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50 Years Later: Who Still Rules America?

Randy Shaw Beyond Chron
On the 50th anniversary of G. William Domhoff’s Who Rules America, the author and 11 others take stock of the book’s findings about class and power in the United States, focusing on the drive to privatize public schools, extend power abroad...

The New Merchants of Death

Jeremy Kuzmarov ROAR Magazine
Social movements ought to place private military contractors at the center of a broader critique of authoritarian neoliberalism and America’s permanent war economy.

What Happens When All We Have Left is the Pentagon? - Trump's Vision of a Militarized America

William D. Hartung Tom Dispatch
Last Friday, Donald Trump made his first visit to the Pentagon where he spoke of signing an order to begin "a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States." This will mean a massive surge in federal dollars pouring into the abyss of the Pentagon, which has shown itself quite capable of absorbing such moneys in the past and seems to lack the slightest ability to account for what's done with them. (The Pentagon has never even managed to pass an audit.)
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