The Progressive POPULIST

A Twice-Monthly Journal from the Heartland
July 1-15, 2012 -- Volume 18, Number 12


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COVER/Joan Walsh p. 1
Walker wins 1 for the plutocrats

EDITORIAL p. 2
Battle against plutocracy

JIM HIGHTOWER p. 3
Who needs Wall Street giants?; Who really won Wisconsin?; ‘Double-SOBs’ keep making a killing; Super PAC silliness; Ten worst jobs.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR p. 4
RURAL ROUTES/Margot McMillen p. 5
Going without Frankenfoods

DISPATCHES p. 5
New Orleans laments loss of daily newspaper; Fox still tops in misinformation; Economy-wrecking Texans back; ‘Romneycare’ didn’t kill jobs, neither will ‘Obamacare’ ...

JOHN STAUBER p. 6
Not only the cows are mad
FROMA HARROP p. 6
Dumb money for dummies
RAY RING p. 6
Montana stands against corporate ‘person’
DAVID SIROTA p. 7
Legend of the spat-upon Vietnam vet
TIMOTHY KARR p. 7
Reform in the age of corporate lawyers
GENE LYONS p. 7
Are voters really that dumb about economy?
DEAN BAKOPOULOS p. 8
GOP turns middle class against itself
ALEX SEITZ-WALD p. 8
Labor blames Dems for lack of support
ROBERT BOROSAGE p. 9
Walker recall: Clear warning to progressives
DEAN BAKER p. 9
Job report distracts from real bad news
ROGER BYBEE p. 10
This is what plutocracy looks like
LEO GERARD p. 10
Romney smirks at high unemployment
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON p. 11
Jobs numbers Friday is a dismal game
BILL JOHNSTON p. 11
Occupy the Democratic Party

ROBERT WEISSMAN p. 11
Transparently secret Chamber

HAL CROWTHER p. 12
Cave dwellers of the Carolinas rise again

THOMAS SCHALLER p. 13
Can liberals cure rampant stupidity?
BILL McKIBBEN p. 14
Blowback hits planet wreckers
JESSE JACKSON p. 14
Congress needs to act on job creation
SAM URETSKY p. 15
User fees for the eRich
ROBERT REICH p. 15
Big Lie coup d’etat
HEALTH CARE/Joan Retsinas p. 15
Tsk-tsking of obesity

JOHN BUELL p. 16
Politics of heroism

WAYNE O’LEARY p. 16
Bad medicine

GRASSROOTS/Hank Kalet p. 16
Mitt tells students to fly a kite

ANDREW LEONARD p. 17
Mitt’s education fix features for-profit schools
JON R. PIKE p. 17
Fracking brings money, questions to N.D.
TINA DUPUY p. 18
Corporate raider not good model for prez
WILL DURST p. 18
Potemkin candidate
ALEXANDER COCKBURN p. 18
Auctioning the White House
PUBLIC INTEREST/Ralph Nader p. 19
Obama at large: Where are the lawyers?
TED RALL p. 19
Recovery? What recovery?
DONALD McCARTHY p. 20
Batman, the progressive superhero

DONALD ROLLINS p. 20
Woody Guthrie, troubled troubadour, at 100

BOOK/Seth Sandronsky p. 20
Urban revolution
ROB PATTERSON p. 21
Exceptional mythology needs dose of reality
POPULIST PICKS p. 21
Flatbush, Fenway and the Jews

EDGE OF SPORTS/Dave Zirin p. 21
London Olympics fall down
AMY GOODMAN p. 22
It’s 1 person, 1 vote, not 1 percent, 1 vote
CONNIE SCHULTZ p. 12
If everyone knew a steelworker
DONALD KAUL p. 23
Walmart’s unsurprising bribes
POET/Michael Silverstein p. 23
Debt ceiling limericks

Cover illustration by Dolores Cullen


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