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Quote of the Day: Dr. Z on OWS protests

10/17/11 12:58PM

Fmr. National Security Advisor to President Carter, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski: "So we have this financial and economic universe which is a result of deregulation, globalization, and Internet-ization – that is to say the instant flow of money – operating mysteriously. And you have a political universe, which seemingly is global, but is increasingly fragmented. There is no center of political direction or of political consensus, even. The United States, which has been playing the preeminent global role, is increasingly powerless. It can’t even assert its own interest in the Middle East. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for October 17, 2011

10/17/11 09:55AM

 AMERICA'S 'PRIMAL SCREAM'  BY NICHOLAS KRISTOFNEW YORK TIMESThe frustration in America isn’t so much with inequality in the political and legal worlds, as it was in Arab countries, although those are concerns too. Here the critical issue is economic inequity. According to the C.I.A.’s own ranking of countries by income inequality, the United States is more unequal a society than either Tunisia or Egypt. Three factoids underscore that inequality: (1) The 400 wealthiest Americans have a greater combined net worth than the bottom 150 million Americans. read more

Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the financial district of New York October 14, 2011.

Sharpton: Occupy Wall Street shows US can't be controlled by 1 percent

10/14/11 12:26PM

Per NBC News and msnbc:Clashes broke out between bottle-throwing demonstrators and police on horses and scooters as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the Stock Exchange on Friday, NBC News reported.Police told NBC News that 14 people were arrested amid what was initially described as a celebratory march by a crowd that WNBC put at about 500 people. At least one person was injured.We've been discussing OWS for the past few weeks now, and we had both the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rolling Stone's Eric Bates on to discuss the matter. read more

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