PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism” / Newsbroke / Francesca Fiorentini ☮

Why are Americans so afraid of socialism? Because its powerful detractors have been lying to the American people about it for decades. Here Francesca runs through the common myths about socialism and what makes them wrong.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “U.S. Hypocrisy Creates Perpetual Enemies and Forever War” / MAJ Danny Sjursen ☮

In foreign policy, Americans like to keep it simple. Good countries versus bad countries. Democracies versus dictatorships. Of course, as Ronald Reagan reminded Americans, we are a “shining city upon a hill,” one of the goodies. What no one seems to ask is whether idealistic Americans have a clear view of the world as it is, or how their worldview affects the United States’ global image. Surely, as the U.S. enters its 17th year of perpetual war, these might be questions worth pursuing. Problem is, the truth can be disturbing.

So humor me for a moment and join me on a tour of American hypocrisy and naiveté, from Africa to the South Pacific.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Obama Endorses Conservative Corporatist Democrat Dianne Feinstein” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

LOS ANGELES — Former President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bid to fend off a reelection challenge from the Democratic Party’s left flank, calling the California senator “one of America’s most effective champions for progress.” The endorsement — a rare intervention from Obama — served as the highest profile rebuke yet of state Sen. Kevin de León’s long-shot effort to unseat Feinstein.