a reflection of the people they represent.

  • Money in Media

A functional, open, and questioning media is a necessary element of a democracy. The mainstream media in the United States have become stenographers for the narrative the government wants to put forth. While we have the illusion of having a myriad sources of news, in reality almost all of the mainstream media is owned by 6 giant corporations.

They share the same agenda as the 2 parties. Pro empire, pro war, and pro wealthy elite. Many of the “experts” that are brought on to give analysis about critical issues have, in fact, ties with corporations who stand to make a lot of money if they can convince you of their viewpoint. An example would be an admiral, brought on as an expert on CBS news, who urges military action against Iran who sits on the on the board of directors of Raytheon.

One of the biggest illusions that people have, I believe, is that you can turn on your TV and find out what the news is today. Skeptics may watch with questioning minds but the truth is that fake or false news is nowhere near the worst crime of corporate media.

It’s what they don’t tell you that is the biggest lie. The corporate media propagates the narrative that they want you to hear. There are many many important issues you won’t even hear about at all because they don’t even want a debate.

An example would be the forever regime change conflicts that keep appearing in the news every few years. These crises seem to just come out of nowhere; suddenly some “dictator” has gone too far. Something must be done. These things don’t come out of nowhere; you are just never told the history. And you are certainly not told, as is so often the case, about all the things that our government has been doing to cause in the first place and/or to exacerbate the situation. It’s why Americans seem to have no sense of history.

It would be bad enough for a democracy if the media was just bad. But when it is a mouthpiece for the perpetration of government lies, for the wealthy, and for the warmongers a functioning democracy is impossible.

  • Outside Control of Media and Government – The Council on Foreign Relations and Others

There are several groups that exert a tremendous amount of influence on the government of the United States and on the media. Perhaps the big 3 would be the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group. These are groups who meet and formulate political and monetary agendas that they promote; agendas beneficial to their ideas of how the world should work. And they influence the narrative by their widespread influence in government and in the media.

Focusing on the Council on Foreign Relations, it is an organization that is incredibly influential in United States politics; to the point where any notion that we have a democracy can be tossed out the window. The following paragraph is from an article on the Global Research website by Joachim Hagopian.

“Since 1940 every Secretary of State but one has been on the CFR and/or Trilateral Commission, and a majority of Secretaries of Treasury as well. Multiple CIA directors have been in the CFR. For eight decades nearly every key National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor are/were members. And of course a significant number of US presidents and VP’s have been CFR members. Regardless of what party happens to occupy the White House, an intransigent fixture operating at the highest echelons of power in Washington over the last century has been strategically assigned CFR plants. The CFR’s interlocking marriage between the private corporate sector and the public government sector is largely responsible for today’s lopsided world of harsh gross disparities.”

Further, they have tremendous influence over the media. The following paragraph is from Matt Agorist of The Free Thought Project on the Transcend Media Service website, regarding information made available through WikiLeaks.

“Top journalists and executives from all major media companies are integrated into the CFR. As the chart below illustrates, the CFR has even more control in the mainstream media than even the nefarious Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission.”

The American Empire and its Media

Click on the image to view it full size so it’s readable. Click Here to read the article, WikiLeaks Exposes How Council on Foreign Relations Controls Most All Mainstream Media

One other group that deserves attention is the Federalist Society. The Federalist Society is a right wing group with an extremely conservative philosophy that promotes federal and Supreme Court judges. They have been for several decades instrumental in having a tremendous amount of judges appointed to promote their conservative agenda. Their goal is a conservative and libertarian government with minimal impedance of corporations; not an inclusive participatory democracy. Currently 5 of the 9 Supreme Court judges are Federalist Society members.

Check out this article for more information: Inside Trump’s Judicial Takeover

  • Management of Natural Resources

We in the United States have all grown up with a system of plunder by large corporations of our natural resources for so long that it is never even questioned. When is the last time you’ve heard a topic of political debate be whether we should nationalize our natural resources?

It seems that in this huge resource rich land it should be a no brainer that the resources belong to the people. But in the United States powerful rich corporations get access to our trees, petroleum, and minerals and have exclusive rights to plunder those resources. And in doing so destroy the land because we have given them free reign and they really don’t give a shit.

