This Venture Capitalist Thinks Occupy Wall Street and Nazis Have a Lot in Common

Published: mic (January 28, 2014

Back in 1990, American attorney and author Mike Godwin observed that political discussions (particularly those that occurred online) were oversaturated with Nazi analogies. This gave birth to the expression “Godwin’s Law,” which argues that anyone who compares a political adversary to Nazis without sound reasoning automatically forfeits the debate.

Flash forward to last Friday, when venture capitalist Tom Perkins wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal asserting “I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany [and] its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich.'” read more

58 Republicans Supported Increasing the Minimum Wage When Bush Was President

Published: mic (January 28, 2014)

One of the centerpieces of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address was his executive order that will raise the minimum wage for employees working with federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The President is taking action on his own because Republicans are deeply set against Democrats’ efforts to raise the federal minimum wage.

In short, many in the GOP are playing politics with the income of millions of Americans.

Although Republicans are more ideologically conservative than Democrats, their lack of support for minimum wage increases can’t be attributed solely to their economic philosophy. Back when George W. Bush was president, 82 of the 202 GOP House members voted for the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. Many in the Senate did as well (although it was part of a larger package). The Act increased the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. read more

Netflix’s New Mitt Romney Doc, Summed Up in One Dumb GIF

Published: mic (January 27, 2014)

“I think I’m a flawed candidate.”

You pretty much hit the nail on the head there, Mitt Romney.

The central narrative arc in Mitt, the new Netflix documentary chronicling Romney’s two presidential campaigns, is that of a candidate who aims for the highest office in the country only to return, heartbroken, to ordinary life. The film, while failing to reveal anything new about the inner workings of American politics, is reasonably effective at humanizing Romney (which seems to be its primary goal). It does so by applying the Deschanel treatment to its subject: striving to paint him as quirky and loveable. read more

Watch the One-Minute Ad That Sparked a Revolution

Published: mic (January 23, 2014)

n case you missed it, Wednesday was the anniversary of a revolution.

Imagine if 30 years ago (only a few years after Al Gore invented the Internet), someone had envisioned a future in which there would be a personal computer in every home. Well, the geniuses at Apple saw it coming, and their iconic “1984” ad was a milestone event in a revolution that would fundamentally change our generation.

Aired during Super Bowl XVIII (when the Los Angeles Raiders blew out the Washington Redskins 38-9), this legendary spot opens in a dystopian metropolis, where swarms of drone-like citizens march to the solemn intonations of a televised Big Brother. As they take their seats, a female athlete wielding a brass-headed hammer springs into the room, trailed by an army of helmeted police officers. Before they can stop her, she throws her hammer at the giant screen on which Big Brother is reciting his speech, resulting in an explosion that snaps the masses out of their spell while the narrator reads: read more

Watch As These Conservatives Recycle the World’s Worst Talking Point

Published: mic (January 21, 2014)

You’d think that conservatives, after being repeatedly humiliated for their insensitivity toward rape victims, would have learned to be careful when discussing the plight of the marginalized and oppressed.

For proof that this lesson has yet to take, let’s look at one of the right wing’s most obnoxious, entitled, and ill-informed rhetoric motifs: comparing liberal policies to American slavery.

Slavery is “the state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household.” When used in the specific context of American politics, “slavery” generally conjures up the historical institution of African American slavery, wherein blacks were forced to work without pay for people who claimed to “own” them, bought and sold like chattel, denied all legal rights, and frequently subjected to physical and psychological torture. read more

You’d Never Believe What Kind Of Economics MLK Believed In

Published: mic (January 20, 2014)

If he was alive today, Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have been a Republican.

In light of the frequency with which he is cited as a hero and role model, that point cannot be reiterated enough. We often hear about King’s crusades to end legal segregation in the South and de facto segregation in the North, but far less attention is paid to the inextricable link between his views on civil rights and his philosophy on economic matters.

This needs to be corrected. read more

Mississippi is Stripping Prisoners of Their Right to Family Visits For Political Reasons

Published: mic (January 17, 2014)

On Friday, family members of those incarcerated in Mississippi prisoners will gather in the state capital in support of their imprisoned loved ones. For the significant others, imprisonment can be especially trying, and it’s about to become even more so.

The state that pioneered the concept of family visits is now taking them away. As of Feb. 1, prison commissioner Christopher B. Epps (pictured above) is no longer allowing Mississippi State Penitentiary inmates to have private time with their loved ones, citing budgetary reasons and “the number of babies being born possibly as a result.” From a historical and humanitarian standpoint, his argument fails miserably. read more

15 Corporations With Huge Skeletons in Their Closet

Published: mic (January 14, 2014)

In one of the most famous conservative quotes in American history, President Calvin Coolidge once told a convention of newspaper editors, “The chief business of the American people is business.” This is not only true, but also a rightful source of pride for our country, as our past and present greatness is inextricably linked to the resourcefulness and ingenuity of our business community.

Unfortunately, there are those corporations that have marred the reputation of American free enterprise in the eyes of the world — and not merely the infamous leviathans like Walmart, Goldman Sachs, and Chick-fil-A. Indeed, no American Business Hall of Shame would be complete without such entries as… read more