The reporting on a violent incident at the Occupy protests last year reveals the linguistic lengths to which newspapers can go to hide responsibility. In George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, he lists the passive voice as part of a "catalogue of swindles and perversions," techniques in political writing "designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
So you think you are free? After all, we have a Constitution with a Bill of Rights that “preserves” our freedoms. You’re wrong. We live in an America our Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize and they certainly wouldn’t approve of it.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter earlier this week to President Barack Obama urging him to forgo Congress and pass cybersecurity legislation via his powers of executive order.
A shocking name, a group of young females rallying against a repressive government with passion and vigor in a bid to shine a bright, international light on the evils of tyranny: What more could American mainstream media have asked for?
In medicine under the germ theory of disease, vaccinations are supposed to provide immunity by introducing the disease to the body in small doses, allowing the body to build up its “germ-fighting” abilities. That theory is now being employed on Americans in another way.
The establishment of Republics compelled Aristocratic minorities to plot more subtle ways of obstructing the truth and thus maintaining their hold over the world without exposing themselves to retribution from the masses. Thus, the complex art of disinformation was born. Disinformation threatens our insight into the workings of our world and makes us vulnerable to fear, misunderstanding and doubt.
There is no question that maintaining law and order in America’s most populace city, New York, isn’t an easy thing to do. But where is the line between necessary public safety measures and creating an openly totalitarian regime within the borders of a country founded upon the principals of personal liberty and freedom?
During the Constitutional Convention, there was much discussion about the chief executive, how much power he should have, how long his term should be and whether there should be more than one. In fact, the lack of a chief executive was considered one of the glaring weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
Save Alexander Hamilton and James Wilson — who advocated for a strong chief executive similar to a monarch — delegates were most concerned that the executive would turn into a virtual king. During the Philadelphia Convention, Charles Pinckney said he was “for a vigorous executive, but was afraid the executive powers of the existing Congress might extend to peace and war, &c.; which would render the executive a monarchy of the worst kind, to wit, an elective one.”
The United States, land of the free, is home to a staggering 1.6 million State and Federal prisoners. Evidence suggests that government largess—and the profiteers who run the privatized American prisons where 128,195 U.S. inmates reside—may have as much to do with incarceration as crime does.
America is arguably the world’s No. 1 exporter of terrorism. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between 2004 and 2012 the United States used unmanned drones to strike between 364 and 436 times.