Would people in a real democracy choose to hand over the management of public resources to private companies to make a fortune off of as they sell it back to us at inflated prices? In a functional democracy the industries would be managed by the government at no profit. With petroleum, for example, the workers who extract the oil and work throughout the process would get paid fairly for their hard work. And in the end there would be uniform priced gas stations. As an example, in Venezuela, where the oil is nationalized, gas costs 17¢/gallon.

  • Polls Showing What the People Want vs. What the People Get

There are many polls showing that a majority and often a vast majority of people want to have certain legislation passed or want something in society dealt with in a certain way but their wishes are never realized. In some ways that’s about all you need to know to recognize that we do not have a democracy. Even if you know nothing about how the system works, if the will of the people isn’t being served, the system has failed. If, in a representative governmental system, the will of the people and the will of the people representing them don’t align, the system is no longer democratic.

People want stricter gun laws. People want the government to do more to address climate change. But it doesn’t happen. Around 90% of Americans are in favor of net neutrality but it was taken away.

The lack of fair universally accessible public health care is maybe the best example of the people not getting what they want being evidence that the United States is not a democracy. Privatized health care would never exist in a democracy.

Think for a minute about the fire department. How would it work in a town without a public fire department. Everybody would have to own their own fire truck. Or it could be privatized and the firemen would show up and have you pay up front before they’d put the fire out. Ridiculous, right? Now think about our healthcare system. Imagine a group of people getting together with the idea of pooling their money to be made available for those who need it when medical situations arise; much like we do with the fire department, police, and sanitation. Now imagine that group of people, instead of making it a public service, deciding to make a rule that the money must be spent getting health care from private companies who will charge hugely inflated prices for their services. Crazy, but that’s what our representatives do with the money we entrust to them.

  • Corruption

The United States is the most corrupt country on the planet. I don’t think many people would consider this to be true, but certainly it is.

When most people think of corruption they think of some Middle East or 3rd world country where ostensibly public money is given to the leader’s brother or something like that.

This kind of corruption pales compared to the institutional corruption in the United States. In the United States, 2/3 of the public’s tax money goes to the military. The United States military’s chief purpose is domination of the planet; not defense. War and building up for war is good for business.

When 2/3 of the public’s money is used to further enrich the rich, this is corruption of the highest order.

Unfortunately the theft of the money is not the worst of it. The United States is in a state of constant war. The citizens, whether they like it or not, are paying for death and destruction with their taxes. Aside from the devastation on foreign soil, the worst damage of this is to the soul of America, both what we are responsible for abroad and the decay of the quality of life at home.

No country with this level of corruption can be considered to be even remotely democratic.

Conclusion

The reason for this critique is not just to complain but, as suggested in the book’s foreword, is an appeal to get past the myths that we live in a democracy. Only then can we expect it to change.

Unfortunately some of the issues such as lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court and federal courts are enshrined in our ancient holy document, the Constitution, so they would not be easy to change.

But other things, such as Ranked Choice Voting, can become a reality if enough people push for it. It’s starting to happen locally and it should be strongly promoted. But don’t expect either of our 2 parties to get behind it.

The pervasive issue of money is a tough one. It’s how it all goes on. Money gets power. Money keeps power. Money despises democracy.

One bright light in all of this negativity is that in the age of the internet there is great journalism to be had. This is one of the most hopeful things there is. Stories, issues that were never before told are now being reported on.

One must, however, first wean themselves from the mainstream media and do a little digital legwork to find journalist who resonate with your ideals.

 Journalists and Websites with Integrity

Following is a short personal list of journalists and websites with the most interesting, revealing news done honestly and with integrity. There are more; these are just my favorites I have discovered.

 Sane Journalists with Integrity (listed alphabetically)

Aaron Maté

Abby Martin

Andre Vltchek

Anya Parampal

Ben Norton

Caitlin Johnstone

Chris Hedges

Dan Cohen

Dan Kovalik

Eleanor Goldfield

Glen Ford

Glenn Greenwald

Jeremy Scahill

Jimmy Dore

Kevin Gosztola

Matt Taibbi

Max Blumenthal

Michelle Greenstein

Mike Papantonio

Naomi Klein

Patrick Henningsen

Rania Khalek

Rick Sanchez

Tony Cartalucci

 

News Outlets with Integrity

The Real News Network

Popular Resistance.org

Black Agenda Report

21st Century Wire

Consortium News

Global Research

The Grayzone

Truthdig

 

RT America Great Journalism Shows:

The News with Rick Sanchez

On Contact

Renegade Inc

America’s Lawyer

 

 

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