A good friend reports that his discussion group last week, “was very optimistic and happy, most believing that we are just in another down cycle and things will be returning to “normal” in the best of all possible worlds.” Discussing the Occupy Wall Street movement with another friend I was told that they are just a bunch of people who ought to be looking for work. This is the “dirty hippie” meme put forth by the mainstream media.
In an era when our major TV networks and cable news are owned by a handful of large corporations those who seek the truth are forced to look elsewhere. The internet has been important in this regard. Anyone (this blog as example) can pontificate or point to articles of interest and make an effort to influence a circle of readers, small though that circle may be.
On the internet one can find recaps of the economic situation like this one which are so clear and well-articulated that the arguments are difficult to refute. This writer lays it out with some predictions which you can bookmark to validate or invalidate his point of view.
I lean toward getting my information from individuals who I have highlighted in past blog posts: Kunstler, Greenwald, Adams, Sinclair, Fosse, Rawles, and others I have probably mentioned in passing: Dr. Sircus, Smith, Taibbi, plus others I haven’t mentioned at all like Tim Bolen.
So here’s another recommendation for a source of information less tainted by corporate interest: Miller-McCune Magazine which you can subscribe to for $15 a year. This is a non-profit magazine started by Sara Miller McCune, owner of Sage Publishing which publishes academic books and journals. It’s one of those big companies you never heard of (unless you have a Ph’d). They also have a free newsletter where many of their excellent articles are reprinted. And, if you are inclined you can “like” them on Facebook. You can sample some articles here.
It is rare in this day and age to find a news source not controlled by a giant corporation trying to drive their point of view into our psyche. With Miller-McCune a single person still controls the company with a caveat that it can’t be sold after her death unless it loses money two years in a row. Her personal story is worth reading.
She writes: “We have no specific political agenda to promote, and hardly any axes to grind. Our passion is simply to find solutions to problems and improve the quality of life on the planet.”
A refreshing take from an independent publisher.