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posted by martyb on Wednesday October 19 2016, @01:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-of-the-press dept.

Amy Goodman, host of the New York City-based leftist news programme Democracy Now! was charged with criminal trespass by the North Dakota state's attorney (prosecutor). The charge was changed to riot, then was dismissed due to lack of evidence when Goodman appeared in court on Monday. The charges stemmed from her presence at a protest in September against construction of the Dakota Access (Bakken) oil pipeline, after the protest was reported on her show.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 19 2016, @10:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 19 2016, @10:29PM (#416384)

    Don't assume that just because I'm likely to vote Green this year I'm not aware that Stein's explicit platform wouldn't be a disaster.

    Jill's platform contains no provisions which are anti-Capitalist nor which emphasize Democracy in the Workplace.

    Jill's positions are NOT "Left".
    They are still on the Right side of the political palate.
    She still believes that things can be straightened out within the framework of Liberal Democracy (a path to austerity and perpetual war). [googleusercontent.com] (orig) [wsws.org]
    Jill is NOT a Socialist.

    (None of the Socialist parties in the USA are on the ballot in enough states to garner 270 electoral votes.
    Additionally, their efforts are splintered into a number of parties--some of which, despite their names, are actually pseudo-Left.)

    N.B. Those online quizzes that ask questions to try to place you on the political palate NEVER ask "Do you reject the concentrations of wealth that characterize Capitalism and the skewed, anti-democratic power distribution with which that imbues a society?"
    As such, they classify folks as "Left" who clearly are not.

    -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

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  • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Friday October 21 2016, @06:10PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Friday October 21 2016, @06:10PM (#417349) Journal

    N.B. Those online quizzes that ask questions to try to place you on the political palate NEVER ask "Do you reject the concentrations of wealth that characterize Capitalism and the skewed, anti-democratic power distribution with which that imbues a society?"
    As such, they classify folks as "Left" who clearly are not.

    Never used PoliticalCompass.org? If you want a fairly accurate political quiz thing, rather than just a social media game, that's the one to use. Check the questions on page two, they don't hit that exact phrasing but they've got a number of questions getting at that same idea.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 21 2016, @06:44PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 21 2016, @06:44PM (#417361)

      That's 1 of the 2 of which I am thinking.
      It manages to position Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein as "Left".

      None of those folks has pressed for Democracy in the Workplace.
      The gold standard for gov't action to enable Socialism (since 1985 and to this date) is Italy's Maracora Law.[1] [google.com]
      None of those high-profile Progressive candidates has had anything like that as a platform plank.
      All of those folks are trying only to get USA back to FDR's New Deal (Capitalist-centric) notions.
      FDR was NOT a Socialist.
      FDR's thing was to "save Capitalism from itself".

      [1] The region of Emilia-Romagna in the north of Italy is an example of how effective that plan is.
      There are over 8100 worker-owned cooperatives which generate about a third of the region's output.

      Again: If you don't absolutely reject the concentrations of wealth and anti-democratic power inherent with Capitalism, you aren't "Left".

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]