Chomsky: Overturn of “Roe” Shows How Extreme an Outlier the US Has Become

An NPR/Ipsos poll released in January revealed that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that U.S. democracy is “in crisis and at risk of failing.” What the poll does not disclose, of course, is the anomalous situation of the United States in comparison to other democracies. For starters, the U.S. is a very conservative and militaristic country, with a two-party system and a political culture that overwhelmingly favors powerful private interests over the common good. Indeed, in many respects, it operates more like a reactionary plutocracy than a democracy. For instance, the U.S. is the only wealthy country without a…

Poll Finds Most Young Americans Say US Democracy Is “In Trouble” Or “Failed”

As the U.S. faces converging existential issues perpetuated largely by establishment politicians and the right wing, new polling released on Monday finds that a majority of young Americans believe that U.S. democracy is on the brink of failure — or that it has already failed. The poll surveyed 2,109 Americans, aged between 18 and 29 years old. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said that the U.S. is “a democracy in trouble,” while 13 percent said that the U.S. is “a failed democracy,” adding up to 52 percent. Only 27 percent of respondents described American democracy as “somewhat functioning,” while a mere…

Democrats File to Censure Gosar Over Video Showing Him Killing Ocasio-Cortez

On Friday, Democrats filed a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) over a video he tweeted this week depicting an anime sequence of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and attacking President Joe Biden. The resolution condemns the video for its “hateful and false” depiction of asylum seekers at the southern border and points out that depictions of and allusions to violence can lead to actual violence, as demonstrated by the Capitol attack on January 6. The lawmakers also highlight that violence against women, especially women of color, can discourage women from seeking office or other authority positions.…

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